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Saturday’s Maine college roundup, men’s basketball: Husson 81, Lyndon State 76

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – Husson men’s basketball capped of the 2012-2013 regular season with a road win against conference opponent Lyndon State, 81-76. With this win the Eagles clinch the #2 seed in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament and will host a playoff game.

Lyndon took the lead early 3-7 and the teams exchanged the lead back and forth early in the 1st half. Husson led 49-37 at the half after scoring 12 unanswered points.

The Hornets were able to close the lead and eventually took a brief lead with 9:20 remaining in the second half when David Johnson (Washington, DC) nailed back to back jump shots putting Lyndon up 62-61.

The Eagles established a lead, but the Hornets would not stop fighting, slowing closing any gap that was created. Husson was finally able to stifle the offensive efforts of Lyndon State when Phil Leighton (Naples,Maine ) and Eric Modica (Kittery,Maine ) each brought down two defensive rebounds and sank both of their free throws.

Marc Zaharchuk and Modica both ended the game with 14 points each. Modica added 8 rebounds while Zaharchuk had 7 boards. Donte Cottonham (Silver Spring, MD) went a perfect 4-4 from the 3-point arc for a total of 12 points in 10 minutes. Corey Wood (Laurel, MD) went a perfect 4-4 at the free throw line, and 3-4 from the field for a total of 10 points.

With this win the Eagles improve to 17-8 overall, 14-4 NAC clinching the #2 seed in the NAC Championship bracket. They will host Johnson State College (9-16 overall, 7-11 NAC) which earned the seventh seed, in quarterfinal action.

UM-Farmington 82, Thomas 64

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington men’s basketball team reached the 20-win mark in its final regular season contest, trouncing Thomas College, 82-64, in a North Atlantic Conference contest Saturday afternoon at Dearborn Gym.

UMaine-Farmington’s 20-5 overall record with Saturday’s win is just the fourth 20-win season in school history, and one shy of the program record.

The Beavers, who finished 15-3 in conference play, captured the top seed for next week’s NAC Tournament, and will host eighth-seeded New England College on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Dearborn Gym. Tip-off time will be set on Sunday.

Thomas College (13-11, 9-9 NAC) also earned a berth in the NAC Tournament as the fifth seed, and will travel to fourth-seeded Colby-Sawyer College for its quarterfinal matchup.

Juniors Ben Johnson (Manchester, Maine/Maranacook) and Garrett Clemmer (Windham, Maine/Windham) paced UMaine-Farmington with 20 points each. Johnson was 6-of-12 from the floor and 8-of-10 at the free-throw line, while Clemmer connected on seven of his 12 field goal attemtps – three of which were 3-pointers. Johnson also completed the double-double with 16 rebounds.

Andrew Dickey (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) charted 18 points and eight rebounds, while Yusuf Iman (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) logged nine points with four assists.

Thomas also had three players in double digits, led by Franklin Salvador with 16 points. Salvador was 6-of-16 from the field, but four of those field goals were 3-pointers. Jarrad DeVaughn finished with 14 points and four assists, while Levi Barnets tallied 14 points.

Johnson State 71, MMA 70

JOHNSON, Vt. – A last second block by Johnson State secured a 71-70 win over Maine Maritime in a North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball game Saturday. The Badgers improved to 9-16 overall, 7-11 NAC and they clinched the No. 7 seed in next week’s conference playoffs. The Mariners season ended at 4-20, 3-15.

Logan Poirier paced Maine Maritime with 17 points and nine rebounds. Andy Ball finished with 15 points, five assists and four rebounds and Paul Campbell added 14 points, nine boards and six assists.

Andy Bousono led the Badgers with 15 points, Asim Khan netted 14 and Bryan Hickey scored 12 and a team-high six rebounds.

The Mariners held a 65-58 lead with six minutes left in the game before an 8-0 run gave the Badgers a 66-65 lead with three minutes left. Johnson State scored five unanswered to lead 71-65 before scored by Ball and Jason Hatchgot Maine Maritime within one. Ball had a chance to win the game MMA with seconds left but Cody Camisa got a piece of his shot to end the game.

Maine Maritime ran out to an early 17-point lead on a Tyler Chiasson layup to give the Mariners a 28-11 lead with 9:33 left in the first. The Badgers, behind Bousono, rallied to close the gap at halftime 44-40. Bousono drilled three consecutive 3-point attempts in a two minute span to key the surge for Johnson.

