Weekend college sports roundup, women’s hockey: BU 4, Maine 2

Posted Jan. 12, 2013, at 6:01 p.m.

ORONO, Maine – Boston University’s Kayla Tutino and Marie-Philip Poulin each scored third-period goals to snap a 2-2 tie and give the Terriers a 4-2 women’s hockey win over the Maine Black Bears Sunday at Alfond Arena.

Shannon Doyle registered the first goal of the game at 19:25 of the first period on the BU power- play opportunity and Maine’s Brittney Huneke tied it a 6:46 of the second on assists from Jennifer More and Brittany Dougherty.

Louise Warren then gave BU a 2-1 lead on a penalty shot, but More tied it for Maine at 18:13 of the second period on a Dougherty assist.

Brittany Ott made 31 saves for Maine, which dipped to 3-17-1 overall and 1-10-1 in Hockey East. BU, which outshot Maine 35-17, is now 14-3-3 and 9-2-1.

Men’s Basketball

Husson 91, Johnson State 55

BANGOR, Maine — Husson University men’s basketball won its sixth straight and seventh in North Atlantic Conference play vs. Johnson State College Saturday at Newman Gymnasium. Aaron Willis had the hot hand on the afternoon for Husson, scoring 14 points with three assists and two steals.

Things were close in the early going, but Eric Modica scored five straight points for the Eagles, followed by a Wes Murphy three to put Husson up 20-12 just over eight minutes into the game.

Johnson State cut the Husson lead to four moments later, but the Green and Gold started to pull away in the latter part of the first. Husson lead by as many as 17 in the first frame leading up to a deep Donte Cottonhamthree at the buzzer to put the Eagles up 19 at the half.

Husson continued their dominance in the second, playing six players consistently off the bench the entire game.

“The thing we look at our group is how deep we are,” head coach Warren Caruso said. “We played 11 or 12 guys this weekend in quality minute time and they all performed very well.”

Husson lead by as many as 39 in the second half, managing 69 shots on the evening, hitting at a 48 percent clip. Husson also turned the ball over only 10 times on the day, compared to JSC’s 29 turnovers. The Eagles outrebounded the Badgers by 12 as well, 36-24.

Cody Camisa and Bryan Hickey put in tough efforts for Johnson. Camisa led all scorers in the game with 18 points, pulled down two boards and had a steal and an assist. Hickey added a double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

Caruso continued: “That was the best 40 minutes we’ve played all season from an execution standpoint and it was really good weekend with a lot of people contributing. The direction we’re heading in is really positive but we have to stay focused. We’re only half way through the season and we have a lot of basketball still to play.”

Lyndon State 65, MMA 51

CASTINE, Maine — Lyndon State overcame a three-point halftime deficit to beat Maine Maritime 65-51 in a North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball game Saturday. The Hornets improved to 5-3 NAC, 6-6 overall while the Mariners fell to 2-5, 3-9.

Ben Russell led Maine Maritime with 11 points and Logan Poirier contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.

Devyn Baranauskas netted a game-high 18 points for Lyndon State and George Carle reached double figures with 13 points. Jose Fortunato grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds for the Hornets while Jason Gray and Carle pulled 11 and 10 boards.

Lyndon State jumped out to 14-5 at 11:51 on David Johnson’s jumper. The Mariners answered with a 10-1 scoring run to even the game at 15-15 at 8:45. Jason Hatch and Nick Holt each had a three and Russell and Caleb MacDonald added two points each. Both teams traded buckets in the next three minutes before a Brad Reed three gave MMA a 25-23 lead. Gray’s layup at 3:14 gave the Hornets a 26-25 lead before layups from Russell and Poirier put the Mariners up 29-26 at halftime.

The Mariners built their lead to nine, 35-26, with 15:36 left in the game before Lyndon State erased it with a 15-1 scoring run. Carle started the run with a layup and Baranauskas capped it with three-straight layups to put the Hornets ahead for good, 41-38, with 9:43 left. Maine Maritime got as close as two, 43-41, on a Tyler Chiassonfree throw but didn’t get within six the remainder of the game.

UM-Farmington 94, Thomas 72

WATERVILLE, Maine – A career-high 27-point effort by junior Andrew Dickey (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) propelled the University of Maine at Farmington to a 94-72 win over Thomas College, in a North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball matchup Saturday afternoon at Mahaney Gym.

