Weekend college roundup, men’s basketball: Castleton State 88, Husson 82

Posted Feb. 02, 2013, at 6:50 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 03, 2013, at 7:39 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

CASTLETON, Vt. – Husson men’s basketball fell to North Atlantic Conference rival Castleton State Saturday afternoon, 88-82.

A big second half for the Spartans was the difference as they outscored Husson by ten points and held on for the win. When the two teams met earlier this season the Eagles came out on top 94-69.

Husson led by four at the half, but Castleton shot 58.8 percent from the field in the second, including 6-for-12 from beyond the 3-point arc. The Eagles shot 47% from the floor, and edged Castleton 38-36 in rebounds, but couldn’t hit enough shots late.

Brooks Spaulding (Fairfield, Maine) led the way for the Eagles going 6-for-7 for 15 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal. Eric Modica (Kittery, Maine) was also in double figures with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Corey Wood (Laurel, MD) finished with 15 points, 6 assists and 2 steals.

Logan White scored 25 second-half points and finished the game with 30 to lead the Spartan offense. He also added four steals and went 5-for-9 from downtown. Mark Comstock was an effective 5-for-8 from the field for 17 points and eight rebounds. Chad Copeland finished with 16 points while Tyler Ackley had 13 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

The first six minutes were back-and-forth, with the teams knotted 14-14. Comstock hit a pair of free throws to give Castleton a 16-14 lead with 13:47 left, but an 8-0 run by the Eagles gave them a 22-16 advantage with 10:22 remaining in the half. The Spartans responded with five straight points to take a 23-22 lead at the 8:16 mark. Husson countered once again, and used a 6-0 run to pull ahead 33-27 with 5:16 left. Castleton kept it close but the Eagles took a 39-35 lead into the break.

White opened up the second half with a three, but an 11-5 run by Husson kept the visitors in front, 50-43, with 16:32 remaining. A free throw by Denny Wilhelm ended the run and jumpstarted the Spartans. Dammy Mustapha and White both followed with layups as part of 13 straight points by Castleton to turn a deficit into a 56-50 lead with 13:43 left.

Aaron Willis (New York, NY) cut the Spartan advantage to three on the next possession, but three consecutive layups put Castleton in front by nine, 62-53 with just over 11 minutes left. The Eagles sliced the Spartan lead to six four more times over the next three minutes but Castleton held strong. A jumper by White extended the lead to 12 at the 5:11 mark.

Both teams traded baskets over the next three minutes until four straight points from Donte Cottonham (Silver Spring, MD) made it 81-77 with just 2:24 left. Comstock countered with an old fashioned three-point play on Castleton’s next possession and the Eagles were forced to foul in the final minute. The Spartans hit their shots to secure the six-point win.

The Eagles fall to 13-7 on the season and 10-3 in conference play. Husson will look to rebound quickly when they face two NAC opponents this weekend; Colby-Sawyer on Friday February 8 at 5:30 PM and New England College on Saturday, February 9 at 1 p.m.

UMPI 81, Fisher 65

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Patrick Manifold scored 31 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the University of Maine-Presque Isle men’s basketball team to an 81-65 win over Fisher College Sunday.

A total of 40 fouls were called and 54 free throws shot as the Owls won for the second time over the Falcons. UMPI improved to 10-12 while the NAIA Division II Falcons fell to 8-18.

The game remained nip and tuck in the second until UMPI’s British connection, Manifold and Michael Warner, teamed up to score 12 points in a three-minute span to up UMPI’s lead to 77-60 with 1:10 remaining.

Warner finished with 24 points and Claude Louis finished with a 10-point, 8-rebound, 8-assist performance.

EMCC 75, UMPI 63

BANGOR, Maine — The Eastern Maine Community College men’s basketball team staked itself out to a 40-26 halftime lead and then staved off all University of Maine-Presque Isle comeback attempts in the second half to defeat the Owls, 75-63.

Presque Isle falls to 9-12 on the season.

The win for the Golden Eagles avenges an 87-68 defeat at the hands of the Owls in Presque Isle back on December 14th.

EMCC built their lead up to 17 in the second half. The Owls were able to trim their deficit down to 6 on a couple of occasions but could never get closer.

Fisher 77, UM-Fort Kent 62

FORT KENT, Maine – NAIA D2 Independent Fisher College (Boston, MA) pulled away from U-Maine Fort Kent midway through the second half on their way to a 77-62 win in non-conference men’s basketball action Saturday afternoon in Fort Kent, Maine.

Fisher turned a five point halftime lead (40-35) into a double digit advantage midway through the second half to pick up their eight win of the season (8-17). UMFK (2-19), battled back but couldn’t shake 29 turnovers on the day and cold second half shooting (9-27).

Ryan McCorkle paced four Fisher players in double figures with a game-high 22 points to go with 13 rebounds while UMFK senior co-captain Yoshives Belizaire (Miramar, FL) had a team-high 21 points and grabbed a game-high 14 boards playing in his final home game as a Bengal.

Green Mountain 67, MMA 66

POULTNEY, Vt. – Carnelius Green nailed a desperation three-point attempt as time expired to lift Green Mountain to a 67-66 win over Maine Maritime Saturday. The Eagles improved to 4-16 overall, 3-11 NAC while the Mariners dropped to 4-15, 3-10.

