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Thursday’s college roundup, men’s basketball: Bowdoin 74, Bates 70


LEWISTON, Maine — The Bowdoin College men’s basketball team rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to stun Bates 74-70 in overtime on Thursday evening at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears pick up their third straight win and improve to 4-2. It is Bowdoin’s first win at Bates since January of 2010 which was by an identical 74-70 overtime decision. The loss drops the Bobcats to 3-5.

Bryan Hurley scored a team-high 17 points for Bowdoin while also collecting six rebounds and dishing out four assists. Maximilian Staiger had 13 points while Keegan Pieri added 12. Lucas Hausman pitched in 11 points off the bench for the Polar Bears. Graham Safford led all scorers with 21 points for Bates.

Bates carried a nine-point lead into halftime thanks to 11 first-half points from Safford and a damaging 17-10 edge on the glass. The Bobcats connected on five three-pointers to take a 33-24 lead at the break and quickly pushed the lead to 39-26 with a 6-2 run to open the second period. Bates maintained a double-digit lead until under the 15-minute mark and carried an eight-point lead, 53-45, following a Mark Brust jumper with 9:37 to go.

Hurley began Bowdoin’s comeback with a driving lay-in to spark a 7-0 run, highlighted by five points from Hausman, who hit a lay-up and an ensuing free-throw to give the Polar Bears their first lead since the opening moments at 54-53 with 6:34 remaining. The teams traded or shared the lead eight times in the closing minutes before Keegan Pieri’s basket with 35 seconds remaining tied the game at 62-62 and forced the extra session.

In overtime, the teams traded buckets for the first four minutes as the game remained tied at 70 with under a minute to go. Bowdoin’s Hurley drove the lane and banked home the go-ahead shot with 14 seconds to go, giving the visitors a 72-70 edge. Bates missed a three-pointer on its next possession and Hausman put the game on ice with a pair of free throws with three seconds on the clock.

St. Joseph’s 69, Rivier 50

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (4-2, 1-1 GNAC) defeated Rivier University (4-3, 0-2 GNAC), 69-50, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action at the Harold Alfond Center on Thursday night. Sophomore guard Steve Simonds went 5-of-7 from three-point distance and netted a game-high 17 points in the victory.

Saint Joseph’s scored 21 points off 16 Rivier turnovers with 12 steals in the first half and headed into intermission with a 33-20 lead.

Leading 13-10 midway through the first half, Saint Joseph’s opened up the game with a 15-4 run and would own a comfortable lead for the vast majority of the contest thereafter. Freshman guard Craig Luschenat capped the Monks’ burst with a three-pointer with 4:28 remaining in the first frame.

Rivier, trailing by 13 following the break, cut the SJC lead to single digits with a 10-4 surge in the opening minutes of the second period as the Raiders trailed 40-32 after Garon Whitney made a three with 15:43 remaining. The Monks countered with a Nicholas Jobin freebie and a Matthew Medeiros trey over the following two minutes to regain the double-digit cushion and led by at least 12 for the remainder of the evening.

The Monks went on to notch a game-high 21-point lead, 69-48, when freshman guard Jerome Diggs (Centreville, Va.) drained a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left in the contest.

For the Monks, Jobin produced 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals, Medeiros tallied 12 points, six boards and four dimes and Zach Blodgett added seven points, four caroms and three assists. Senior point guard Julio Vazquez grabbed four steals and collected three boards in the victory.

Diggs, making his first collegiate appearance, came off the bench to record eight points, five steals, two assists and one blocked shot in 20 minutes of playing time. The rookie electrified the building on several occasions, including a pair of fast-break dunks in the first half, during his time on the court.

For the Raiders, junior guard Nick Walch ) netted a team-high 12 points.

Women’s basketball

Colby 54, UNE 53

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Sophomore Jamie Wallace broke up a tie game on a jumper from the right corner with less than a minute to play and Colby College held on in the final seconds for a 54-53 victory over the University of New England in non-conference women’s basketball action Thursday evening at the Harold Alfond Forum.

An empty trip for the Nor’easters and a pair of free throws by Mules junior Jen Nale made it 54-50 with 20 seconds left, only to see UNE’s Sadie DiPierro pulled the hosts to within one (54-53) just five ticks later with a trey from the left corner.

Colby missed the front-end of a one-and-one at the free throw line and Big Blue controlled the ensuing rebound, but UNE’s game-winning shot attempt rattled off the side of the rim.

Carylanne Wolfington led the Mules (4-3) with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Nale added 12 points and Mia Diplock chipped in with nine.

Big Blue (4-3) was paced by Kelly Coleman with a game-high 19 points and 11 boards. Meghan Gribbin contributed 11 points, four assists, and three steals, and Beth Suggs totaled nine points and 11 rebounds.

UNE finished with a 40-30 edge on the glass, but fell to a NESCAC opponent by one point for the second straight outing.

Colby never trailed over the initial 34 minutes of the contest, going up by as many as 12 (26-14) late in the first half. The Nor’easter did manage to tally the final eight points in the frame to make the deficit 26-22 at the break, despite shooting just 26 percent (6-for-23) from the floor in the period. Coleman had six for UNE in the closing stretch.

Though the game was tied a couple of times as the second half began, the Mules built a margin of eight on two occasions (40-32, 43-35) before the midway point of the stanza.

Big Blue countered with a 14-2 run to gain its first lead of the night and a 49-45 cushion with 5:05 left. Gribbin sparked the momentum change with back-to-back layups and Coleman notched another six points before the string was over.

Colby answered immediately with a three-pointer from sophomore Brooke Chandor (Barrington, Ill.) to cut the UNE advantage to one. Then, trailing by two (50-48) with a little more than two minutes on the clock, senior Diana Manduca (Portland, Maine) knocked down a pair from the charity stripe to level things at 50-50.

The Nor’easters limited Manduca — the Mules’ leading scorer on the season (15.5) — to more than 11 points below her average through the first six games.

Bates 63, Bowdoin 57

LEWISTON, Maine — Allie Beaulieu scored eight points over the final four minutes, including a left-handed jump shot from the elbow with the shot clock running out, to finish off a 22-point, 10-rebound night as the Bates women’s basketball team outlasted Bowdoin 63-57 in the rivals’ annual non-conference matchup on Thursday night.

Taryn O’Connell was Bates’ only other double-digit scorer, with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. She also grabbed eight rebounds. Brianna Hawkins stepped up with eight ponits and nine rebounds, and junior Meredith Kelly, Bates’ leading scorer last season, made her 2012-13 season debut with eight points and three rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench.

Kirsten Prue led Bowdoin (3-4) with 19 points to go with four assists. The native of neighboring Auburn, Maine, made 7-of-13 shots from the floor, including 5-of-9 from three-point land. Megan Phelps added 14 points and six rebounds, and Kaitlin Donahoe chimed in with 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Much like Bates’ 59-58 win over the University of New England two nights ago, the Bobcats maintained a small lead for the vast majority of the game, but neither team ever led by more than six points.

Bates shot 16-of-18 at the free-throw line, while Bowdoin made 4-of-8 foul shots. Bates outrebounded Bowdoin 48-29, helping to offset the Bobcats’ 21 team turnovers.

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