Dickey was 9-of-15 from the field and 8-of-10 from the foul line against the Terriers, and led a trio of UMF players who cracked the 20-point barrier on Saturday. Junior Ben Johnson (Manchester, Maine/Maranacook) finished with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor, while junior Yusuf Iman (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) logged 23 points with an 8-of-9 effort from the field including a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range.

All three players dished out three assists. Johnson led UMaine-Farmington (10-3, 6-2 NAC) on the boards with 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season.

UMF shot a season high 62.5 percent from the field, making 35 of its 56 field goal attempts, while holding Thomas (5-7, 2-6 NAC) to 33.8 percent shooting.

Jarrad DeVaughn paced Thomas offensively with 14 points, while Stanley Greene chipped in with 12 points. Marquis Pollard led the Terriers on the glass with five boards.

UMF held a 40-39 lead after a first half that offered seven lead changes, and Thomas trailed by just three points, 57-54 with 13:34 remaining in the game, after a DeVaughan layup.

The Beavers replied by scoring on each of their next four trips up the floor while the Terriers would go approximately six minutes without making a bucket. By the Thomas broke its field goal drought on Shaun Munson’s jumper with 7:29 showing on the clock, Farmington held a 74-58 lead.

Thomas was a mere 3-of-13 from the field the rest of the way, while UMF extended its lead and held a comfortable 20-point or more lead for most of the final five minutes.

USM 82, UMass Dartmouth 78

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) scored a career-high 33 points as the University of Southern Maine Huskies withstood a furious late rally from the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs to skate away with an 82-78 win in a Little East Conference men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Tripp Athletic Center in North Dartmouth, Mass.

With the win, Southern Maine improves to 9-6 on the season and 4-1 in the Little East Conference. UMass Dartmouth falls to 2-11 overall and remains winless in conference action at 0-5. The Huskies are currently in a three-way tie for first place in the Little East with Rhode Island College and Eastern Connecticut.

Kee was lights out for the Huskies shooting 11-for-20 from the field, including a trio of three-pointers for her career-best 33 points. He added four rebounds and three steals to lead three USM players in double-figures. Junior guard Conor Sullivan(Scarborough, Maine) added 13 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, while junior James Odneal (Pontiac, Mich./Bottineau) added 11 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Sophomore guard Mike Rotando (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.) led the Corsairs with 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Sophomore center Alex Rodrigues (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) added 12 points and a team high nine rebounds and freshman guard Abi Akanni (Fitchburg, Mass.) tossed in 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Southern Maine comfortably led the Corsairs 49-36 at the half as Kee (13) and Sullivan (11) combined to score 24 points. The Huskies’ made their move midway through the opening half to seize control of the game. Narrowly ahead 14-12 with 12:42 to play, USM grabbed a 12-point lead with a 15-5 run. Back-to-back three-pointer from junior guard Brandon Tomah (Princeton, Maine/Calais) sparked the Huskies, while Kee, Sullivan and senior guard Mike Poulin (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) each contributed to the run for the 29-17 lead with 9:17 to play.

In the second half, the Huskies remained in control and led 17 points, 77-60, with 5:38 to play following a steal and a layup from Kee for his 28th points of the game. With the game seemingly under wraps, the Corsairs mounted a furious comeback effort over the next five minutes and thirty seconds to pull to within a basket of USM 80-78 on the heels of an 18-3 run. Four different players scored for the Corsairs in the comeback led by six points from Akanni and five points each from Rotando and junior guard John Genkos (Worcester, Mass.). It was Genkos’ lone three of the game that had the Corsairs to within a basket of USM with eight seconds remaining and after a team timeout the Corsairs, forced to foul, put the red-hot Kee on the line for the Huskies. Kee calmly sank both free throws to maintain the Huskies fourth Little East Conference win of the season.

Tufts 70, Colby 63

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Tufts University used a big rebounding advantage and received 13 points and 14 boards from Tom Palleschi (Haverhill, Mass.) on the way to a 70-63 win over Colby College in New England Small College Athletic Conference men’s basketball Saturday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Tufts had a big weekend in Maine, beating Bowdoin College on Friday night, in moving to 8-7 overall and 2-2 in league play. Colby dropped to 4-9 overall and 1-2 in the conference.

Tufts had a 41-28 advantage on the boards and pulled down 17 offensive rebounds, with many leading straight to easy baskets.

Stephen Haladyna (Hamilton, Mass.) was 3-for-6 from 3-point range and had a team-high 15 points with six rebounds for the Jumbos. Scott Anderson (Sudbury, Mass.) chipped in with 14 points, six rebounds, and three assists for the winners. Ben Ferris (Essex Junction, Vt.) had 10 points.