Andy Ball finished with a game-high 22 points, Nick Holt added 16 points and Ben Russell dished out six assists for the Mariners.

Cassius Belfon netted a team-best 14 for Green Mountain, Green and Terry Jones each scored 12 and Elijah Wiggins finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.

Paul Campbell‘s traditional three-point play with 2:26 left in the game gave Maine Maritime a 65-60 lead before a layup by Wiggins, and to free throws from Chris Strong, made 65-64 with 38 seconds left. Tyler Chiasson made one for two free throws with five seconds left before Green’s game winner.

The Eagles jumped out to an early ten-point lead in the first half, but the Mariners responded with a Holt-spark scoring run. Holt scored 13 points in the 13 minutes which helped the Maine Maritime hold a 39-33 halftime lead.

UM-Farmington 85, New England Coll. 76

HENNIKER, N.H. – Five different players finished in double-figures to lead the University of Maine at Farmington past New England College, 85-76, in North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball action Saturday afternoon at Bridges Gym.

UMaine-Farmington improves the 16-5 overall, 11-3 in NAC play. The Beavers’ win, coupled with Husson University’s loss at Castleton State College, allows UMF to slip back into first place in the NAC standings with just four games left on the schedule. New England College fell to 1-19 overall, 1-12 in the NAC.

Leading the way for UMaine-Farmington was junior center Ben Johnson (Manchester, Maine/Maranacook) who posted his 13th double-double with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Garrett Clemmer (Windham, Maine/Windham) finished with a team-high 20 points, while Andrew Dickey (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) chipped in 17 points. Yusuf Iman (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) dished out a game-high seven assists to go along with 11 points.

Nate Carson (Orrington, Maine/Brewer) rounded out UMaine-Farmington’s list of double-digit scorers with 12 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 mark at the free-throw line.

NEC’s Abdirahman Mohamed led the Pilgrims with a game-high 29 points on 11-for-16 shooting. Ryan Schmitz chipped in 11 points, while Jaskin Melendez and Joel DeMadet finished with 10 points each.

The two teams battled back-and-forth through the entire first half of play, including eight lead changes and six ties. The Beavers posted their largest lead of the half midway through the frame, as they would lead 18-11 at the 11:04 mark following a pair of Johnson foul shots.

The Pilgrims responded with a 16-3 run over just four minutes to grab a 27-21 lead with just under seven minutes to play. Schmitz and DeMadet each contributed six points to the NEC run, but the Pilgrims’ advantage was trimmed to three points, 39-36, at the intermission.

Five lead changes and three ties over the first eight minutes of the second half eventually gave way to an 11-0 UMaine-Farmington run, with Iman hitting the last five points of the surge on a back-to-back jumper and 3-pointer. That left the Beavers with a 63-54 lead with 9:21 showing on the game clock.

A Clemmer free throw just over two minutes later stretched UMF’s lead to double-digits, 68-58, and the Beavers led by at least ten points the rest of the way.

Middlebury 85, Colby 62

WATERVILLE, Maine —- The Colby College men’s basketball team may have had the hardest schedule in the country this weekend, facing a second straight top 10 opponent within 24 hours after falling 85-62 to sixth-ranked Middlebury College on Saturday in New England Small College Athletic Conference play.

Middlebury completed a weekend sweep in Maine as the Panthers (19-1, 8-0) also earned a win at Bowdoin College on Friday night. Colby (6-15, 2-6) fell 64-61 to ninth-ranked Williams College on Friday.

Middlebury shot 53.4 percent from the floor and forced 21 Colby turnovers in the game, resulting in 22 points.

Colby held an 11-9 lead early on a three from Connor O’Neil at the 14:33 mark. With the game tied at 18-18, Middlebury went on a 10-2 run behind a pair of threes from Nolan Thompson and Joey Kizel to take a 28-20 advantage with 7:33 left in the first half. Leading by five, the Panthers closed the half on a 12-2 run in the final 3:40 to take a 48-33 lead into the intermission. Two more threes from Kizel sparked the run.

The margin grew to 21 early in the second half, as Middlebury scored seven of the first eight points to hold a 55-34 lead. The Mules cut the lead to 10 on a three from Chris Hudnut at the 12:22 mark, but three minutes later, a trey by Jake Wolfin again made it a 20-point game at 70-50 with 9:16 remaining. The lead grew to as many as 27 before the Panthers came away with the 85-62 win.

Peter Lynch led a balanced attack with 18 points on 8-11 shooting, while James Jensen netted 13. Kizel scored 12 points in the win, while Thompson added 10. Wolfin finished with nine assists in the contest.

Hudnut paced Colby with 15 points, Shane Rogers scored 11, and Sam Willson added 10. Gordon Fischer chipped in seven points.

Keene State 88, Southern Maine 80

GORHAM, Maine – Senior guard Ryan Martin (Wayne, Maine/Maranacook) scored a team-high 18 points to lead six players in double-figures as the Keene State College Owls defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 88-80 in a Little East Conference men’s basketball tilt Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.

