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Ball lifts MMA men past UMM

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CASTINE — Andy Ball of Hermon hit a jumper at the buzzer to give his Maine Maritime Academy Mariners a 69-68 non-conference men’s basketball overtime victory over the University of Maine-Machias here Wednesday night.

The Mariners were led by Paul Campbell, who scored a game-high 23 points, and Sam Bell of Calais, who finished with 14. Campbell also had six assists and Brewer’s Dom Drake led the team with a game-high 10 assists.

Will Lewis scored 22 to pace the UMM Clippers and Hampton Mack added 15 to go with 20 rebounds. Zach Armstrong scored 11.

UMaine-Machias (3-2) 68

Case 1-0-3, Armstrong 3-5-11, Lupo 2-0-4, Mack 5-5-15, Lewis 9-2-22, Burke 2-0-5, Pope 2-0-6, Kakar 1-0-2, Smith

Maine Maritime Academy (2-0) 69

Bell 6-1-14, Campbell 8-6-23, Drake 2-1-6, Ball 1-2-4, Russell 1-2-5, Taylor 2-0-4, Dostie 3-1-7, Baribeau, Backus, Meklin, Pineo 3-0-6

3-pt. goals: Pope 2, Lewis 2, Case, Burke; Bell, Campbell, Drake, Russell

Halftime: UM-Machias 31-29

Saint Joseph’s 85, UNE 53

At Biddeford, the Saint Joseph’s Monks jumped out to a 15-0 lead and used a balanced scoring effort to knock off the University of New England.

Tyler Kelley led the way with 15 points and Chris Petzy added 13. Zach O’Brien scored 12 with six assists and Julio Vazquez scored 10.

Ryan Knotek scored 14 points and Marcus Winn added 10.

Saint Joseph’s (1-0) 85

Vazquez 5-0-10, O’Brien 5-0-12, Savino 2-0-4, Kelley 5-0-15, Petzy 5-2-13, Adams 1-0-2, Ibezim, Philbrook 2-2-6, Cullen 0-4-4, Cavallo, Ray 2-2-6, Jobin 1-2-4, D’Aiuto 0-1-1, McCloskey 1-0-2, Friend 3-0-6, Noonan

U-New England (0-2) 53

M. Winn 3-2-10, Guerrette 2-1-6, J.D. Winn 1-1-3, Knotek 6-2-14, Belanger 1-1-3, Ouellette 1-0-2, Jones 1-0-3, Fortin, Duplisea 1-2-4, Roach, Simpson, Stinglen, Dadiego, Lessard 2-0-4, Draleau 1-2-4

3-pt. goals: Kelley 5, O’Brien 2, Petzy; M. Winn 2, Guerrette, Jones

Halftime: Saint Joseph’s 47-19

USM 68, Wentworth 65

At Gorham, Cortez Isaac led all scorers with 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the University of Southern Maine past Wentworth Institute Wednesday.

Otis Smith kicked in with 14 points and Sean Bergeron added 11 for the USM Huskies.

Eric Prue and Corey Therriault each scored 13 for Wentworth.

USM 68, Wentworth 65

Wentworth (0-2) 65

Prue 5-0-13, Herrick 2-1-5, Therriault 6-0-13, Burke-Pitts 4-2-11, Mayo 1-0-2, Towner 1-0-2, Wilson 2-0-4, Harte 4-0-8, Sanders 3-1-7, McClure

Southern Maine (2-0) 68

Smith 5-3-14, Bergeron 5-0-11, Isaac 10-6-27, Kee, Poulin 2-0-5, Chambers, Jellison 1-0-2, Pollock, O’Connell 1-0-2, Pagentine 1-0-2, Forcier 2-1-5

3-pt. goals: Prue 3, Therriault, Burke-Pitts; Smith, Bergeron, Isaac

Halftime: Wentworth 38-21

Regulation: 59-59

Women’s basketball

UNE 72, St. Joseph’s 53

At Biddeford, Margo Russell tallied 22 points and six assists in leading the University of New England past Saint Joseph’s College of Standish 72-53 in women’s basketball action Wednesday night.

Kelley Paradis added 14 points and four steals for the Nor’easters.

Ashley Geel led the Monks with 12 points and seven rebounds. Danyelle Shufelt added 10 points and Abby Young had eight rebounds, seven points and four steals.