Sam Willson (Watertown, Conn.) led all scorers with 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting for Colby. Chris Hudnut (Chevy Chase, Md.) added 11 points and three assists, while Luke Westman (Newton, Mass.) had nine points and five rebounds.

Colby led by as much as nine points (14-5) about 10 minutes into the first half and still led 19-14 with 6:38 to play. Tufts, though, started taking control with their rebounding and went on a 14-5 run over the last 4:14 of the half for a 28-24 lead.

With the Jumbos up 36-30 early in the second half, Haladyna nailed a 3-point shot with 14:20 to play. Palleschi scored on a 3-point play with 13:26 to go and Haladyna followed with two free throws for a 44-30 margin with 12:42 remaining.

Hudnut’s 3-point shot with 10:03 left brought Colby to eight points at 46-38, but Tufts again took control on the boards and pushed the lead to 70-53 with 1:42 to play. The Mules had a 10-0 run the rest of the way to tighten up the score.

Bowdoin 61, Bates 60

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Bryan Hurley nailed the game-winning bucket with eight seconds left in overtime to lift the Bowdoin College men’s basketball team to a 61-60 win over Bates on Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears improve to 9-3 (2-1 NESCAC) with their second OT win against the Bobcats this season. Bowdoin also knocked off the Bobcats in overtime, 74-70, in Lewiston on December 6. Bates falls to 6-10 (1-3 NESCAC) with the loss.

Hurley finished with nine points and four assists for the Polar Bears, who were led by 13 points and 11 rebounds from Keegan Pieri. Andrew Madlinger scored 11 while John Swords had 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Bowdoin.

Bates was led by 19 points from Luke Matarazzo, who hit five three-pointers in the loss. Adam Philpott had 13 points and five rebounds for the Bobcats.

Matarazzo got things going early for the Bobcats, connecting on a pair of early three-pointers to give the visitors an early seven-point edge. Bowdoin battled back with an 8-0 run, capped by a Jake Donnelly runner to regain the lead. The squads traded the lead nine times in the opening period before a late Polar Bear run seized the halftime advantage. Madlinger sparked the 9-0 surge with a three-pointer and capped it with a buzzer-beating lay-in to give the hosts a 40-30 lead at halftime.

The Bates defense clamped down in the second half, holding Bowdoin to just 25 percent shooting. Meanwhile, the Bobcats offense came alive and went on a 11-2 run, capped by a Mark Brust lay-in, to erase Bowdoin’s halftime lead and tie the game at 45-45 with 12:50 to go. After four scoreless minutes, Bates used a quick 5-0 spurt, ending in an Adam Philpott three-pointer, that gave the visitors at 50-45 lead with under eight minutes to play.

The Bobcats carried their five-point lead under the four minute mark, when Bowdoin’s Madlinger nailed a three-pointer that closed the gap to 55-53. After a defensive stop, Pieri nailed a jumper from the elbow to tie the game at 55. Neither team could find a point in the final 2:58 as Matarazzo missed a desperation three-pointer at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime.

Bates carried a two-point lead under the one minute mark of OT and had a chance to extend their lead, but Bryan Hurley stepped in front of a pass and scored a fast break layup to tie the game at 59 with 53 seconds left. Adam Philpott was fouled on Bates’ next possession and hit one of two free throws, setting the stage for Hurley’s game winner.

Bowdoin took possession down 60-59 with under 30 seconds on the clock. Hurley took control of the ball at the top of the arc and drove to the right side of the lane. The sophomore guard lofted a jumper from the right elbow that swished through the hoop with eight seconds left, giving the hosts a 61-60 lead. Brust attempted to go the length of the court, but was called for an offensive foul with one second on the clock, sealing the win for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin held a 43-40 edge on the glass and finished shooting 40 percent from the field. Bates hit on 35 percent of its shots in the setback.

Saint Joseph’s 56, Rivier 55

NASHUA, N.H. – Junior forward Nicholas Jobin (Westbrook, Maine) drained a jumper from just inside the free throw line with 1.9 seconds remaining to lift Saint Joseph’s (8-5, 4-3 GNAC) past Rivier University (6-7, 2-4 GNAC), 56-55, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

The Monks led for the better part of the first half and held a 39-32 advantage after Jobin connected on a pair of freebies three minutes into the second stanza. The Raiders managed to erase the deficit and then some with a 13-2 run, which was capped with a Garon Whitney (Dover, N.H.) free throw with 10:34 remaining.

