BANGOR, Maine — Colby (8-14, 1-7 NESCAC) used a balanced attack to overcome the Husson Eagles (7-12, 7-6 NAC) 59-48 in a nonconference match on Tuesday night in Newman Gymnasium. The Mules had three players score in double figures—Desi Smith (Watertown, WI) with 13 and Carylanne Wolfington (Hallowell, MA) and Diana Manduca (Portland, ME) with 11—in their winning effort.
Stephanie Comstock (Bangor, ME) had a huge game for the Eagles, and scored 24 of the team’s 48 points, including 15 points in the second half. Comstock shot 8 for 15 on field goals and 8 for 12 on field goals and drove Husson’s offense. Victoria McIntyre (Mars Hill, ME) and Rebecca Young (Concord, VT) each chipped in with 8 points for Husson. Colby’s Brooke Chandor (Barrington, IL) and Jayde Bennett (Lynn, MA) had a game-high 6 rebounds along with Husson’s Kelli Murray (Shawmut, ME).
Colby took a small lead in the first half at 6-3 and built it up to 31-23 at the break. Husson opened the second half with a 13-3 run largely in part to 10 points from Comstock. The Eagles saw their first lead at 33-32 on a Comstock jumper, and a field goal from Young brought Husson to a 38-34 lead. From there, it was a back-and-forth game until Colby grabbed the lead at 43-42 and ran away to a 59-48 victory.
BOSTON – Senior guard Nicole Garland (Portland, Maine/Deering) scored a game-high 23 points to lead five players in double figures as the 14th-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the UMass Boston Beacons 77-69 in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Tuesday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center in Boston.
With the win, Southern Maine earns the season sweep over UMass Boston and improves to 21-1 and 10-1 in the Little East Conference. UMass Boston drops its second straight LEC game to fall to 12-9 overall and 4-7 in the LEC.
All five starters reached double-figures for the Huskies led by Garland’s 23 points. The 5-7 shooting guard was 7-for-12 from the field, including six three-point field goals. She added a game-high five steals. Junior guard Erin McNamara (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) added 15 points, six assists and two steals. Seniors Haley Jordan (Falmouth, Maine) and Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) each tossed in 14 points while Jordan racked up a double-double with a team-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley) added 11 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots.
Freshman forward Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) and sophomore Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) each posted double-doubles to pace the Beacons. Murphy had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Morrison added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) added 10 points and a game-high seven rebounds.
After holding a modest 37-31 lead at the break, Southern Maine took a commanding 20-point, 55-35, lead with 12:51 remaining in the second half. The Huskies held the Beacons to just four points in the opening seven minutes of the second half while busting out an 18-4 run. Back-to-back three-pointers from Jordan and Garland opened the half as all five starters scored at least two points in the pivotal run.
The Huskies maintained a comfortable 59-43 following a jumper from Knight with 10:30 on remaining, before the Beacons rallied with an 11-0 run to pull themselves to within two possessions 59-54 with 8:42 to play. Perra and freshman guard Meghan Agger (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) did all the scoring for the Beacons. Perra had a three and a jumper while Agger knocked down two of her three three-pointers.
USM responded to the UMass Boston threat with a 6-2 mini-run capped by a three from McNamara to take a more comfortable 65-56 with 6:26 to play and the Beacons never got any closer than six points the rest of the way.
WATERVILLE, Maine — Katie McAllister’s career-high 21 points helped propel Thomas past Fisher College 85-53, in a non-conference women’s basketball matchup Tuesday night at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.
The Terriers (6-14) kicked off the scoring with two points from the charity stripe by senior Jasmine Bishop in the first minute of the game. Thomas never relinquished the lead in the opening half, going up by as many as 13 on two occasions.
In the first half, McAllister led the contest with 14 points, going 6-11 from the floor, while Megan Pelletier chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds, kicking off the opening half with a double-double. For Fisher (1-22), Javanna Bernard had a team leading 12 points, going 2-4 from beyond the arc.
Bernard had a game high 25 points for the Falcons, while Porsha Grayson had 21 points to go along with a team leading nine boards.
WATERVILLE, Maine — Thomas (11-9, 7-7 NAC) was able to come from behind to defeat Bates (9-14, 3-5 NESCAC) in a non-conference men’s basketball contest Tuesday night at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium. Franklin Salvador (Somerville, Mass.) hit his 1,000 career point from top right side of the arc at the 8:55 mark to cut the Terrier deficit to one and spark the team, becoming the 26th member in the process, etching his name in the Thomas men’s basketball history books.
