EMCC men hold off UMaine-Machias in second half

Posted Feb. 07, 2012, at 9:53 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 08, 2012, at 12:18 a.m.

MACHIAS — Eastern Maine Community College of Bangor jumped out to a 42-29 halftime lead and withstood a second-half rally by the UMaine-Machias Clippers to earn an 80-64 men’s basketball victory Tuesday night.

Thelbert Green led EMCC with 15 points, while Kyle Pluchino scored 14, John Caputo had 12 points and seven rebounds and Stephen Eskau had 11 points.

Hampton Mack led UMaine-Machias with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Will Lewis scored 14 points and Floyd Higgins had 10 points and six assists.

USM 77, UMass Boston 72

At Gorham the University of Southern Maine Huskies used a balanced scoring attack to battle past UMass Boston.

Conor Sullivan scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the 10-11 winners. Alex Kee and Brandon Tomah each chipped in with 17 points with Kee also recording eight rebounds and six assists and Tomah notching four rebounds, five assists and three steals. Jeremy Jackson contributed with 12 points.

Vinny DeLucia paced 7-17 UMD with 29 points.

Bowdoin 77, Bridgewater 52

At Brunswick, the Bowdoin bench scored 48 points to lead the Polar Bears to a non-conference victory.

Will Hanley turned in another fine all-around game for Bowdoin, now 15-6, as he scored 15 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and notched seven assists. Keegan Pieri chipped in with 12 points and Wyatt LIttles netted 11.

Anthony Fortes led 12-8 Bridgewater State with 18 points.

UMF 80, Bates 73

At Farmington, the University of Maine-Farmington overcame an 18-points deficit to knock off Bates in a non-conference game.

Kevin Leary scored 14 second-half points and Ben Johnson added 12 of his game-high 20 after intermission as the Beavers battled back 45-27 hole with 18:27 left to go in teh game.

Johnson also grabbed nine rebounds for the 13-8 Beavers while Leary finished with 17 points. Joe McCloskey added 13 points and Yusuf Iman provided 11 points. Dan Kane notched seven assists.

Ed Bogdanovich scored 14 points to lead 11-10 Bates with Mark Brust adding 11 points and nine rebounds.

Women’s Basketball

USM 67, UMass Boston 55

At Gorham, Courtney Cochran scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Southern Maine to victory.

Nicole Garland chipped in with 14 points for the 17-5 Huskies and Haley Jordan contributed 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. Renee Nicholas added eight assists and eight rebounds.

Kirsten Morrison scored 25 points to lead UMD.

Colby 71, Husson 43

At Wadsworth Gym in Waterville, Colby won its third straight game and improved to 16-5 behind a 19-point effort from Jil Vaughn.

Vaughn also grabbed 12 rebounds while fellow seniors Rachel Mack and Aarika Ritchie added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Stephanie Comstock paced 10-10 Husson of Bangor with 14 points and nine rebounds. Amanda Gifford contributed six assists and six rebounds.

St. Joe’s 88, Pine Manor 39

At Standish, Monks senior center Ashley Geel became the 20th player in program history to amass 1,000 career points when she finished with 16 points in the victory.

Geel is the first SJC women’s basketball player to reach the 1,000-point plateau since former teammate Carolyn Freeman hit the mark during the 2009-10 campaign.

Geel capped the contest with her fifth double-double of the season – and 14th of her career – with 16 points and 10 rebounds. She also recorded a pair of blocked shots in the win and is now tied with former men’s standout Tom Ollman (1988) for the all-time SJC basketball (both genders) career rejections record with 190 blocked shots.

Abby Young paced 16-6 St. Joe’s with 25 points, Alyssa Grigware added 14 and Lindsay Moore put in 12.

Therline Dumeran paced 7-13 Pine Manor with 11 points.

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