Rivier went on to own at least a share of the lead for all but the Monks’ final possession and led by as many as four points (55-51) after Whitney nailed a three at the 1:53 mark, but sophomore guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) hit a trifecta of his own 31 seconds later to make it a one-point tilt and Jobin came through in the clutch in the waning seconds, providing the Royal Blue with their fourth conference triumph of the season.

Saint Joseph’s looked to claim control of the contest midway through the opening frame with the help of a major momentum swing. Trailing 19-13 at the 11:24 mark, the Monks produced 15 unanswered points and held a 28-19 cushion after senior point guard Julio Vazquez (Waterbury, Conn.) closed the run with a layup off a Simonds dish with 6:51 left in the first.

The Monks held a 34-28 lead heading into intermission and shot 45.2% (14-31) from the field, 10% (1-10) from three-point distance, and 62.5% (5-8) from the FT line before the break. The Raiders shot 41.7% (10-24) overall, 25% (2-8) from downtown and 75% (6-8) from the charity stripe in the opening period.

Rivier junior forward Tom Poitras (Bow, N.H.) led all first-half scorers with 12 points while Jobin paced the Royal Blue with 10 points in the opening 20 minutes.

With the hosts challenging early in the second stanza, junior guard Matthew Medeiros (Westport, Mass.) made a jumper with 14:05 left to put his team ahead 41-38, but the Raiders would score six straight off a pair of three-pointers to assume their first lead since the 9:28 mark of the first half. Freshman Edward Soucie (South Ryegate, Vt.) hit the first trifecta at the 13:14 mark and junior Shawn Gareau (Hardwick, Mass.) drained the latter, lifting the hosts to a 44-41 lead with 10:57 to play.

The Monks showed considerable poise down the stretch, particularly from the free throw line. A Vazquez layup at the 8:42 mark tied the game at 45-apiece, but the field goal would be the visitors’ last for over seven minutes as St. Joe’s went 0-6 from the floor and committed three turnovers during the closing span. Thankfully, the Monks went 6-7 from the charity stripe in the final minutes, an effort that made the thrilling finish possible.

Jobin paced the Monks with 16 points and added six boards while Vazquez tallied 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals and Simonds contributed 10 points, five caroms and a pair of dimes in the victory.

Poitras led all scorers with 18 points and tallied seven rebounds and four blocked shots and Nick Walch (Dedham, Mass.) chipped in 14 points and five rebounds in a losing effort.

Overall, Saint Joseph’s shot 37.7% (20-53) from the field, 15.8% (3-19) from three-point distance and 65% (13-20) from the FT line and Rivier shot 43.5% (20-46) from the floor, 41.2% (7-17) from downtown, and 66.7% (8-12) from the charity stripe in the conference contest.

The Monks scored 21 points off 12 Raiders turnovers and held a 28-20 advantage in points in the paint in the triumph.

With the victory, Saint Joseph’s improves to 9-3 in the history of the series with Rivier University and has now defeated the Raiders in eight consecutive meetings dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. Three of the Monks’ wins over the Raiders, including a 56-54 triumph last season, have come by fewer than three points.

Nichols 90, UNE 76

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Nichols College converted 59.3 percent (35-for-59) of its shots and drained 14-of-29 three pointers to earn a 90-76 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men’s basketball victory over the University of New England on Saturday (Jan. 12) at the Harold Alfond Forum.

The Bison move back above the .500 mark (7-6) with the win, while getting to 2-4 in CCC games. UNE now sits at 2-11 overall, 1-5 in conference outings.

Sophomore Matt Langadas (Casco, Maine) led all scorers with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor. Junior Sam Horning (Falmouth, Maine) helped the Nichols reserves finish with a 45-17 advantage by netting 20 points, and only missed two of his 10 field goal attempts in the process. Horning and sophomore Marlon Bennett (Stratford, Conn.) each dialed up four made baskets from long distance, and Bennett’s 12 points was matched by junior Ryan Sheehan (North Attleboro, Mass.).

Nichols also got team-highs of eight rebounds from sophomore Joe Gallant (Salem, N.H.), and nine assists from first-year Gustave Koumare (Harlem, N.Y.).

For the Nor’easters, junior Charles Fenner III (Bronx, N.Y.) tallied 20 points to go with a game-best three steals. Classmate Joshua Butler (Nantucket, Mass.) threw down a trio of dunks and dropped in seven free throws on the way to 15 points, which became a double-double with his 11 rebounds.

