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NCAC Weekly Release (3-4-13) - NCAA Basketball Tournaments

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2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament 

Ohio Wesleyan (23-5) and Wooster (23-5) have advanced to the Second round of the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament after posting victories in first round action on Saturday night. The Battling Bishops defeated Saint Vincent, 84-75, while the Fighting Scots edged Penn St.-Behrend, 62-44.

Senior Andy Winters (Columbus, OH/Bishop Watterson) led the Bishops with 21 points and four assists, while junior Taylor Rieger (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange) finished with 16 points and Reuel Rogers (Columbus, OH/Bexley) added 10 points. Senior Marshall Morris (Tulsa, OK/Jenks) grabbed a team-high 11 boards in Ohio Wesleyan’s first round victory to help the Bishops get to the second round for the first time since 2008.

Ohio Wesleyan will now host Cabrini (23-5) in second round action with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening at Branch Rickey Arena. The Cavaliers knocked off Hampden-Sydney, 80-78, in its first-round game on Saturday. Cabrini won the Colonial States Athletic Conference championship with a 90-74 win over Keystone in the tournament title tilt, taking their fourth consecutive CSAC title. This will be the first ever meeting between Ohio Wesleyan and Cabrini on the hardwood. Click HERE for more information on Ohio Wesleyan’s second round site.

In Wooster’s first round victory, sophomore Xavier Brown (Bowling Green, OH/Bowling Green) led all players with 17 points and nine rebounds, as the guard finished just one board short of a double-double. Doug Thorpe (Columbus, OH/ Eastmoor Academy) scored all 10 of his points during the first half and Kenny DeBoer (Westerville, OH/Westerville North) matched him with 10 for the game.

Wooster will host this week’s Div. III Men’s Basketball Championship second-round game against Dickinson College (21-7) at 7:00 p.m. from Timken Gymnasium. The Red Devils, Centennial-Conference champions, arrived in the second round after knocking off Marietta, 80-65, in their opening round contest. Click HERE for more information on Wooster’s second round site.

2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament

DePauw (30-0) has advanced to the Sectional round of the 2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament after posting a 78-51 victory over Maryville (TN) in second round action on Saturday night. The Tigers defeated La Roche, 73-43, in the opening round on Friday evening.

DePauw was led in the second round against Maryville by sophomore Savannah Trees (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville), who poured in a career-high 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including nailing all three of her shots from beyond the arc. Kate Walker (Indianapolis, IN/Perry Meridian) added 14 points and four assists, while Ali Ross (Lexington, KY/Lafayette) dropped in 10. In their opening round victory over La Roche, the Tigers were led by senior Ellie Pearson (Madison, WI/Madison West) who recorded her 11th career double-double as she scored 10 and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass.

DePauw is one of four institutions selected to host the NCAA Sectional round beginning Friday night from Neal Fieldhouse with Christopher Newport (28-2) and Montclair State (29-0) scheduled to tip-off at 5:00 p.m. DePauw will square off against Washington-St. Louis (22-5) following the finish of the first Sectional Semifinal.

Washington U. is coming off two close wins in the NCAA First and Second Rounds in Memphis last weekend. The Bears defeated the University of Texas at Dallas, 45-40, in the opening round of the tournament Friday, before advancing to the sectional with a 78-75 win over host Rhodes College in the second round Saturday.

Friday will mark the third time the two teams have met in the NCAA Tournament with DPU having won the previous two contests and the second time this season the two have faced each other as the Tigers and Bears squared off at Illinois Wesleyan on November 24 with DePauw taking a 60-59 decision. Click HERE for more information on DePauw’s sectional round site.