Amherst 83, Colby 52

AMHERST, Mass. —- The eighth-seeded Colby College men’s basketball team stayed with top-seeded Amherst College for a little over 10 minutes Saturday, but the nationally second-ranked Lord Jeffs were too much in taking an 83-52 win in a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game Saturday.

The Mules, a team heavy with first-year and sophomore players and a squad with numerous illness issues in the middle of the season, finished the year at 7-17 overall. Amherst is 23-2 overall and will host the league semifinals and title game next weekend.

Colby first-year center Chris Hudnut had a team-high 21 points and led the Mules this year in scoring average at 12.9 points per contest. Danny Chase added 12 points and Patrick Stewart scored 11 for Colby. Hudnut pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked a pair of shots.

Aaron Toomey led the Lord Jeffs with 28 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Allen Williamson added 12 points, three assists, and three steals.

Colby had one lead in the game after Hudnut nailed a 3-point shot with 14:38 left in the first half for a 7-5 lead. The Mules stuck with the Lord Jeffs over the next five minutes and only trailed 17-14 after a Chase jumper with 9:27 to intermission. Amherst, though, took over the game with a 14-0 run to make it 31-14 as the Lord Jeffs went on to a 39-25 lead at the break.

The Lord Jeffs quickly moved the lead into the 20’s in the first five minutes of the second half. Amherst led by as much as 34 points before settling for the 31-point victory.

Williams 88, Bates 79

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — A 10-point scoring outburst by Williams junior forward Taylor Epley early in the second half boosted the second-seeded Ephs to an 88-79 win over visiting Bates College in a NESCAC Tournament Quarterfinal contest.

With the win Williams improves to 22-3, while the Bates Bobcats end their season with a record of 10-15.

Williams advances to the semifinal round of the NESCAC tourney next Saturday to be played at Amherst College. The Ephs will face Middlebury College at 4:00 PM.

The game opened with both teams hitting their first two floor shots, a two and a three, but with the score tied at 5, the Ephs’ John Weinheimer missed a reverse layin, but kept after the ball and fed a cutting Mike Mayer who laid the ball in the hoop to give Williams a 7-5 lead.

The Ephs never did relinquish the lead.

John Weinheimer answered a Graham Safford three with a cross over from top left of key and his left handed layin put Williams up 16-10.

A drive on the left baseline resulted in a hoop for Bates’ Sean Cunningham and it cut the Eph lead to 1, 18-17.

The Ephs then got two points by Sean Hoffmann to move the lead to three, 20-17. Hoffmann was fouled on a dunk attempt by Taylor Gartley and made both free throws.

With 9:11 left in the half the Eph lead grew to seven when Mike Mayer hit two free throws, making it 26-19.

Bates got to within three with 6:46 left when Luke Mattarazzo hit two free throws, making the score 28-25, Williams.

A conventional three-point play by Sean Hoffmann who scored inside and made the resulting free throw gave Williams its largest lead of the half, 36-27 with 4:41 left.

Bates, however, would not go away. Mark Brust and Mike Boorzanian hit threes to cut the Eph lead to six, 36-30 with 3:38 left.

A second Boornazian three attempt from in front of Eph bench rattled out and that was followed up by another drive to the hoop for a layin by Weinheimer, putting the Ephs up 38-33.

On the last possession of the half Bates failed to generate a shot as Graham Safford was stripped going down the left side of the lane by Matt McCreary.

Williams took a 38-33 lead into the break.

Bates hit 11 of 22 (50 percent) field goal attempts in the first half, including 6-10 threes. The Ephs were 14-26 (53 percent) from the floor and 3-9 (33 percent) from distance.

In the opening 20 minutes Graham Safford led Bates with 10 points, while Nate Robertson led Williams with 11. Williams held a slight lead on the glass 14-12. Bates had three turnovers and Williams one.

With 17:30 left in the second half Taylor Epley ignited the Williams attack when he tallied 10 straight points in just over 2 minutes. Epley’s 10-point explosion came on consecutive possessions as he hit three two-point hoops, a foul shot and a three-pointer giving Williams a 13-point lead, 50-37 at 15:56.

The lead went to 16 when James Klemm hit a long three, forcing Bates to call a timeout with 14:47 left.

Williams built the lead to 18 at 10:13 when a Mike Mayer layup made the score 63-45.