Sophomore Jake Abel (Fairfield, Calif.) ended one assist shy of similar status, going for 12 points and nine helpers. Senior Conor Draleau (Shirley, Mass.) and first-year Devin Thompson (Winthrop, Mass.) scored eight points apiece in support for UNE.

The hosts shot 44.6 percent (29 of 65) from the field in the contest, and had a 30-19 edge in points-off-turnovers.

Neither side could hold onto the lead in the early-going, with nine changes in the initial 10:39. A 13-4 spurt by Nichols provide the first substantial separation and bumped the margin up as high as 10 (40-30), before the difference settled on eight (45-37) at intermission. Abel scored all of his points (12) in the first frame to keep the Nor’easters close, going 5-for-5 from the floor.

UNE cut into the deficit (48-45) as the second period began, and remained down just four with 14:33 left on the clock. Within the three minutes that ensued, the gap grew to 15 (65-50) behind a 14-3 run by the Bison. The visitors connected from deep on four consecutive possessions to spur the surge.

Although the hosts had it back down to 10 on three occasions in the moments that followed, Nichols executed a quick 8-2 span that increased the cushion to its highest point (86-67) with just a few minutes remaining.

Langadas and Horning combined for 29 of their 42 points after halftime, and were nearly matched by Fenner III and Butler in the stanza, as each registered 14 points for the Nor’easters. The bench for the Bison out-scored that of the opponent by 21-2 in the final 20 minutes.

Women’s Basketball

UMPI, UMFK post wins

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine— Emily Pelletier came off a screen to the left of the top of the key with 11 seconds remaining, stepped back and drained a 3-pointer and the UMaine-Presque Isle Owls went on to post a 75-71 win over Thomas College in the Star City Classic Sunday.

UM-Fort Kent beat Fisher 86-63 in the first game.

Amanda Hotham hit two free throws after a Thomas miss to seal the UMPI win.

Hotham sparked UMPI down the stretch as she scored 12 of her 15 points in the last eight minutes. Hotham’s foul-line jumper at 1:57 gave the Owls their first lead (68-67) since the 18-minute mark of the second half.

Megan Pelletier led Thomas (3-10) and all scorers with 22. Ashleigh Gagne added 14, Katie McAllister had 12, and Emilee Reynolds contributed 11.

The Owls (4-9) were led by Olivia McNally‘s and Hotham’s 15. Randi Kaplan scored a season-high 14 and Emily Pelletier added 10.

In the Sunday opener, Brooke Harris scored 24 points to lead UMFK (10-8) and Kendashia Myles recorded 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Javana Bernard scored 29 points to lead Fisher (0-15).

UM-Fort Kent 71, Thomas 67

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Thomas (3-8) fell to University of Maine-Fort Kent (8-8) 71-67, in a non-conference women’s basketball contest Saturday night during the first day of the Star City Classic hosted by University of Maine-Presque Isle.

Thomas looked to be in control early, as they started the game on an 11-0 run, which would be their biggest lead. Fort-Kent would chip away at the Terrier lead, but the Terriers would end the opening stanza with a ten point lead (35-25).

Elizabeth Goodall () led the Terrier attack with a game high 11 points in the first half shooting 4-5 from the field and 3-4 from beyond the arc, all of this while coming off the bench and playing only seven minutes.

The second half would be a different story however, as the Bengals would tie the game at the 14:35 mark at 36 all. A jump shot by Taylor Boucher seconds later would give UMFK the lead and Thomas would not regain it throughout the game, despite tying it during multiple occasions during the later stages of the closing half.

Goodall, along with freshman Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine) would score a game high 17 points in the loss for the Terriers. Goodall shot 4-7 from downtown, raising her 3pt percentage to 41.5 for the season. For Pelletier, she currently has scored in the double figures in each game thus far in her rookie campaign.

In the loss, Thomas shot 47.9% (23-48) from the floor and 53.8% (7-13) from the perimeter. UMFK shot 31.6% (18-57) from the field and 26.7% (4-15) from downtown. The Bengals held a slim advantage in rebounds 37-35.

Husson 78, Johnson State 66

BANGOR, Maine — The Husson women’s basketball team is on a roll this week. The Eagles picked up their third straight win and fourth North Atlantic Conference (NAC) win of the season against Johnson State on Saturday afternoon in Newman Gymnasium. Husson (4-8 overall, 4-4 NAC) saw four players score in double figures as they routed Johnson State (2-12, 0-8 NAC) by a score of 78-66.

