WATERVILLE, Maine — Phil Leighton posted 14 points and nine rebounds Tuesday night to help the Husson Eagles earn an 87-67 North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball victory over Thomas College.
Eric Modica scored 14 points and Brooks Spaulding netted 10 for Husson University of Bangor (7-4, 5-1 NAC), which received nine points each from Wes Murphy and Aaron Willis.
Franklin Salvador connected for 16 points to spark Thomas (5-6, 2-5 NAC) and Levi Barnes scored 14 points.
UM-Farmington 87, MMA 52
At Farmington, Ben Johnson’s 25-point, 11-rebound effort powered the Beavers to a North Atlantic Conference win over the Mariners.
Yusuf Iman contributed 13 points, six assists and three steals and Garrett Clemmer provided 13 points and eight rebounds for the University of Maine-Farmington (9-3, 5-2 NAC). Sam Leal added nine points and five assists.
Nick Holt’s 15 points led Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (3-8, 2-4 NAC). Caleb Macdonald netted 11 points.
Bowdoin 88, UMPI 64
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Bryan Hurley set a new school record with 17 assists as the Bowdoin College men’s basketball team shot 60 percent from the field in an 88-64 win over Maine-Presque Isle Tuesday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears, winners of seven straight, improve to 8-2 this year. Presque Isle falls to 7-8 on the season.
Hurley’s 17 assists beat the previous mark of 15 held by both Dennis Jacobi and Chris Kiritsy. The mark, originally set by Kiritsy in 1986, was tied by Jacobi in 1991 and stood for 21 seasons. After nine helpers in the first half, Hurley broke the mark on a feed to Matt Palecki with 4:35 to go.
Keegan Pieri scored a game-high 23 points on 9-11 shooting for the Polar Bears, who also got 17 from Matt Mathias on 7-8 shooting from the field. Maximilian Staiger also saw double digits with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Patrick Manifold had a team-best 20 points and 11 rebounds for Presque Isle while Claude Louis added 13 in the loss.
Bowdoin never trailed in the game, although the Owls were able to stay within five points after ten minutes of play. The Polar Bears closed the half on a 24-10 run, however, to pull ahead by 19 points at intermission. The Owls could not get closer than 13 points in the opening stages of the second half and Bowdoin led by as many as 25 points in the late going to cruise to victory.
UNE 59, Gordon 50
WENHAM, Mass. — The University of New England men’s basketball team received double-digit scoring performances from first-year Devin Thompson (Winthrop, Mass.), junior Charles Fenner III (Bronx, N.Y.), and junior Joshua Butler (Nantucket, Mass.) while limiting Gordon College to 17 second-half points in a 59-50 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) victory Tuesday evening (Jan. 8) at the Bennett Center.
The triumph brought an end to a five-game skid at the hands of the Fighting Scots, and was just the third Big Blue win in the last 18 of the series between the teams. UNE improves to 2-9 (1-3 CCC) on the season, while Gordon dips back to 7-5 overall (2-3 CCC).
Thompson finished with a game-high 21 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and a 9-of-11 showing at the charity stripe. Fenner III added 15 points, five rebounds, and three steals, as Butler contributed 10 points and 15 caroms — more than twice as much as any other player in the game. Each assisted on three of UNE’s baskets.
Park Thomas had 11 points to lead the home side, and Jason Dempsey had 10 — all in the opening 20 minutes. Taylor Bajema chipped in with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.
The Nor’easters trailed 42-41 after a hoop by Thomas with 11:02 left to play before locking it down on the defense end. Big Blue allowed just two points to Gordon over a stretch that lasted nearly 10 minutes, while Fenner III and Butler combined for nine of UNE’s 12 points during the same span as the visitors established a 53-44 cushion with 1:25 to go.
UNE made all six of its freebies in the final 67 seconds to seal the deal. During the second half, the Nor’easters out-scored their opponents 11-1 at the free throw line to help turn around a four-point (33-29) halftime deficit.
Things were tight early on, until eight unanswered by the Fighting Scots made it 21-12 with 7:08 remaining in the first half. Big Blue had the margin back down to three (29-26) inside the last three minutes of the frame, and settled on the slightly larger gap at the break.