With the win, the Owls avenge a 90-83 loss to the Huskies earlier in the season and improve to 14-7 overall and 7-3 in the conference. Southern Maine falls to 13-8 and 7-3 in the LEC and is tied with Keene for third place in the conference.

Martin was 6-for-9 from the field and 3-for-3 from three-point range to lead the Owls. Sophomore guard Tom Doyle (Wallingford, Conn./Notre Dame) added 15 points and junior forward John Boyatsis (Dover, N.H./Cheshire Academy) added 13 points off of the bench. Freshman guard Tre’ Tripton (Stamford, Conn./King Low-Heywood-Winchendon Prep) and senior guard Anthony Mariano (Naugatuck, Conn.) each had 12 points, while senior forward Eric Fazio (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Our Lady of Lords) chipped in with 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Senior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) and junior guard Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) each scored 20 points to lead USM. Kee was 8-for-14, while Sullivan was 8-for-16 from the field. Junior guard Brandon Tomah (Princeton, Maine/Calais) added 15 points off of the bench and junior forward James Odneal (Pontiac, Mich./Bottineau) tossed in 10 points.

Trailing 46-39 at the half, as the Huskies’ shot an outstanding 55.9 percent from the field in the opening stanza led by 14 points from Sullivan, Keene State quickly erased its deficit to open the second half outscoring the Huskies 11-4 in the first four minutes.

After Odneal scored the first point of the second half on one of two free throws, Keene used unanswered buckets from Walcott, Martin and Tipton to pull to with 47-45. A three-pointer from Kee answered the Owls surge, but a three from Doyle and a layup from Fazio tied the score at 50 with 15:47 to play. Both teams traded buckets on their ensuing possessions and a three from Martin with 14:57 remaining gave the Owls the lead for good, 55-52. A steal from Walcott led to a layup from Doyle and a 57-52 Owl lead with 14:33 remaining, before both teams settled into a back-and-forth shootout.

A jumper from Kee cut the Huskies’ deficit to three, 59-56 but an 8-2 run from the Owls, led by six points from Martin, gave Keene State its largest lead of the game 67-58 with 12:44 to play. The Huskies battled back to within a point of the Owls three times over the next eight minutes and trailed 74-73 after a steal from senior guard Mike Poulin (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) led to a fast-break layup from Tomah with 5:50 to play, but the Owls responded with an 11-2 run capped by a jumper from freshman guard Jesse LaCroix (Orange, Mass./Ralph C. Mahar) with 2:39 to play to seal the win.

Bates 72, Trinity 55

HARTFORD, Conn. — Senior Mark Brust scored a game-high 16 points to lead four Bobcats in double figures as the Bates men’s basketball team won at Trinity for the first time in the NESCAC era on Saturday, 72-55.

Trinity drops to 8-13 overall and 2-6 in the NESCAC with its third straight loss, while Bates improves to 9-13 overall with a 3-6 league record. Only six other teams have three conference wins at this point in the season; Bates finishes the regular season with a non-conference game at Thomas on Tuesday at 7pm, followed by a 5pm NESCAC game on Friday against Hamilton.

It was the Bobcats’ fourth win in the teams’ past five meetings, with the Bobcats earning wins in Lewiston in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Bates built a lead of as many as 14 points and headed into intermission with a 32-22 advantage.

Trinity and Bates exchanged baskets in the earlier stages of the second half, but with 12:56 to play, Brust dealt a blow to the Bantams with a three-pointer to put the Bobcats up 15. Trinity kept fighting, cutting the lead back down to nine with a bucket from Jaquann Starks with 7:45 to play, but the Bobcats proved to be too much, increasing their lead to 21 points on a pair of free throws by sophomore Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine), as the Bobcats sealed the deal by going 11-for-12 from the line down the stretch.

Bates finished the game 25-29 from the stripe and shot 45 percent from the floor.

Junior Luke Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.) scored 14 points and Safford added 12 for Bates. SeniorEd Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine) scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Senior center Taylor Gartley (Rockport, Maine) provided a big boost off the bench with six points, seven rebounds and a block in 11 minutes.

Alexander Conaway and Mick DiStasio netted 12 points apiece for the Bantams, while George Papadeas collected eight points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.

Williams 76, Bowdoin 64

BRUNSWICK, Maine — The ninth-ranked Williams College men’s basketball team needed overtime to defeat Bowdoin on Senior Day at Morrell Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon, 76-64.

Michael Mayer had 22 points to lead five players in double-figures for the Ephs, who improved to 20-2 and remained unbeaten in conference play at 8-0. Matt Mathias had 20 points in the loss for the Polar Bears, who fall to 12-8 and 3-5 in NESCAC.

Mayer added 11 rebounds to go with his game-high 22 while Taylor Epley added 21 for the Ephs. Daniel Wohl and James Klemm had 11 apiece and Nate Robertson added 10 for Williams. Mathias nailed five three-pointers for the Polar Bears, who got 13 points from Keegan Pieri and 10 from Maximilian Staiger. Bryan Hurley had 14 assists in the loss for Bowdoin.

