Tuesday’s college roundup, women’s basketball: USM 60, Colby 54

Posted Jan. 29, 2013, at 8:34 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2013, at 10:37 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Despite the 1,000th career point from Colby College’s Diana Manduca, the 17th-ranked University of Southern Maine received 25 points from Jordan Grant to hold on for a 60-54 win over the Mules in non-conference women’s basketball Tuesday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Grant shot 10-for-15 from the field, had eight rebounds, and dished five assists for the Huskies (19-1 overall).

Manduca nailed a 3-point shot with 2:55 left in the game to reach 1,000 career points in her four years. She finished with a team-high 17 points and nailed five of her eight 3-point attempts. Manduca, who recently went over 300 career assists, has 1,002 points. She became the 16th player in Colby women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points.

Manduca scored 12 points in the opening half to help the Mules take a 16-14 lead with 7:58 to halftime. The game was tied 21-21 with 3:47 to play when USM went ahead for good and used an 8-1 run to go up 28-22 at intermission.

The Huskies pushed the lead to 13 points with a 7-0 run to start the second half. Colby only trailed 36-31 after a basket by Carylanne Wolfington with 12:27 to play, but USM again pulled away with a 15-5 run for a 51-36 lead with 5:55 to play. Colby cut the lead to 53-46 on Manduca’s milestone 3-point shot and then trailed by just five points with 2:28 to play after a Gabe Donahue inside basket. Rebecca Knight scored inside with 2:04 to play and Grant followed with a steal and another basket with 1:40 to go for a 57-48 lead.

Knight shot 5-for-9 from the field and had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies. Haley Jordan added 11 points, Nicole Garland had eight points, and Erin McNamara dished five assists.

Brooke Chandor finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, and three assists for Colby. Jacky McLaughlin also had 10 points, while Desi Smith had six points and five rebounds.

Southern Maine had 15 steals in the game, while the Mules were 9-for-21 from 3-point range.

Bowdoin 61, E. Conn. 50

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Kaitlin Donahoe scored 15 points and Sara Binkhorst added 13 to lead the Bowdoin women’s basketball team to a 61-50 road win at Eastern Connecticut on Tuesday night.

The non-conference victory lifts the Polar Bears to 11-8 on the season while the Warriors drop to 7-13 for the season.

Donahoe, the reigning NESCAC Player of the Week, led Bowdoin in scoring and, with her 15 points, saw double digits for the 16th time in 19 games. Binkhorst nailed three three-pointers and finished with 13 points and six rebounds, reaching double figures for the third straight outing. Shannon Brady added nine points and Megan Phelps had eight in the win.

Eastern Conn was paced by a game-high 17 points and five rebounds from Brianna Leonard. Jill Ritrosky pitched in 12 points for the Warriors.

The hosts jumped to an early 7-3 lead, but Bowdoin answered with a 10-3 surge, capped by a Phelps three-pointer and Anna Prohl lay-in, to take a 13-10 advantage. The teams traded the lead for most of the opening period until a late 6-0 Bowdoin run, including consecutive lay-ups by Brady, gave the visitors a 27-21 edge at halftime.

Bowdoin would never relinquish the lead in the second half, but couldn’t quite put the Warriors away until the final minutes. Eastern Conn got within a single point, 33-32, following a jumper by Ritrosky with 14:45 to go. But the Polar Bears rolled off 15 unanswered points over a span of five minutes to build its largest lead, 48-32, with nine minutes left.

UNE 56, Curry 46

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Meghan Gribbin scored 12 of her game-high 17 points after halftime to help the University of New England overcome a two-point deficit, as the Nor’easters won their 10th straight contest with a 56-46 victory over Curry College in Commonwealth Coast Conference women’s basketball action Tuesday evening at the Harold Alfond Forum.

The Nor’easters retain a three-game lead over Roger Williams University in the conference standings (12-0 CCC) while upping their overall mark to 15-4. Curry drops below .500 at 9-10 and is 5-7 in league play. UNE has won the last eight meetings between the two squads.

Gribbin was 6 of 8 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, en route to her career-best 17 points. Senior Beth Suggs racked up her 13 double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. She was 8 of 9 at the free throw line. Sophomore Kelly Coleman chipped in 10 points, seven boards and three assists.

For Curry, sophomore Kylie Beltz led the way with 13 points. Classmate Samantha Corcoran had 10 points, six caroms and a pair of blocked shots.

Trailing 23-21 at the break, UNE opened the second half with a 13-7 run to establish a 36-28 lead. Gribbin and Coleman combined for nine points during that stretch.

