BANGOR, Maine — Kelli Murray scored four of her 16 points in the last 46 seconds Friday night, helping Husson University hold on for a 62-57 North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball victory over Lyndon State at Newman Gym.
AImee Thompson cut the deficit to 56-55 with 53 seconds left, but Murray answered with a jumper for the Eagles (3-8, 3-4 NAC). Thompson scored again to make it 58-57, but Murray sank two free throws with 28 seconds to play to help Husson prevail.
Murray also contributed six rebounds, three steals and two assists for the hosts, who were paced by 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks by Stephanie Comstock. Victoria McIntyre contributed 12 points and eight rebounds and Chrissy Larrabee added 11 points and seven boards for the Eagles, who overcame 24 turnovers.
Donna Lawson led Lyndon State (4-8, 2-5 NAC) with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Thompson finished with 10 points and nine rebounds and Dannika Dobroski provided eight points and six rebounds.
MMA 62, Johnson State 45
CASTINE, Maine — Maine Maritime snapped three-game losing streak with a 62-45 win over Johnson State in a North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball game Friday. The Mariners improved to 3-4 NAC, 5-7 overall while the Badgers fell to 0-7, 2-11.
Mary Badeen led scorers with a career-high 26 points for Maine Maritime. Badeen, who scored 20 points in the first half, shot 9 of 16 from the field, including 7 of 13 from three-point range. Courtney Dufour added 15 points for the Mariners and Casey Everest had 10. Hanna Lyons had a team-high six assists and Leah Jacksonled MMA with eight rebounds and seven steals.
Lazrin Schenck led Johnson State with 15 points while Ashley Jones and Brittany Robertson both added eight. Deanna Brandstetter grabbed a game-high nine boards for JSC.
Even at 5-5, early in the first half, the Mariners took a 15-5 lead with a 10-0 scoring run with 16:02 left. Badeen netted six in the run and Everest added four. Dufour nailed a three three minutes later to give Maine Maritime a 20-7 advantage before layups by Schenck and Kirsten Rand for Johnson State made it a nine-point game, 20-11, with 10:39 left.
The Mariners used the next seven minutes to explode on a 20-4 scoring run — with nine points by Badeen, five from Dufour, four by Devyn Curless-Clark and two by Bekah Campbell — to lead 43-15 with 3:28 before the break. A free throw from Brandstetter, and layup by Jenessa Swainbank for the Badgers made it 43-18 at halftime.
Dufour put the Mariners ahead 46-20 early in the second half before the Badgers went on a 15-4 scoring run, spanning almost eight minutes, to get within 14, 47-33, with 10:33 left in the game. Jones paced the Johnson State run with six points.
Maine Maritime led by as much as 20, 57-37, on a Lyons layup at 6:01 and its lead never went below 14 the rest of the game.
Bates 60, Colby 48
WATERVILLE, Maine —- Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) had 15 of her game-high 19 points in the opening half to lead the Bates College women’s basketball team to a 60-48 win over Colby College in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Friday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
Kelly also had a game-high four steals and dished three assists for the Bobcats (7-7 overall, 1-2 NESCAC). She was 9-for-13 from the field and made her only free throw.
Molly Brown (Dartmouth, Mass.) was 6-for-11 from the field for 15 points, while Brianna Hawkins (South Portland, Maine) added 12 points, seven rebounds, and four assists for Bates. Taryn O’Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) chipped in eight points and three assists.
Diana Manduca (Portland, Maine) led all scorers with 23 points and dished five assists for Colby (6-7 overall, 1-1 NESCAC). Brooke Chandor (Barrington, Ill.) was 4-for-4 from 3-point range for 12 points, while Gabe Donahue (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) had seven boards.
Colby took a 2-0 lead in the first half, but then went about seven minutes without a point as Bates took an 11-2 margin. With the score 20-12, the Bobcats used a 19-5 run over the final 5:31 of the half to take a 39-17 lead at intermission.
Bates led by as much as 22 points (49-27) with 13:08 remaining, but Colby did battle back. The Mules got as close as 58-48 with 3:13 remaining after a Manduca basket.
Tufts 62, Bowdoin 44
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Tufts University women’s basketball team remained unbeaten with a 62-44 win over Bowdoin on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
The eighth-ranked Jumbos shook off some early offensive struggles to pull away from the Polar Bears and improve to 14-0 (3-0 NESCAC). The Polar Bears see their four-game winning streak come to an end as they fall to 7-5 (1-1 NESCAC) with the loss.
Tufts had three players in double digits, led by Hannah Foley’s 12 points and Kelsey Morehead’s 11. Kate Barnosky had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Jumbos. Kaitlin Donahoe led the Polar Bears with 14 points in the loss. Selena Lorrey had nine points off the bench while Shannon Brady had five blocks.
Both teams struggled mightily from the field in the early going, with the visitors holding a 10-6 lead with five minutes left in the opening half. The Jumbos were able to piece together a late surge, scoring the final nine points of the stanza and getting a lay-in from Haley Kanner at the buzzer to carry a 19-6 lead into intermission.
The squads both heated up in the second half, but not until after the Jumbos had opened up the period on a 13-5 run, capped by a Foley three-pointer, to take a 21-point advantage with 16 minutes to go. Bowdoin got as close as 14 points in the remaining time, but Tufts connected on five three-pointers and hit 14-17 from the free throw line in the period to seal the win.