R.I. College 71, USM 66
GORHAM, Maine — Junior guard Nyheem Sanders (Pawtucket, RI/St. Andrew’s) drained a three-pointer with 36 seconds left, and three players combined to make four of six free throws down the stretch as the Rhode Island College (RIC) Anchormen defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 71-66 in a Little East Conference men’s basketball matchup at Hill Gym on Tuesday night.
With its fourth consecutive win, RIC improves to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference. USM drops to 8-6 overall and 3-1 in the LEC.
Southern Maine senior Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) hit a baseline jumper off an inbounds pass to put the Huskies up 64-62 with 3:40 left to play. RIC senior Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY/Benjamin Benneker) was then fouled and made both of his free throws to tie the game at 64 with 1:08 remaining. Senior Ethan Gaye (Providence, RI/North Kingstown) came up with a steal on the Huskies’ next possession, and Carter dished it to Sanders who hit a three that put the Anchormen up 67-64 with 36 left on the clock.
Southern Maine junior Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) hit a 15-foot jumper to pull the Huskies within one, 67-66, with 19 seconds left, but the Huskies were forced to foul, and free throws and a key offensive rebound by senior Steven Roberts (New Haven, Conn./Hillhouse) sealed the deal for the Anchormen.
Roberts led RIC with 13 points and nine rebounds, including seven offensive boards. Sophomore Alex Cruz (East Hartford, Conn.) had 12 points, six rebounds, and two steals, and Carter and junior Michael Palumbo (Providence, RI/Classical) each had 11 points. Sanders finished with nine points, and sophomore Chris Burton (New Rochelle, NY) had nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Down by 12, 37-25, with a just over two minutes left to play in the first half, the Huskies went on a 5-0 run and a 4-0 run to cut the Anchormen lead to four, 38-34, heading into the break.
USM then scored three straight points to begin the second half to take its first lead of the game, 39-38. RIC then built its lead back up to nine, 52-43, with 12:39 remaining, but Southern Maine would go on an 11-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 54-52 lead at the 8:26 mark. The run was highlighted by four points from Kee and Sullivan, and three points from junior James Odneal (Pontiac, MI/Bottineau). Each teams’ lead wouldn’t exceed more than two points over the next eight minutes until Sanders hit his three-pointer.
Sullivan led the way for Southern Maine with a game-high 20 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Odneal finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, two steals, and one assist, and Kee added eight points and three steals. Freshman Cole Libby (Buxton, ME/Bonny Eagle) chipped in with seven points, four assists, three rebounds, and two steals off the bench, and senior Sean Bergeron(Kennebunk, Maine) had a game-high four steals.
Albertus Magnus 92, St. Joseph’s 75
STANDISH, Maine — Albertus Magnus College (10-1, 5-0 GNAC) defeated Saint Joseph’s College (7-4, 3-2 GNAC), 92-75, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday evening. Sophomore guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) scored a career-high 35 points in the losing effort.
In the first half, the Monks fell victim to poor ball security and several Albertus Magnus scoring surges, two aspects that led to a 48-36 Falcons’ lead at the break. Albertus, ranked 19th in the country in the latest D3hoops.com poll, netted 15 points off 10 Saint Joseph’s turnovers in the opening 20 minutes and went on to lead by double digits for the entire second stanza.
With the game tied at 13-apiece at the 12:25 mark of the first period, the Falcons scored seven unanswered points – including five by junior guard Julian Sanders (Trumbull, Conn.) – to secure a 20-13 cushion. The Monks managed to cut their deficit down to 26-22 when Simonds connected on his first three-pointer of the game with 7:06 left in the opening half, but the visitors went on another run, this time a 9-0 outburst, over the following 3:11 to claim a 35-22 lead.
Trailing 43-29 with 2:04 before the break, Simonds nailed a trifecta and hit a jumper in a matter of 23 seconds to make it a nine-point game, but the single-digit deficit would be the Monks’ last of the evening as Falcons freshman James Jennings (Stratford, Conn.) made a three of his own at the 1:04 mark to help propel his team to a 48-36 halftime advantage.
