Wednesday’s college roundup, men’s basketball: Colby 74, Roger Williams 50

Posted Jan. 02, 2013, at 6:50 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. —- Chris Hudnut scored a collegiate-high 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds as the Colby College men’s basketball team won the consolation game of the Naismith Classic with a 74-50 victory against Roger Williams on Wednesday at Springfield College.

Hudnut, a first-year center, was 11-for-16 from the field and made two of his four 3-point shots. He leads the Mules (3-7 overall) in scoring at 11.5 points per game.

Danny Chase also had a collegiate-high in scoring, with 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field. The Mules shot nearly 53 percent (32-for-61) from the field. Connor O’Neil added 11 points, including three 3-point shots, and Patrick Stewart finished with eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Luke Westman pulled down eight rebounds, Shane Rogers dished seven assists, and Nick Rimsa scored six points and had five boards for Colby.

The Mules trailed 7-4 early in the game, but went on a 15-2 run to take a 19-9 margin with 11:07 to halftime. Colby scored the final five points of the half to go up 35-21 at the break.

Colby quickly pushed the lead over 20 points and held its biggest lead of 29 points (74-45) with 2:02 to play.

The Mules had a huge 48-20 rebounding margin, holding Roger Williams (4-6) to just two offensive rebounds.

USM 73, UNE 57

GORHAM, Maine – Senior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) scored a game-high 22 points to lead three players in double figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies men’s basketball team defeated the University of New England Nor’easters 73-57 at Hill Gym Wednesday night.

The Huskies improve their record to 7-5 with the win. The Nor’easters drop to 1-8 with the loss.

Junior guard James Odneal (Pontiac, MI/Bottineau) scored 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field and 2-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc, and junior guard Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) tallied 13 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

Down 38-36 at the half, the Huskies went on a 15-0 run that started early in the second half, increasing their lead to 55-40 with 11:41 remaining. The run was highlighted by two layups and a pair of free throws from Kee, five points from Sullivan, and four points from Odneal.

The Nor’easters cut USM’s lead to nine, 62-53, with a 6-0 run at the 5:04 mark highlighted by a jumper and layup from UNE junior guard Charles Fenner III (Bronx, N.Y./Rice). USM would answer back with a 6-0 run of its own to increase its lead to 15 again, 68-53, with 2:01 remaining.

USM senior guard Mike Poulin (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) added six points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists, Kee and Odneal each finished with four rebounds, and Sullivan tallied a game-high six assists. Freshman guard Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) chipped in with four points and senior forward Sean Bergeron (Kennebunk, Maine) had three points and four rebounds, both coming off the bench.

Fenner III led four UNE players in double figure with 18 points. Freshman guard Devin Thompson (Winthrop, Mass./St. Mary’s) had 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, freshman forward Jesse Dykstra (Douglass, Mass/Whitinsville Christian) added 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, and junior Joshua Butler (Nantucket, Mass.) had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Nor’easters.

Bowdoin 75, Plymouth State 53

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomores Keegan Pieri and Bryan Hurley and junior Andrew Madlinger combined to score 47 points Wednesday afternoon as the Bowdoin College men’s basketball team ran past Plymouth State University, 75-53 in its second semester opener.

Pieri topped all scorers with 18 points for Bowdoin while Hurley contributed 15 and Madlinger chipped in with 14. The three Polar Bears combined to make 17-of-29 shots from the field, with Hurley leading the way by converting 6-of-8, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. Bowdoin won its fifth game in a row to improve to 6-2 overall. Petey Skevas led the Panthers with 16 points and five assists as Plymouth slipped to 2-8.

Bowdoin never trailed in the game, taking a double-digit lead (18-7) midway through the first half. The Panthers got the margin down to six points after a lay-up by Skevas and a three-pointer by sophomore Alex Burt but Bowdoin pushed the lead up to 14 points (32-18) with three minutes left in the half, and went to the locker room with a 39-24 bulge. Pieri had 14 of his 18 points in the opening half.

The visitors extended the lead to more than 20 points five minutes into the second half and PSU was unable to mount a challenge the rest of the way.

WPI 58, St. Joseph’s 45

STANDISH, Maine — WPI (12-0) trailed early but utilized a first-half offensive surge to push past Saint Joseph’s (6-3), 58-45, in non-conference men’s basketball action at the Harold Alfond Center on Wednesday afternoon.

The Monks, who entered the game having won three straight, jetted out to an 8-2 lead thanks to Matthew Medeiros and Steve Simonds three-pointers in the opening three minutes. The early advantage would not last long however, as the visiting Engineers put up 11 unanswered points to secure a lead they would not relinquish.

