There was minimal action in NCAC Basketball last week with just seven games on the schedule, led by Allegheny and Hiram both picking up a pair of wins over the weekend against DePauw and Wabash. Several teams will be competing in tournaments over the holiday break, highlighted by DePauw hosting its annual Tampa Bay Shootout in Florida, Wittenberg hosting a Holiday Classic and Wooster playing host to its annual “Mose” Hole/Kiwanis Classic. The league portion of the schedule picks back up in earnest on Saturday, January 6th, with five games on the slate, highlighted by Wittenberg hosting Hiram in Springfield at 3:00 p.m.
ALLEGHENY earned its first two league wins of the season last weekend with home wins over DePauw, 70-57, and Wabash, 75-71. In the win over DePauw, sophomore forward Jordan Rawls (Pittsburgh, PA/Taylor Allderdice) turned in his third double-double of the season with 29 points and 14 rebounds, while classmate Jamison Nee (Natrona Hts., PA/Highlands) added 17 points and a career-high six steals. Led by Rawls’ 16 points and seven boards, the Gators then came back from a nine-point deficit with nine minutes left on Sunday to complete the four-point win over Wabash.
DENISON dropped a 76-69 decision against Capital on Tuesday in Granville. Despite the narrow loss, sophomore guard Jack Coulter (San Francisco, CA/St. Ignatius) and senior post Johnny Vernasco (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) each contributed career-high scoring performances against the Crusaders with 19 and 16 points, respectively.
DEPAUW lost back-to-back road games last weekend against Allegheny, 70-57, and Hiram, 66-60. Senior guard David Vogel (Bluffton, IN/Norwell) paced the Tigers with 12 points and seven rebounds against the Gators, while freshman forward Josh Hall (Bloomington, IN/South) led the way against Hiram with 15 points and five boards.
HIRAM ran its winning streak to three-straight with a pair of home league wins last weekend, topping Wabash in overtime, 75-68, on Saturday, before notching a 66-60 win over DePauw on Sunday. Three different players hit the 16-point mark in the win over Wabash, led by senior forward Kelvin Jones (Sheffield Lake, OH/Brookside) also collecting a double-double with 11 total rebounds. In the win over DePauw, sophomore Sherman Dean III (Euclid, OH/VASJ) single-handedly outscored the DePauw bench by a 17-14 margin after knocking down a career-high five three-point buckets.
KENYON dipped to 4-4 on the season with an 82-60 home loss against Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. Three different Lords players scored in double figures in the loss, led by senior forward Will Sigl (Lewisburg, PA/Lewisburg) finishing two rebounds shy of a double-double with season-high marks in both points (12) and rebounds (8).
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked 17th in the NABC/D3hoops.com Top-25, picked up an 82-60 win at Kenyon in its only action last week. Senior guard Seth Clark (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy) led the Bishops in scoring against the Lords with 21 points, while sophomore post Grant Gossard (Westerville, OH/Olentangy Orange) tallied his second double-double in as many games with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
WABASH suffered a pair of heartbreaking road losses last weekend, first dropping a 75-68 overtime decision at Hiram on Saturday, before falling at Allegheny on Sunday by a 75-71 margin. Sophomore Harrison Hallstrom (Naperville, IL/Central) picked up a double-double in the OT loss with 15 points and 14 rebounds, while classmate Colten Garland (Washington, IN/Washington) scored a season-high 23 points in the four-point loss against the Gators.
WOOSTER senior guard Spencer Williams (Warrensville Hts., OH/Orange) recorded his third-straight game with 20 or more points to lead the Scots in a 67-57 win over St. Joseph’s (ME) on Sunday at the Mauro Panaggio Tournament in Daytona, Florida. Williams finished the game with 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field, while sophomore guard Danyon Hempy (Waldo, OH/River Valley) also reached double figures with exactly 10 points.