Tuesday’s college roundup, women’s basketball: USM 70, UMass Boston 54

Posted Jan. 15, 2013, at 8:38 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 15, 2013, at 11:09 p.m.

GORHAM, Maine — Four players scored in double figures as the No. 13 University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the UMass Boston Beacons 70-54 in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium.

USM senior forward Jordan Grant led all scorers with 21 points. Senior guard Nicole Garland had 15 points, while sophomore forward Rebecca Knight tossed in 14 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Senior guard Haley Jordan added 10 points.

Southern Maine is now 16-0 overall and 6-0 in the Little East and UMass Boston is 10-6 and 2-4.

Bowdoin 70, Husson 29

BANGOR, Maine — The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team bounced back from consecutive losses with a dominating 70-29 road win at Husson on Tuesday evening.

Every player scored for the Polar Bears, who improve to 8-6 while Husson falls to 4-9.

Kirsten Prue led the way for Bowdoin with 10 points. Four other players scored nine points, including Kaitlin Donahoe, Shannon Brady, Siena Mitman and Megan Phelps. Brady also had eight rebounds and two blocks for the Polar Bears while Donahoe had six rebounds and four assists.

The Polar Bears were in complete control from the start, sprinting to a 13-1 lead and never trailing. Bowdoin held a 35-13 edge at the break and allowed just nine Husson field goals the entire game as they held the Eagles to just 18 percent shooting for the game.

The Polar Bears connected on 47 percent of their shots from the field and owned a 46-27 advantage on the glass.

UNE 63, E. Nazarene 40

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Trailing 29-28 at the break, the University of New England women’s basketball team limited Eastern Nazarene College to 11 second-half points on its way to a 63-40 Commonwealth Coast Conference win Tuesday evening at the Harold Alfond Forum.

The victory was the fourth straight for the Nor’easters, who retain the top spot in the conference standings with an unblemished 7-0 mark (10-4 overall). The Lions fall to 7-6, 3-4 in league play.

Sophomore Kelly Coleman scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the way for UNE. Senior Beth Suggs (Bath, Maine) recorded her ninth double-double with 13 points and 11 boards. She also had three of Big Blue’s 15 steals. Senior Liz LeBlanc came off the bench to score nine points in 12 minutes.

For Eastern Nazarene, junior Presley Neufeld scored all of her team-high 17 points before halftime. She was 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. Senior Mel Green added seven points.

UNE held the Lions scoreless over the initial 6:36 of the second frame while reeling off 16 unanswered points to turn a one-point deficit into a 15-point (44-29) advantage. Suggs and Coleman each had a pair of buckets during the run, which culminated with a three-pointer by first-year Alanna Vose.

After a traditional three-point play by junior Abbie Tonello gave ENC’s its first points of the half, the Nor’easters strung together 15 points to establish a commanding 59-32 bulge with 5:07 remaining.

Big Blue limited the Lions to three second-half field goals and just 14.3 percent (3 of 21) accuracy from the floor.

For the game, UNE led 50-29 on the glass while forcing the visitors into 29 turnovers. The Nor’easters turned 24 offensive boards into 15 second-chance points.

St. Joseph’s 74, Simmons 46

STANDISH, Maine — Saint Joseph’s College (8-6, 2-1 GNAC) toppled Simmons College (2-10, 0-2 GNAC), 74-46, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday night. Senior guard Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) netted a game-high 20 points, including 18 in the first half, in the one-sided triumph.

The Monks led for the duration and utilized a 24-2 run early in the opening stanza to secure control of the contest. Saint Joseph’s went on to claim a game-high 33-point lead later in the first half and carried a 47-22 cushion into intermission.

It was more of the same in the second half, as the Royal Blue fought off an early comeback attempt by the visitors and rolled to the 74-46 victory. Saint Joseph’s played well in all facets in the conference win, recording season-highs in rebounds (51), fewest turnovers (14) and blocked shots (6).

For the Monks, junior Abby Young (North Yarmouth, Maine) came off the bench to provide 14 points and 10 rebounds – including seven offensive boards – and freshman Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) tallied 11 points, six caroms and a pair of blocks. Sophomore Sarah Assante (Standish, Maine) chipped in 10 points and four steals, junior Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.) added eight points and nine boards, and junior Mackenzie Dufour (Augusta, Maine) dealt eight assists.