A Mike Boorzanian basket with 6:15 to play cut the Eph lead to 11, but James Klemm answered with another three-pointer, one of four on the day, and Williams was up 14 with 5:59 left.

With 1:23 left in the contest Bates cut the Eph lead to 10 when Luke Matarazzo scored on a layup and then he further cut the Eph lead down to seven with 1:12 to play, nailing a three.

Williams then made five of six free throws to claim the 88-79 win.

The Bobcats had four players in double figures with Mike Boornazian leading with 20, Graham Safford and Ed Bogdanovich each netted 16 and Mark Brust added 11

Bates connected on 26-58 field goal attempts (44.8 percent), including 9-26 (34.6 percent) from three.

Williams was led in scoring by senior guard James Klemm who netted 20, going 4-8 from three. Nate Robertson added 19, Taylor Epley 17 and Mike Mayer had 14.

Williams hit on 29-51 from the floor (56.9 percent) and 6-16 (37.5 percent) from three.

Bates out rebounded the Ephs 31-30 with Bogdanovich the top Bobcat collector, gathering in 8. Mayer with a game-high 10 rebounds was the lone player to record a double double on the day.

The Bobcats netted 18 of 23 (86.7 percent) free throws, while Williams converted on 17-20 (82.8 percent). Bates was charged with 8 turnovers in the contest and Williams 7.

UMass Dartmouth 82, USM 74

GORHAM, Maine – Freshman forward Wale Abraham (Lynn, Mass./Lynn Classical) scored a game-high 20 points — including six points in a late 12-3 run — and tied a team-high in rebounds with eight to lead the the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs men’s basketball team past the University of Southern Maine Huskies 82-74 in a Little east Conference matchup at Hill Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Corsairs improve to 5-20 overall and 2-12 in the conference. Southern Maine drops to 14-11 overall and 8-6 in conference play.

With the game tied 67-67 with 6:39 remaining, Abraham hit two jumpers and made a layup to highlight UMass Dartmouth’s 12-3 run, giving them a commanding 79-70 lead with 1:11 to play. The Huskies cut the Corsairs lead to 79-74 on a layup from senior guard Mike Poulin (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) and a jumper from junior forward James Odneal (Pontiac, Mich./Bottineau). USM was forced to foul, and UMD freshman guard Jacek Louisville (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name) hit three of his four free throws in the last 33 seconds to secure the 82-74 win.

In a game that featured 23 lead changes, the largest lead was five points until the closing minutes. UMass Dartmouth took an early 7-2 lead, but the Huskies clawed their way back to take an 8-7 lead and go ahead by as many as four points, 32-28, with 3:27 remaining in the first half. The Corsairs took a 41-36 lead on a three-pointer by junior guard John Genkos (Worcester, Mass./Doherty), but USM sophomore forward Tyler Penney (Barnstead, N.H./Bishop Brady) made a layup and two free throws to cut the lead to 41-40 heading into the half. Southern Maine junior guard Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) led all scorers with 10 points at the half.

The Huskies went ahead 42-41 early in the second half on a jumper by Sullivan, and went ahead by as many as five points, 59-54, with 11:56 to play before UMD went on it’s 12-3 run. Sullivan finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and two blocks to lead Southern Maine. Senior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) and Poulin each had 10 points, while Kee had four assists and three steals. Senior forward Sean Bergeron (Kennebunk, Maine), Odneal, and freshman guard Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) each scored seven points, and senior guardBrian Alexander (Bradenton, FL/Southeast) had six points and a team-high five assists. Penney added six points and a team-high seven rebounds.

W. New England 69, UNE 47

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Western New England University scored the game’s first 16 points in less than five minutes on its way to a 69-47 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men’s basketball victory over the University of New England in the regular-season finale Saturday (Feb. 16) at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.

The Golden Bears improve to 9-16 overall, and, with a conference ledger of 7-11, will prepare to take on top-seeded Curry College in the league tournament on Tuesday.

UNE concludes its season with a record of 5-20 (4-14 CCC).

Damon Alston tallied a game-high 19 points to pace Western New England, including five treys. Ryan Mickiewicz added four baskets from long range in as many tries to finish with 13. The Golden Bears also got contributions from James Hock (9 points, 6 rebounds) and Musa Elsir (8 points, 11 rebounds).

The Nor’easters were led by first-year Devin Thompson (Winthrop, Mass.) with 13 points. Senior Sam Simpson (Eustis, Maine) scored nine on 3-of-4 from downtown. First-year Jesse Dykstra (Douglas, Mass.) chipped in with seven, and senior Jeff Duplisea (Wayne, Maine) knocked down a pair of three-pointers.