Thomas started off the scoring with a Jarrad DeVaughn (Brockton, Mass.) layup, but that would be the only lead of the opening half for the home side. Bates would take command, leading by as many as 12 at the 5:24 mark on a three-pointer by Luke Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.). DeVaughn’s three at the buzzer would cut the deficit to five for the Terriers at the half, 38-33.
In the first half Thomas was led by DeVaughn with a game leading 15 points, going 5-8 from the floor and 4-5 from downtown. Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine) had a team-leading nine points in the opening stanza for the visiting side.
Bates jumped out to a nine point lead to start the second half, but Thomas was able to fight back to tie the game with 11:20 left by a layup from Marquis Pollard (Philadelphia, Pa.). The lead continued to switch hands four times throughout the remaining 10:40.
The Bobcats took a five point lead with 2:24 remaining, but Thomas was able to climb their way back and took the lead for good after a flagrant foul by Bogdanovich that sent Levi Barnes (Skowhegan, Maine) to line where he hit both free throws. The Terriers were able to ice the game away by hitting eight of eight free throws down the stretch.
The Terriers had all five starters in double figures led by Devaughn with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Bogdanovich led the Bobcats with 19 points, while Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) chipped in a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The Bridgewater State men’s basketball team rallied from a halftime deficit to pull away for a 79-65 win over Bowdoin on Tuesday evening.
The Polar Bears fall to 12-9 with a loss in their final non-conference game of the season. Bridgewater State improves to 10-11 with the victory.
Keegan Pieri led Bowdoin with 16 points and seven rebounds while Andrew Madlinger scored 12. Matt Mathias totaled 11 points while John Swords added 10 points off the bench for the Polar Bears. Brendan McDonald led all players with 19 points, including five three-pointers, for Bridgewater.
Pieri scored 12 of his points in the opening period as the Polar Bears connected on 59% of their shots to take a 15-point lead in the opening half before settling for a 42-37 edge at intermission.
The roles switched in the second half, however, as the hosts heated up from the field, knocking down 53% of their shots. Bridgewater used a 12-0 run immediately after intermission to take the lead for good. The hosts later used a 15-2 surge to push their lead to 20 points with under five minutes to play.
McDonald scored 13 points as the Polar Bears went cold and committed 10 second-half turnovers. In all, Bridgewater scored 26 points off of 15 Bowdoin turnovers. The Polar Bears held a 33-30 edge in rebounding, but Bridgewater grabbed 11 offensive rebounds and converted 16 second-chance points.
BOSTON – Sophomore guard Vinny DeLucia (Miami, Fla./Sagemont Upper School) scored 16 points to lead four players in double figures as the UMass Boston Beacons upended the University of Southern Maine Huskies 69-55 in a Little East Conference men’s basketball game Tuesday evening at the Clark Athletic Center in Boston.
With the win, UMass Boston halts a four-game losing streak and improves to 10-11 overall and 4-7 in the Little East. With its second consecutive loss, USM falls to 13-9 overall and 7-4 in the conference.
DeLucia was 6-for-9 from the field and 3-for-5 from three-point range to earn game-high scoring honors. He added a game-high five assists. Freshman guard Jahleel Moise (Brockton, Mass.) and junior forward Rahshjeem Benson (Boston, Mass./Dorchester) each scored 14 points, while Benson had a game-high 24 rebounds to help the Beacons to a 49-38 edge on the boards. Sophomore forward Brian Clarke (Miramar, Fla./Everglades) had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Junior guards Brandon Tomah (Princeton, Maine/Calais) andConor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) each scored 13 points to lead USM. Senior guard Mike Poulin (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) and freshman guard Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) each tossed in seven points.
Holding a slim 26-24 lead at the break, UMass Boston used a 18-4 run in the opening minutes of the second half to grab a 44-28 lead with 13:32 to play. Benson scored eight of his 14 points in the run, which was punctuated by a three from DeLucia. The Beacons remained in control of the game and took its largest lead, 51-30, following an offensive rebound and two free throws from Benson with 11:02 to play.
Southern Maine trimmed to lead to 12 points, 54-42, with a 12-3 run over a three and a half minute span led by six points from Sullivan, but it was as close as the Huskies would get the rest of the way as the Beacons held on for the win.