FARMINGTON — The third-seeded UMaine-Farmington Beavers advanced to the North Atlantic Conference semifinals with a win over the No. 6 New England College Pilgrims, 85-72 in men’s basketball action Tuesday night.
The University of Maine-Farmington (17-10) scored 52 second-half points to pull away for the win. Kevin Leary’s 17 points paced a balanced effort for the winners.
Pet Sumner posted 15 points and five assists, Ben Johnson tallied 14 points and nine rebounds, Yusuf Iman contributed 11 points and Joe McCloskey added eight points and seven rebounds.
UMF shot 52 percent from the floor and grabbed a 42-22 rebounding advantage.
Abdirahman Mohamed hit five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 23 points and five assists to spark New England College (7-20). Eric Eklund tossed in 15 points while Troy Prather and Jonathan Byrnes chipped in with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Husson 88, Thomas 56
At Newman Gym in Bangor, Eric Modica scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Husson to the NAC quarterfinal victory.
Husson advanced to the semifinal round against top-ranked Castleton State on Friday in Vermont.
Wes Murphy added 13 points for the Eagles and Brad Libby netted 11. Luis Medina notched eight assists and Marc Zaharchuk grabbed seven rebounds as Husson outrebounded the Terriers of Waterville 43-26..
Antonio Juco paced Thomas with 12 points and Franklin Salvador added eight.
UMFK drops two
The UMaine-Fort Kent men’s basketball team slipped to 17-9 after suffering losses Monday and Tuesday and men’s basketball action.
On Tuesday, Southern Virginia University beat UMFK 89-65 at Buena Vista, Va., and Apprentice School defeated UMFK 90-82 on Monday at Newport News, Va.
Spenser Briggs scored 18 points to lead 14-9 Southern Virginia and Isaih Harrison poured in 35 ponits to pace the 15-9 Apprentice School.
Manny Odugbela paced 17-9 UMFK on Tuesday with 19 points and five rebounds. Pablo Llamas added 17 points while Othniel Hyliger chipped in with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jeremy Thomas led UMFK on Monday with 20 points and Odugbela added 19. Llamas and Hyliger each added 12 points and Hyliger grabbed nine rebounds.
Castleton 78, Thomas 41
At Castleton, Vt., the top-seeded Spartans secured the home site for Friday’s semifinals and Saturday’s title game with a win over the No. 8 Terriers.
Vanessa Powers paced Castleton State (20-5) with 21 points and nine rebounds. Christine Jaques provided 15 points and five assists, while Alyssa Leonard netted 13 points and Meghan O’Sullivan 10.
Lindsay Fry led Thomas College of Waterville (6-19) with eight points. The Terriers were without star senior guard Karin Bird of Lee for undisclosed reasons.
Liz Goodall and Jasmine Bishop added six points and five rebounds each.
Husson 70, UM-Farmington 65
At Newman Gym in Bangor, Stephanie Comstock scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the Eagles gain a berth in the NAC semifinal round.
Husson will take on Colby-Sawyer at Castleton State College in Vermont.
Brianna Hanscom added 12 points and nine rebounds in her final game at Newman Gym for the Eagles.
Emma Morrison paced UMF with 15 points while Kenni Norton and Paige Saunders added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
UConn 86, Pitt 37
PITTSBURGH — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 23 points to lead No. 4 Connecticut to an 86-37 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
The Huskies (25-3, 12-2 Big East) rebounded from Saturday’s loss to St. John’s that ended their record 99-game winning streak at home to hold the Panthers (8-19, 0-14) to three first-half field goals.
Connecticut began the game with a 29-4 run that included 10 straight points from Mosqueda-Lewis.
Tiffany Hayes added 13 points for UConn and Kelly Faris had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Brianna Kiesel led Pitt, losers of 13 straight, with 15 points while Ashlee Anderson added 10.
Opponents haven’t fared well for nearly two decades when they’ve faced
Connecticut following a loss.
The Huskies haven’t lost back-to-back games since losing to Providence and Louisville in March 1993. They’ve gone 683 games without consecutive losses and are 48-0 following a loss in that time.
They’ve been exceptionally dominant following losses this season.
After losing to Baylor on Dec. 18, the Huskies beat College of Charleston 72-24. After losing to Notre Dame on Jan. 7, they beat Providence 96-35.
UConn made short work of the young Panthers. The Huskies smothered Pitt on defense, forcing 21 turnovers and dominating the Panthers in the post.
Pitt scored just eight points in the paint, yet fared no better from the outside. Kiesel hit the Panthers’ first 3-pointer with 8:09 left in the game. They had missed their previous 10 attempts.
Field goals were hard to come by all night for Pitt. The three first-half field goals were a season low. Marquel Davis scored Pitt’s first basket to tie the game at 2, but the Panthers didn’t score from the floor again until Davis hit a jumper with 6:18 left in the half.
By then, the Huskies were up 31-8.
Connecticut dominated everywhere. The Huskies outrebounded Pitt 38-24, picked up 13 steals and 27 assists and made 35 of 57 shots from the floor, including eight of 15 from beyond the arc.
Mosqueda-Lewis made nine of 12 shots for her seventh game of at least 20 points this season.