WNE hit six of its initial seven field goals to get off to the quick start, but Big Blue put together a 13-6 run over a 4:46 span shortly after to draw back within eight (24-16). Simpson made two triples to cap the stretch.

However, it would be the last points UNE would score in the half, as the hosts used the final eight minutes prior to intermission to build a 39-16 cushion. The Golden Bears made 52 percent (13 of 25) of their shots in the period, and 6-of-11 attempts from deep. Elsir had almost all of his production in the frame (8 points, 10 rebounds) to support Mickiewicz, who was leading the way with 10 points.

The Nor’easters connected on just 20.7 percent (6 of 29) from the floor in the stanza.

UNE did manage to out-score its opponent by one (31-30) in the second to provide the final margin. Thompson and Duplisea tallied all of their combined 19 points in the closing 20 minutes.

Tufts 82, Bowdoin 71

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts men’s basketball team out-scored Bowdoin College 21-4 over the final eight minutes to earn an 82-71 victory over the Polar Bears in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Championship on Saturday at Cousens Gym.

The Jumbos (17-8) advance to the conference semi-finals for the first time since 2006. They will play #1 seed and host Amherst next Saturday (Feb. 23). Bowdoin, which ralled from a six-point halftime deficit to twice lead by six in the second half, finishes its season at 14-10.

Sophomore Ben Ferris, who scored six points during the late Jumbo run, led all scorers with 24 to go with nine rebounds. Senior co-captain Scott Anderson scored 20 with nine rebounds for the Jumbos. Junior co-captain Kwame Firempong had six of his 11 points during the decisive stretch.

Andrew Madlinger had 22 points, including five three-pointers in the loss for Bowdoin. Keegan Pieri had 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists while Bryan Hurley had 11 points and nine assists in the game.

Bowdoin produced a 14-2 run in the second half to turn a 56-50 deficit into a 64-58 lead after a pair of free throws by sophomore Bryan Hurley with 9:52 on the clock. He had four points during the stretch and the Polar Bears got threes from Madlinger and Pieri.

A free throw by Anderson and a jumper by freshman Tom Palleschi got the Jumbos within three (64-61) at 8:59, but another Bowdoin three by junior Grant White returned a six-point (67-61) advantage to the Polar Bears with 8:16 remaining.

Women’s Basketball

Lyndon State 74, Husson 70

Lyndonville, VT – Husson women’s basketball fell to Lyndon State Saturday afternoon, 74-70.

In a closely battled game Husson chipped away at the early lead Lyndon established, briefly holding the lead 22-20 with 6:31 remaining in the first half. The Hornets fought back and entered the half leading 41-35.

Husson narrowed the lead down to 70-72 after two Stephanie Comstock (Bangor,Maine) free throws, but Donna Lawson sank her two free throws to secure the lead and the win.

Comstock had a huge game off the bench scoring 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Kelli Murray (Shawmut,Maine) had 16 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals for the Eagles.

Lawson had 29 points for the Hornets, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 steals, and 2 assists. Chelsea Watson and Aimee Thompson both added 10 points.

With this loss the Eagles fall to 8-16 overall, 8-10 in the North Atlantic Conference. Husson has clinched a spot in the upcoming conference tournament and will await final pairings for opponent and seeding for the upcoming game, that news should be available later this evening.

MMA 58, Johnson State 35

JOHNSON, Vt. – Casey Everest and Leah Jackson combined for 31 points to help Maine Maritime to a 58-35 win over Johnson State in a North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball game Saturday. The Mariners finished the regular season 14-11 overall, 11-7 NAC. MMA clinched the No. 4 seed in next week’s NAC playoffs and will host No. 5 Maine-Farmington Tuesday. Tip-off time will be determined Sunday.

The Badgers ended their season at 5-20, 2-16.

Everest finished with 16 points and rebounds and Jackson added 15 points, eight boards and five steals.

Deanna Brandstetter led JSC with eight points.

Maine Maritime jumped out to an early 12-5 lead following a lay-up by the Bekah Campbell to with 14:28 left to play in the opening half en route to a 23-13 halftime lead. The Mariners kept the Badgers at a safe distance putting as much as 30 points between the teams at the 9:53 mark in the second.

