Tuesday’s college roundup, men’s basketball: UM-Augusta 57, MMA 54

Posted Nov. 27, 2012, at 9:22 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 27, 2012, at 11:24 p.m.

CASTINE, MAINE –- University of Maine-Augusta rallied from an 18-point first half deficit to beat Maine Maritime 57-54 in a non-conference men’s basketball game Tuesday night. The Moose improved to 2-6 while the Mariners fell to 0-3.

Andrew Pullen led all scorers with 20 points for UMA while teammates Keith Chesley and Walker Cooper added 15 and 13. Chesley also pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. MMA was led by Paul Campbell‘s 16 points and Andy Ball added 14. Tyler Chiasson pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and Campbell and Ball both had eight boards.

Maine Maritime jumped out to a 9-0 lead and increased its advantage to 14, 21-7, on Campbell’s layup at 13:55. After a 3-pointer from Chelsey, the Mariners went on a 7-0 run, with five points from Nick Holt and a bucket by Campbell, to lead 30-12 with 11:00 left in the first half. UMA answered with an 18-3 run to close the gap to 3, 33-30, with 1:31 left and tied the game on Chelsey’s buzzer-beating three just before halftime.

UMA opened the second half with a 10-2 run and took a 43-35 lead on Cooper’s three with 13:55 left in the game. The Mariners responded with an 11-3 scoring run to get within one, 47-46, on a Campbell layup at 9:03. Campbell’s layup three minutes later gave MMA its first lead of the half, 50-49, with 6:20 left in the game. The Mariners led by four, 53-49, before UMA rallied to even the game at 54 with 1:47 left. Cooper gave the Moose a 55-54 lead with a free throw before Darrel Stephen sank a pair of foul shots with 13 seconds left.

Bowdoin 82, USM 45

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Junior guard Andrew Madlinger knocked down six 3-pointers en route to a career-high 28 points to lead the Bowdoin College men’s basketball team to an 82-45 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies on Tuesday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

With the win, Bowdoin evens out its record to 2-2. Southern Maine drops its second straight game to fall to 3-2.

Madlinger was an outstanding 11-for-21 from the field and 6-for-13 from 3-point range to lead three Polar Bear players in double figures. Sophomore guard Keegan Pieri added 16 points, a game-high nine rebounds and four assists, while freshman guard Lucas Hausman tossed in 11 points off of the bench with a perfect 5-for-5 mark from the field.

Junior guard Brandon Tomah led the Huskies with 14 points on a 5-for-12 mark from the floor including four 3-pointers.

Madlinger scored 18 of his game-high 28 points in the opening half to lead the Polar Bears to a modest 34-26 lead at the half. Bowdoin shot a solid 41.2 percent (14-for-34) in the opening stanza and held USM to 10-for-29 effort from the field.

In the second half, Bowdoin pulled away outscoring the Huskies 48-19 in the final 20 minutes of action. The Polar Bears shot an outstanding 51.4 percent (18-for-35) from the field, led by Hausman who scored all 11 of his points in the second half. Defensively, Bowdoin held USM to just five second-half field goals on 5-for-24 shooting.

Saint Joseph’s 66, Bates 54

STANDISH — Saint Joseph’s College (3-0) outlasted Bates College (2-3), 66-54, in a non-conference men’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday evening. Sophomore guard Steve Simonds poured in a game-high 25 points and went 5-7 from three-point distance with seven rebounds in the victory.

The Monks held the lead for the vast majority of the evening and seemed to be on the verge of pulling away on several occasions, but would not do so until the closing minutes when the Royal Blue posted a 20-4 run en route to notching a game-high 17-point cushion.

Bates, which opened the year with consecutive victories but has now dropped three straight, played well in stretches but eventually ran out of comeback attempts. The Bobcats were led offensively by junior point guard Luke Matarazzo, who netted 22 in a losing effort.

