January 19, 2018
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UMF men roll past New England College

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UMF men roll past New England College|

HENNIKER, N.H. — Ben Johnson scored 23 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to power the University of Maine-Farmington Beavers to a 92-77 North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball victory over New England College Friday night.
Pet Sumner scored 23 points, while Joe McCloskey posted 14 points and six rebounds and Nate Carson 10 points for UMF (3-4, 3-0 NAC).
Abdirahman Mohamed led New England College (2-6, 2-1 NAC) with 19 points and six assists.

Colby-Sawyer 97, Thomas 66
At New London, N.H., former Maranacook High standout Will Bardaglio connected for a game-high 20 points on 5-for-5 shooting from 3-point range to lead the Chargers to a North Atlantic Conference victory.
James Tobin netted 15 points for Colby-Sawyer (5-4, 3-0 NAC).
Franklin Salvador paced Thomas College of Waterville (4-4, 1-2 NAC) with 19 points.

Maine Maritime 65, Green Mountain 55
At Poultney, Vt., Andy Ball converted 23 of 26 free throws on his way to a game-high 35 points and contributed 11 rebounds and four steals to spark the Mariners to a North Atlantic Conference victory.
Shawn Dostie posted 17 points and 14 rebounds for Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (2-5),
Carnelius Green and Jeremiah Aponte scored 18 points each to lead Green Mountain (1-6).

Castleton 97, Husson 96
At Castleton, Vt., the Spartans hit 14 3-pointers en route to a one-point North Atlantic Conference victory over the Eagles.
Mark Comstock led Castleton State (3-4, 2-1 NAC) with 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Greg Hughes tallied 20 points and Keith Schneider added 10.
Marc Zaharchuk poured in a game-high 28 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to power Husson University of Bangor (1-5, 1-1 NAC). Daeshawn McMorrin contributed 20 points and six assists, while Phil Leighton and Wes Murphy scored 10 points each.

Bowdoin 84, Colby 68
At Waterville, Will Hanley racked up 29 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists to power the Polar Bears to victory over the Mules.
Bryan Hurley netted 16 points and Ryan O’Connell put up 15 points and five assists for Bowdoin College of Brunswick (6-2).
Ben Foreman led Colby (3-4) with 17 points while Shane Rogers scored 13 points. Kyle Donovan and Eric Beaulieu added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Brewster 84, MCI Postgrads 49
At Wolfboro, N.H., tourney host Brewster Academy cruised to the win Maine Central Institute Postgads.
James Farr scored 16 points for MCI and Jared Brandon added 12.

Women’s hockey
Maine 2, Union 1 (OT)
At Schenectady, N.Y., Dawn Sullivan scored off a Jennifer More assist 2:43 into overtime, lifting the Black Bears to their 10th victory of the season.
Kylie Smith made 19 saves for the University of Maine (10-7-4), which broke a scoreless tie 6:11 into the third period when Brianne Kilgour scored shorthanded off a Brittany Dougherty assist.
Union (3-14-1) tied it less than six minutes later when Lauren Cromartie and Nicole Bartlett set up a Stefanie Thomson goal. Kate Gallagher piled up 40 saves for the hosts.

Women’s basketball

Husson 73, Castleton 68 (OT)
At Castleton, Vt., Kellie Murray scored 71 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lift the Eagles past the Spartans in an early-season battle of perennial North Atlantic Conference powers.
Marissa Albert scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Bree Hanscom contributed 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for Husson University of Bangor (2-4, 2-0 NAC). The Eagles outscored the hosts 22-8 from the foul line.
Vanessa Powers led Castleton State (5-2, 2-1 NAC) with 20 points and nine rebounds while Alyssa Leonard and Christine Jaques netted 11 points each.

MMA 69, Green Mountain 59
At Poultney, Vt., Sam Goda scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Mariners to a North Atlantic Conference victory.
Andi Flannery and Alexis Bennett (six assists) tossed in 12 points each for Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (3-3, 1-1 NAC).
Chelsea Paul’s game-high 21 points paced Green Mountain (2-6, 0-3 NAC). Jacque Caster scored 16 points and Millicant Hopper added 11.