UM-Farmington 82, Thomas 44

FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington sophomore Lindsay Ranquist (Owls Head, Maine/Medomak Valley) poured in a career-high 19 points as the Beavers shot a season-best 49.1 percent from the field on their way to an 82-44 trouncing of rival Thomas College, in North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball on Saturday at Dearborn Gym.

UMaine-Farmington improved to 11-13 overall with the victory, 11-7 in the NAC, while Thomas falls to 7-17 overall, 5-13 in conference play.

The Beavers will head into the North Atlantic Conference Tournament as the fifth seed, and will travel to Castine, Maine, to face Maine Maritime Academy on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Eighth-seeded Thomas College will travel to the no. 1 seed, Castleton State, for its quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday night.

Ranquist paced the Beavers with her 6-of-13 shooting from the floor, including three 3-pointers, and a perfect 4-of-4 mark from the foul line. Senior Kenni Norton (Strong, Maine/Mt. Abram) charted 16 points in her final regular season game at Dearborn Gym, while junior Holly Oliver (Belgrade Lakes, Maine/Messalonskee) rounded out UMF’s double-digit scorers with 11 points.

Ranquist and senior Kelsey Graffam (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) each hauled down six rebounds, while Oliver and senior Rachel Clement (Gray, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) dished out four assists each.

Megan Pelletier and Jasmine Bishop each scored 10 points to lead Thomas, while Katie McAllister and Kate Thibodeau both chipped in with seven.

USM 86, UMass Dartmouth 50

GORHAM, Maine – Senior guard Haley Jordan (Falmouth, Maine) scored a season-high 26 points and senior guard Nicole Garland (Portland, Maine/Deering) became the all-time leader in three-point field goals made to lead the 12th-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies to an 86-50 win over the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.

Celebrating “Senior Day” the Huskies improved to 24-1 overall and 13-1 in the Little East Conference with the win their final regular season game. Snapping its three game win streak, UMass Darmouth falls to 18-7 overall and 8-6 in the conference.

Southern Maine, the 2013 Little East Conference regular season champions, earned the top-seed in the upcoming Little East Conference tournament and will face eight-seeded Plymouth State University on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.). The Corsairs are the third seed in the tournament and will host UMass Boston on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.).

Jordan was 8-for-12 from the field and 4-for-4 from three to lead four players in double figures for the Huskies. She added six rebounds and four steals. Senior forward Jordan Grant(Concord, N.H.) notched her eight double-double of the season with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while sophomore forward Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley) was 4-for-5 from the field for 12 points. Garland, who holds the single season record for three-pointers with 78 during the 2011-12 season, set the new USM mark for career threes in the second half. She finished with 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting from three-point range and has 210 in her career. She surpassed the previous mark of 207 held by Kaylie DeMillo (2007-2011).

UMass Dartmouth senior Colleen Moriarty (Canton, Mass.) was the only Corsair in double-digit scoring with a team-high 19 points on 8-for-21 shooting. She added seven rebounds. Junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) tossed in eight points, while freshman Beth Castantini (Newburyport, Mass.) and sophomore guard Erin Fahey (Salem, Mass./St. Mary’s) each scored six points.

Bowdon 60, Tufts 54

MEDFORD – The #8 seed Bowdoin College Polar Bears upset the #1 seed Tufts University Jumbos, 60-54, in the NESCAC Championship Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gym.

The Jumbos entered the weekend as the #7 team in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25. They fall to 23-2. Bowdoin (14-10) moves onto the NESCAC semifinals next Saturday at Amherst.

Bowdoin led 29-25 at halftime as first-year Selena Lorrey (Kittery Point,Maine) scored eight points off the bench, knocking down a pair of three-point shots. The Polar Bears were 6 of 12 from long range in the first half while the Jumbos shot 1 of 11 from beyond the arc. Kate Barnosky (Huntington Station, NY) netted nine points in the first half for Tufts.

Tufts had the lead a pair of times in the first half at 3-0 and 25-23. Back-to-back three-point shots by Lorrey and junior Kirsten Prue (Auburn,Maine) gave Bowdoin the halftime advantage. The Polar Bears led by as many as seven points in the first half.

The Polar Bears pushed their lead to 11 at the 13:40 mark of the second half, 45-34, after a three by senior Kaitlin Donahoe (Amherst, NY). Over the next nine minutes the Jumbos went on a 16-4 to run. Senior Bre Dufault (Hampden, MA) gave Tufts the lead, 50-49, with a layup at the 4:23 mark.

