CASTLETON, Vt. – The UMaine-Farmington women’s basketball team spotted Castleton State College an 18-point lead before getting on the scoreboard and a second-half comeback came up short as the Beavers dropped a 67-55 decision to the Spartans, in both teams’ North Atlantic Conference opener on Friday night at Glenbrook Gym.
Senior Kenni Norton led the Beavers (0-5, 0-1 North Atlantic Conf.) with 15 points, including a 3-pointer at the 13:54 mark of the first half for UMF’s first points of the game. Junior Holly Oliver netted 12 points and a team-high four rebounds.
Norton and freshman Ayla Allen each dished out three assists.
Castleton’s Tarryn Bolognani scored 21 points and hauled down eight rebounds to lead the Spartans (5-0, 1-0), while forward Meghan O’Sullivan charted 16 points.
O’Sullivan and Bolognani together accounted for 16 of Castleton’s 18 points to open the game, which the Spartans parlayed into a 42-25 halftime lead.
A Kelsey Graffam jumper kick-started a UMF rally to open the second half, and after a pair of the Norton foul shots and an Oliver 3-pointer the Beavers pulled to within 10 points, 42-32, with 16:56 left.
UMF’s comeback effort continued with an Allen jumper and another Oliver 3-pointer to cut the Castleton lead to five points with just over 12 minutes remaining, but UMF would get no closer.
Thomas 79, Green Mountain 75
POULTNEY, Vt. – The Thomas Terriers traveled to the Eagle Dome Friday to take on the Green Mountain College Eagles, for their first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) match-up. Despite a late comeback by the Eagles, the Terriers were able to stay poised, earning a 79-75 victory along with their first NAC win.
Thomas displayed a fine effort on the defensive end while applying pressure in the backcourt as well, causing the Eagles to commit a total of 18 turnovers in the first half. Thomas’s Megan Pelletier had three steals followed by Emilee Reynolds with two, and Jasmine Bishop with one.
On the other end, the Eagles were able to force a number of turnovers as well, forcing 12 Thomas turnovers in the opening half. The Eagles were able to stay within striking distance due to Green Mountain junior forward Sierra Pease’s 20 first half points as the Eagles rebounded from being down 11-1 to start the game to pull to 44-37 as the half ended.
Thomas (2-1 overall, 1-0 NAC) came out with the same intensity it had in the opening half to start the second. The visitors were led by Megan Pelletier who tallied 12-second half points and 28 total points to go with her nine boards and five assists. Emilee Reynolds helped out by adding 12 points and seven boards, while Jasmine Bishop and Elizabeth Goodall each scored 10. Green Mountain struggled to keep Thomas off the glass in the game allowing 20 offensive rebounds which ultimately proved to be the difference.
Green Mountain was able to close the gap to 78-75 in the final minutes of play, with a strong performance by Pease who tallied a career-high 37 total points while collecting seven rebounds, followed by Chelsea Paul who notched 12 points and six rebounds. Jacque Caster had an excellent all-round game with nine points, seven boards and six helpers. But Thomas’s Janelle Ciomei hit one of two free throws in the last few seconds, ending any Green Mountain hope of a comeback.
Castleton State 82, UMF 66
CASTLETON, Vt. – UMaine-Farmington men’s basketball ran squarely into a 3-point buzzsaw and dropped an 82-66 decision to Castleton State Colege, Friday night at Glenbrook Gym.
Castleton State (2-2, 1-0 North Atlantic Conf.) went 17-of-41 from 3-point range alone – a .415 shooting percentage from 3-point range – on its way to handing UMaine-Farmington (3-1, 0-1 North Atlantic Conf.) its first loss of the season. Spartans guard Logan White led the charge with a 6-of-12 mark from beyond the arc, while 10 different players each had at least one trey.
The Spartans’ 17 treys represented over half of their total of 27 field goals made.
White finished with 26 points to lead Castleton offensively, while forward Mark Comstock logged 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor including three 3-pointers.
