2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Central

2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Central

2015 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament Interactive Bracket

The 2014-15 NCAC men's basketball season came to a close on Saturday night as both Wooster (23-7) and DePauw (20-10) suffered heartbreaking losses in second round action of the NCAA Tournament.

MARIETTA POD

Wooster had a quality look at a game-winning 3-pointer from the left wing, but it hit the rim twice and then fell off as Marietta College prevailed 88-86 during the teams' back-and-forth affair at Ban Johnson Arena in Marietta, Ohio. (PHOTOS)

On the previous possession,
RaNeal Ewing of Marietta (27-3) drove to the hoop and hit a tough jumper in the lane with 4.6 seconds to play to break an 86-86 tie.

The key to the game may have been the Pioneers' 9-2 start to the second half, as Wooster trailed 45-42 at half and had to play catch-up most of the rest of the way.

Both offenses operated at a very high level, as Marietta shot 52.4 percent from the field (33-for-63) and the Scots' 46.6 percent (34-for-73), which included 11-of-29 3-pointers. They combined for just 13 turnovers.

In his final career game,
Evan Pannell (Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) pumped in a team-high 23 points, which allowed him to reach the 1,000 milestone for his career (1,005) – the 40th in Wooster's tradition-rich history to achieve that.

Xavier Brown (Bowling Green, OH/Bowling Green)
also closed his magnificent career, as the four-time first-team all-North Coast Athletic Conference standout had 16 points to bump his career scoring mark to 1,637 – sixth-most in school history.
 
AUGUSTANA POD

Luke Lattner's (Hinsdale, IL/Fenwick)
layup at the buzzer got stuck between the rim and the backboard, ending DePauw’s season with a 68-66 loss at the hands of Augustana at the Carver Center in Rock Island, Illinois.

Tommy Fernitz (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North)
led all scorers with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Connor Rich (Tipton, IN/Tipton) and Lattner added 12 points each. Bradley Fey (Indianapolis, IN/Roncalli) added nine points and Bob Dillon (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf) dished out four assists. The Tigers shot 51.0 percent (26-of-51) from the floor, including 5-of-15 (33.3%) from three, going just 1-of-8 from deep in the second half. DePauw struggled from the line, shooting just 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from the charity stripe.

Augustana shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from the field and 4-of-15 (26.7%) from three. The Vikings capitalized from the charity stripe, going 20-of-24 (83.3%) for the game. 
The Vikings held a 29-26 advantage on the glass and won the turnover battle 14-12.

DePauw finishes the year with 20 wins, its most since the 2009-10 season. The Tigers captured their first North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament title and defeated Washington (Mo.) in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, earning their first postseason victory since 2002.

 

Augustana Pod
  Marietta Pod
  Wisconsin-Whitewater Pod

Thursday, March 5

  Friday, March 6   Friday, March 6
DePauw 83, Washington (MO) 73 {Box}   Wooster 84, Misericordia 59 {Box}
  St. Olaf 90, Ohio Wesleyan 78 {Box}
    Marietta 120, Medaille 81
  Defiance 83, Wis.-Whitewater 71
Saturday, March 7   Saturday, March 7
 
Augustana 68, DePauw 66 {Box}
  Marietta 88, Wooster 86 {Box}
   

MARIETTA POD (03/06/15)

Leading by seven at the break, Wooster opened up the second half with a 15-4 run en route to an impressive, 84-59, victory over Misericordia in first-round Div. III NCAA Men's Basketball Championship action at Marietta College's Ban Johnson Arena Friday evening. (PHOTOS)

Wooster (23-6) advances to the NCAA tourney's second round for the seventh consecutive season and will face host Marietta on Saturday night.

Overall, Wooster was very efficient offensively, shooting 53.0 percent from the field (35-for-66), including 6-of-12 three-point field goals during the first half. On the other end, the Scots limited Misericordia to a .339 rate from the floor (21-for-62). Wooster held a 41-36 edge on the boards and ended the night with 16 assists to just six turnovers.

Dan Fanelly (Uniontown, OH/Green)
 led four Fighting Scots' in double figures with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season.
 
Listen to Wooster head coach Steve Moore's post-game press conference HERE.

Listen to Wooster sophomores Alex LaLonde (Wooster, OH/Wooster) and Dan Fanelly (Uniontown, OH/Green) meet with the media after the win, HERE.

WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER POD (03/06/15)

The Ohio Wesleyan men's basketball team lost, 90-78, to St. Olaf in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Friday evening in Whitewater, Wisconsin. The Battling Bishops finished the year with a record of 22-6, including its first outright North Coast men's basketball championship since the 1986-87 season after posting a conference record of 16-2.

