BANGOR, Maine — University of Maine at Farmington junior Ben Johnson scored his 1,000th career point and grabbed his 600th career rebound to lead the Beavers to a 77-67 North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball win over Husson University Tuesday night at Newman Gymnasium.
UMaine-Farmington improved to 19-5 overall and 14-4 in the NAC, clinching the No. 1 seed for next week’s NAC Tournament. Husson fell to 12-4 in the conference, 15-8 overall.
Nate Carson and Andrew Dickey finished with 21 points each for UMF. Dickey completed the double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds, and dished out a game high six assists.
Johnson, who entered the game needing 10 points to reach the 1,000 mark for his career, finished the game with 15 points. He picked up five points in the first half, and didn’t pick up his first points of the second half until a jumper with 13:55 remaining to give the Beavers a 43-37 lead.
Husson’s Eric Modica led the Eagles with 15 points on a 7-of-17 effort from the floor, while Marc Zaharchuk and Aaron Willis each chipped in 11 points.
UMaine-Farmington shot 54.8 percent (23-of-42) from the field, including a 10-of-17 mark from beyond the arc. Husson was held to just 43.3 percent (26-of-60) shooting, and connected on just three of its 17 3-point attempts. The Beavers also outrebounded the Eagles, 32 to 21.
At Castine, Thomas led wire-to-wire in the win over Maine Maritime in a North Atlantic Conference game.
Levi Barnes paced Thomas (12-10) with 15, Garen Manzo had 12 and Stanley Green 11.
Thomas started the game with an 11-2 advantage on Jarrad DeVaughn’s layup at 15:42. The Mariners pulled within five when Chiasson made a jumper with 14:43 remaining in the opening half. The Terriers took their largest lead, 34-17, on an Eric Westbrooks free throw and led 38-25 at the half.
At Medford, Mass., Colby earned a New England Small College Athletic Conference playoff spot with the win.
Luke Westman finished with a team-high 18 points and tied a team-high with seven rebounds to lead the Mules. Patrick Stewart added 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting and also had seven rebounds. Chris Hudnut went 10-for-13 from the foul line on the way to 14 points, six rebounds, and two blocked shots. Westman, Stewart, and Hudnut are all first-year players for Colby head coach Damien Strahorn.
At Lewiston, senior Allie Beaulieu tied her career high with 26 points and set another career high with eight assists for Bates.
All three senior tri-captains scored in double figures, with Taryn O’Connell scoring 13 points and Brianna Hawkins adding 11.
Senior guard Emily Pelletier led the Owls (8-17) with 17 points, making 5-of-11 shots from behind the three-point arc.
At Biddeford, senior Beth Suggs and sophomore Kelly Coleman each registered double-doubles to power the University of New England women’s basketball team to a 66-57 Commonwealth Coast Conference win.
With the win, the Nor’easters extend their school-record win streak to 14 games, while remaining unbeaten in conference play at 16-0 (19-4 overall). Endicott dropped its fifth contest in the last seven to fall to 13-10 overall, 9-7 in the CCC.
Suggs scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds (six on the offensive end) for her 14th double-double of the year, and Coleman totaled 10 points, 11 caroms for her seventh.
Endicott junior Samantha Crough led all scorers with 18 points.
At Bangor, the University of Maine at Farmington held off a late Husson University rally for the North Atlantic Conference win.
Not only did the win improve UMaine-Farmington’s record to 9-13 overall and 9-7 in the North Atlantic Conference, but the victory kept the Beavers in the hunt for a home quarterfinal in next week’s NAC Tournament. Husson fell to 7-14 overall, 7-8 in the NAC.
The win ended UMaine-Farmington’s 12-game winless streak against Husson, giving the UMF seniors their first career win over the Eagles.
Freshman Ayla Allen came off the bench to lead the Beavers (9-13) with 16 points. Senior Rachel Clement paced the starters with 10 points, while senior teammate Kenni Norton logged nine points and five rebounds.
Husson’s Rebecca Young scored a team-high 16 points for Husson (7-8).