Visiting DePauw University put on an offensive showcase and upset the No. 14 Bears 83-73 in the Field House on Thursday, ending Wash. U.’s season in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
With the win on Saturday, the Bears finished the regular season with a 20-5 overall record and 9-5 record in the University Athletic Association to capture second place in the conference.
The Bears delivered with a pair of extremes, sweeping both home games over the weekend by scoring a season-high 97 points in a 97-75 win against New York University and allowing a season-low 44 points in a 72-44 victory against Brandeis University.
In their highest-scoring weekend of the season, the Bears fell to No. 20 Emory University, 93-87, on Friday before salvaging a weekend split against the University of Rochester with a 94-87 victory on Sunday.
As conference season approaches, both the Washington University men’s and women’s basketball teams hope to remain unbeaten as they finish their nonconference schedules over the next month. The No. 3 men are undefeated with a sparkling 9-0 record, and the No. 5 women have blown teams out both at home and on the road to reach a perfect 7-0 mark.
Trinity (0-7 record) mounted a furious comeback that fell just short after a jumper from Wash. U. junior guard Luke Silverman-Lloyd broke a 75-75 tie with 31 seconds left, giving the Bears (8-0) a 79-77 win on Saturday at the Field House.
The No. 9 Bears (4-0) held on for a 73-69 win against No. 18 Wheaton to clinch the Lee Pfund Classic title on Saturday after defeating University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 72-61, on Friday in Wheaton, Ill.
Getting nearly dunked on by former No. 1 NBA draft pick Anthony Davis could have been the most unforgettable moment for Washington University junior forward Matt Palucki. But his recent performance as the Bears’ starting forward is making a lasting memory on the court.
The Washington University men’s basketball team has raced to a 5-0 start with four of its wins by at least 18 points and climbed 11 spots in the Division III rankings since the preseason poll to No. 10 overall.
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