In the first half, the Falcons shot a scorching 59.1% (18-32) from the field and Albertus junior Darius Watson (New Britain, Conn.) led all scorers with 20 points at the break. The Monks shot a respectable 46.7% (14-30) and were led offensively by Simonds, who scored 17, and Krubiel Workie (Denver, Colo.), who netted 11, in the opening frame.
St. Joe’s trailed 58-42 after Watson made a pair of freebies with 15:34 left in the contest and showed some life by way of a 6-0 run over the next minute of play, but any hopes of a comeback were quickly dashed by the Falcons, who tallied six quick points in just over a minute to essentially put the game away midway through the second half.
For the Monks, Workie tallied 13 points, six rebounds and six assists, Nicholas Jobin (Westbrook, Maine) added 12 points and eight caroms, and Matthew Medeiros (Westport, Mass.) contributed nine points, five boards and four steals in a losing effort.
Unfortunately for Simonds, his career-night went for naught. The sophomore swingman was 12-18 from the floor – including a stellar 6-8 performance from downtown – and 5-5 from the free throw line in putting up the most points by an SJC player since Zach O’Brien ’12 netted the same total against Johnson & Wales University on January 12th, 2012.
No Saint Joseph’s player has scored more than 35 points since Travis Seaver ’03 poured in 36 in a 98-85 win over Thomas College on January 19th, 2000.
For the Falcons, Watson was 13-16 from the field and totaled 35 points, Lemar Larsen (Waterbury, Conn.) added 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds, and Arshad Jackson (Hartford, Conn.) and Jefferson Lora (Bronx, N.Y.) netted nine points apiece.
Overall, Saint Joseph’s shot 40% (26-65) from the floor, 38.1% (8-21) from three-point range, and 75% (15-20) from the FT line. Albertus countered by shooting a season-high 57.4% (31-54) from the field, 36.8% (7-19) from downtown, and 76.7% (23-30) from the charity stripe.
UM-Farmington 56, MMA 43
FARMINGTON, Maine — Kenni Norton scored 10 of her team-high 15 points from the foul line and the University of Maine-Farmington limited Maine Maritime Academy to 18 first-half points en route to a 56-43 North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball victory on Tuesday.
Lindsay Ranquist posted nine points and seven rebounds and Rachel Clement added seven points and six rebounds for the Beavers (4-8, 4-3 NAC).
Leah Jackson tossed in a game-high 17 points and racked up 19 rebounds to log a double-double and pace Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (4-7, 2-4 NAC).
Mary Badeen chipped in with 12 points andsix rebounds for the Mariners.
Husson 70, Thomas 49
At Waterville, the Eagles raced to a 19-point halftime lead in posting the North Atlantic Conference victory.
Kelli Murray sparked Husson University of Bangor with 18 points behind four 3-pointers, along with six assists and five rebounds. Stephanie Comstock provided 12 points and eight rebounds and Hannah Pray tallied 12 points.
Megan Pelletier led all scorers with 24 points, including a 10-for-10 effort from the foul line, and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Thomas College (3-7). Liz Goodall added seven points.
Bates 80, UMPI 38
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Bates College senior Allie Beaulieu scored 19 points to put her over 1,000 for her career and lead the Bobcats to a 80-38 road victory over the University of Maine-Presque Isle in women’s basketball on Tuesday night. Bates is now 6-7 on the season while the Owls fell to 2-9.
Coming into the game, Beaulieu needed 9 points to hit the 1000 mark and did not waste time getting the personal milestone out of the way early. The guard hit her first three, three-point attempts, the last one coming at the 14:16 mark in the first half to not only hit it on the head but also give her Bobcats a 14-2 lead.
The Bobcats utilized their phrenetic paced transition offense to keep the Owls on their heels the rest of the way, never letting the home team get closer than 10.
Two other scorers joined Beaulieu in double-figures on the evening: Meredith Kelly had 17 while Molly Brown came off the bench to chip in 13.
For the Owls, who had a modest two-game winning streak snapped, they were led by guard Emily Pelletier(Sr./Fort Kent, ME). Pelletier shot a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line to help her put up 11.
Taylor Cochran (Fr./Topsfield, ME) came off the bench in her first home game to contribute 9 points and 4 rebounds (all offensive).