The Colonels answered with eight unanswered points to tie the score at 36 before a three-pointer by UNE first-year Alanna Vose gave Big Blue the lead (39-36) for good with 9:27 remaining.

The Nor’easters went on to score 11 of the next 12 points to put the game out of reach.

Bates 77, Saint Joseph’s 58

STANDISH, Maine – Bates College (10-9, 3-4 NESCAC) utilized a second-half surge to defeat Saint Joseph’s (12-8, 6-2 GNAC) by a 77-58 margin in a non-conference women’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday evening. Junior forward Abby Young (North Yarmouth, Maine) came off the bench to net a team-high 18 points in the loss.

Prior to this evening, Saint Joseph’s had won 16 consecutive contests at home with the last loss coming at the hands of University of New England on December 10th, 2011. The Monks closed the 2011-12 season with nine straight home wins and began this season on a seven-game winning streak at the Alfond Center.

Saint Joseph’s played well in the first half and parlayed a solid 43.8% (14-32) shooting effort into a 35-32 halftime advantage, but the Bobcats proceeded to outscore the hosts by a 45-23 line in the second stanza on the way to securing a 77-52 victory. The Monks did not help their cause by making just six field goals in 26 attempts from the floor in the latter half.

The opening frame featured seven lead changes and was tied on five occasions, but the closing period saw the lead trade hands only once as Bates kicked off the latter half on a 13-0 run and held a 45-35 cushion after junior guard Julia Rafferty (Reading, Mass.) capped the burst with a layup at the 16:15 mark.

Saint Joseph’s managed to cut the deficit to four points (45-41) over the following 80 seconds, but would get no closer to the lead as the Bobcats posted a 24-6 outburst. Senior forward Taryn O’Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) closed out the visitors’ surge with a jumper to lift Bates to a game-high 22-point (69-47) advantage with 4:55 remaining.

Led by Young’s 18-point effort, the Monks’ bench outscored the Bobcats’ reserves by a 30-18 tally, but Bates made up for the discrepancy by netting 29 points off 21 Saint Joseph’s turnovers.

For the Monks, freshman Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) scored 10 points and rejected a pair of shots, senior Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) added nine points and three assists and junior Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.) pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Young was 5-5 from the free-throw line and added eight rebounds to her stat line and sophomore guard Sarah Assante (Standish, Maine) chipped in eight points in a losing effort.

Senior guard Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) paced the Bobcats with a game-high 19 points and dealt five dimes and O’Connell recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 caroms while shooting 4-6 from downtown for the visitors. Senior center Brianna Hawkins (South Portland, Maine) scored 10, sophomore forward Allaina Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine) contributed nine points and seven boards in nine minutes off the bench, and Rafferty and junior guard Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) netted eight points apiece in the non-conference triumph.

With the loss, Saint Joseph’s falls to 12-14 in the history of the series with Bates College. The Bobcats have now defeated the Monks in eight straight meetings dating back to the 2002-03 campaign.

Men’s Basketball

Bowdoin 93, Thomas 43

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College men’s basketball team connected on 14 three-pointers en route to a 93-43 non-conference win against Thomas on Tuesday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears improve to 12-6 in advance of a big NESCAC home weekend this Friday and Saturday. The Terriers see their two-game win streak come to an end and fall to 8-9 this season.

Andrew Madlinger scored a game-high 23 points for the Polar Bears, including five three-pointers, while Matt Mathias pitched in 17 while also connecting on five three-pointers. Maximilian Staiger had 11 points and eight rebounds, John Swords had 10 points with eight boards and Bryan Hurley netted nine points and 13 assists in the win.

Thomas was led by nine points off the bench from Adam Carlsen.

After an early three-pointer from Stanley Greene, Jr., Bowdoin went on a 16-0 run and never looked back. Mathias and Hurley hit a pair of three-pointer apiece in the run. The Polar Bears hit on 51% of their shots in the opening period, including 7-14 from long range, to take a commanding 45-16 lead at halftime.

The Polar Bears were even more efficient in the second half, hitting on 67% of their attempts, including seven more trifectas, to extend their lead to as many as 50 points at the final buzzer.

Bowdoin held a 50-26 edge in rebounding for the game, finishing at 57.8% shooting in the win.

Bates 81, Husson 52

LEWISTON, Maine — The Bates men’s basketball team led wire to wire, jumping out to a 17-5 lead and never looking back in an 81-52 non-conference victory over Husson University on Tuesday night in Alumni Gym.

The visiting Eagles (12-6) had their three-game win streak snapped, as well as their modest two-game streak against the Bobcats (8-12).

