Saturday wrap: CNU, JHU men win; Babson women upset

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No. 12 Johns Hopkins handed No. 9 Swarthmore’s first loss, No. 4 CNU beat a rival in front of a huge crowd, Oberlin snapped a 60-game losing streak to Wooster, and the Springfield women took down No. 9 Babson while the Marietta women did the same to No. 10 Baldwin Wallace.

Carson James scored a game-high 22 points as No. 12 Johns Hopkins improved to 16-3, getting past No. 9 Swarthmore 77-67 in Centennial Conference action. It was also the 21st annual Wall-O’Mahony Game, played in honor of Blue Jay teammates Glen Wall and Matt O’Mahony, who died in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.

James scored nine points in an 11-2 JHU run to help the Blue Jays take a lead midway through the second half, capping the run with a fadeaway jumper in the paint to stake JHU to a 54-49 lead. After a couple of buckets cut into that lead, JHU put together another 7-2 flurry to put the game away. Quarry added 17 points for the Blue Jays, who ended Swarthmore’s winning streak at 14 games.

In front of the third-largest crowd in the history of its home Freeman Center, No. 4 Christopher Newport shook off a lackluster first half to defeat C2C rival Salisbury 84-74. Jahn Hines scored a career-high 33 points, shooting 11-for-21 from the floor, as the Captains improved to 18-3. The crowd of 2,214 came out in part to support Richneck Elementary in Newport News, Virginia, where a teacher was shot by a 6-year-old student earlier this month.

Oberlin defeated Wooster for the first time since Feb. 6, 1988, snapping a 60-game losing streak to the Scots and defeating them 71-68. Oberlin led by 14 at the break after Wooster shot just 21.9 percent (7-of-32) in the first half, but the Scots gave the Yeomen all they could handle in the second session. Wooster trailed 39-25 at the half but started the second half on a 15-4 run to get back into it. The Scots later grabbed a 55-54 lead but Dimitrje Radusinovic hit a 3-pointer to regain the lead and Oberlin would not trail again.

Oswego State won its 14th consecutive game and had an easy time of it, rolling over overmatched SUNY Potsdam 103-78. Devin Green scored a team-high 18 points off the bench, while Joey Rowback and Jamal Achille added 15 points apiece. Potsdam fell to 6-12, 4-8 in the SUNYAC while No. 17 Oswego moved to 18-2, 12-1.

Davidson Hubbard scored a team-high 14 points and added 10 rebounds as No. 25 Hampden-Sydney won at Roanoke 57-51. It was the Tigers’ seventh consecutive win after a home loss to defending national champion Randolph-Macon on Jan. 4. H-SC improved to 16-4, 10-1, while Roanoke fell to 15-5, 8-3 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Rowan rolled out to a 16-4 lead and led from wire to wire, winning its ninth game in a row as the Profs rolled past Ramapo 97-66. Marcellus Ross and Ja’Zere Ross had 17 points apiece to lead the Profs, who improved to 17-3, 13-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Carleton limited St. Mary’s (Minn.) guard Raheem Anthony scored 23 points as the Knights defeated the Cardinals 65-63. Beck Page provided the winning margin with two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining. The Cardinals (11-7, 7-6 MIAC) had won nine out of their past 10 games. Anthony fouled out with 2:11 to play, but Cameron Mallory came in for him and hit a 3-pointer 40 seconds later to tie the game at 63-63. Both teams had multiple chances to take the lead, but none were successful until the final moments. The Knights (16-3, 11-3) took a timeout with 4.8 seconds left and drew a play up for Page, who drove to the paint and earned a foul, sending him to the line with 1.6 seconds to go. The Knights’ 3-point specialist had only attempted seven free throws all season, but swished both foul shots for the win.

Allegheny took over first place all alone in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and won its seventh consecutive game, defeating Thiel 79-67. That win, combined with an overtime loss by Washington & Jefferson at St. Vincent, gave the Gators first place all alone in their first year in the PAC. Allegheny was 8-14 and 6-9 in conference play in the North Coast Athletic Conference in 2021-22. Luke Barker led the Gators with 24 points. W&J’s loss came despite 28 points from Matt Seidl and 24 from Nick Gearhart, as Jaden Gales scored 35 points and added 11 rebounds for St. Vincent (12-8, 8-7).

Saturday women’s basketball

In women’s action, Rachel Vinton produced a team-best 18 points to go along with six assists and five boards to lead four scorers in double figures and Springfield turned the ball over just six times on the afternoon as the Pride played Babson at home and knocked off the no. 9 Beavers, 71-61. Springfield lifted its record to 13-6, 3-1 in NEWMAC play, while Babson fell to 16-3, 3-1. Megan Bauman netted a game-high 25 points for the Beavers. The visitors got no closer than seven points in the fourth quarter as Springfield made 11 of 16 free throws in the final 10 minutes of play.

Homestanding Baldwin Wallace shot just 14-for-55 from the floor and 6-for-20 from 3-point range as the No. 10 Yellow Jackets lost to Marietta 59-49. Marietta didn’t shoot a lot better, but got 17 offensive rebounds and out-boarded the Jackets 51-29 on the day. Devin Hefner scored 11 points off the bench to lead Marietta (13-6, 8-4 Ohio Athletic Conference). BW fell to 17-2, 10-2. The Jackets are now one game behind Ohio Northern in the OAC standings, after ONU beat Mount Union 90-47 on Saturday.

It took an extra five minutes, but Gwynedd Mercy went the distance to get head coach Keith Mondillo his 500th career win, as the Griffins defeated Immaculata 84-83 in overtime. Gwynedd (11-9, 4-3 Atlantic East) got a 3-pointer from Cayla Sharkey with 35 seconds in overtime to break an 80-80 tie. Gwynedd Mercy forced 27 turnovers which led to 29 of their points. Mondillo took over the Gwynedd Mercy program in 1995-96.

Millikin rolled to its 13th consecutive win as the Big Blue defeated North Central (Ill.) 86-60. Millikin improved to 16-3 and is unbeaten in the CCIW at 10-0, while North Central fell to 5-14, 2-9. It was Senior Day at Millikin, but of course, the big scorer was junior Elyce Knudsen, who had 25 points and 10 rebounds.

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