Saturday: Hs and pains – D3hoops

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Hank Morgan did most of his damage from beyond the arc in Hamilton’s home win over No. 6 WPI.
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Heidelberg and Hamilton caused more than headaches for No. 2 Mount Union and No. 6 WPI on Saturday afternoon, while No. 21 Wheaton edged No. 17 Calvin in a thriller and Pomona-Pitzer pushed past No. 23 Wash. U. in overtime.

No. 2 Mount Union started conference action on the wrong foot, as the Raiders fell at Heidelberg, 82-70. The Student Princes broke a 25-all tie late in the first half with a 9-0 run keyed by five points from Zane Leitwein. Heidelberg entered the locker room with an eight-point lead and quickly expanded it to double digits early in the second half. Mount Union pulled within seven midway through the second half, but Tre Watkins hit a couple threes and Heidelberg led comfortably the rest of the way.

Heidelberg (6-1, 2-0 OAC) had a 33-18 bench scoring advantage, led by Leitwein who had 10 points. Christian Parker scored 24 points for Mount Union (5-1, 0-1 OAC).

Every Hamilton starter scored double figures, and the Continentals used a three-point barrage to defeat No. 6 WPI, 86-77. WPI scored 27 points of Hamilton turnovers, but the Continentals hit 11 three-pointers and held the Engineers at arm’s length throughout the second half. Hank Morgan had 21 points on 7 for 13 shooting with four 3-pointers for Hamilton (6-2).

Giovanni Rubino scored 23 points and Muhlenberg held off a late rally by No. 7 Johns Hopkins to defeat the Blue Jays in Baltimore, 84-77.

After Muhlenberg took a double-digit lead, Johns Hopkins clawed back within three, 75-72, on John Windley’s layup with two minutes remaining. Two possessions later, Rubino sank two free throws and then he scored a layup to push the Mules’ advantage back to seven. The Blue Jays pulled within two with 22 seconds left, but Rubino made three more free throws to seal the win.

Adolfo Martinez scored a career-high 23 points with seven 3-pointers to lift Concordia (Texas) over No. 9 Mary Hardin-Baylor, 81-77. The win is the Tornados first over a Top 10 opponent since January 2010.

No. 21 Wheaton (Ill.) edged No. 17 Calvin, 74-73, in a back-and-forth battle in the Chicago suburbs. Calvin led the Thunder 71-68 until Nick Schiavello hit a three to pull Wheaton even with 56 seconds left. The Knights went back in front on Jalen Overway’s layup, but the Thunder responded with a Tyson Cruikshank three that put them in front, 74-73. Calvin turned the ball over with three seconds remaining and the Thunder effectively ran out of the clock.

Pomona-Pitzer got back to .500 with a thrilling overtime win over Washington U., 71-69, at the 38th Annual Lopata Classic. The Sagehens sent the game to overtime on Brandon Mora’s layup at the buzzer, and then Pomona-Pitzer took the lead for good on back-to-back buckets by Joe Cookson.

Jon VanderWal picked up his 300th career win as Marietta took care of Ohio Northern, 75-59. VanderWal is 300-117 in 16 seasons with the Pioneers.

Austin Grunder posted a double-double (21 points, 12 rebounds) and Cortland held off Brockport, 63-60, in Western New York. The Red Dragons are tied for first in the SUNYAC with SUNY New Paltz. The Hawks shot 57 percent from the field (41 for 72) and shot past Plattsburgh State, 107-85,

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