Stephanie Comstock (Bangor, ME) had another big game for the Eagles on the weekend, scoring a game-high 25 points and shooting 55 percent from the field and 60 percent from the free throw line. First year Victoria McIntyre (Mars Hill, ME) scored 17 for the Eagles, shooting an impressive 53 percent from the field and matching Comstock with 6 rebounds. Kelli Murray (Shawmut, ME) added 13 Husson points, and Chrissy Larrabee (Brooks, ME) put up 10 points and a game-high 9 rebounds for Husson.

The Badgers had three players put up big numbers, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Husson. Lazrin Schenck (Shelburne, VT) scored 17 points, Brittany Robertson (Burlington, VT) had 13, and Mary Richardson (Vernon, VT) added 12.

Husson grabbed the lead early and never looked back. The Eagles led by 12 points (21-9) 7 minutes into the first half, thanks in part to 6 Comstock and 7 McIntyre points. The Badgers chipped away at the lead, coming within 3 points with 2 minutes left in the half, but the Eagles headed into halftime up by 6.

Johnson State found themselves in a close match again at 45-42 three minutes into the second half, but Husson went on a 26-9 scoring run to gain a 20 point lead at 71-51 with just over four minutes remaining. The Eagles closed it out on a Brianna Austin (Pembroke, NH) free throw to win 78-66.

UMPI, Fisher 47

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Guard Emily Pelletier scored 22 points to lift the University of Maine-Presque Isle women’s basketball team over Fisher College, 80-47 in the Star City Classic.

Presque Isle used two extended runs to offset slow starts at the beginning of each half. Nine minutes into the contest, Fisher pulled out to a 14-9 lead. Over the next seven minutes however, the Owls would go on a 28-6 run to take a commanding 37-20 lead. During that stretch, Pelletier hit three jumpers and newcomer Taylor Cochran(Fr./Topsfield, ME) went 6-6 from the free throw line.

Despite the free fall, the Falcons did not fold. Over the final two minutes of the first half and first four of the second, Fisher (0-14) mounted a comeback to pull to 42-34 four minutes into the second half.

That is when Pelletier and Doni Yendriga put the game out of reach for good. The tandem scored the team’s next 13 points as part of a 19-4 run.

Yendriga finished with 15 for UMPI (3-9), Amanda Hotham contributed 12, and Olivia McNally had 11.

McNally also had 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The Falcons were led by Porsha Grayson (18) and Javana Bernard (17).

MMA 53, Lyndon State 41

CASTINE, Maine — Maine Maritime won its second-straight game with a 53-41 win over Lyndon State in a North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball game Saturday. The Mariners improved to 4-4 NAC, 6-7 overall while the Hornets fell to 2-6, 4-9.

Maine Maritime coach Craig Dagan picked up his 200th career victory with the win. Dagan, in his 12th season in Castine, is 200-112 as the Mariners boss.

Bekah Campbell led Maine Maritime with a game-high 17 points and Courtney Dufour added 14. Leah Jackson pulled a game-high 10 boards and Campbell had seven rebounds.

Emily Gray paced the Hornets with 14 points and Donna Lawson added 10. Aimee Thompson grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

The Mariners broke a 9-9 tie early in the first half, with a three by Casey Everest and a layup and free throw by Campbell, to lead 15-9 with 9:21 left in the opener. A trey by Gray four minutes later put the Hornets within two, 16-14, with 5:47 left. Maine Maritime answered with an 8-2 scoring run — five by Dufour, two from Devyn Curless-Clark and one from Mary Badeen — to go ahead 24-16 with 2:57 remaining. A free throw, and three at the buzzer, by Gray got Lyndon State within four, 24-20, at halftime.

Johnson State made it 31-30 early in the second half on Donna Lawson’s layup at 16:22. Maine Maritime answered with a 10-0 run, six by Campbell and three from Dufour and one from Everest, to take a 41-31 lead with 12:24 remaining in the game.

The Hornets got as close as five, 41-36, on Britney Geoffrey at 6:51 but wouldn’t get any closer. The Mariners led by as much 14 the remainder of the game.

Tufts 51, Colby 37

WATERVILLE, Maine —- After falling behind 5-0 to start the game, eighth-ranked Tufts University scored the next 14 points to go ahead for good in a 51-37 win over Colby College in NESCAC women’s basketball Saturday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Tufts is 15-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference, while the Mules fell to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Hannah Foley was the lone Jumbo in double figures with 12 points. Kate Barnosky added eight points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Hayley Kanner finished with nine points and three blocked shots. Ali Rocchi also had eight points for Tufts, which shot 48 percent (21-44) from the field.