Saint Joseph’s (0-1) 53

Parent 1-2-4, McDevitt 3-0-6, Geel 4-4-12, Dufour 2-2-7, Drake 1-2-4, Young 3-1-7, Lamb 1-1-3, Shufelt 3-2-10, Makkinje, Moore

U-New England (2-0) 72

Russell 9-0-22, Suggs 3-2-8, Pelletier 4-0-8, Bunell 1-0-2, Paradis 5-2-14, LeBlanc 1-0-2, Cianciolo 1-0-2, Williams 2-3-7, Grady 0-1-1, Meszaros 1-2-4, Mroz 1-0-2, Foti, DeRaps

3-pt. goals: Shufelt 2, Dufour; Russell 4, Paradis 2

Halftime: UNE 39-27

TCU 87, SMU 73

FORT WORTH, Texas — Emily Carter scored a school-record 43 points to help No. 23 TCU outlast SMU 87-73 in double overtime on Wednesday night.

After 12 lead changes in regulation, TCU (2-0) finally took control in the second overtime, scoring 11 of the first 13 points and outscoring SMU 19-5 overall. Carter, who broke Amy Sutton Porter’s record 39 points from Jan. 21, 1999, scored 10 of her 43 in the second overtime.

Carter also hit all 15 of her free throws and helped the Lady Frogs overcome 22 turnovers. Starr Crawford added 13 for TCU, which extended its home-win streak to 23 games.

Samantha Mahnesmith finished with 19 points for SMU (0-2) and Christine Elliott and Raquel Christian added 12 points each.

UNC 76, Robert Morris 47

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Tierra Ruffin-Pratt played much of her freshman season wearing braces on both shoulders as she got used to the rigors of college basketball.

Now that the braces are off, the sophomore wing forward for No. 14 North Carolina looks like she’s ready for big things.

Italee Lucas led the way with 16 points while Ruffin-Pratt added 13 and a career-high 14 rebounds, sparking the Tar Heels to a 76-47 win over Robert Morris on Wednesday night.

“Without the braces I guess there’s more confidence in me going to the basket,” Ruffin-Pratt said. “They’re throwing me perfect passes so it’s hard for me not to make shots. I feel a lot comfortable. The braces kind of held me down a little bit. Now that I have them off I’m going to the basket a lot harder.”

Cetera DeGraffenreid added 12 points, Jessica Breland 11 and Waltiea Rolle 10 for the 2-0 Tar Heels, who have won all four meetings in the series.

“Pratt had a good game,” UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “It was good to get that out of that position. This was probably her best game. I knew she was capable of doing it. Last year there were just too many things with her shoulders and all that. But she’s worked hard. She could be even more aggressive offensively and I think she will be as we move along.”

Breland, a senior forward, was playing in her second game since sitting out last season with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“Everything’s coming along,” Breland said. “I’m trying to get the wrinkles out of everything. As a team I think, outside of this game, we’re doing good. We’re playing together and that’s a good thing because when you play big teams it’s not going to be just one person we need to stop. It’s going to be multiple players. I’m trying to get back in the swing of things. It’s different from playing pickup with your teammates. Playing in a real game, I have to get used to how everything used to be and get back into the flow of that.”

Latvian guard Kristine Silaraja had 20 points and Dominican guard Yohanna Morton 11 for Robert Morris (0-2), which has seven players from outside the United States on its roster.

UNC shot 46 percent from the floor to RMU’s 31, won the rebound battle 49-39 and committed 10 turnovers to the visitors’ 19.

“We knew they (the Colonials) were going to be a good shooting team,” UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “They’ve got some kids, especially their foreign kids who are nice players and make shots.”

The Tar Heels took control from the outset, going up 16-2 on a Lucas 3-pointer with 15:15 left in the first half.

The Colonials trailed 40-24 on a Silaraja layup with 19:51 to go, but the Tar Heels scored the next 10 points including Chay Shegog’s turnaround with 14:58 left to put the game away.

“It’s great experience for the young ladies to play a team at this level,” Colonials coach Sal Buscaglia said. “It only makes you better. It puts you in a situation where focus is going to be the main thing. You’ve got to bring everything to the court.”

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