The Bobcats’ only lead of the evening occurred near the start of the game when Matarazzo made a pair of free throws at the 18:51 mark. Leading 9-8 with 13:20 left in the opening frame, freshman Craig Luschenat drained the first of two trifectas during a 41-second span to help the hosts secure a 15-8 advantage.

Simonds hit his second three-pointer of the night to lift the Monks to a 20-10 lead with 9:45 left in the first half, but the comfortable cushion would not last long as the Bobcats surged with an 11-3 burst to cut their deficit to just two points, 25-23, five minutes later. Bates senior center Ed Bogdanovich made a layup 1:06 before the half to make it a four-point game, but Simonds drained a three and senior guard Julio Vazquez sank a layup to more than offset a Mark Brust jumper as Saint Joseph’s carried a 34-27 advantage into intermission.

For the Monks, Jobin tallied 14 points, three boards and three assists, Vazquez put forth a solid effort with 10 points, nine caroms, six assists and two steals, and Medeiros chipped in with eight points and five rebounds in the victory.

For the Bobcats, Bogdanovich put up 17 points and eight rebounds and Brust tallied six points and four boards in a losing effort.

Women’s basketball

Southern Maine 72, Bowdoin 58

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Rebecca Knight scored a game-high 25 points as the University of Southern Maine women’s basketball team pulled away late in a 72-58 win over Bowdoin on Tuesday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Huskies remain unbeaten at 5-0 this year while the Polar Bears fall to 1-3 on the season.

Knight scored 21 of her 25 points in the second half to push the Huskies over the top. She was joined in double figures by Haley Jordan, who scored 14 points, and Nicole Garland, who netted 13 points. Nash Biliew led Southern Maine with eight rebounds.

Kaitlin Donahoe led Bowdoin with 19 points while Megan Phelps scored 11 and had 10 rebounds. Kristen Prue gave the Polar Bears a spark off the bench with a trio of three-pointers and seven assists.

The Huskies owned as high as a ten-point lead in the opening half, but a late Bowdoin run – sparked by a pair of Donahoe three-pointers – trimmed the USM lead to 35-30 at intermission. Bowdoin came out of the break on a 4-0 run, cutting the Husky lead to 35-34 with 18:23 remaining.

Southern Maine replied with an 8-0 run, keyed by a Nicole Grant jumper, to extend its advantage to 43-34 with 15:58 to go. The teams traded blows for the next ten minutes, with the USM lead bouncing between five and eight points, with the Polar Bears coming as close as six points (52-46) on a Donahoe jumper with 7:05 remaining.

The Huskies responded with a decisive 15-4 surge with Knight accounting for 12 of her team’s points in the run, giving the visitors a 67-50 lead with 2:36 to play.

The meeting was the first for the teams since they met in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament last spring. Bowdoin took a 75-68 win in that clash and had won two of the three previous meetings between the schools.

Colby 92, Fisher 27

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Jen Nale scored a game-high 16 points and Desi Smith finished with 15 points to lead the Colby College women’s basketball team to a 92-27 win over Fisher College in non-conference play Tuesday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Nale was 7-for-11 from the field, while Smith was 7-for-9 from the field and added three assists. Carylanne Wolfington had nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Mules. Diana Manduca also had nine points and six assists, Gabe Donahue had nine points and six rebounds, Brooke Chandor added seven boards and six points, Mia Diplock had a game-high seven assists, Jacky McLaughlin finished with eight points, and Appaolonia Tankersley had seven points.

Javanna Bernard and Porsha Grayson both had nine points for Fisher (0-5 overall).

Colby (3-1) shot 55 percent from the field (38-for-69), 46 percent from 3-point range (11-for-24), pulled down 62 rebounds, and dished 28 assists.

The Mules led 11-0 after three minutes, but Fisher battled back and only trailed 21-11 with about 11 minutes to halftime. Colby went on a 10-0 run to go up 31-11 and led 47-18 at the break. The Mules added the first 14 points of the second half for a 61-18 margin.

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