For the Sharks, junior Hannah May (Hamden, Conn.) netted 16 points and sophomore Olivia LaCroix (Manchester, N.H.) contributed 4 points and five rebounds. Senior Liz O’Connor (Milton, Mass.) added seven rebounds and a pair of rejections and junior Georgia Kostopoulos (Cambridge, Mass.) came off the bench to grab six caroms in 15 minutes of playing time.

Overall, Saint Joseph’s shot 39.7 percent (27-68) from the field, 26.3 percent (5-19) from three-point range, and 78.9 percent (15-19) from the free throw line. Simmons countered by shooting 27 percent (17-63) from the floor, 23.5 percent (4-17) from downtown and 80 percent (8-10) from the charity stripe in a losing effort.

With the win, Saint Joseph’s improves to 5-2 in the history of the series with Simmons College and has now topped the Sharks in three-consecutive meetings dating back to 2011.

Men’s Basketball

UM-Farmington 66, Bowdoin 62

FARMINGTON, Maine — The University of Maine-Farmington men’s basketball team knocked off Bowdoin for the first time since 1999 in a 66-62 win over Bowdoin on Tuesday evening.

The win snaps a 15-game losing streak for the Beavers (11-3) against the Polar Bears. Bowdoin falls to 9-4 this season with the loss.

Ben Johnson had 19 points and ten rebounds to lead Farmington. Keegan Pieri had 15 points and six rebounds in the loss for Bowdoin. Andrew Madlinger pitched in 14 and Lucas Hausman had 13 points off the bench for the Polar Bears.

The Polar Bears held a six point lead at intermission, 30-24, and extended their lead to as many as 13 points early in the second half, 47-34, with 14:53 remaining. UMF closed the gap to a single point with a 14-2 surge, to close within a single point, 49-48, with 7:43 to go.

Bowdoin rebounded to take a seven-point edge following a Pieri three-pointer, 60-53, with under 4:30 to play, but the Beavers would not go away. UMF rolled off a decisive 11-2 run, capped by a pair of three-pointers from Andrew Dickey, to take a 64-62 edge with 1:08 to play.

The Polar Bears had three chances to tie or take the lead in the final minute, but could not convert. Johnson hit two free throws in the closing seconds to seal the four-point win for UMF.

The game was statistically balanced with the exception of offensive rebounds, where UMF held a 17-9 advantage and owned a crucial 15-5 edge in second-chance points.

USM 64, UMass Boston 58

GORHAM, Maine – Junior guard Conor Sullivan scored a game-high 16 points to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 64-58 win over the UMass Boston Beacons in the Little East Conference men’s basketball Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.

Southern Maine improves to 10-6 overall and 5-1 in the Little East. The Huskies are in a three-way tie for first place with Rhode Island College and Eastern Connecticut. With its second straight loss, UMass Boston falls to 8-7 overall and 2-4 in the conference.

In a tightly contested game, Southern Maine trailed the Beacons 29-26 at the half and were behind UMass Boston through the first eight minutes of the second stanza. The Beacons led Southern Maine 35-26 with 16:37 to play after opening the second half with a 6-0 run on baskets from sophomore guard Vinny DeLucia, freshman guard Jahleel Moise and junior forward Rahshjeem Benson. Conversely, USM opened the second half missing its first four shots and turning the ball over once.

After Benson’s jumper from the top of the key, for the Beacons 35-36 lead, Southern Maine rallied over the next six and a half minutes with a game-changing 18-7 run to secure its first lead since the midway point of the first half (14-12, 12:22). Five different players scored for USM in the run, led by five points each from juniors Brandon Tomah and James Odneal as USM took a narrow 44-42 lead with 10:10 to play.

The Huskies maintained a two-point lead over the next two minutes and the Beacons trailed 48-46 on a layup from sophomore Brian Clarke, before USM extended its lead 55-48 on a 7-2 spurt with 6:20 to play.

UMass Boston made a final push on its next possession with a traditional three-point play from sophomore forward Carl Joseph to trail 55-51 at 5:51, but Southern Maine senior guard Mike Poulin made a driving layup and Sullivan converted a steal from Tomah for an eight-point Husky advantage, 59-51, with 4:24 remaining. The Beacons never got any closer than six points the rest of the game.

Sullivan was 8-for-14 from the field for his game-high total. He added six rebound and four steals. Senior guard Alex Kee added 13 points, while Odneal finished with 11 points and three assists.

Benson led the Beacons with 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. DeLucia was the only other UMass Boston player in double-figures scoring. Joseph added eight points and seven rebounds off of the bench.

