April 20, 2018
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Weekend college roundup, men’s basketball: MMA 66, UMPI 58


CASTINE, Maine — Andy Ball scored five of his game-high 24 points in overtime to help lift Maine Maritime Academy to a 66-58 win over Maine-Presque Isle Saturday. The win for Mariners avenged a 74-38 season-opening loss to the Owls and improved MMA to 3-5 overall. UMPI fell to 5-4.

Ball added 10 rebounds with his 24 points while Tyler Chiasson also picked up a double-double for MMA with 10 points and 12 boards. Paul Campbell added 13 points and Logan Poirier pulled 13 rebounds for the Mariners. Claude Louis paced the Owls with 23 points and nine rebounds and Michael Warner added 10 points.

A free throw from Ball and layup by Poirier gave MMA a 56-53 lead to start overtime. UMPI managed to get within one, 56-55, on Patrick Manifold’s free throw at 2:47 before the Mariners finished the period with a 10-3 scoring run.

MMA forced overtime with a pair of Campbell threes in the final 2:09 to erase a six point deficit. The Owls gained their lead with a trey from Louis and jumper from Chase Vicaire to make 53-47.

The first half saw five lead changes and five ties and ended in a 20-20 tie. UMPI took its largest lead of the first half, 11-7, with a pair of threes from Warner and Brad Task. A layup from Ball and a trey by Chiasson gave the Mariners a one point advantage, 12-11, with eight minutes left in the opener.

The Owls countered with a 7-2 scoring run and took another four point lead, 18-14, on Gerardo Vasquez’s three with 5:16 left. Ben Russell netted five straight points to give the Mariners a 19-18 lead with 2:42 left before a Warner jumper for UMPI and free throw by Poirier for MMA evened the score for the fifth time at the break.

CMCC 105, NMCC 62

On Sunday, the Central Maine CC Mustangs traveled to Presque Isle and recorded the win over Northern Maine CC.

The Mustangs move to 8-3 in the conference and the Falcons drop to 0-6.

Leading the way for CMCC were Cody Hadley with 21 points followed by Justin Cocroft with 12 points and Josh Ayoob, Samson Oleyami and Jalen Lincoln all with 11 points.

The Falcons were led by Matt Till with 26 points.

Westfield State 80, USM 79

GORHAM, Maine – Senior guard Lee Vazquez (Attleboro, Mass./Wonsocket (RI)) nailed a buzzer-beating three-pointer from well beyond the arc to lead the Westfield State University Owls to an 80-79 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.

With their third straight win the Owls improve to 9-1 overall. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Southern Maine and drops its record to 6-3 overall.

Vazquez scored a team-high 22 points to lead four Owls in double-figures. Senior forward Ryan White added a monster double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while senior forward Matt Devine and senior guard Ken Reed each scored 13 points. Devine grabbed eight rebounds and Reed had six steals.

Southern Maine senior guard Alex Kee led all scorers with a career-high 29 points on 7-for-14 shooting including four three-pointers. Junior guard Conor Sullivan added 17 points and five rebounds. Junior guard Brandon Tomah added 16 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Trailing by as many as 18 points midway through the first half, Southern Maine rallied to within a possession of the Owls, 41-38, at the halftime break. White had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the opening stanza to pace the Owls who finished the first half shooting an outstanding 52.9 percent (18-for-34), while Sullivan scored 12 of his 17 for the Huskies.

A three-pointer from Tomah knotted the score up at 41 points each in the opening minute of the second half before both teams settled in for a grind over the next 12 minutes. Following Tomah’s three, the Owls and Huskies exchanged baskets and despite six tie scores over the next eight minutes, Westfield State never trailed. After one of two free throws from Devine with 8:19 to play, Westfield State led 57-55, before Kee scored on a layup for a 57-57 game.

Kee’s layup was the first of nine unanswered points for the Huskies as USM assumed a 64-57 lead with 6:12 to play. Kee figured heavily in the 9-0 run scoring seven of the Huskies points on a layup, a three-pointer and a pair of free throws.

The Owls countered with a quick 5-0 spurt on a layup from Devine and a three from Vazquez to pull within two, 64-62, with five minutes left as both teams again battled back and forth. The Owls pulled to within a point of the Huskies three times over the next three minutes and trailed USM 71-70 after a Devine layup with 1:54 remaining.

USM extended its lead to five points, 77-72, with 28 seconds to play on a 6-2 run on six of seven free throws, including four from Kee, before Vazquez found White in the paint for a short jumper to trail 77-74 deficit and 21 seconds to play. Forced to put the Huskies on the line, USM made one-of-two free throws on its next possession to lead 78-74. Sophomore forward Dan Johnson then hit a clutch three with five seconds to play for his only points of the game to give the Owls life. Sending Southern Maine to the free throw line again, the Huskies made the second of two to lead 79-77 before Vazquez launched his game-winner.

Women’s Basketball

Framingham State 64, St. Joseph’s 60

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.. – Sophomore Nicole Bostic sank a layup with 12.1 seconds remaining and senior Kia Minor nailed a pair of free throws with 0.7 on the clock as the Framingham State University women’s basketball team held on for a 64-60 victory over St. Joseph’s College in non-conference action at Framingham’s Athletic & Recreation Center.

With the win, the Rams close the first half of the season at 6-3 including a 4-0 mark at home, while the Monks are now 5-3 heading into the semester break.

The Rams opened up the early lead as they capitalized on St. Joseph’s slow start as the Monks shot just 3-for-11 with ten turnovers as the Rams took an 18-9 advantage with 10:15 left in the first half.

St. Joe’s responded with a run of their own over the next three minutes to tie the game and take their first lead. The Monks received five points from senior Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, VT) as they used their defensive pressure to force Rams turnovers which they converted into easy buckets during the 11-0 run.

The Rams took the lead back on a Madeleine Park (Blue Hill, ME) three (24-23) with 4:23 left and went into the locker room with a five point advantage (32-27) after Minor turned a St. Joe’s turnover into an easy bucket.

The second half looked much like the first with the two teams trading the lead four times including twice in the final three minutes.

St. Joe’s took the lead, 56-55, when junior Mackenzie Dufour made a steal near midcourt and found a streaking Shufelt in transition for the go ahead layup. A Morgan Cahill put back put the Monks up three with 2:24 on the clock.

Minor scored the Rams next five points to put the hosts back on top. She cut the deficit back to one for the Rams with a put back with 1:23 left in the game and she put them in front (60-58) after converting a three point play with 38 seconds left.

St. Joseph’s quickly inbounded and moved the ball up to midcourt before calling a timeout. Out of the timeout, Shufelt hit junior Lindsay Moore, who was coming off a back screen, with a pass under the hoop and Moore converted the easy bucket tying the game, 60-60, with 31 seconds remaining.

The Rams worked the clock down on the ensuing possession with Bostic having possession on the right wing. She drove baseline and sank the game-winning bucket in traffic with 12.2 left.

St. Joe’s had one last chance, but Shufelt’s attempt at three rattled out and Minor grabbed the rebound. Minor was fouled and sank the two free throws to reach the final margin.

Minor led all scorers with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. Park finished the game with 12 points and eight boards, while Bostic chipped in 10 points and five assists. Junior Kristen Hoffman had a solid game with nine points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

Moore led a trio of Monks in double figures with a team-best 17 points on 8-of-13 from the floor to go along with eight rebounds, two steals and two assists. Shufelt finished with 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals, while Cahill finished with the game’s only double double as she scored 10 points and hauled in 10 boards including six on the offensive glass.

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