Center Ben Johnson (Manchester, Maine/Maranacook) paced UMaine-Farmington with 23 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Johnson shot 9-of-13 from the field, with a 5-of-8 mark at the free-throw line.
Guard Yusuf Iman (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) finished with 14 points, while Andrew Dickey (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) netted eight points and handed out a team-high five assists.
UMaine-Farmington was 19-of-52 (.365) from the floor, and just 3-of-17 from 3-point range. The Beavers took advantage of Castleton’s 29 team fouls with a 25-of-32 mark at the free-throw line. Nick Hilton (Wilton, Maine/Mt. Blue) shot a perfect 7-of-7 at the charity stripe, while Iman was 5-of-6 at the line.
The Beavers opened the game with a quick lead thanks to a pair of buckets by Johnson, but Castleton answered with a 14-0 run while UMaine-Farmington went scoreless for nearly five minutes.
Johnson pulled UMF to within seven points of Castleton on his layup with 5:01 left in the first half, but the Spartans still managed to take a 40-27 lead into the locker room at the half.
Farmington again got to within nine points of the Spartans, 49-40, on a Dickey trey with 15:11 showing on the clock. Castleton slowly pulled away from there, however, extending its lead to 20 points by the eight-minute mark of the second stanza.
Thomas 104, Green Mountain 97 (OT)
POULTNEY, Vt. — Green Mountain College played catch up throughout its game against Thomas College in Friday night North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action. Although the Eagles eventually tied the game at 87-87, Despite a valiant effort by the Eagles to tie the game 87-87 and force overtime, the Terriers came away with a 104-97 win thanks to a 17-10 push in the extra period.
Thomas (3-0 overall, 1-0 NAC) quickly gained a first half lead in a fast-paced opening stanza which was led by Levi Barnes who tallied 13 points in the first half. Teammates Franklin Salvador and Stanley Green Jr. posted 10 points each, respectively.
With 11 minutes to go in the first half, Thomas held a seven-point lead, but the Eagles were able to claw their way back with a 4-0 run in the span of two minutes to capture a 23-22 advantage with three fast break trips. That lead was short lived as Thomas stormed back, taking a 27-23 lead, and never looked back for the remainder of the half as they took a 47-39 advantage into halftime.
Both teams continued to trade buckets until Green Mountain (1-4 overall, 0-1 NAC) was able to close the gap, finding themselves behind 60-54 with 14 minutes to go in the second half. A minute later, Thomas suffered a setback losing Marquis Pollard to his fifth foul. The Eagles capitalized off of the mismatch which allowed DaSean Mundell to drive the lane and score off a lay-up to pull GMC within one of the Terriers.
The Eagles were able tie the game at 84-84 with just 45 second left to play only to relinquish it a few seconds later. After a timeout was called by Green Mountain, the Eagles’ Carnelius Green drove down the sideline and tied the game with just eight seconds remaining. The Terriers’ last attempt fell short as they failed to get a shot off in the final seconds of regulation.
The Terriers jumped out to a quick lead in overtime, as they were lead by Salvador’s shooting performance boosting their lead by six after three, three pointers. Green Mountain was never able to recover after the quick scores, ultimately losing 104-97.
Salvador led the Terriers in the win with 30 points, including a 7-of-16 performance from beyond the arc. Stanley Greene, Jr. supplemented the offense with 27 points, six rebounds and five assists. The above pair also got their hands in the passing lanes as they combined for 11 steals in the victory. Levi Barnes was the other Terrier to score in double-digits, as he tallied 18 points along with seven rebounds.
The Eagles were led by a tremendous performance by Green who posted a line of 36 points, 15 boards and five assists. Jeremiah Aponte was a force in the paint down the stretch for the Eagles pouring in nine of his 14 total points at critical junctures when the team needed a bucket. Aponte also crashed the glass tying Green’s 15 rebounds. Jakerion Ales scored 13 points and Chris Strong chipped in with 10.