The teams were tied at halftime following a frantic opening half that saw the Polar Bears connect on 51 percent of their shots from the field. Williams was able to stay close thanks to Epley, who had 19 of his 21 points in the opening stanza as the squads entered the break deadlocked at 36-36.

Not much changed in the second half as the teams traded buckets, featuring four tie scores and five lead changes. Bowdoin took a two-point advantage, 60-58, following a Staiger lay-in with 3:00 to go. The Polar Bears extended their lead to 61-58 after a Mathias free throw with 2:31 on the clock. Williams answered with a game-tying three-pointer from Klemm, that bounced off the back rim, soared into the air and settled into the bucket with 2:14 remaining in regulation. Neither team could score over the final minutes, as a Mathias three-pointer on the final possession rimmed out, sending the game to overtime.

Mathias connected on a trifecta to give Bowdoin the lead just moments into the extra session, but the hosts would not score again. The Polar Bears missed their final six shots of overtime as the Ephs went on a game-clinching 15-0 run to seal the win. Wohl scored eight points in the run to lift Williams.

Williams held a 38-31 edge in rebounding and shot 48 percent for the game. Bowdoin cooled from the field in the second half and in OT, finishing at 41 percent from the field.

Saint Joseph’s 61, Emmanuel 54

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s (14-7, 9-5 GNAC) outlasted Emmanuel College (4-17, 4-10 GNAC), 61-54, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon. Junior forward Nicholas Jobin (Westbrook, Maine) was 6-9 from the floor and 7-7 from the free throw line to account for a team-high 19 points in the Monks’ triumph.

Saint Joseph’s shot a season-high 59.5% (25-42) from the field on the afternoon, including a scorching 66.7% (12-18) rate in the closing stanza. The Monks’ success rate from the floor in today’s win is the highest mark since the Royal Blue posted a 60% (33-55) effort in a 95-84 loss to Bates College on January 20th, 2010.

The hosts jumped out to a 10-point lead, as a Matt Sullivan (West Babylon, N.Y.) jumper lifted the hosts to a 14-4 cushion with 10:16 remaining in the first half. The Monks headed into the break riding a 12-2 run and carried a cushy 30-15 advantage at the half.

Junior guard Matthew Medeiros (Westport, Mass.) led all first-half scorers with 10 points while senior Connor Morgan (Gloucester, R.I.) paced the visitors with five points in the opening frame.

As it played out, the Monks’ first-half dominance proved to be vital as the Saints, with the help of a 6-16 three-point shooting performance, would outscore the Royal Blue by a 39-31 margin in the second stanza.

Saint Joseph’s led by double digits for the better part of the closing frame and held a game-high 18-point cushion after senior Julio Vazquez (Waterbury, Conn.) converted a traditional three-point play with 10:12 remaining in the contest.

Two minutes later, Emmanuel began a 13-2 outburst that saw the visitors cut their deficit to 52-45 after senior Xavier Everson (Rochester, N.Y.) drilled a pair of freebies at the 3:59 mark. The Monks would extend their lead to 11 (58-47) when Medeiros connected on a layup 1:51 later and, despite a barrage of Emmanuel three-point shots in the final minute, would hold on for the 61-54 victory.

For the Monks, Medeiros netted 14 points, Vazquez added seven points, four rebounds and three assists and sophomore Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) chipped in with seven points and five boards versus the Saints.

For Emmanuel, Everson poured in a game-high 23 points with 10 caroms and three steals, Morgan added 15 off a 4-9 three-point shooting performance, and senior Michael Mailhot (Norwich, Conn.) contributed 11 points in a losing effort.

With the victory, Saint Joseph’s improves to 11-2 in the history of the series with Emmanuel College.

Interestingly, the Monks’ outstanding field goal percentage in today’s contest coincided with an uncharacteristically low number of three-point attempts (6), especially for a program known to be one of the better deep-shooting teams in the conference. Saint Joseph’s has not attempted six or fewer shots from beyond the arc since January 2nd, 2004 when the Monks went 1-4 from downtown in a 147-103 loss at the hands of Grinnell College in the Colby College Invitational Tournament.

Roger Williams 67, UNE 64

BRISTOL, R.I. – The Roger Williams University Men’s Basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak, holding on to a late second-half lead to beat the University of New England 67-64.

The Hawks now move to 7-14 overall and 4-10 in conference play, as UNE drops to 4-17 overall and 3-11 in the CCC.

Before the conference action began, the Hawks took a moment to honor their five senior captains, E.J. Bradley (Holden, Mass.), Mike Engemann (Red Bank, N.J.), Matt Grossbard (Pearl River, N.Y.), Mike Igoe (Lexington, Mass.), and James LeCardi (Fair Haven, N.J.).

UNE jumped out to a strong start, leading the Hawks for most of the first half, but not by more than four points. Igoe kept RWU in the game early, scoring the team’s first six points. Freshman Devin Thompson (Winthrop, Mass.) led the charge for the Nor’Easters in the first half, tallying 11 points. Thompson added to UNE’s lead late with a crucial jumper with 2:25 remaining putting the Nor’ Easters up 22-14 over the Hawks.

