At Henniker, N.H., the Terriers outscored the Pilgrims 53-34 in the second half to pull away for the North Atlantic Conference victory.
Levi Barnes led a group of five double-figure scorers for Thomas College of Waterville (9-9, 6-7 NAC) with 25 points. Jarrad DeVaughn (5 assists) scored 22 points and Marquis Pollard tallied 16, while Stanley Greene Jr. (5 steals) and Eric Westbrooks each provided 10 points and five assists.
Ryan Schmitz (4 assists, 4 steals) and Jonathan Byrnes (6 rebounds) led New England College (1-18, 1-11 NAC) with 15 points each. Abdirahman Mohamed contributed 12 points, seven assists and six steals.
At Poultney, Vt., Husson University secured the season sweep against Green Mountain College with a North Atlantic Conference win Friday night.
In a back and forth game that went into half at a 30-30 deadlock, Husson was able to slowly pull away in the 2nd half to clinch a conference win.
Eric Modica (Kittery, ME) scored a game high 23 points for Husson, with 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Marc Zaharchuk (Richmond, ME) continued his success this week after being name North Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, with 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 block.
The leading scoring for GMC was Carnelius Green (Oveido, FL), who scored 18 points with 7 rebounds in 37 minutes of play. Elijah Wiggins (Pawtucket, RI) came up big off the bench for the GMC Eagles with 14 points, 6 rebounds in 26 minutes of play.
Next up for Husson they will continue on their Vermont road trip of NAC play when they visit Castleton State College of Vermont to play a 1:00 PM game tomorrow Saturday, February 2. With this win Husson improves to 13-6 on the season and 10-2 in conference play. GMC falls to 3-16 on the season and 2-11 in NAC play
At New London, N.H., the Chargers held the Beavers to 25 second-half points and forced many of the University of Maine’s 24 turnovers en route to the North Atlantic Conference win.
Mike Dias led Colby-Sawyer (9-10, 9-3 NAC) with 21 points and six rebounds. Stephen Thorpe tallied 10 points, five assists and four steals.
Ben Johnson scored a game-high 27 points to power the Beavers (15-5, 10-3 NAC). Andrew Dickey posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Nate Carson registered 10 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
At Castleton, Vt., the Spartans made a nine-point halftime advantage stand up to earn a North Atlantic Conference victory.
Logan White’s 19 points sparked Castleton State (10-10, 8-5 NAC). Mark Comstock (9 rebounds) and Chad Copeland (9 rebounds) chipped in with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Andy Ball was high man for Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (4-14, 3-9 NAC) with 16 points. Nick Holt tossed in 14 points and Paul Campbell logged 11 points and six rebounds for the Mariners, who went 10-for-22 from 3-point range.
At Waterville, the Colby College men’s basketball team gave ninth-ranked Williams College fits all night, but the Ephs survived and came away with a 64-61 win in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Friday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
Williams moved to 19-2 overall and 7-0 in the conference heading into Saturday’s 2 p.m. game at Bowdoin College. The Mules dropped to 6-14 overall and 2-5 in the league and will play host to sixth-ranked Middlebury College on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Ephs took a 60-56 lead when Taylor Epley (Louisville, Ky.) scored inside with 2:23 to play. The Mules answered back with a Connor O’Neil (Freeport, Maine) bucket with 2:09 remaining and then a Patrick Stewart (Bangor, Maine) inside move tied the game at 60-60 with just 47 seconds to play.
Epley put Williams ahead for good on another inside basket with 29 seconds to play. The Mules ended up calling a timeout with just 14.2 seconds to play and worked a play that got Stewart fouled with 5.7 seconds remaining. He hit the first free throw to make it 62-61, and then after an Eph timeout, hit the back of the rim on the second effort. Daniel Wohl (La Canada, Calif.) hauled down the rebound for Williams and was fouled with 4.4 seconds left. He calmly sank both free throws for the 64-61 margin. Colby quickly got the ball up the court, but O’Neil’s running 3-point shot from the top of the key hit the back of the rim.
Epley finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Wohl had 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting for Williams. Michael Mayer (Durham, N.C.) had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Nate Robertson (Ann Arbor, Mich.) dished six assists and had three steals.
Stewart also had a double-double with 13 points (5-for-8 shooting), 10 rebounds, and three steals for the Mules. Sam Willson (Watertown, Conn.) added 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting, Ryan Jann finished with 10 points, and Chris Hudnut (Chevy Chase, Md.) scored eight.
The Mules got off to a 5-0 lead to start the game, but the Ephs went on a 12-1 run to take a 12-6 margin. Williams led by as much as seven points (26-19) in the opening half, but the Mules stayed aggressive and used a 19-9 run to end the half for a 38-35 lead at the break.
Colby went ahead 47-44 on a jumper by Hudnut with 10:26 to play. However, Williams used a 10-2 run to go up 54-49 with 6:40 to play on an inside bucket by Mayer. Hudnut hit a big 3-point shot to get Colby right back in the game, trailing just 54-52 with 5:52 left.
At Amherst, Mass., 10th-ranked Amherst went on a 29-10 run over a span of 7:30 late in the second half to pull away from Bates for a NESCAC victory.
The Lord Jeffs (19-2, 7-0 NESCAC) were paced by the trio of junior guard Aaron Toomey and seniors Willy Workman and Peter Kaasila. Toomey poured in 27 points to go with five assists. Workman scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, including his 1,000th career point, and Kaasila grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds in addition to 13 points.
