Early wrap: Calvin, Midd, Macon, Eau Claire get key road wins

Uchenna Egekeze provided the O as well as the D for Calvin.
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Road teams came away with big wins in Top 25 battles and Randolph-Macon survived in a new old gymnasium, while the UW-Eau Claire women got a key shot down the stretch to win at UW-La Crosse.

This is the early version of the recap and will be updated, including with a complete women’s wrap.

With big man Nate Karren on the bench because of foul trouble, no. 6 Williams shot just 4-for-23 from the floor in the first half and visiting No. 11 Middlebury led 24-13 at Chandler Grammar School. When Karren came back after halftime, the offense returned, but it wasn’t enough as the Panthers capped off a pretty impressive week by winning at Williams, 60-55. Middlebury (15-2, 4-1 NESCAC) led by 10 with 1:18 to play before Williams made it interesting as Cole Prewitt-Smith caught fire and scored 10 of his 20 points in the final 75 seconds. Alex Sobel had another big day for Middlebury, pouring in 18 points and adding 13 rebounds. The Panthers played two games on the week, winning at No. 4 Keene State and at Williams, which fell to 16-2, 3-2.

Playing on their old floor, Roanoke found some old Bast Center matchup and led No. 2 Randolph-Macon 21-14 at the half. In fact, the Maroons led by eight after two Kasey Draper free throws early in the second period. but the Yellow Jackets went on an 28-8 run, turning that deficit into a 47-35 lead, and went on to win 58-46. Keishawn Pulley Jr. scored 11 second-half points off the bench for Macon (17-1, 9-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference), all of them during that key run. Miles Mallory finished with a game-high 16 points, adding 18 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots, while Pulley scored 13 and Josh Talbert added 10. Roanoke (14-4, 7-2) shot just 8-for-27 in the second half, 0-for-6 from beyond the arc, and was led by 13 points from Efosa U-Edosomwan.

Collen Gurley and Christian Parker scored 22 points apiece to lead five starters in double figures and help No. 3 Mount Union roll past Heidelberg 94-71. The Purple Raiders (16-1, 9-1 Ohio Athletic Conference) were pretty unstoppable, as they shot 59% from the floor, and 62% from 3-point range in the win, including 20-for-33 from the floor ( 61%) in the second half. Eighteen players got into the game for Mount Union. That win, plus John Carroll’s 96-67 win at Muskingum, sets up a Top 10 matchup between the No. 3 Purple Raiders and No. 9 Blue Streaks for Wednesday.

No. 21 Calvin went down to No. 16 Trine in a battle of ranked teams and a battle of unbeaten teams in MIAA play, and it was the Knights who came away with the hard-fought road win, 54-47. The Knights started the second half with an 8-0 run as they got into the paint for layups on offense while holding the Thunder scoreless for nearly five minutes of play. Trine made several runs to cut the Calvin lead as low as four in the second half, but the Knights answered each time with big baskets from Jalen Overway and Uchenna Egekeze to keep momentum and the lead on the way to the win. Egekeze finished the day with a team-high 14 points on offense and also was crucial in holding Thunder leading scorer Brent Cox to 10 points on 3-for-19 shooting.

In women’s action, Gabby Ritchie hit a 3-pointer with 1:12 left in overtime but Jessie Ruden did her one better, completing a four-point play 12 seconds later, and no. 24 UW-Eau Claire went on to win at UW-La Crosse, 64-60 in overtime. Ruden’s shot gave the Blugolds a 62-60 lead and the Eagles had two shots to tie or take the lead before being forced to foul with five seconds left. Bailey Reardon hit both free throws to seal the win. Neither team scored in the final 2:03 of regulation before the fourth quarter ended in a 54-54 tie. Ruden and Courtney Crouch shared game-high honors with 19 points apiece for UW-Eau Claire (16-3, 7-1 WIAC).

Elsewhere in men’s games, no. 17 Guilford started the game on a 9-0 run and ended the first half on an 8-0 run and went up to cruise past Virginia Wesleyan 65-47. Tyler Dearman had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds and Julius Burch added another with 12 points and 12 boards to help Guilford improve to 15-3, 8-1 ODAC. The Quaers hold opponents to 53.9 points per game.

Raheem Anthony had a number of big games this season for St. Mary’s (Minn.) and he had another on Saturday afternoon, as he matched his career high with 41 points in an 85-81 win against Concordia-Moorhead. The Cardinals won for the ninth time in 10 games, bouncing back from a 75-72 loss at Macalester on Wednesday. Concordia was within one, 82-81 with 13.4 seconds to play and the Cobbers’ Matthew Johnson on the line for one shot. Concordia, however, was whistled for a lane violation — on what would have been the game-tying made free throw. Anthony was fouled on SMU’s ensuring possession and promptly knocked down both free throws — his ninth and 10 in a row from the line for the game — and Bruce Lockwood added another free throw seven seconds later to seal the win. Anthony shot 14-for-19 off the floor and was perfect on his 10 free throw attempts while adding eight assists and eight rebounds. He averages 24.5 points per game.

Davidson Hubbard scored a game-high 30 points and added a team-high 14 rebounds as Hampden-Sydney improved to 14-4 with a 77-64 road win at Salisbury in a non-conference game. It’s the 12th win in 13 games for the Tigers, who also got 18 points from Ryan Clements. “Slow start today, but the guys turned it on in the second half and we were able to put together some stops,” said H-SC coach Caleb Kimbrough. “Big games from Ryan and (Davidson) Hubb really helped us. Big shout out to Ryan for scoring his 1,000th point. Such a huge accomplishment, especially considering we have had two abbreviated seasons.”

More to come.

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