Tufts held a crucial 40-27 edge on the boards and grabbed 19 offensive rebounds resulting in 17 crucial second-chance points. Bowdoin committed 20 turnovers in the game.
Husson 93, Lyndon State 79
BANGOR, Maine — The Husson University Men’s Basketball team downed the Hornets of Lyndon State College Friday night by a final score of 93-79. Wes Murphy scored a team-high 19 points along with some key second half minutes from several bench players to earn the win.
The pace in the early going was frantic, as both teams put up 70 shots on the evening with Husson holding the rebounding edge 40-37. The Eagles held a 16-point lead at several points during the first half and led by 12 at the break.
The story of the game came in the second half when Lyndon was able to cut the Husson lead down to six at 57-51. Moments later Jon Klages found a wide open Phil Leighton for three and Murphy promptly stole the ensuing inbounding pass and laid it in to put the Eagles back up by 11.
Ten Husson players scored on the night, with five of them being in double figures. Eric Modica notched 17 points and seven rebounds, Aaron Willis scored ten of his 15 points in the second half, and both Leighton and Spaulding finished with 11.
Lyndon senior Jason Gray poured in a game-high 22 points on 41% shooting and hitting seven of the eight free-throws he attempted. George Carle had 15 points, eight rebounds and Devyn Baranauskas scored 13 points respectively.
“I thought it was a real good team win and I was really pleased with minutes in the second half,” head coach Warren Caruso said after the win. “Dan Fleming and Jon Klages really provided a lift for us mid way through the second half and I really thought that was the difference in the game for us.”
MMA 67, Johnson State 59
At Castine, the Mariners connected for 43 second-half points to gain the upper hand in a North Atlantic Conference victory over the Badgers.
Logan Poirier’s double-double (14 points, 15 rebounds) propelled Maine Maritime Academy (4-8, 3-4 NAC). Tyler Chiasson contributed 11 points and nine rebounds and Ben Russell scored 10 points while Jason Hatch and Caleb Macdonald chipped in with nine points each.
Asim Khan tossed in a game-high 23 points for Johnson State (6-7, 4-3 NAC), while Cody Camisa provided 13 points and eight rebounds and Bryan Hickey added seven points, 11 rebound and five steals.
Bates 66, Colby 56
WATERVILLE, Maine —- Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine) had a game-high 19 points and the Bates College men’s basketball team had just four turnovers in the game in a 66-56 win over Colby College in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Friday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
Bates moves to 6-9 overall and 1-2 in NESCAC play, while the Mules fall to 4-8 overall and 1-1 in the league.
The Bobcats used a 22-15 rebounding advantage in the opening half to take a 31-22 lead at the break. The Mules cut the lead to 40-32 on a basket by Danny Chase (Weston, Conn.) with 15:31 to play. However, Bates took over from that point and used a 13-4 run to take its largest lead of the game at 53-36 with 8:26 to play.
Colby cut the lead to six points on two occasions in the final 2:01 of the contest. With the score 59-53 with 2:01 to play, Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) hit one free throw with one minute to play and Luke Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.) nailed a pair of free throws with 44 seconds remaining for a 62-53 margin. Colby’s Sam Willson (Watertown, Conn.) nailed a 3-point shot with 39 seconds left to cut the lead to 62-56, but Matarazzo hit two more free throws with 32 seconds left to stretch the lead to eight.
Bogdanovich shot 9-for-18 from the field, while Matarazzo was 8-for-8 from the foul line on the way to 11 points. Brust also had 11 points and added six rebounds and three assists. Sean Cunningham (Amherst, Mass.) had seven points and five assists, while Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) added seven points and eight boards.
Chase was 6-for-9 from the field and had 16 points to pace Colby. Willson was 6-for-10 and chipped in 15 points. Chris Hudnut (Chevy Chase, Md.) added nine points and seven rebounds, Shane Rogers (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) had a game-high six assists, and Patrick Stewart (Bangor, Maine) had a game-high 10 boards.
Tufts 82, Bowdoin 69
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Tufts University men’s basketball team hit 13 3-pointers and pulled away late for a 82-69 win over Bowdoin on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Jumbos improve to 7-7 (1-2 NESCAC) and snap Bowdoin’s seven-game winning streak. The Polar Bears fall to 8-3 (1-1 NESCAC) with their first home loss of the season.
Tom Palleschi scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the visitors to victory. Ben Ferris notched a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds while Oliver Cohen and C.J. Moss scored 11 points apiece for the Jumbos.
The Polar Bears jumped to a 13-3 lead, but the Jumbos responded with a run of their own to take a 21-20 lead following a Ferris three-pointer midway through the opening half. The squads traded blows for the next 20 minutes of game time, exchanging the lead 13 times with neither team taking more than a three point lead.
Tufts took its final lead of the game following an and-one by C.J. Moss with 12:07 to go and used a decisive 15-2 run with under eight minutes remaining. Ferris, Stephen Haladyna and Moss all connected from long-distance in the run, which gave the visitors a 72-58 lead with 5:07 to go. Bowdoin could get no closer than ten points for the remainder of the game.
Tufts held a 40-32 edge on the glass and hit 45% from the field, including 65% from three-point range. Bowdoin also hit at 45% for the game from the field.