USM 83, R.I. College 71
GORHAM, Maine — Senior guard Nicole Garland (Portland, Maine/Deering) scored a game-high 22 points to lead four players in double figures as the 13th-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Rhode Island College Anchormen 83-71 in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Tuesday evening at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.
The win extends Southern Maine’s win streak to 14 and improves its record to 14-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference. Rhode Island College falls to 9-4 overall and 3-1 in the Little East Conference.
Garland did a bulk of her scoring from the free throw line sinking 14-of-15 attempts, including making a rare four-point play when she was fouled sinking one of her two three-pointers on the night. Senior forward Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) added 17 points, six rebounds and three steals and sophomore forwardRebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley) added 12 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Haley Jordan (Falmouth, Maine) had 10 points and four rebounds.
Freshman guard Danielle LeBlanc (Warwick, R.I./Pilgrim) led RIC with 17 points, including a 5-for-9 effort from three-point range. Senior forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, Mass._ added 16 points and four assists, while junior guard Cara Paladino (Arlington, Mass./Arlington Catholic) tossed in 10 points.
Ahead by five at the half, 35-30, thanks in part to 11 first-half points from Grant, Southern Maine quickly extended its lead to 10 points, 40-30, to open the second half on a three from Jordan and a fast break layup from Knight.
The Huskies led 49-38 with 14:39 to play on a jumper from Knight, before RIC rallied to pull to within four on a 7-0 run. Senior guard Ashley O’Dell (Lincoln. R.I.) scored all five of her points in the run as RIC trailed the Huskies 49-45 with 13:27. USM’s Garland halted a run converting a layup off of a feed from Knight on the Huskies’ next possession and both teams settled into a back and forth battle for the next four and half minutes.
A jumper from Burns had the Anchormen trailing USM 58-50 with 9:01 to play, but USM junior guard Nash Biliew (Portland, Maine) was fouled while attempting a three and sank all three free throws to put the Huskies ahead by 11, 61-50, with 8:47 on the clock. RIC again bounced back to make it a two-possession game with a quick 5-0 spurt, capped by a three from LeBlanc for a 61-55 USM lead, but the Huskies countered with an 11-2 run. Garland scored six of USM’s 11 points in the run, including her four-point play, as the Huskies led 72-57 with 4:58 to play.
USM maintained a double-digit lead and led 74-63 with 2:53 to play, before LeBlanc pulled her team to within five, 74-69, with back-to-back threes with 1:59 remaining, but the Huskies closed out the game outscoring RIC 9-2, including a 5-for-6 effort at the free throw line in the final minute of play.
UNE 70, Gordon 39
WENHAM, Mass. — The University of New England Nor’easters scored the first 14 points of the contest and cruised the rest of the way for a 70-39 Commonwealth Coast Conference women’s basketball win over Gordon College Tuesday (Jan. 8) evening at the Bennett Center.
With the victory, the Nor’easters improve to 7-4 on the season and remain unbeaten in CCC play at 4-0. Gordon slips to 2-10 and is winless in five conference outings. UNE has now won the last 11 meetings between the two foes.
Reigning CCC Player of the Week Kelly Coleman tallied 16 points in just 20 minutes of playing time to pace the Nor’easters. Rookie Lauren Hayden notched a career high with 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting, while Beth Suggs chipped in 12 points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Meghan Gribbin finished with seven points, five steals and four assists in limited action.
For Gordon, Brooke Kratche had 16 points and seven boards, and Lauren Kranyak contributed 11 points to go with six caroms.
UNE held the Fighting Scots scoreless over the initial 6:14 of the contest as it opened up a 14-0 advantage. After a bucket by Abby Bandi got the hosts on the scoreboard, Big Blue tallied the next 10 points to establish a commanding 24-2 cushion. The Nor’easters would go on to a 35-10 lead at the break.
UNE’s lead reached 37 twice in the second frame, as the Nor’easters substituted liberally for much of the tilt. Twelve players reached double digits in playing time, with no one in a UNE uniform logging more than 22 minutes of action.
For the game, Big Blue made half (29 of 58) of its field goal attempts while limiting Gordon to 30.8 percent (16 of 52) accuracy. The Nor’easters also held a 40-29 advantage in the rebounding department and forced 26 Fighting Scot turnovers.