With only 2:05 remaining in the half Joseph Henry (Medway, Mass.) nailed a three-pointer to bring the Hawks back within three. Ryan Palumbo (Warwick, R.I.) also aided in cutting the deficit by hitting a buzzer-beating, jumper putting RWU only one point behind at the end of the half by a score of 22-21.

Both the Hawks and UNE battled to take control of the second half, with UNE pulling away early with a jumper from Thompson and a pair of layups from Alex Alsadi (Scottsdale, Ariz.) making the score 40-34 with 14:21 remaining. Charles Fenner III (Bronx, N.Y.) added to the Nor’ Easter lead by hitting a jumper at 13:30 to put the Hawks down by a score of 39-45.

RWU found a way to battle back as Josh McCourt (Lincoln, R.I.) highlighted an 11-point run for the Hawks with a pair of three-pointers to give his team the lead again 47-45 with 10:20 to play.

UNE refused to go down easy as Joseph Dadiego (Westbrook, Maine) hit a jumper at 4:26 cutting into the Hawks lead by three. A pair of free throws by Engemann, Palumbo, and Adam Cook (Manasquan, N.J.) helped RWU keep the Hawks’ lead at 65-60 with only 1:04 remaining.

A late push by UNE and an unexpected turnover for the Hawks gave UNE one last chance to take the game as a layup by Alsadi brought UNE within three points by a score of 65-62 with 49 seconds remaining in the contest. The Hawks were able to protect their lead in the final seconds as a crucial rebound by Engemann helped RWU to secure a Roger Williams Victory.

Igoe set a new season high with 19 points in the win for the Hawks and was only two rebounds shy of a double-double with eight. Palumbo was the second-leading scorer for the Hawks, scoring 14 points and four rebounds.

Three of UNE’s players recorded double-digit points with Thompson leading the Nor’ Easters with 19. Jesse Dykstra (Douglas, Mass.) tallied 13 points and four rebounds, and Alsadi scored 12 points and six rebounds for UNE.

Women’s Hockey

Boston College 6, Maine 3

ORONO, Maine – The Black Bears fell to second-ranked Boston College on Saturday evening by a score of 6-3. The Black Bears participated in the 7th annual Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer sponsored by FairPoint Communications. With the loss, Maine falls to 4-19-3, 1-12-2 in Hockey East while Boston College improves to 20-4-2, 13-2-1 in Hockey East.

The Black Bears and the Eagles skated to a 0-0 draw in the first period with Boston College holding the 14-3 shot advantage. After the first period, the Black Bears are 0-1 on the power play while the Eagles are 0-2. Kelsey MacSorley (Stratford, Ontario) picked up a holding penalty at 10:40 in the first and Hailey Browne (Oakville, Ontario) got tagged with the hooking penalty at 16:57 after bringing a BC skater to the ground in what could have been a one on one opportunity for the Eagles.

The Black Bears took advantage of the power play opportunity that carried over from the first period. Shawna Lesperance (Belle River, Ontario) notched her third goal of the season just 21 seconds into the second period after Brittany Dougherty (Chesterfield, Michigan) snapped a shot at the Eagle goalie. Lesperance was able to put the loose puck home after a scrum ensued in front of the crease. Dougherty registered her 18th assist of the season while Jennifer More (Deloraine, Manitoba) tallied her seventh.

The Eagles would go on to score four unanswered goals to end the second period with a 4-1 lead. Alex Carpenter got Boston College on the board at 2:57 on the power play opportunity and notched her second goal of the game at 5:22. Melissa Bizzari took advantage of the power play at 11:48 and Lexi Bender registered the final goal of the period at 14:44.

The Black Bears held a slight 11-8 shot advantage over the Eagles in the second period. Maine went 1-2 on the power play in the second while Boston College went 2-2.

Third period saw both teams registering two goals for a final score of 6-3.

Missy Denk (Poplar Grove, Illinois) picked up her second goal of the season at 7:45 of the period on a power play. Brittney Huneke (Hastings, Minnesota) took a shot from the top of the offensive zone but before the puck met the goalie, Denk was able to smack it out of the air to find the open five-hole. Huneke notched her second assist of the season.

The Eagles would register the next two goals off the sticks of Dru Burns and Kate Leary.

Lesperance notched her second goal of the game and fourth of the season with 34 seconds left in regulation on a power play opportunity. Kelly McDonald (Ancaster, Ontario) tallied her fourth assist of the season while Kayla Kaluzny (Calgary, Alberta) picked up her seventh.

Brittany Ott (St. Clair Shores, Michigan) saw her 12th loss of the season at the hands of the Eagles. Ott allowed six goals while posting 34 saves in the 6-3 loss. She now sits at 4-12-3 between the pipes for the Black Bears.

The Eagles held a 40-25 shot advantage over the Black Bears. Both teams went 3-5 on the power play opportunity.

Women’s Basketball

UM-Fort Kent 79, Fisher 46

FORT KENT, Maine -– The U-Maine-Fort Kent women’s basketball team won their third straight game and improved to 14-9 overall In defeating NAIA D2 independent Fisher College 79-46 Saturday afternoon in Fort Kent, Maine.