Mark Brust paced the Bobcats of Lewiston (8-13, 2-6 NESCAC) with 18 points, five assists and five rebounds, while Ed Bogdanovich finished with 14 points and seven boards. Junior Luke Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.) chipped in with 13 points.
At Brunswick, the sixth-ranked Middlebury College men’s basketball team built a 13-point halftime cushion and held off Bowdoin in a 72-61 win on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Panthers improve to 18-1 (6-1 NESCAC) while the Polar Bears fall to 12-7 (3-4 NESCAC).
Nolan Thompson led all players with 19 points for Middlebury, who had three others in double figures. Joey Kizel went 10-10 from the free throw line and finished with 14 points while James Jensen added 12 and Peter Lynch had 10.
Bowdoin was paced by 14 points apiece from Andrew Madlinger and John Swords. Keegan Pieri had 13 points on 6-7 shooting for the Polar Bears.
The teams traded blows in the first half before a late Panther run pushed the lead to double-digits. Thompson scored all 11 of his first-half points in the final 6:33 of the opening period as Middlebury used a 10-2 run and a quick 6-0 spurt right before the break to take a 43-30 edge at halftime.
Bowdoin closed the gap to seven points following a Pieri jumper at the 13:25 mark of the second half, but the visitors quickly answered with an 8-0 run, capped by a Thompson three-pointer, to take a 55-40 edge with 9:33 to go. Bowdoin would get as close as 10 points on four occasions over the final nine minutes.
The teams grabbed 30 rebounds each as Bowdoin hit on 46% of its shots and Middlebury connected for 44%. The Polar Bears committed 14 turnovers resulting in 17 points for the Panthers.
At Poultney, Vt., Stephanie Comstock shouldered the load with 20 points as the Eagles took the North Atlantic Conference road win.
Rebecca Young (6 rebounds) and Jade Keezer scored 12 points each for Husson University of Bangor (7-10, 7-5 NAC). Victoria McIntyre contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
Chelsea Paul posted a double-double for Green Mountain (3-15, 1-12 NAC) with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Allison Wadsworth chipped in with 11 points.
At New London, N.H., the first-place Chargers limited the Beavers to 21 points in the final 20 minutes to claim the North Atlantic Conference victory.
Taylor DeSanty connected for 22 points to lead Colby-Sawyer (16-4, 13-0 NAC). Cailin Bullett provided 12 points and five assists and Kelsey Cahill scored nine points, grabbed 12 rebounds, blocked five shots and made four steals.
Rachel Clement and Ayla Allen scored 10 points each for the University of Maine-Farmington (6-13, 6-7 NAC).
At Henniker, N.H., Taylor Burgess scored 16 points with eight rebounds and Kayla Lawlor scored 15 points to send the Pilgrims to the North Atlantic Conference win (15-5, 10-3 NAC).
Allison Beck added 10 points for New England College.
Thomas College of Waterville (5-13, 4-9 NAC) was paced by 13 points and six rebounds from Megan Pelletier. Emilee Reynolds provided eight points and six rebounds.
At Castleton, Vt., the Spartans held the Mariners to nine second-half points while pulling away for the North Atlantic Conference victory.
Alyssa Leonard paced Castleton State (19-1, 12-1 NAC) with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Jade Desroches scored 11 points.
Rebekah Campbell’s 12-point, four-rebound, four-block effort led the way for Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (9-10, 6-6 NAC).
At Waterville, Claire Baecher (Brunswick, Maine) finished with a double-double at 12 points and 11 rebounds to help the Williams College women’s basketball team take a 60-42 win against Colby College on Friday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
Williams heads to Bowdoin College for a 4 p.m. game Saturday with a 17-4 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the league. Colby, which will host Middlebury College on Saturday at 4 p.m., drops to 7-13 overall and 1-6 in the league.
Jennie Harding (Santa Monica, Calif.) added 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting, while Kellie Macdonald (Danvers, Mass.) had 10 points. Grace Rehnquist (Sharon, Mass.) dished a game-high five assists and had seven points for the Ephs.
Jen Nale (Waterville, Maine) led Colby with 10 points and made both of her 3-point attempts. Brooke Chandor (Barrington, Ill.) added eight points, five rebounds, two assists, and two blocked shots. Carylanne Wolfington (Hallowell, Maine) also had eight points and was 4-for-4 from the foul line.
The Ephs held Colby to just 26 percent shooting from the field and had a 44-30 rebounding advantage.
The game was tight for the opening seven minutes, but Williams gradually pulled away and led 33-18 at halftime. The Ephs led by as much as 26 points in the second half at 51-25 with 10:44 to play and again by 26 points at 58-32 with 3:20 to go.
At Brunswick, Bowdoin College pulled away in the second half for a NESCAC win over Middlebury at Morrell Gymnasium.
Three players reaced double-figures for the Polar Bears, who improve to 12-8 (3-4 NESCAC) on the season. Middlebury falls to 10-10 (2-5 NESCAC) with the setback.
Shannon Brady scored 12 points in the win for Bowdoin while Siena Mitman scored 11. Megan Phelps added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Middlebury was led by 13 points from Tracy Borsinger while Scarlett Kirk pitched in 10 points.