Bates scored its most points since its season opener against UMaine-Augusta, and shot its fourth-highest field goal percentage (.450) of the season. Husson suffered its second most lopsided loss of the season and was held to its second-lowest scoring output as well.

Luke Matarazzo led four Bates players in double figures with 17 points, making 3-of-5 shots from three-point land and adding three assists and two steals. Ed Bogdanovich contributed a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Mark Brust pitched in with 11 points, a season-high nine rebounds and a game-high four assists, and Sean Cunningham netted 10 points.

Brooks Spaulding, Jacob Moore and Marc Zaharchuk shared Husson’s scoring lead with nine points apiece. Wes Murphy grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

Cunningham opened up the scoring with a baseline jumper, assisted by Brust, and Brust set up another jumper by Bogdanovich to make it 4-0. A layup by Corey Wood and a 3-pointer by Moore closed it to 7-5 before Bates scored 10 unanswered points to assume a 17-5 lead with 14:32 still to go in the half. Bates received layups by Brust and Bogdanovich, then benefited from a foul and two technical fouls all called in succession against Husson. Matarazzo made three straight free throws as a result, then drilled a 3-pointer from the wing 10 seconds later on a Brust helper.

Bates kept its lead in double digits for the rest of the period, and game. The Bobcats finished out the half with a 12-for-18 performance at the free-throw line, while the Eagles couldn’t make it to the line themselves. The Bobcats outrebounded the Eagles 23-17 in the half and were led by Bogdanovich’s 10 points, six boards, two steals and one blocked shot in the period. Brust was fouled with 10.8 seconds left in the half and made both foul shots, sending the teams into the locker rooms with Bates ahead 43-27.

Bates sophomore Graham Safford drove for a layup in the opening seconds of the second half, kick-starting an 11-0 Bates run over the first three minutes of the period that put Husson in a 27-point hole, at 54-27. Matarazzo and Cunningham scored four points apiece in the run, as Bates banished any thoughts of a Husson comeback. The Bobcats’ lead remained at 23 or more the rest of the way, allowing Bates head coach Jon Furbush to empty his bench in the final three minutes. Garbage-time highlights for Bates included a three-point play by Cam Kaubris and a fast-break layup by John Murphy, off a rebound and long assist by Mike Newton.

USM 70, Colby 50

WATERVILLE, Maine —- The Southern Maine men’s basketball team had 18 steals in the game with aggressive halfcourt defense as the Huskies pulled away in the second half for a 70-50 win over Colby College in non-conference play Tuesday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

The Huskies moved to 13-7 overall, while the Mules fall to 6-13.

Conor Sullivan had 12 points and three assists to lead USM, which forced 23 Mule turnovers. Alex Kee and Sean Bergeron both had 10 points for the winners. James Odneal had a solid all-around game with six points, a team-high nine rebounds, and a team-high four assists. Mike Poulin was 3-for-3 from the field for seven points and seven rebounds.

Sam Willson and Ryan Jann both had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Mules. Connor O’Neil chipped in eight points, while Patrick Stewart had a game-high 11 rebounds.

Curry 66, U-New England 38

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Senior Sedale Jones (Pittsfield, Mass.) and junior Lambros Papalambros (Quincy, Mass.) scored 16 points apiece to power Curry College to a 66-38 victory over the University of New England in a Commonwealth Coast Conference men’s basketball game Tuesday (Jan. 29) evening at the Harold Alfond Forum.

Curry solidified its hold atop the CCC standings, upping its overall mark to 13-6 (10-2 CCC). The Nor’easters now stand at 4-15 overall, 3-9 in league play.

Jones grabbed seven rebounds and added three steals to his 16 points, while Papalambros connected on 6 of 11 shots from the floor and pilfered six steals. Junior A.J. Stephens (Stamford, Conn.) came off the bench to contribute 12 points and a game-high nine boards, while sophomore Matthew Russell (South Portland, Maine) scored 10 points on 5 of 8 accuracy from the field.

Three-time reigning CCC Rookie of the Week Devin Thompson (Winthrop, Mass.) was the lone UNE player in double figures with 13 points.

With the score tied at 14 midway through the first half, Curry reeled off 14 unanswered points over the ensuing three minutes to grab a 28-14 advantage. Jones hit a pair of three-pointers to help fuel the outburst.

Curry would go on to lead 36-21 at intermission.

The Colonels continued to pour it on after halftime, scoring the first six points out of the locker room as they cruised the rest of the way.

Curry shot 43.5 percent (27 of 62) for the game — compared to 26 percent (13 of 50) for UNE. The visitors led in rebounds (43-31) and turned the ball over just 12 times. They also outscored UNE in the paint, 34-6.

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