Ohio Wesleyan was held to just nine three-point field goals after coming into the contest averaging just over 12 and contest and was outrebounded, 32-29. St. Olaf registered 16 assists on 33 made field goals, while the Bishops notched nine assists on 30 total field goals.

Sophomore
 Ben Simpson (Lake Bluff, IL/Lake Forest) led the way for Ohio Wesleyan, matching a career-high with 25 points. He also finished with 11 rebounds to post his fifth double-double in his last six games, and shared the team lead with three assists.

 

AUGUSTANA POD (03/05/15)

Trailing 73-72 with 1:46 remaining, senior Tommy Fernitz's (Northbrook, IL, Glenbrook North) layup gave DePauw  (20-9) the lead for good as the Tigers ended the game on an 11-0 run to defeat Washington (MO) (20-6), 83-73, in first round action of the 2015 NCAA Division III NCAA Tournament on Thursday (3/5) night in St. Louis.

Wash. U. scored the first five points of the game and led 11-3 before DePauw went on a 29-9 run, led by a 4-for-4 effort three fromConnor Rich (Tipton, IN/Tipton) and eventually took a 40-35 lead into the half. Rich finished the game with 12 points, three rebounds and one assist.

In the second-half, DePauw extended the lead to nine with 8:29 left courtesy of a Bradley Fey (Indianapolis, IN/Roncalli) three-point field goal. However, Wash. U. continued to battle as the final eight minutes would feature five lead changes and three tie game scenarios before Fernitz hit the go-ahead layup.

The Tigers got a huge lift from beyond the arc, hitting a season-high 14 three-point field goals on 66.7 percent (14-for-21) shooting, while holding Wash. U. to just 26.7 percent (4-for-15) from long range. DePauw outrebounded Wash. U., 35-27.

Fernitz, who played only three minutes in the first-half with foul trouble, ended the contest with 13 points, all coming in the second period, to go along with five rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore Luke Lattner (Hinsdale, IL/Fenwick) led six DePauw Tigers in double-figures with 18 points, five rebounds and one assist off the bench. The Tigers' bench outscored the Bear's bench by a 48-9 margin. Senior David Fatoki (Hazelcrest, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor) led Wash. U. with a game-high 19 points and 10 assists, to go along with four rebounds in the losing effort.

With the win, DePauw will now travel to Augustana (IL) on Saturday for a second-round matchup in the national tournament. It will mark just the second time in history that the two teams have played, with the first game coming back in the 1992-93 season. 

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The North Coast Athletic Conference will be sending three teams to the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament for the third time in the last four years and the fifth time in league history. NCAC Tournament champion DePauw (19-9) earned the league's automatic bid into the field of 62, while tournament runner-up Wooster (22-6) and Ohio Wesleyan (22-5) each earned one of the 20 available at-large invitations into the national tournament. The Tigers will be appearing in the national tournament for the first time since 2007 and the 13th time in program history, while Wooster is in the field of 62 for the 13th-straight season and Ohio Wesleyan landed on the bracket for the fourth year in a row.

DePauw will open tournament play on Thursday (3/5) in St. Louis, Missouri, against Washington University (20-5), an at-large selection out of the University Athletic Association (UAA). Thursday's winner will then travel to Rock Island, Illinois, on Saturday for a second-round matchup against Augustana (23-4), the automatic qualifier out of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). Wooster will travel to Marietta College in Ohio for its first- and second-round pod, while Ohio Wesleyan will travel to Wisconsin-Whitewater for its first- and second-round pod. The Fighting Scots will meet Misericordia (21-6), the automatic qualifier our of the Freedom Conference, in the first round on Friday, while the Battling Bishops will square off against St. Olaf (21-5), an at-large selection out of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) on Friday as well. The Marietta pod will also feature a first-round matchup between the host Pioneers (25-3) and Medaille (19-7), while the other first-round game in Wisconsin matches up the host Warhawks (24-3) against Defiance (21-6).

The sectional round will also be played on campus sites the following weekend, March 13-14, while the semifinals and championship game will once again be played at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia, on Friday and Saturday, March 20-21.

The Fighting Scots have advanced to the third round of the national tournament in nine of the last 16 seasons, including advancing to the championship game in 2011, where they were upended by St. Thomas (MN), 78-54. In last year's tournament, Wooster knocked off Saint Vincent, 76-67, in the opening round, before falling at home against Dickinson, 67-64, in the second round. The Fighting Scots have compiled an overall record of 30-24 in NCAA Div. III Tournament action. The Battling Bishops, winners of the 1988 national championship, hold an overall record of 8-4 in NCAA play after falling to St. Norbert, 87-79, in the opening round a year ago. The Tigers, which finished as the national runner-up in 1990, return to the tournament field for the first time in seven years this winter after dropping a 62-59 overtime decision against Whitworth in the opening round in 2007.