Saint Joseph’s 69, Mount Ida 50

STANDISH, Maine — Saint Joseph’s College (9-5, 5-3 GNAC) defeated Mount Ida College (5-10, 1-7 GNAC), 69-50, in GNAC men’s basketball action at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday night. Junior guard Matthew Medeiros (Westport, Mass.) scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the victory.

The Monks raced out of the gates to the tune of a 27-7 lead over the opening 14 minutes and held the lead from wire to wire versus the Mustangs. Medeiros netted 15 in the first half and the hosts shot 60 percent – including an 8-13 clip from three-point range – before the break and led 44-21 going into intermission.

Saint Joseph’s proceeded to gain a game-high 27-point (48-21) cushion with Nicholas Jobin (Westbrook, Maine) and Julio Vazquez (Waterbury, Conn.) buckets early in the second stanza and led by 20 or more until Mustangs sophomore guard Aaron Kelly (Norwalk, Conn.) made a layup with 1:10 remaining to account for the 69-50 final.

For the Monks, Jobin scored 14 points, sophomore Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) added 10 points, four boards, three assists and three steals, and Vazquez contributed four points, five assists and six caroms in the victory. Junior James Philbrook (Auburn, Maine) tallied five points and five rebounds, sophomore Matt Sullivan (West Babylon, N.Y.) chipped in six points and four boards in only five minutes on the court, and Krubiel Workie (Denver, Colo.) produced six points off the bench.

For the Mustangs, senior Jeff McNair (Brockton, Mass.) registered 14 points and six boards while converting all five of his free throw bids and Kelly scored 10 in a losing effort. Junior Kenny Jean (Dorchester, Mass.) added seven points and six boards and freshman John Fortes (New Bedford, Mass.) left the bench to net six points for the visitors.

Overall, Saint Joseph’s shot 48.1 percent (26-54) from the floor, 42.9 percent (9-21) from downtown, and 72.7 (8-11) from the FT line while Mount Ida connected on 33.3 percent (19-57) of their shots from the field, 17.4 percent (4-23) from three-point distance, and 100 percent (8-8) from the charity stripe.

With the win, Saint Joseph’s improves to 13-0 in the history of the series with Mount Ida College. The Monks have more victories versus the Mustangs than any other GNAC opponent.

Eastern Nazarene 61, UNE 55

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Eastern Nazarene College saw its double-digit lead early in the second period sliced to just one in the latter stages of the contest, but managed to escape with a 61-55 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men’s basketball victory over the University of New England on Tuesday (Jan. 15) at the Harold Alfond Forum.

Trailing 31-19 after the initial four points of the final frame went for the Lions, a basket by UNE junior Joshua Butler (Nantucket, Mass.) made the deficit only one (45-44) with just under seven minutes remaining.

ENC increased the margin back up to on three occasions over the next few minutes, but a steal and lay-up off a Lions sideline play by Nor’easters junior Charles Fenner III (Bronx, N.Y.) trimmed the gap to one again (54-53) with 34 seconds on the clock.

First-year Justin Wagner (Oklahoma City, Okla.) beat the defense back down the court and earned three points the hard way to extend the Lions’ lead to four (57-53), only to see UNE first-year Devin Thompson (Winthrop, Mass.) get a quick two on the other end to make it 57-55 with 18 ticks left.

Wagner and Eastern Nazarene senior Chima Ezeigbo (Roanoke, Va.) each converted a pair at the charity stripe in the closing moments to seal the victory.

Ezeigbo notched a game-high 20 points to go with a team-best nine rebounds and two blocked shots to pace the Lions (10-3, 5-2 CCC), who never trailed in the game. Senior Mike McCoy (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) added 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while first-year Jaylen Owens (Johns Creek, Ga.) totaled eight points and dished out seven assists.

Thompson led the Nor’easters (2-11, 1-6 CCC) with 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Butler finished the night with 11 points and nine caroms. Sophomore Jake Abel (Fairfield, Calif.) had nine points and five assists.

Though ENC got out to an 8-0 cushion with a little over four minutes gone in the first half, both offensive units were held in-check for the majority of the stanza. Big Blue answered with eight of the next nine points, followed by a 10-3 spurt from the Lions to make it 19-11 at the 7:20 mark.

A jumper from Abel and back-to-back treys from senior Conor Draleau (Shirley, Mass.) provided the Nor’easters with a brief tie on the scoreboard (19-19), however six points by Ezeigbo and a pair for Wagner set things at 27-19 in favor of the visitors heading into the halftime break.

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