UMaine-Farmington 71, Husson 64
FARMINGTON, Maine – Junior guard Yusuf Iman (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) scored a game-high 18 points and led the University of Maine-Farmington to a 71-64 North Atlantic Conference victory, in men’s basketball action Thursday night at Dearborn Gym.
Ben Johnson (Manchester, Maine/Maranacook), who was saddled with foul trouble most of the evening, was the only other UMF player in double figures with 14 points.
Andrew Dickey (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) added nine points with nine rebounds for the Beavers (12-3, 7-2 NAC), while Sam Leal (York, Maine/York) chipped in with eight off the bench. Nate Carson (Orrington, Maine/Brewer) also logged nine boards to go with his seven points.
Husson reserve Phil Leighton led the Eagles (9-5, 7-2 NAC) with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Jacob Moore logged 12 points.
UMF shot 47.3 percent (26-of-55) from the field, and had a 39-36 advantage on the boards. Husson, who came into the game shooting .450 from the field this season, was held to just 38.6 percent (22-of-57) by the Beavers
Thomas 89, Maine Maritime 74
WATERVILLE, Maine — Thomas broke 22-22 tie — the sixth of the first half — and never looked back on its way to 89-74 win over Maine Maritime Thursday in a North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball. The Terriers improved to 6-7, 3-6 while the Mariners fell to 4-10, 3-6.
Levi Barnes led Thomas with 19 points, Jarrad DeVaughn and Adam Carlsen each scored 12 and Franklin Salvador netted 11 off the bench. DeVaughn also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Terriers took the lead for the sixth time in the opening half at the 9:41 mark off a jumper by Garen Manzo and finished the half with a 53-31 halftime lead. Thomas went 17-41 (43.3 percent) from the floor in the first half, shooting 38.9 percent (7-18) from beyond the arc.
Maine Maritime shot 43.3 percent in the first half, with nine points coming from Poirier and Russell.
Thomas kept the momentum going into the second half, extending their lead to 30 points after a jumper by Barnes. Overall, Thomas shot 37.8 percent (31-82) from the floor, 83.3 percent (15-18) from the line, and made 12 threes throughout the game. Maine Maritime shot 45.6 percent (31-68) from the field, including 53.3 percent (8-15) from beyond the arc. Thomas won the turnover battle, 11-20.
UNE 78, Endicott 76
BEVERLY, Mass. — The University of New England men’s basketball squad saw its 17-point cushion disappear over an 11-minute stretch in the second half but never fell behind and came away with a 78-76 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) road victory against Endicott College on Thursday (Jan. 17) at MacDonald Gymnasium.
Though the Nor’easters (3-12, 2-6 CCC) fell behind, 10-0, in the initial 2:38 of the contest, a three-pointer by first-year Devin Thompson (Winthrop, Mass.) with 8:32 to go in the opening stanza gave the visitors a 20-18 edge. At no point during the remainder of the night did UNE trail on the scoreboard.
The margin was still two (28-26) with a little over five minutes to go in the stanza, but UNE doubled-up the Gulls (14-7) heading into halftime to assume a 42-33 edge. Big Blue, which committed just three turnovers in the period, overcame the 50 percent shooting from Endicott with an 11-2 margin in points-off-turnovers.
Two more treys by Thompson and a lay-up from sophomore Jake Abel (Fairfield, Calif.) extended the gap right out of the second-half restart to its largest point, 50-33. However, within five minutes the difference was cut down to four (54-50). Lance Greene tallied eight of Endicott’s points during the spurt.
The Gulls (7-8, 2-6 CCC) tied things at 63-63 and 65-65, but Thompson’s fifth long-range basket of the game and an almost immediate steal by junior Joshua Butler (Nantucket, Mass.) led to a fast-break dunk and a 70-65 advantage with 6:01 on the clock.
Greene trimmed the Endicott deficit to one (70-69) at the 4:35 mark, but the hosts could not get any closer. Thompson, Butler, and junior Charles Fenner III (Bronx, N.Y.) each cashed in on a pair of free throws the rest of the way to help preserve the lead.
Thompson notched a season-best and game-high 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor and makes on half of his 10 attempts from deep. Fenner III added 17, while Butler finished with 14 points to go with a game-high eight rebounds and three steals.
The Nor’easters connected on a season-high 51.9 percent (28-for-54) of their field goal tries and 44.4 percent (8 of 18) from beyond the arc.
The Gulls — who shot 50.9 percent (28 of 55) in the game and scored 16 second-half points from UNE turnovers — were paced by John Henault with 24 points. Andre Makris chipped in with 21 points, and the duo paired to make 18 of the 30 shots they attempted. Greene ended with 14 points, six boards, and four steals.
Thomas 58, Maine Maritime 53
WATERVILLE, Maine — Thomas (4-10, 3-6 NAC) was able to pull off a dramatic comeback defeating Maine Maritime (6-8, 4-5 NAC) 58-53 in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women’s basketball contest. The Terriers trailed by 15 points at halftime, then outshot the Mariners 38-18 in the second half.
During the opening half, Maine Maritime withstood Thomas from getting a lead, and jumped out by as many as 16 points after a jumper by Hannah Lyons (Scarborough, Maine) at 3:21. The visitors shot a combined 48 percent from the floor (12-25), while Thomas went 9-27 (33.3 percent).
Freshman Mary Badeen (Newport, Maine) had a game leading 10 points in the opening stanza for MMA, going 3-5 from the floor and 2-3 from downtown. Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine) had a team high six points for the hosts, along with six rebounds.