Samantha Carapelluci (Fr. Fwd., Fort Kent, Maine) and Zsakiyah Brown (Jr. G., Uniondale, New York) led the Lady Bengals with 16 points each and Jenn Colpitts (Jr., G., Scarborough, Maine) added 15. Freshmen point guard Kayla Richards (Presque Isle, Maine) added 11 points and a team-high eight assists for UMFK who dished out a season-high 26 assists in the victory.

Fisher (0-20) was led by Javana Bernard who scored a game-high 28 points. UMFK built a 41-21 halftime lead and forced 25 FC turnovers in the win.

MMA 70, Green Mountain 58

POULTNEY, Vt. – Kari Jones netted a career-high 19 points, Mary Badeen recorded her second career double-double and Devyn Curless-Clark dropped a career-best 10 points, to help Maine Maritime to 70-58 win over Green Mountain Saturday. The Mariners improved to 10-10 overall, 7-6 NAC while the Eagles fell to 3-16, 1-13.

Jones was 7 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 7 from downtown, and added three rebounds. Badeen scored 17 and pulled down a game-high, and career-best, 14 rebounds. Bekah Campbell netted eight points and Leah Jacksongrabbed six boards for the Mariners.

Chelsea Paul finished with a game-high 21 points and added five rebounds Jacque Caster notched a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Green Mountain.

The Mariners broke an early 6-6 deadlock with a trey and jumper from Badeen and a layup by Jill Perron to lead 13-6 with 15:48 left in the first half. The Eagles got within six, 17-11, with 11:24 but wouldn’t get any closer. Maine Maritime saw its largest balloon to 13, 30-17, on a Jones trey with 1:41 left before taking a 30-22 halftime lead.

Green Mountain never got closer than eight, 43-35, at 12:44 and the Mariners led by as many as 19, 68-49, on a Jones three with 4:26 left.

Castleton State 77, Husson 52

CASTLETON, Vt. — Husson women’s basketball fell to Castleton State who is ranked #2 in the North Atlantic Conference, 77-52 on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles hung with the Spartans until 8 minutes left in the first half when Castleton went on 10 point run and extended their lead 22-9. The game went into the half at 45-24 and although the Eagles were only outscored by 4 points in the second half, the early deficit was too much to overcome.

Husson’s Kelli Murray (Shawmut, Maine) had 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Stephanie Comstock added 10 points of her own, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Rebecca Young (Concord, VT) and Chrissy Larrabee (Brooks, Maine) were the leading rebounders for the Eagles both pulling down 7 rebounds each. Larrabee added 9 points while Young blocked 4 shots.

Meghan O’Sullivan was the leading scorer for the Spartans with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals. Jade Desroches tallied up 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in 18 minutes off the bench.

The Eagles, who fall to 7-11 overall and 7-6 in NAC play, will host non-conference opponent Colby College this Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00 PM in Newman Gymnasium.

Middlebury 52, Colby 48

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Scarlett Kirk scored a game-high 20 points and Middlebury College hit 3-of-4 from the foul line in the final 16 seconds to pull away for a 52-48 win over Colby College in NESCAC women’s basketball Saturday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Middlebury improved to 11-10 overall and 3-5 in the conference, while the Mules fell to 7-14 overall and 1-7 in the league.

The Mules scored four straight points to turn a 47-43 deficit into a tie contest with 3:53 to play. Katie Pett put the Panthers ahead to stay with an inside basket with 2:45 remaining for a 49-47 margin. Neither team could manage a point over the next hectic two-plus minutes. After being fouled with 17.2 seconds to play, Colby’s Carylanne Wolfington missed the first shot and made the second to cut the margin to 49-48. Kirk was immediately fouled and made 1-for-2 from the line with 16.3 seconds to go for a 50-48 lead. Diana Manduca missed on a baseline reverse layup with eight seconds left and the Panthers’ Laura Lowry was fouled with 6.2 to play. She nailed both free throws for the final points of the game.

Kirk also finished with seven rebounds while shooting 6-for-11 from the field and 8-for-10 from the foul line. Lowry added six points and a game-high five assists, while Pett had a game-high 13 rebounds and scored four points.

Wolfington finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, and three steals for Colby. Brooke Chandor added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Manduca had 10 points and four assists.

The Mules led 17-11 with 8:25 to go in the first half, but the Panthers used a 16-8 run the rest of the way to take a 27-25 margin at intermission. Middlebury never allowed Colby to take a lead in the second half, but the game was tied twice at 43-43 and 47-47.

Southern Maine 58, Keene State 56

GORHAM, Maine – Senior forward Haley Jordan (Falmouth, Maine) scored a team-high 15 points to lead the 14th-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies to a narrow 58-56 win over the Keene State College Owls in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.

The Huskies overcame a seven-minute scoreless stretch late in second half a two-point deficit with just over a minute to play to earn their 20th win of the season and improve to 20-1 overall and 9-1 in the Little East Conference. The loss drops the Owls to 2-8 in the LEC and 7-13 overall.

Jordan was 5-for-13 with a pair of threes to pace the Huskies. She had six rebounds, two assists and a steal. Sophomore forward Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley) added 12 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Senior guard Nicole Garland(Portland, Maine/Deering) and junior guard Erin McNamara (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) each had nine points. Senior forward Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) had seven points, seven rebounds, three assists and a game-high four steals.