Brooke Chandor had a double-double for Colby with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Jacky McLaughlin added eight points and four assists.

The Mules took a 5-0 lead to start the game and held Tufts without a point for the opening 3:32 of the contest. Barnosky had six points and an assist in the Jumbos’ 14-0 run. The Mules got as close as seven points (21-14) with 6:37 to intermission, but Tufts used an 11-3 run to take a 32-17 margin at the break.

The Jumbos took their biggest lead of the game at 36-19 with 17:06 to play. However, the Mules battled back with an 8-0 run over the next seven minutes to cut the margin to 36-27 with 10:10 to go. After a Jumbo timeout, Tufts scored the next four points to go back up by 13.

The Mules managed to cut the deficit to nine points at 43-34 with just four minutes to play. The Jumbos again responded and used an 8-0 run to put the contest away.

Bates 67, Bowdoin 64

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Allie Beaulieu and Molly Brown combined for 49 points as the Bates College women’s basketball team held off a furious Bowdoin rally in a 67-64 win on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Bobcats improve to 8-7 (2-2 NESCAC) with their second win over the Polar Bears this season. Bowdoin falls to 7-6 (1-2 NESCAC) with their second loss in as many days.

Beaulieu scored a game-high 26 points to go with nine rebounds for the Bobcats while Brown came off the bench to pitch in 23 points. Bowdoin was led by 17 points from Kaitlin Donahoe while Sara Binkhorst scored 11 with eight rebounds off the bench for the Polar Bears.

Bates used 48 percent shooting, including five three-pointers, to take a commanding 41-26 edge at intermission. The Bobcats closed the half on a 16-5 run over the final six minutes, ending the period on a three-pointer by Brown to carry the big lead into the half.

The lead remained in double digits for most of the second half as the visitors still maintained a 14-point lead with 7:14 remaining, 56-42. Bowdoin began chipping away after a three-point play by Donahoe, and outscored the Bobcats 22-9 over a five-minute span. Sara Binkhorst hit two three-pointers in the run and Donahoe, following a pair of free throws with a minute to go, connected on a three-pointer from the wing with 26 seconds left to close the gap to 65-64.

Bates missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Bowdoin had possession with a chance to win the game. The Polar Bears had a pair of good chances on running jumpers to take the lead, but both shots rattled out. Beaulieu nailed two free throws with under a second to go to seal the win.

The Bobcats held a 43-41 edge in rebounding and both teams connected for 37 percent of their shots for the game.

USM 82, UMass Dartmouth 61

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior guard Haley Jordan (Falmouth, Maine) scored a game and season-high 24 points to lead the 13th-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies to an 82-61 win over the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center in North Dartmouth, Mass.

Four Southern Maine players reached double digits in scoring as the Huskies rolled to their 15th consecutive win to stand at 15-0 on the season and 5-0 in the Little East Conference. With the loss, UMass Dartmouth falls to 11-3 overall and 3-2 in the LEC.

Jordan was 9-for-17 from the field and 2-for-3 from three-point range to lead all scorers. She added five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Senior guard Nicole Garland (Portland, Maine/Deering) finished with 23 points on an outstanding 8-for-12 effort including a season-high six three-pointers. Sophomore forward Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley) and senior forwardJordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) each had a double-double. Knight had 18 points and Grant added 10 while both forwards grabbed 13 rebounds to lead USM to a pivotal 50-35 advantage on the glass.

Senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, Mass.) posted her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Corsairs. Sophomore guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) added 11 points, five rebounds and a game-high six assists.

After giving up the first three points of the game to the Corsairs, the Huskies hit back-to-back three-pointers from Garland and Grant to assume the lead and never trailed again. The Corsairs kept the game close in the opening eight minutes of the game, however, trailing USM by a single point, 8-7 with 13:30 to play on a jumper from sophomore guard Erin Fahey (Salem, Mass./St. Mary’s), but Southern Maine used a 14-4 run over the next six and half minutes to take a 25-11 lead. Jordan scored 11 of her 24 points in the pivotal run as USM led comfortably 37-23 at the half.