NEC 58, UM-Farmington 40
At Henniker, N.H., Rachel Williams scored 17 points and snared 11 rebounds to spark New England College to a North Atlantic Conference victory over the Beavers.
Danika Johnson added 12 points for the winners.
Kenni Norton paced the University of Maine-Farmington with 12 points and six rebounds.

Colby-Sawyer 87, Thomas 55
At New London, N.H., Taylor DeSanty scored 21 points and Cailin Bullett scored 19 as the Chargers improved to 7-2 overall, 3-0 in the North Atlantic Conference.
Karin Bird paced Thomas College of Waterville (1-7, 1-2) with a game-high 25 points, making 17 of 19 free-throw tries. Elizabeth Goodall added 10 points for the Terriers.

UConn 70, Seton Hall 37
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Even Geno Auriemma was puzzled by this one.

No. 2 Connecticut delivered a swift knockout Friday night, scoring the first 20 points in a 70-37 victory over Seton Hall. But the Huskies also had an offensive funk that the Hall of Fame coach hadn’t seen from his young team all season.

“It was really weird,” Auriemma said. “I was saying the first 10 minutes was kind of productive, we got some things done. Everything else was a struggle. I don’t know how to describe it, there was no rhythm or flow to it. A lot of missed shots. Maybe it’s this gym. A lot of times we come down here and it’s not exactly stellar basketball.”

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Tiffany Hayes and Caroline Doty had 15 points apiece for Connecticut, which next faces No. 1 Baylor on Dec. 18.

The nation’s top two teams met last season in Hartford and UConn came away with a one-point victory.

“I think we have a couple things we need to work on this week in practice,” Mosqueda-Lewis said. “We’ll be ready by that date.”

On Friday, there was no such drama.

The Huskies (9-0, 1-0 Big East) quickly took the spirited crowd out of the game. UConn hit four 3-pointers during the opening burst, and Kiah Stokes capped the run with a layup 7 minutes into the game.

“We have better offensive players than they do,” Auriemma said. “For us it was getting the right people enough shots in the beginning. Our pressure got us some shots.”

It took another minute before the Pirates (5-5, 0-1) got their first points — two free throws by Alexis Brown. Seton Hall’s first basket didn’t come until its 14th shot with 8:27 left in the first half when Brittany Morris converted a three-point play. That made it 30-5. The Pirates wouldn’t get within 22 the rest of the game.

“The press was the difference, you can’t prepare for Connecticut’s pressure,” Seton Hall coach Anne Donovan said. “You can prepare with your own players, but it doesn’t simulate what you see game time. The difference of the game after that point was he took the press off. We talked long and hard about taking care of the basketball. We didn’t take care of that from the beginning to the end.”

UConn opened the season with eight straight home games and ran through its opponents. The Huskies won by an average of 43 points, including a 30-point rout of No. 8 Texas A&M on Tuesday night.

Playing its first road game did give UConn a little trouble in the second half. After Bria Hartley’s layup with 15:34 left made it 55-23, the Huskies went more than 9 minutes without a point as Seton Hall was able to cut the deficit to 23. Hartley finally ended the drought with a lay-in with 6:25 remaining and the Huskies cruised the rest of the way.

“There’s no excuse for the offensive players we have to go without scoring, that’s inexcusable,” Auriemma said. “We’re too good to do that. We’re too good a team to throw it at the rim and run back.”

After taking a few days off for exams, the Huskies will travel to Waco to face the Lady Bears before heading to the College of Charleston.

The Huskies have won 56 straight Big East regular-season games. It’s the fourth longest conference streak ever, trailing Texas, which won 124 consecutive games in the Southwest Conference from 1981-1990. The Huskies have dominated the Pirates over the last 18 years, winning 43 of the last 44 meetings. The lone loss came on Jan. 5, 1994.

Jasmine Crew scored 12 points for Seton Hall.

“It felt good to have the students come out and support us,” Crew said. “Hopefully they’ll continue to do that.”

The game featured the last two Olympic coaches. Donovan led the U.S. team to gold in the 2008 Beijing Games, while Auriemma will coach the Americans next year in London.

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