Keene State sophomore forward Courtney Roberts (Sutton, Mass.) had a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, scoring five times her average of 4.2 points per game to pace the Owls. Roberts was 8-for-15 from the field and 7-for-11 from the free throw line, scoring many of her points off of her seven offensive rebounds. Senior guard Siobhan Carnell (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) added 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Despite shooting a solid 42.5 percent from the field for the first 30 minutes of the game and holding a solid 14-point, 52-38, lead with 9:16 remaining, the Huskies found themselves trailing the Owls 56-54 with 1:17 to play. After a jumper from Jordan to put USM ahead by 14, the Huskies went ice-cold over the next six minutes and 12 seconds as the Owls strung together a 14-0 run led by 10 points from Roberts. A traditional three-point play from Roberts on a layup and a free throw, KSC pulled itself even with the Huskies 52-52 with 5:12 to play, capping the 14-0 spurt

Both teams were then unsuccessful in their possessions over the next two minutes before one free throw from Jordan put USM ahead 53-52 with 3:04 remaining ending its scoring drought, but Carnell hit a mid-range jumper to give the Owls their first lead since early in the opening half, 54-53, with 2:49 to play in response. Grant then hit one of two free throws for the Huskies for a 54-54 score, but the Owls’ Carnell canned two free throws to lead 56-54 with 1:17 to play. Carnells’ two free throws marked the end a of an 18-2 run for the Owls; however it was the last points the Owls would score as the Huskies managed to put the game away in the closing minute. After a pair of missed layups from Grant and Knight, Jordan was able to secure an offensive board and pull USM even 56-56 with 32 seconds to play. The Owls turned the ball over on their next possession and then fouled McNamara as she drove to the basket with 14 seconds to play. McNamara completed both free throws to give USM a narrow 58-56 lead. KSC had two looks at the basket but a defensive rebound and a game-ending steal from Grant shut the door on the Owls.

Bates 82, Trinity 77

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Bates women’s basketball team got hot early and didn’t cool off, taking advantage of 10 3-pointers in handing Trinity an 82-77 loss in NESCAC action Saturday afternoon. The host Bantams drop to 13-8 overall and 4-4 in the NESCAC while Bates improves to 11-10 overall and 4-5 in the league.

Bates senior tri-captain Taryn O’Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) opened the game with two three-pointers, setting the tone for the first half, and a 31-27 lead at halftime.

Bates opened the second half with a three by senior tri-captain Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.), who finished the game 5-for-7 from beyond the arc for a team-high 17 points. The Bobcats distanced themselves as the period progressed, building a lead of 16 points with 8:51 to play in the game. But the Bantams didn’t go down quite yet. Over the ensuing five minutes of action, Trinity went on a 12-0 run to cut the lead to four – a run that started and ended with buckets by rookie Mackenzie Griffin, who finished with a game-high 22 points in 22 minutes on the court.

Beaulieu stopped the bleeding with a pair of free throws, as Bates held the lead down the stretch, going 17-18 from the free throw line, led by junior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.), who went 6-6 from the line in the home stretch, finishing the game 8-8 from the stripe. Bates sophomore Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) iced the win for the Bobcats with a pair of free throws in the final seconds.

Bates went 10-18 from long range (56 percent), and 26-29 from the line (90 percent). Five Bobcats scored in double figures, including junior Julia Rafferty’s (Reading, Mass.) season-high 12 points to go with five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Brown and O’Connell scored 15 points apiece, with Brown grabbing a team-high seven rebounds and O’Connell dishing a team-high five assists, and Kelly added 14 points.

Griffin and sophomore Hannah Brickley combined for 40 points on 16-27 shooting from the floor, going 8-8 from the line for Trinity. The pair also picked up 11 rebounds. Taylor Murtaugh collected 15 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Bantams.

Emmanuel 55, Saint Joseph’s 47

STANDISH, Maine – Emmanuel College (16-5, 8-0 GNAC) defeated Saint Joseph’s (12-9, 6-3 GNAC), 55-47, in a rematch of the 2012 GNAC Women’s Basketball Championship at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon. Freshman center Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) scored a game-high 18 points in a losing effort.

The Monks held a lead over the Saints for almost the entire first half and led by as many as 10 points early in the second stanza, but Emmanuel rallied with a 22-5 run midway through the latter frame en route to claiming the program’s 37th-consecutive conference victory.

Two fundamental aspects of the game played significant roles in the result, as Emmanuel held a 21-8 lead in second-chance points and Saint Joseph’s posted a modest 12-20 effort from the free throw line on the afternoon.

Saint Joseph’s built a first-half advantage with the help of 10 points off 13 Emmanuel turnovers and 11 bench points over the opening 20 minutes of play. Cahill went 5-7 from the floor and paced all first-half scorers with 10 points while senior forward Fiona O’Dwyer (Stamford, Conn.) netted eight for the Saints before the break.