Bowdoin fought right back with another three by Donahoe to go back up 52-50 before two free throws by Tufts sophomore Hannah Foley (Acton, MA) tied the score at 52. Sophomore Hayley Kanner (Scarsdale, NY) put Tufts into the lead for the last time at 54-52.

Bowdoin scored the next four points at the charity stripe, going 4 for 6 at the line. The Polar Bears were on top 56-54 with 46 seconds remaining. Foley and sophomore Kelsey Morehead (Foster City, CA) each missed three-pointers for Tufts leading to four more Bowdoin free throws to seal the game.

Lorrey finished with a team-high 11 points for Bowdoin, shooting 4 for 8 from the field and 3 of 7 from three-point land. Sophomore Sara Binkhorst (West Hartford, CT) added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Middlebury 75, Bates 64

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The Bates women’s basketball team overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half to tie the game with 3:58 left, but host Middlebury’s late 12-0 run propelled the Panthers to a 75-64 win in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NESCAC Women’s Basketball Championship.

Fourth-seeded Middlebury (14-11) advanced to the NESCAC semifinals for the first time since 2002, while fifth-seeded Bates ends the season at 12-12. The Panthers will advanced to next weekend’s championship weekend at Amherst, after top-seeded Tufts was upset by #8 Bowdoin. Middlebury will take on Williams at 7:30, while the hosts entertain Bowdoin at 5:30 on Saturday.

Bates senior captain Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) scored a game-high 24 points in her final game as a Bobcat, with six rebounds and five assists. Also finishing their Bates careers, senior captain Taryn O’Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) had eight points and six rebounds, and senior captain Brianna Hawkins (South Portland, Maine) scored seven points before fouling out in 15 minutes of action.

Bates junior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while junior Julia Rafferty (Reading, Mass.) had four assists, five rebounds and a pair of steals. Playing in her first game since Dec. 8 after a layoff due to injury, first-year Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) contributed six points and five rebounds in 15 minutes.

Middlebury led 8-6 early before an 8-0 run by Bates gave them a 14-8 advantage with 13:15 left in the first half. Trailing by five at the 7:55 mark, the Panthers went on a 7-0 spurt to cut the lead to a pair at 27-25 with 5:04 remaining. Laura Lowry had five of the seven points, including a three-point play. With the game tied at 30-30, Middlebury scored nine of the game’s next 11 points to take a 39-32 advantage with less than a minute to play in the half. A three from Beaulieu and a late bucket by Middlebury’s Rachel Crews left the Panthers with a 41-35 halftime advantage.

For the second time in her career, Beaulieu tied Bates’ team record for 3-pointers in a game, with six, while extending her own career record for threes to 206 — 56 more than any other player in team history. She finished with 1,170 points, passing Lisa Kelley ’86 (1,166) into seventh place on Bates’ all-time points list.

St. Joseph’s 80, Emerson 45

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (15-10, 9-3 GNAC) toppled Emerson College (13-12, 7-5 GNAC), 80-45, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon. Freshman center Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.

With the triumph, Saint Joseph’s has clinched the #3 seed and will host #6 Johnson & Wales University in a GNAC Tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday evening. Emerson, the #7 seed, will play at #2 Suffolk University in another GNAC quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday night.

The Monks head into the conference tourney playing their best basketball of the season and have posted impressive numbers of late, including shooting efforts of 50 percent or higher in each of the last two contests and season-highs of 33 field goals made and 23 assists versus the Lions this afternoon. St. Joe’s rolls into postseason play on a three-game winning streak and today’s 35-point victory is the largest winning margin over a GNAC opponent this season.

The Monks set the tone early, as the hosts broke free from a 6-6 stalemate at the 15:54 mark with an 18-2 run over the following six minutes to secure a sizeable 17-point cushion. Junior Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.) closed the outburst with a layup off a Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) assist to lift the Royal Blue to a 24-7 with 9:35 remaining in the first half.

Saint Joseph’s proceeded to lead by at least 15 for the rest of the opening stanza and senior forward Alyssa Grigware (Biddeford, Maine) hit a mid-range jumper with 16 seconds before the break to give her team a 40-17 cushion heading into intermission.

Cahill led all first-half scorers with 10 points and pulled down eight boards in the opening 20 minutes while Sienna O’Han (Red Hook, N.Y.), Shannon Norton (Middletown, N.J.) and Elissa Chojnicki (Dover, N.H.) netted four points apiece to pace the visitors’ scoring efforts in the first half.

