Wabash wins first round of NCAA tourney
North Judson graduate C.J. Gum and the Wabash defense were the difference Saturday in Wabash’s first-round NCAA playoff win over Illinois College, 38-20.
The starting defense held the visiting Blueboys’ offense, which entered the game averaging 41 a contest, to just six points. IC added two late touchdowns against Wabash substitutions.
Gum finished the game with two solo tackles and directed the Blueboys defense throughout the game. Former Plymouth Rockie Houston Hodges had a big day with a solo tackle and three pass breakups, while brother Austin Hodges had another solid day with two solo tackles and two breakups.
Illinois College finished 9-2 while Wabash improved to 11-0. The Little Giants will be home once again to face North Central (10-1) Saturday after the Cardinals ousted the University of Dubuque Saturday, 59-13.
Men’s college basketball
Ancilla beats Edison, sets program record
The Ancilla College men’s basketball team is 5-0 for the first time in program history after defeating Edison Community College 83-75 on Saturday in Piqua, Ohio.
The Chargers were once again led in scoring by Alexander Hutson. The freshman guard posted 26 points and six assists on the night, helping Ancilla lead their Ohio counterparts from beginning to end.
Hutson scored 18 of those points in the second half — 12 of them from behind the arc — to help Ancilla weather several comeback attempts by Edison (3-2).
Sophomore Josh Wilson added 16 points on the night while classmate Joby Renbarger narrowly missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Jazz Drane helped pace the offense with eight points and eight assists on the night, and Jordan Coe finished with 10 rebounds for Ancilla.
The Chargers resume play on Wednesday when they travel to Wyoming, Mich. to play the Grace Bible College junior varsity. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. EDT.
Women’s college basketball
Shooting woes plague Lady Chargers in loss to Edison
The Ancilla College women’s basketball team connected on just 15 percent of their shots on Saturday as they lost 78-28 at Edison Community College.
The percentage marked a season low for the Lady Chargers (0-3) and overshadowed what head coach Stephanie Beason described as a very strong effort from her side.
Ancilla actually won the turnover battle 22-19 and attempted more shots but connected on a mere 11-of-72 attempts from the floor, including 2-of-36 in the second half.
Natasha Ware finished with nine points and 10 rebounds, while Katrina Vannoy added seven points and 11 rebounds for Ancilla.
Edison improved to 4-1.
The Lady Chargers will resume play Nov. 26 when they travel to Danville, Ill., to play Danville Area Community College. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. EDT.