In the second half, UMass Dartmouth outscored the Huskies 7-4 in the opening three minutes to make it a three possession game, 41-32, on baskets from Moriarity (2), Garrity and a three from freshman guard Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) with 17:13 on the clock, but the Huskies again answered the Corsairs’ challenge with a 13-5 run to grab its largest lead of the game, 54-37, with 14:01 to play. Jordan, Knight and Garland each scored in the run for USM, led by a pair of threes from Garland.

UMass Dartmouth never got any closer than 14 points the rest of the game and USM led by as many as 22 points late in the game to roll to the 82-61 win. Southern Maine finished the game shooting 43.5 percent (30-for-69) from the field and 47.6 percent (10-for-21) from three-point range. The Corsairs were held to 37.5 percent (24-for-64) shooting.

Rivier 74, Saint Joseph’s 63

NASHUA, N.H. – Rivier University (8-5, 2-0 GNAC) surged in the second half to defeat Saint Joseph’s (7-6, 1-1 GNAC), 74-63, in GNAC women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

The game – a rematch of a 2012 GNAC Tournament semifinal – was a back and forth battle that saw several lead changes, with the last one coming at the 11:41 mark when Rivier junior Ryan Baker (Whitinsville, Mass.) knocked down a jumper to give the Raiders a lead they would not relinquish.

The Monks led by as many as 13 points and carried a 36-27 advantage into intermission, but the Raiders shot 55.2% from the floor, including a 55.6% effort from three-point distance, and held a game-high 14-point lead with 46 seconds remaining.

For Saint Joseph’s, freshman center Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) totaled a game-high 22 points with six rebounds, senior guard Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) netted 21 with five assists and a pair of steals, sophomore guard Sarah Assante (Standish, Maine) chipped in six points and five boards, and junior forward Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.) pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in a losing bid.

According to records available at the time of release, the Monks have not had a pair of players score at least 20 points in the same contest since Stacey Gelinas ’02 and Sue Picard ’02 scored 25 and 21, respectively, in a victory over Plymouth State on December 10th, 2001.

All five starters scored in double-digits for the Raiders, including Baker who put up a solid all-round effort with 15 points, eight boards and seven assists. Juniors A.J. Guidi (Derry, N.H.) and Erin Sweeney (Chicopee, Mass.) both added 13 points while sophomore Deanna Purcell (Hudson, N.H.) and junior Laura Yesu (Longmeadow, Mass.) netted 11 and 10, respectively.

With the loss, Saint Joseph’s falls to 6-4 in the history of the series with Rivier University.

U-New England 70, Nichols 33

BIDDEFORD, Maine — The University of New England defense forced 28 Nichols College turnovers and held the Bison to 29 percent shooting Saturday afternoon (Jan. 12), resulting in a 70-33 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women’s basketball victory at the Harold Alfond Forum.

The Nor’easters improve to 9-4 on the year with their seventh consecutive win over Nichols, and, at 6-0 in league play, now sit alone in first place in the CCC standings following a loss by Endicott College (5-1).

First-year Michaela Flanagan (Plymouth, Mass.) led Big Blue in scoring for the second straight game in 18 minutes off the bench, going for 13 points as well as five rebounds and five steals. Senior Beth Suggs (Bath, Maine) added her eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 boards — 11 of which came on the offensive end. Sophomore Kelly Coleman (Portland, Conn.) scored 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting in limited action.

UNE first-year Lauren Hayden (Chantilly, Va.) was all over the court for the home side, tallying seven points, seven rebounds, a season-high seven assists, and a season-high seven steals in the game. Classmate Meghan Gribbin (Windham, Maine) contributed six assists to the offensive effort, and sophomore Kendra Dawless (West Greenwich, R.I.) had seven rebounds in 14 minutes, to go with three steals.

As a team, the Nor’easters had 23 steals for the second time in four games. Nine of the team’s 13 players in uniform recorded at least one theft in the contest.

All but one player garnered a rebound for Big Blue, which finished with a commanding 50-29 advantage on the glass.

Nichols senior Hayley Zophin (Framingham, Mass.) notched nine points and three rebounds before fouling out late, bringing an end to her string of five games with a double-double. Sophomore Alexis Wegrzynek (Wilbraham, Mass.) corralled a team-high seven boards.

A jumper by Wegrzynek with 8:14 left in the first half reduced the UNE cushion to six (18-12), but it was all Nor’easters for the remainder of the period. Big Blue finished the frame on a 17-2 run to go up 21 (35-14) at halftime.

The margin swelled to 38 (62-24) after a 19-2 spurt in the second half — a seven-minute stretch that saw UNE knock down all five of its treys in the closing 20 minutes.

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