The shooting discrepancy in the first half was expansive, as Saint Joseph’s shot 52.8 percent (19-36) from the field and Emerson countered with a 24 percent (6-25) effort from the floor before the break.

UNE 60, W. New England 49

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Senior Beth Suggs scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds to power the University of New England women’s basketball team to a 60-49 victory over Western New England University in the Commonwealth Coast Conference regular-season finale Saturday (Feb. 16) afternoon at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.

The win gives the Nor’easters a perfect season in the CCC with an 18-0 mark, while extending their school-record winning streak to 16 games and concluding the regular season with a 21-4 overall mark. UNE is just the second team in 10 years to go unbeaten in CCC competition (Salve Regina, 13-0 in 2010-11).

Suggs tallied her career-best scoring total thanks in large part to an 11-for-11 performance at the free throw line. She now has a double-double in 15 of Big Blue’s 25 contests. She tallied 19 points in the second half.

Kelly Coleman added 10 points and eight rebounds for UNE, while Meghan Gribbin had seven points, five steals and four assists. Lauren Hayden contributed seven points and six rebounds.

Emily Savino had 20 points and five steals for the Golden Bears (15-10, 12-6 CCC). She made four 3-pointers. Chelsea Vujs came off the bench to record a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards.

The first half was tight the entire way, as each team struggled to get is offense untracked. The Nor’easters, who led by as many as six and never trailed again in the first frame after going down 3-2, settled for a 22-18 advantage at the break. UNE shot 32.2 percent (9 of 28) in the first half, while Western New England made just 20 percent (5 of 25) of its field goal tries.

Women’s Hockey

Northeastern 5, Maine 2

Orono, Maine – The University of Maine women’ ice hockey team fell to #10 Northeastern University by a score of 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. A three goal third period sealed the game for the Huskies as they improve to 17-10-2, 9-7-1 in Hockey East while the Black Bears fall to 5-21-3, 2-14-2 in Hockey East.

Kendall Coyne notched the first goal of the game at 9:07 of the first period for the early 1-0 lead.

Kayla Kaluzny (Calgary, Alberta) evened the game at 1-1, as she was able to bury the puck for her second goal of the season at 15:09 of the first. Brittany Dougherty (Chesterfield, Michigan) carried the puck up the right side into the offensive zone, tried to center for the waiting Jennifer More (Deloraine, Manitoba) but More was unable to get a clean stick on it. As a scrum ensued in front of the goalie, Kaluzny was able to get her stick on the puck for the even strength goal. This marks More’s eight assist while Dougherty registers her 18th.

Dougherty gave the Black Bears the 2-1 lead a little over four minutes later as she skated down the left side of the ice showing fantastic stick work as she froze the goalie and tucked the puck away in the top right of the net. Dougherty broke up a northeastern pass at the top of the zone; Kaluzny was able to get a stick on it to feed it back to Dougherty, as she quickly knew what to do with it. This marks Dougherty’s 12th goal of the season while Kaluzny notched her eight assist.

The first period ends with a 2-1 Black Bear lead.

Brittany Esposito registered the only goal of the second period as she tied the game at 2-2 at the 12:59 mark of the period.

The second period ended with a 2-2 tie.

The Huskies registered three unanswered goals in the third period to take the 5-2 win. Esposito tallied her second of the game, Katie MacSorley registered her first of the game, and Coyne notched her second.

Kylie Smith (Apple Valley, Minnesota) got the start for the Black Bears between the pipes as she allowed five goals with 14 saves in 47:04 of play. Brittany Ott (St. Clair Shores, Michigan) played the final 12:56, notching four saves. Smith sees her record fall to 0-3-0 on the season.

Maine held a 31-23 shot advantage over Northeastern. The Black Bears went 0-3 on the power play while the Huskies went 0-1.


Guilford 7, UMPI 6

At Greensboro, N.C., Jordan Slate’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning plated Casey Mann, clinching the Quakers’ 7-6 victory over visiting University of Maine at Presque Isle Sunday at McBane Field.

Guilford’s win evens their record to 3-3. The Owls fall to 0-2.

Jordan Duffy doubled for UMPI and scored on Carlos Villoria sacrifice fly in the seventh. Logan McLaughlin doubled in the eighth and came home on Shane Smith’s infield single.

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