Thomas would jump out to a 9-0 run in the early stages of the second half to chip away the lead from the visitors down to seven. The Terriers would take their first lead of the night on a layup by Katie McAllister (Pittston, Maine) with 3:18 remaining. Thomas would end the game on a 5-0 run to complete the comeback, with Emilee Reynolds (Newport, Maine) going a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe. Thomas would outshoot MMA on the floor 42.9 percent (12-28) to 29.2 percent (7-24) in the last half.
Pelletier would end with a game high 16 points along with 10 rebounds. McAllister heated up in the second half with 14 points, going 5-10 from the field.
Badeen would add five in the closing half to give her a team high 15 points in the loss, with Leah Jackson (Dedham, Maine) adding eight boards for the Mariners.
Thomas will return to the hardwood on Saturday as they travel to Bangor to take on Husson at 3pm. The Eagles defeated the Terriers earlier this month at Thomas, 70-49. Thomas will be looking to end a 12 game losing streak against their conference rival, dating back to Jan. 16, 2007.
Husson 65, UM-Farmington 63 (OT)
At Farmington, Chrissy Larrabee’s jumper with 1:27 left in overtime gave Husson the lead for good at 62-61 as the Eagles improved to 5-9 overall, 5-4 in the North Atlantic Conference.
UMF is also 5-9, 5-4, respectively.
Stephanie Comstock had 22 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots, all game-highs, to pace the Eagles. Kelli Murray and Victoria McIntyre had 12 points apiece and Murray also had seven rebounds and a game-high five assists.
McIntyre grabbed five rebounds.
Larrabee finished with eight points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Lindsay Ranquist had 13 points and Kenni Norton scored 12 for UMF.
Norton’s three-pointer with nine seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime.
Norton had four steals, four rebounds and three assists.
Holly Oliver had nine rebounds and five points and Meghan Smith contributed eight points and six rebounds off the bench.
Suffolk 60, Saint Joseph’s 49
BOSTON — The Suffolk University Women’s Basketball team won its fourth straight game as they defeated the St. Joseph’s College Monks in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action on Thursday evening, 60-49.
Sophomore Tori Brillaud (North Andover, Mass.) recorded her first career double-double while junior Jennifer Ruys (Wallingford, Conn.) collected her third in as many conference games to pace the Rams who improve to a 11-4 mark on the year and 3-0 record in GNAC play.
Ruys led all scorers with 19 points, collecting 12 rebounds to lead the Rams, while Brillaud led all players on the glass with 15 boards and 11 points.
Senior Jacqueline Vienneau (Salem, N.H.) scored all 13 of her game’s points in the second half that helped lift the Rams after a slow start offensively in the first half. The Rams went into the break with a 24-22 lead and open the half with an 11-2 run over the first four minutes to give themselves an 11-point lead.
Freshman Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Me.) finished the game with a team-high 12 points for the Monks who fall to an 8-7 mark on the year and 2-2 record in league play.
Senior Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) added 11 points in the loss for the Monks.
Suffolk held a 52-42 edge on the glass in the contest as they held a 19-10 edge in second chance points.
UNE 63, Endicott 60
BEVERLY, Mass. — Trailing 60-52 with less than two minutes remaining, the University of New England scored the final 11 points of the contest to rally for a 63-60 win over Endicott College in Thursday’s (Jan. 17) match-up of the top two teams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference women’s basketball standings.
Winners of six straight overall to move to 11-4, the Nor’easters remained unbeaten in CCC play and now boast an 8-0 mark. Endicott dropped to 10-5 overall, 6-2 in conference games. The triumph avenged a 53-49 upset loss to the Gulls in last season’s CCC Championship semifinal round.
UNE sophomore Kelly Coleman racked up her fifth double-double by posting game highs of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Beth Suggs also recorded a double-double, her 10th of the season, with 12 points and 14 boards. Liz LeBlanc came off the bench to score 11 points — all in the second half — including three 3-pointers, while Lauren Hayden added 11 points and eight caroms.
Endicott was paced by Jennifer White, who scored 15 points and blocked five shots. Kayleen Whall contributed 14 points and Samantha Crough tossed in 13.
After Sarah Robinson knocked down a jumper to give the hosts a 60-52 lead with 2:04 on the clock, the Gulls would fail to score again the rest of the way.
Coleman and LeBlanc sandwiched three-pointers around an Endicott turnover to get Big Blue within two (60-58). The Gulls would miss a jumper their next trip up the court, then Coleman converted a layup and was fouled to tie the score with 0:47 remaining. Coleman missed the free throw, but Hayden came up with an offensive rebound to get UNE another possession.
After UNE worked some time off the clock, Hayden failed to convert from close range, but once again grabbed another offensive board and was fouled. She buried the front end of a one-and-one to give the Nor’easters the lead (61-60) for good. Hayden would miss the second attempt, and after an Endicott timeout, the Gulls missed a jumper with 0:15 left.
Coleman would make a pair of free throws with 11 ticks remaining before a three-point attempt by Endicott was off the mark as time expired.
Down 15-8 in the first half, the Gulls closed the frame with a 21-10 run to establish a 29-25 lead at intermission. White tallied seven points to help fuel the surge.
UNE started strong in the second half, scoring 10 of the first 16 points to tie the tilt at 35. From there, Endicott would forge a 10-4 run to grab a 45-39 cushion. LeBlanc nailed a couple of treys to prevent the hosts from pulling away any further.
For the game, the Nor’easters overcame 30.9 percent (21 of 68) percent shooting from the floor by establishing a 52-32 margin on the boards. Big Blue turned 22 offensive rebounds into 15 second-chance points.