Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Hits 8 of 18 Three-Pointers in 60-50 Win over Willamette at David Wells Classic

CLAREMONT, CALIF. -- Claremont-Mudd-Scripps sank 8 of 18 three-points shots and ended the game with a 15-9 run, as the Stags held off the Bearcats for a 60-50 victory in the first round of the David Wells Classic, Nov. 24 on the CMS campus. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps upped its record to 3-0 on the season. The Bearcats fell to 1-2 overall.

In the other first round game, Pomona-Pitzer edged Hope International, 83-82, in overtime. Willamette will take on Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday, Nov. 25, as part of the pre-determined second round schedule. The Bearcats and the Sagehens will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. (PST) on the Pomona-Pitzer campus, which is also in Claremont. CMS and Hope International will open Saturday’s double-header at 5 p.m. (PST) at Pomona-Pitzer.

Willamette’s game with CMS was relatively even statistically, but the Stags gained an edge with their three-point accuracy and a 10-of-13 night at the free throw line. The Bearcats made just 4 of 15 three-point shots (26.7%) and converted only 6 of 16 free throws (37.5%).

The overall shooting by the two teams was virtually even, with Willamette shooting 41.7% on 20 of 48 attempts and CMS converting 42.0% on 21 of 50 shots. Inside the three-point line, WU was 16 of 33 (48.5%), while the Stags were 13 of 32 (40.6%).

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps earned a 34-31 rebounding margin and committed 17 turnovers. Willamette lost the ball 19 times.

Willamette led by as many as four points early in the game, at 8-4 and 12-8. The Bearcats trailed by just a single point, 17-16, at the 8:11 mark, after Dan Nugent (Fr., Wing/Post, Portland, OR/Jesuit HS) scored on a jumper. CMS answered with an 8-0 run that ended on a 3-pointer by Dan Winterbottom, as the Stags took a 25-16 lead with 4:03 left in the half.

WU closed the half with a 10-5 offensive surge, with Nugent providing the first four points and Ian Mansfield (Jr., Post, Hillsboro, OR/Century HS) contributing the final six points. Willamette trailed 31-26 at the break.

Nugent finished the game as Willamette’s top scorer with 17 points on 8 of 10 field goals. Mansfield added a double-double, with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

The Stags scored the first two points of the second half, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Nugent and Rob Andrus (Sr., Wing, Chimacum, WA/Chimacum HS) cut the lead to a single point at 33-32. CMS countered with two 3-point baskets of its own to reclaim a seven-point lead. The Stags eventually led by nine points, 45-36, following two free throws by Austin Soldner with 10:47 left.

Willamette tallied the next five points to pull within 45-41 at the 8:15 mark. The 5-0 spurt began with two free throws by Kyler McClary (So., Post, Hillsboro, OR/Glencoe HS), and continued with a jumper by McClary and a free throw by Michael Smith (Jr., Wing, Talent, OR/Phoenix HS).

CMS scored the next 10 points, including two 3-pointers, to start its game-ending 15-9 run. The first trifecta was earned by Coury Clemens for a 50-41 advantage with 5:19 remaining. The second three-pointer was recorded at the 3:38 mark and was scored by Winterbottom, as CMS took a 55-41 lead.

The Bearcats were able to score six unanswered points in response to the CMS run. A jumper by Tain Cantrell (So., Post, Beaverton, OR./Westview HS) cut the lead to single digits, 55-46, with 1:31 to go, but Willamette was unable to get closer, as the Stags remained undefeated on the season.

Nugent’s 17 points and Mansfield’s double-double led the Bearcats. Corey Costantino (So., Wing, Ashland, OR/Ashland HS), who has played point guard while Josh Erickson (Jr., Guard, Keizer, OR/McNary HS) recovers from a knee injury, led all players with seven assists. McClary finished the game with six points and three rebounds.

CMS was led by Clemens, who scored 18 points and was 7 of 10 on field goals. He also led the Stags with three steals, matching Nugent for game-high honors. Mani Maceira tallied 15 points and supplied nine rebounds. Winterbottom scored 12 points and tied Maceira for the team lead with three 3-pointers.