There were four games on the Tuesday docket, including a historic one in the City of Brotherly Love:
JEFFERSON 98 KUTZTOWN 79
Hall of Fame Head Coach Herb Magee joined fellow legend Mike Krzyzewski of Duke as the only NCAA men's coaches to record 1,100 career victories. Magee reached the plateau as Jefferson blasted Kutztown (PA) in Philadelphia, just days after the visitors graciously moved their initially scheduled home game to the Gallagher Center to accommodate Magee in the event that the milestone was within reach. On the day they entered the Top 25 at #23, the Rams led from pillar to post, bursting out of the gate with leads of 17-5 and 34-12 en route to a 56-36 halftime cushion. A 12-4 start to the second stanza fattened the advantage to 68-40 and the Golden Bears never came closer than 17 points thereafter. Deondre Bourne rang up 27 points (8-11 FG, 5-8 from 3-point range), Josh Bradanese contributed 25 (8-10 FG, 5-6 from deep) and Kylan Guerra collected 21 points (7-11 FG), nine assists and four steals for Jefferson, which won its first four games for the first time since 2006. Devaughn Mallory chipped in with 10 points and six boards for the winners, while Wesley Butler was high man for Kutztown with 19 points (3-5 from 3). The Rams - who outassisted their guests, 19-7 - shot a blistering 63% from the floor, including 14-of-22 from beyond the arc, while the Golden Bears were a solid 45% and 8-for-16, respectively, while winning the glass, 32-28. Krzyzewski has 1,136 career wins to date.
DAEMEN 89 Le MOYNE 79
Andrew Sischo notched his seventh doube-double in as many games with 27 points (11-14 FG) and 11 rebounds as all 10 Daemen players who saw action reached the score column in winning for a sixth straight outing, this time against Upstate New York rival Le Moyne at Lumsden Gym. In the two Thruway rivals' first meeting since 2004, the visitors appeared poised for the upset, leading the #17 Wildcats 76-67 following a Ryan Roland 3-pointer with 5:50 to play. But Deamen took over from that point, outscoring the Dolphins 22-3 over the last 5:25 as the visitors missed their last eight shots from the floor. Jeff Redband's left-wing 3-ball put the hosts on top for good at 79-78 with 2:47 left, then he followed with a fadeaway from the left baseline at the 1:58 mark as part of a 13-point night (4-7 from downtown Buffalo). Breon Harris tallied all 14 of his points (4-7 from long range) in the first half in helping the Wildcats to their region-best 12th straight home win. Roland led five Fins in double digits with 20 points (7-12 FG, 6-9 from afar). He was followed by Tim Leavell (all 14 points before intermission, 4-7 from distance in a reserve role), Nino Hernandez (12 points, seven rebounds), Lonnie Rivera (12, 9) and Tom Brown (10 points, seven rebounds, seven assists) as Le Moyne still made a formidable 16 of 33 shots behind the 3-point line
NYACK 91 MANSFIELD 87
Nyack also experienced some late-game magic to slip past Mansfield (PA) at Bowman Gym for its third straight triumph. Joel Bailey racked up 27 points, including the go-ahead lay-up with 1:36 remaining that snapped a series of ties at 68, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79 and 82, and put the Warriors in front to stay. Bailey - who also dished out six assists - sank four straight free throws over the final 20 seconds, setting up Curtis Thompson's clinching toss with five seconds on the clock. The Mountaineers were in control most of the night, never trailing in the opening period after bolting out to leads of 8-0 and 42-28 before the hosts chiseled away and eventually prevailed. Junior Graham was a spark off the bench with 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting, highlighted by a late slam, while Jayden Dawson and Thompson (5-7 FG) each dropped 13 in the win. Christian Simmons topped the Mansfield scorecard with 21 points (8-14 FG) and nine rebounds, but despite edges in shooting (48%-46%) and rebounding (43-36), the Mounties were outscored 23-11 off turnovers, which was a crucial stat. Nyack fashioned a stellar 20/8 assist-turnover ratio in this one.
BLOOMSBURG 101 CHESTNUT HILL 88
Justin Anderson notched a personal-best 25 points, yanked down six rebounds and doled out four assists, while Ky Mauras submitted 24 points and six helpers as Bloomsburg (PA) held off Chestnut Hill at Nelson Field House, shooting 54% from the field along the way. The Huskies trailed 30-20 before climbing back, using a 16-7 second-half surge in expanding a tenuous 61-59 lead to 77-66 with 9:34 to go. The Griffins - who saw all seven of their participants deliver at least eight points - came as close as 90-84 on a put-back by Eli Barrett (24 points, eight rebounds) with 1:20 left, but Anderson countered with a back-breaking triple 17 seconds later to essentially end the drama. James Rider IV generated 22 points for Chestnut Hill, which also landed Juston Bailey (12 points on 4-of-5 long-range shooting, plus six assists) and Julius Phillips (11 points) in twin figures, though it wasn't enough to halt the region's longest losing skid at 24 games. Both teams shot an identical 14-for-17 from the stripe.
For the first time since November 21, 2017, four East Region teams populate the NABC/Division 2 Top 25 Coaches' Poll. St. Anselm jumps seven spots to #14 and Daemen climbs five to #17, while St. Thomas Aquinas and Jefferson enter at #20 and #23, respectively. Two years ago, the ranked teams were: Le Moyne (13), Bloomfield (17), St. Thomas Aquinas (22) and Merrimack (24). There are also three teams receiving votes this week: Bentley, Dominican and New Haven. Defending national champion Northwest Missouri State is still the unanimous #1.