Saturday men: Johns, Hopkins rally on road

Ethan Bartlett drained a 3-pointer in the closing seconds on Saturday which looked very much like this one, except in a road uniform.
Johns Hopkins athletics file photo

Johns Hopkins and St. John's rallied to win, while Marietta avoided a second consecutive loss, UW-River Falls took down Platteville and Ripon got the best of its archrival in Saturday's Division III men's basketball action.

Ripon clamped down on its archrival and snapped St. Norbert's 14-game winning streak, knocking off the No. 19 Green Knights 70-52. The Red Hawks (10-7, 6-4 Midwest Conference) held St. Norbert to 2-for-13 shooting from 3-point range in the first half, and outdid that in the second half, forcing 2-for-14 shooting, to cruise to the win. The Green Knights got as close as seven points in the second half, but Ripon scored the next seven points and it was double digits the rest of the way. Trent Jones scored 26 to lead all scorers, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range.

Ethan Bartlett rattled in a 3-pointer from the corner with 10 seconds left and No. 15 Johns Hopkins survived on the road, winning at Haverford, 80-79. The Fords, who have already won more games this season than in any of the previous eight, led by nine with just over two minutes to go before the Blue Jays (15-2, 9-1 Centennial) rattled off a 12-2 run to finish the game, fueled by a 3-pointer and a traditional three-point play from Conner Delaney and a Braeden Johnson 3-pointer before Bartlett provided the final blow. Delaney finished with 22 points in just 25 minutes of game time, while Bartlett went 5-for-9 from beyond the arc and added a game-high eight rebounds. Fourteen of Delaney's points came in the final 5:05. Johnson scored 11 off the bench. Josh Love led Haverford (12-5, 7-3) with 15.

No. 2 St. John's extended its win streak to 17 consecutive games, surviving at Carleton for a 78-71 victory. Carleton rallied to take the lead after trailing by as many as 16 points in the first half, and led by as many as six with 12:02 left after the third of back-to-back-to-back Kent Hanson 3-pointers. The Knights (7-11, 4-9 MIAC) led as late as with 2:55 remaining, after Jeremy Beckler hit a 3-pointer. But Colton Codute answered with a bucket 18 seconds later, and the Johnnies (17-1, 13-0) scored 11 of the final 14 to win, going 6-for-6 from the line over that span. Jubie Alade led all scorers with 23 points, including a perfect 11-for-11 from the line. Hanson finished with 21 points and was 3-for-8 from beyond the arc.

No. 6 Marietta rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit and avoided a second consecutive loss, defeating Baldwin Wallace 85-76. Marietta started the half with a 20-8 run. Tim Kreeger led all scorers with 20 for the Pioneers, who improved to 15-2, 9-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Michael Quiring had 18 points and six assists for the Yellow Jackets (10-7, 6-4).

Connecticut College hasn't won a NESCAC men's basketball game since Feb. 10, 2017, and the losing streak continued in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday, as Trinity (Conn.) drained a 70-foot buzzer-beater in overtime and went on to down the Camels in the second overtime, 104-94. With 0.5 seconds left, Austin Nwafor hit one of two free throws to give the Camels a 92-89 lead, but Christian Porydzy grabbed the inbounds pass and shot all in one motion to extend the game. The heave came in the midst of an errant horn from the Conn College scorer's table, but the shot appeared to be off in time. Since a 70-60 win in the second-to-last game of the season in 2017, the Camels have lost 25 consecutive NESCAC games. They fell to 3-13 on the season. Colin Donovan scored 22 and Donald Jorden added 20 points and 24 rebounds for the Bantams (12-6, 2-2). The heave was Proydzy's only successful 3-pointer in seven attempts on the afternoon. Ben McPherron led Conn with 25 points.

Justin Stoval shot 9-for-11 from the floor for 21 points and added 12 rebounds and five blocked shots, but it wasn't enough to lift No. 11 UW-Platteville as the Pioneers lost at UW-River Falls, 74-68. The Falcons (10-8, 3-4 WIAC) overcame 2-for-10 shooting from 3-point range and a 21-14 rebounding disadvantage in the second half and held off Platteville (15-3, 5-2) despite making just two of four free throws in the final 30 seconds. Jack Stensgard led UWRF with 18 points.

Mason Memmelaar scored 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and RPI extended its winning streak to 15 games with a 72-64 victory at Liberty League foe Ithaca. Memmelaar scored RPI's first eight points, and finished with two free throws with 24 seconds left to help ice the win. The Engineers improved to 15-2, 10-0 in the league, while Ithaca fell to 11-4, 7-2.

Occidental got 30 points from Caleb Yellin-Flaherty, 25 of them in the first half, and Sydney Shipp scored 18 of his 25 in the second half as the Tigers defeated Pomona-Pitzer 87-73. The Tigers were credited with 30 assists on their 33 baskets, while the Sagehens received 19 assists on 23 buckets. Micah Elan led the Sagehens with 18 points.

Sam Toney went 6-for-12 from 3-point range, breaking his school's career 3-point record in the process, as New Jersey City got back to .500, slipping past Rowan 81-79. After a turnover gave the Profs back the ball with 53 seconds to go down 79-75, senior forward Austin Kearney hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 38 seconds left to make it a one-point game before junior power forward Jahmere Calhoun (31.1 seconds) and Denzel Banks (14.4) each hit one foul shot sandwiched around a missed Rowan three. Toney grabbed a defensive rebound to seal the game when senior guard Jerry Price intentionally missed the second of two free throws with 2.9 seconds left. Banks finished with 28, Toney with 27 to lift NJCU to 9-9, 6-5 in the NJAC. Rowan, the defending NJAC champions, falls to 8-10, 4-7.

Cameron Seemann drained back-to-back jumpers inside the final minute, including the game winner with 0.3 seconds left, to lift Washington & Jefferson to a dramatic 75-74 victory over visiting St. Vincent at W&J's Salvitti Family Gymnasium. The win was the first for the Presidents over the Bearcats since Jan. 3, 2011. The Presidents went 5-for-7 from beyond the arc in the second half.

For more from Saturday's Division III men's basketball action, check out the list of headlines from game stories posted to by Division III schools.