Wilkes University set a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III men’s basketball record Saturday afternoon by making all 33 of its free throws in a 94-74 Middle Atlantic Freedom victory over visiting Eastern University at the Marts Center.
The free throw record was not the only one set during the game.
Marcus Robinson became the school’s career leader in 3-pointers made when he hit five, along with going 7-for-7 at the line, while scoring a game-high 26 points. He also had five assists.
Wilkes broke the Division III record set by SUNY Albany when it still competed at that level and was 28-for-28 February 19, 1994 against SUNY Potsdam.
The overall NCAA record is 34-for-34 by three different Division I teams in a single game.
Tommy Bowen led the record-setting performance by making 12 free throws while producing 20 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists.
Wilkes improved to 3-1 in the MAC Freedom and 11-4 overall. Eastern went 2-2 and 8-7.
The Colonels got off to a slow start, scoring just four points in the first 7:41 while falling behind by six.
Robinson started the game tied with Dave Jannuzzi at 251 career 3-pointers at Wilkes. He went 5-for-9 on the day with his first made basket, coming with 10:52 left in the half, setting the record and cutting the deficit to 12-9.
Eastern opened the lead to 17-9 and was still up 27-19 when Connor Evans hit a 3-point play with 4:01 left in the half to begin an eight-point streak that he completed with a three-point play to force a tie.
The teams were tied again, 33-33, at halftime before Wilkes put together 61 points in the second half.
Robinson went 4-for-6 on 3-pointers while putting up 17 points and 4 assists in the second half. Bowen had 12 points and 5 assists in the half. Jack Bova was 3-for-3 on 3-pointers in the half after making his only try of the first half.
The Colonels made 19 of their free throws after halftime.
Mullins made 8 free throws while finishing with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Evans, Zach Walser and Abington Heights graduate Clay Basalyga also contributed to the national record by making two free throws each.
Robinson moved into the school’s top 10 in scoring during the game, pushing his career total to 1,369.
The game was a Homecoming for two former Wyoming Valley Conference players.
Draig Ruff, a freshman from Wyoming Valley West, came off the Eastern bench to score 22 points. Holy Redeemer graduate Darius Washington scored 11 points.
Marywood 70, Marymount 66
Thomas Swartz scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Marywood, which held off a late rally by host Marymount (Va.) to win for the eighth time in 10 games.
The Pacers improved to 3-0 in the Atlantic East Conference and 11-5 overall. Marymount is 1-3 and 7-9.
Swartz has 57 points and 26 rebounds in his last two games.
Jeremy Ringland and Tone Cockrell added 12 points each in the win.
Marywood used a 14-4 run to take a 66-56 lead with 2:03 remaining.
Keystone 94, Rosemont 83
Jalen Flynn scored a career-high 30 points to lead the host Giants to their first win of the season.
Keystone is 1-3 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference and 1-15 overall. Rosemont is 1-3 and 5-10.
Flynn shot 13-for-23 from the floor, including 4-for-6 on 3-pointers. He had 21 points in the first half to help the Giants to a 52-38 lead.
Austin Smith drained six 3s while finishing with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists.
Tyrell Lacoste added 13 points and Jeremy Jordan 11.
Misericordia 91, Manhattanville
Alec Rodway hit all 6 shots he took from the floor and Jason Kenny scored a game-high 26 points as Misericordia University extended its winning streak to four games with the home-court win in an MAC Freedom game.
Rodway, a Valley View graduate, had 14 points and Misericordia outscored Manhattanville by 26 points in the 23 minutes he was on the floor.
Kenny, the MAC Freedom scoring leader, exceeding his season average by going 8-for-12 from the field and 10-for-11 from the line. The senor from Mid Valley also had seven rebounds and three steals.
The Cougars are now 2-2 in the MAC Freedom and 9-6 overall. Manhattanville is 1-3 and 7-8.
King’s 81, FDU-Florham 71
James Willis came off the bench to score 26 points and lift King’s to the homecourt Middle Atlantic Freedom victory.
King’s broke a five-game losing streak and improved to 1-3 in the MAC Freedom and 3-12 overall.
Noah Tanner, a sophomore guard from Mid Valley, made 4 of 7 shots and had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
King’s hosts rival Wilkes Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Penn State Wilkes-Barre 73, Penn State Hazleton 53
Kevin Silverberg scored 23 points to lead Penn State Wilkes-Barre to the win in the battle for first place in the Pennsylvania State Universities Athletic Conference East Division game.
Wilkes-Barre improved to 8-0 in the PSUAC and 11-3 overall. Hazleton is 5-2, 7-5.
After outscoring Hazleton, 26-11, over the final 12 minutes of the half, Wilkes-Barre led, 35-26.
Andy Kwaitkowski led Hazleton with 23 points. Crestwood graduate Robbie Hopkins hit three 3-pointers while scoring 11.
Penn State Schuylkill 89, Penn State Scranton 68
Charlie Peters scored all of his team-high 11 points for Scranton in the second half after Schuylkill led by 21 at halftime.
Wilson 87, Clarks Summit 61
Marcus Dixon scored 13 points for Clarks Summit, which remained winless.
MORE SATURDAY MEN'S ACTION: Logan Bailey and Kyle DeVerna led Scranton to a Landmark Conference win over Catholic. http://www.nepabasketball.com/2018-19/MenScrantonCatholic.