College basketball roundup: W&J loses in Las Vegas
Cory Nickel made 10 three-pointers to help Wisconsin-Oshkosh defeat Washington & Jefferson 65-53 Thursday in Las Vegas Hoopla at the Centennial Hills Center.
Nickel made 10-of-17 shots from three-point range to finish with a game-high 34 points. Nickel is the second player to make 10 triples against the Presidents this season, joining Doug Smith of Westminster, who also made 10-of-17 three-pointers Nov. 28.
Wisconsin-Oshkosh (4-5) held the Presidents to one basket in the first 7:44 and jumped out to an 11-3 lead. Nickel’s basket at the 10:21 mark stretched the lead to double digits and an 8-0 run during the final five minutes of the half gave UWO a 33-16 cushion at halftime.
W&J (3-8) never recovered from its 5-of-25 shooting in the first half. Zach Bellhy led the Presidents with 22 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.
Waynesburg 95, Franciscan 44: Waynesburg set its season-high for points for the second time in three days as the Yellow Jackets rolled to an easy 95-44 non-conference victory over winless Franciscan at Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.
Twelve players scored at least two points for Waynesburg (4-7), which won its second in a row. The Yellow Jackets were in control throughout, building a 48-18 halftime lead. Waynesburg went on a 26-5 run late in the first half.
B.J. Durham led Waynesburg’s offense, scoring a game-high 19 points in only 19 minutes of playing time. Durham made five of Waynesburg’s 13 three-point field goals. The Yellow Jackets shot 57 percent from the field.
Kenny Klase scored 18 points and Jacob Fleegle had 10 for Waynesburg.
Daniel Kleinschnitz led Franciscan (0-10) with 15 points.
Arkansas 79, Robert Morris 74: Hunter Mickelson scored 14 of his career-high 16 points after halftime, helping Arkansas to a 79-74 win over visiting Robert Morris.
Mickelson, a sophomore center, played only five minutes in the first half after picking up a pair of early personal fouls. He made up for his absence after the break, scoring 10 points in the period’s first 6:33 to give the Razorbacks the lead for good.
Paced by Mickelson’s 6-of-6 second half shooting, Arkansas made 67 percent of its field goal attempts after halftime and led by as many as nine points.
B.J. Young added a game-high 23 points for the Razorbacks (6-4). Mardracus Wade had 14 points and Marshawn Powell 12.
Robert Morris (8-5) stayed close with its free-throw shooting, connecting on 15 of 18 attempts after halftime. The Colonials pulled within three points on a pair of Lucky Jones free throws with 2:50 left, but could get no closer.
Powell’s slam dunk with 1:21 remaining gave Arkansas a 74-68 lead after Mike McFadden missed a lay-up on the other end of the floor.
The Colonials led by as many as eight points in the first half, but Arkansas used a 10-0 run to regain the lead, 27-25.
From there, the teams exchanged the lead four times before the Razorbacks took a 35-34 halftime lead on a Coty Clarke free throw late in the half. The teams combined to commit 26 personal fouls before the intermission.
Robert Morris played the majority of the first half without its leading scorer, Velton Jones. The senior, who was averaging 12.3 points per, picked up two offensive fouls in the first two minutes and a third personal foul with more than 13 minutes remaining before halftime. Jones picked up his fourth foul with 14:28 left in the second half and finished the game with three points.
Case Western Reserve 72, Wash & Jeff 52: Evy Iacono scored 19 points and made half of Case Western Reserve’s 10 three-point field goals as the Spartans defeated Washington & Jefferson 72-52 in Cleveland.
W&J (6-3) shot only 18 percent from the field in the first half and had a scoreless drought of more than nine minutes as Case Western (5-3) forged a 34-20 lead at intermission. The Spartans had a 16-0 run during the half.
Berit Eppard and Erica Iafelice each scored 11 points for Case Western, which was 10-for-23 from three-point range.
Emily Abraham was the only W&J player in double figures with 16 points, which included four three-pointers.