Colby 70, Fisher 63
WATERVILLE, Maine —- Three Colby College first-year players —- Ryan Jann, Patrick Stewart, and Luke Westman —- combined for 35 points to lead the Mules to a 70-63 win over Fisher College on the first day of the Colby Men’s Basketball Classic on Friday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
The Mules move to 2-2 overall and will play in Saturday’s title game at 3 p.m. Fisher falls to 4-3 overall and will play in the consolation game at 1 p.m.
After Colby took a 33-23 halftime lead, the game tightened up in the second half. Sam Nwadike had 14 of his game-high 16 points in the final 20 minutes for the Falcons. He had eight straight points — including a 3-point shot with 4:28 to play to tie the game at 55-55.
Stewart nailed a 3-point shot of his own with 3:43 to play to put the Mules up for good. Connor O’Neil added another Colby 3-point shot with 3:05 to play for a 61-55 margin.
Nwadike cut the margin to 62-59 with 1:27 to play on a drive to the basket, but the Mules went on an 8-0 run after that to put the game away. O’Neil had six points and Stewart added a pair of free throws during that stretch.
O’Neil had all 10 of his points in the second half, while Stewart finished with a game-high eight rebounds. Jack Crampton added seven points for the Mules.
Tyler Shular finished with 11 points and Tyler Radicioni added 10 for Fisher.
Daniel Webster 74, UMPI 63
WATERVILLE, Maine —- Daris Cosby finished with a game-high 21 points and teammate John Hickson added 16 to lead the Daniel Webster College men’s basketball team to a 74-63 win over University of Maine-Presque Isle on the first day of the Colby College Classic on Friday night.
Daniel Webster (2-2 overall) plays Colby in the championship game at 3 p.m. Saturday. UMPI (2-3) takes on Fisher College in the consolation game at 1 p.m.
Ryan Gauthier added 11 points, a team-high eight rebounds, and six assists for Daniel Webster, which shot 50 percent (14-for-28) from 3-point range. David Feinstein finished with nine points and four assists for the winners.
Claude Louis had 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Owls. Aaron Hutchins added 13 points and three assists, while Michael Warner had 10 points and four assists.
UMPI led 29-21 with 8:03 left in the first half, but Daniel Webster went on a 20-0 run to take a 41-29 lead. The Eagles led 43-31 at halftime and managed to control the second half.
Worcester St. 60, UMFK 45
NORTHFIELD, Vt.—Three different players scored in double-figures to lead the Worcester State University women’s basketball team to a 60-45 win again the Bengals of the University of Maine-Fort Kent in the opening round of the 2012 TDS Ed Hockenbury Classic hosted by Norwich University.
With the win, the Lancers improve to 2-3 on the season and advance to the championship game against Norwich tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., while the Bengals fall to 4-3 with the loss and will face St. Joseph (Vt.) in the Hockenbury consolation game at 1:00 p.m.
Worcester State opened the game with back-to-back jumpers by Shannen El-Qasem (Rutland, Mass.) and would never relinquish the lead. El-Qasem scored eight of her 10 total points in the first half to aid the Lancers to a 32-14 advantage at half.
Fort Kent would inch back in the second half, cutting Worcester State’s lead to 12 points with eight minutes remaining in regulation, but the Lancers answered with a 5-0 run to put the game back out of reach for the Bengals.
In addition to El-Qasem, Worcester State saw double-digit performances from Meaghan Burns (West Brookfield, Mass.) and Meaghan O’Keefe (Warren, Mass.) who totaled 11 and 10 points, respectively. El-Qasem added 13 rebounds and O’Keefe contributed 10 as they both notched double-doubles.
Leading the offensive effort for Fort Kent was Ericka Christenson (Warren, Maine), who posted a team-high 18 points and added eight rebounds. Samantha Carapellucci (Fort Kent, Maine) contributed 10 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Bengals.