St. Joe’s managed to maintain a minimum deficit at first, as Medeiros drained a three at the 12:19 mark and freshman Jerome Diggs took a loose ball and finished the play with a fast-break dunk to knot the contest at 13-apiece 18 seconds later.

But WPI freshman Zach Karalis propelled the Engineers to a 9-0 run with seven points during the four-minute outbreak, which the first-year guard capped with a trifecta to extend the visitors’ lead to 22-13 with 8:09 before the break.

Trailing 28-15, junior forward Nicholas Jobin tried to give his team a lift with a dunk at the 3:35 mark of the opening half. Unfazed, the Engineers methodically added to their cushion and carried a 33-19 advantage into intermission.

Medeiros led all first-half scorers with 10 points while junior forward Ryan Kolb paced the Engineers with nine points and six boards in the opening 20 minutes.

The start of the second half was promising for the Monks, as the hosts outscored the visitors by a 13-4 margin in the first 6:40 following the break. Medeiros capped the run with a three-pointer at the 13:20 mark to cut the deficit down to five points, 37-32, but WPI countered with a Kolb bucket and a Karalis three over the subsequent two minutes to make it a 10-point game.

The Monks would cut the Engineers’ lead to single digits on several occasions during the remainder of the contest, but a nine-point discrepancy was as close as the Royal Blue would get to the lead on this day.

For Saint Joseph’s, Medeiros netted a game-high 16 points, Diggs scored seven, Jobin produced six points and a game-best nine rebounds in a losing effort.

Kolb led four WPI players reaching double-digits with 13 points and eight caroms.

Women’s Basketball

USM 73, UNE 62

GORHAM, Maine – Senior forward Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) was two steals shy of a triple double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals to lead three players in double figures as the 15th-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the University of New England Nor’easters 73-62 in a non-conference women’s basketball game Wednesday night at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.

The win is the 12th for the Huskies who improve to 12-0. It is the first time since the 1992-1993 season that the Huskies have won their first 12 games of the season. The loss drops the Nor’easters to 5-4 on the season.

Grant was 5-for-12 from the field and a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe to lead USM. Senior guard Nicole Garland (Portland, Maine/Deering) added 15 points on a 4-for-7 effort from three-point range and dished out a career-best eight assists. Junior forward Nash Biliew (Portland, Maine) added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Sophomore forward Kelly Coleman (Portland, Conn.) led the Nor’easters with 15 points and nine rebounds. Freshman guard Alanna Vose (Cushing, Maine/Medomak Valley) added 10 points and three steals off of the bench. Freshman guard Lauren Hayden (Chantilly, Va./Westfield) and freshman guard Michaela Flanagan (Plymouth, Mass./Archbishop Williams) added nine and eight points respectively, while Hayden had six steals.

After giving up the first basket of the game, Southern Maine held the Nor’easters to just one more point over the opening seven minutes of the first half to grab a 17-3 lead. Coleman’s opening layup was the only field goal for UNE during that span as USM received points from four different players, led by seven points from Garland.

A three from freshman guard Sadie DiPierro (South Portland, Maine/McAuley) halted the Nor’easters drought and brought the score to 17-6 in favor of the Huskies with 12:30 remaining in the half, but USM countered with a 9-0 run to grab its largest lead of the game 26-6 with 10:11 on the clock. This time, Grant paced the Huskies offensively with five points. USM held a 42-25 lead in the final minute of the half, before the Nor’easters rattled off five straight points to close out the half trailing 42-30.

St. Joseph’s 58, Lyndon State 44

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s (6-5) jumped out to a commanding lead in the first half and rode the momentum to collect a 58-44 victory over Lyndon State College (3-5) in a non-conference women’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Wednesday evening. Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.) tallied 14 points, 14 rebounds and five steals in the triumph.

The Monks entered today’s action having lost four straight but left little doubt in the early going that the losing streak would end, as the Royal Blue scored the game’s first 14 points and held a 24-2 cushion after Moore made a layup off a Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) feed with 8:22 remaining in the first half.

Trailing 28-4 two minutes later, the visiting Hornets rallied with a 15-5 run to cut the SJC lead to 33-19 heading into intermission.

As it played out, the Monks went on to lead by at least 14 points for the remainder of the contest.

For the Monks, Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) registered 14 points, 10 caroms and three blocked shots, Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) was 6-6 from the FT line and netted 12 points, and Alyssa Grigware (Biddeford, Maine) contributed six points and five boards.

For the Hornets, Donna Lawson (Irasburg, Vt.) put up 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals and a pair of rejections and Chelsea Watson (Eliot, Maine) added eight points and nine boards in a losing effort.

With the win, Saint Joseph’s improves to 22-1 in the history of the series with Lyndon State College.

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