Starting the second half with a 25-21 advantage and opened the frame with six unanswered points, all from Cahill, to claim the aforementioned game-high cushion. Momentum changed her dress shortly thereafter, as the Monks went just 1-10 from the field and committed 10 turnovers over a nine-minute span. The Saints registered the previously-mentioned 22-5 burst during the same time and – with the help of a 6-6 free-throw effort – proceeded to lead by at least five points for the remainder of the contest.

For the Monks, junior Abby Young (North Yarmouth, Maine) came off the bench to contribute nine points and six assists, junior Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.) pulled down nine rebounds and scored six points and senior Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) collected four steals and dealt three assists in the loss.

For the Saints, sophomore Jennifer Bujnowski (Salem, N.H.) tallied 15 points and nine caroms, O’Dwyer notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards and freshman Sarah Higgins (Groveland, Mass.) chipped in with six points in the victory.

Overall, Saint Joseph’s shot 34% (17-50) from the field, 10% (1-10) from three-point range and 60% (12-20) from the free throw line. Emmanuel countered by shooting 33.9% (21-62) from the floor and 86.7% (13-15) from the stripe while missing all nine attempts from downtown on the afternoon.

With the setback, Saint Joseph’s falls to 2-14 in the history of the series with Emmanuel College. The Saints have not suffered a loss to a GNAC foe since falling to Emerson College (70-67) on February 9th, 2010. For the Saints – winners of six-consecutive GNAC Championships and 14 since 1996 overall – the winning margin is the narrowest over a conference opponent this winter and the 55 points scored ranks as a season low against a GNAC foe this season.

Williams 50, Bowdoin 42

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The WIlliams College women’s basketball team won in Brunswick for the first time since 1999 in a 50-42 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.

The win snapped a 10-game losing skid at Morrell Gymnasium for the Ephs, who improve to 18-4 (7-1 NESCAC). The loss drops the Polar Bears to 12-9 (3-5 NESCAC) this winter.

Brunswick native Claire Baecher scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win for Williams while Jennie Harding added 12 points and nine boards. Bowdoin was led by senior Kaitlin Donahoe, celebrated Senior Day with a 22-point effort for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin carried a 21-15 edge into halftime thanks to a 12-3 run over the final four minutes of the first period, capping the run with a three-pointer by Donahoe.

Williams quickly erased that advantage one minute after halftime as Beacher nailed a pair of three pointers in span of 32 seconds right out of the gate to tie the game at 21-21. That sparked a 13-0 run for the Ephs that, following another Baecher three-pointer with 15:33 left, gave the visitors at 28-21 advantage.

Bowdoin was able to trim the lead to four points before another Williams surge, this time a 9-0 run, gave the Ephs a commanding 37-24 lead with 8:18 to go. The Polar Bears could get no closer than six points over the final eight minutes as the Ephs held on to win.

The Polar Bears held a 43-41 edge in rebounds but shot just 19% for the game. WIlliams connected on 35% of its shots and blocked nine Bowdoin shots, including four from Danny Rainer.

UNE 65, Roger Williams 56

BRISTOL, R.I. — The University of New England out-scored Roger Williams University, 27-16, over the final 11 minutes of action to register a 65-56 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women’s basketball victory on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 2) at the Campus Recreation Center.

The triumph was the 12th consecutive for the Nor’easters (17-4, 14-0 CCC), matching the longest win streak in school history, set two season’s ago.

With the win, UNE is also guaranteed at least a share of the CCC regular-season title, as Big Blue now holds a four-game advantage over RWU (14-7, 10-4) and Western New England University (10-4 CCC) with four dates left before the postseason tournament.

After the Hawks went in front at 40-38, UNE first-year Meghan Gribbin (Windham, Maine) came right back down to erase the small deficit and Roger Williams’ last cushion. RWU led for a total of 78 seconds the entire match, and by no more than two points at any time.

Two free throws from sophomore Kendra Dawless (West Greenwich, R.I.) gave the Nor’easters a lead they would not relinquish, while a fastbreak finish from Gribbin and a pair at the charity stripe from senior Beth Suggs (Bath, Maine) quickly extended the gap to six (46-40). Big Blue was up by no less than four the rest of the way.

The difference was five (54-49) with 3:37 left, but UNE notched seven unanswered to put it out of reach. First-year Michaela Flanagan (Plymouth, Mass.) scored five of her nine points in the spurt.

The Nor’easters converted 15 of their 24 field goal tries in the second half, made 2-of-3 treys, and sunk 12 of 16 free throws.

Gribbin matched her season-best scoring effort from earlier in the week with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, and added four assists. Suggs and sophomore Kelly Coleman (Portland, Conn.) went for 15 and 10 points, respectively, and each corralled eight rebounds to help the Nor’easters to a 33-26 edge in the game. Big Blue got a nine-point, nine-rebound, five-steal performance out of first-year Lauren Hayden (Chantilly, Va.) in support.

For Roger Williams, Kaitlyn Bovee tallied 16 points, Ari Renwick had 14, and Angelica Ariola scored 13.

Though the Nor’easters raced out to a 10-2 lead in the initial 4:45, scoring was at a premium for much of the first period, in both directions. The teams combined to shoot less than 33 percent in the stanza, and settled on a 21-21 tie at intermission.

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