BANGOR, Maine — The second-seeded Husson Eagles men’s basketball team advanced to their 18th conference semifinal in the last 19 seasons with an 81-69 North Atlantic Conference quarterfinal win over Johnson State Tuesday night.
Senior Marc Zaharchuk led the Eagles with a game-high 20 points and eight rebounds. Senior Eric Modica chipped in 12 points, 5 assists, and a game-high 9 rebounds, and senior Wes Murphy scored 11 points.
The Eagles shot 37 percent from the field in what proved to be a close first half. Husson kept the lead, but the Badgers fought them basket-for-basket and brought it within two points heading into the half, 34-32.
Johnson State tied it up at 39-39 off a Cory Chase jumper before taking the lead at 47-46. It was a back-and-forth game until Husson grabbed a 65-58 lead off a Corey Wood 3-pointer with 6:45 left, and the Eagles pulled away to an 81-69 victory.
Andy Bousono led the Badgers with 17 points.
Husson will face Colby-Sawyer College on Friday at UMaine-Farmington.
At Farmington, four University of Maine at Farmington players scored in double figures to lead the top-seeded Beavers by eighth-seeded New England College, in a NAC quartefinal.
Junior Andrew Dickey paced UMaine-Farmington with 26 points, largely on his 10-of-15 effort from the field. Junior Garrett Clemmer notched 16 points, while junior Ben Johnson finished with 15 points. Yusuf Iman rounded out the list of double-digit scorers with 13 points and four assists.
Johnson charted nine rebounds, leading a UMF squad that outrebounded NEC, 40-33. Nate Carson dished out a team-high six assists.
NEC’s Abdirahman Mohamed scored a team-high 19 points.
UMF jumped out to an early lead on NEC, building a double-digit margin as early as the 11:51 mark of the first half on a Clemmer 3-pointer. The Beavers went into the locker room at halftime with a 51-33 advantage, after shooting 68.0 percent (17-of-25) in the opening stanza. UMF held the Pilgrims to just 36.1 percent shooting (13-of-36) in the first half.
At New London, Conn., the Colby-Sawyer men’s basketball team defeated Thomas in a NAC quarterfinal.
Colby-Sawyer had three players reach 20 points led by a career-high 24 from sophomore Zach Bean.
Junior Stanley Greene Jr. led Thomas with 22 points on 6-10 shooting. He added a team best six rebounds. Senior Jarrad DeVaughn was the only other Terrier to reach double-figures with 12 points.
The Chargers controlled all facets of the game in the first half and led 42-22 at the break.
At Gorham, junior guard Conor Sullivan scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half as the University of Southern Maine Huskies men’s basketball team put up 58 first-half points en route to an 85-65 win over the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons in a Little East Conference Quarterfinal matchup at Hill Gym Tuesday night.
With the win, the Huskies improve to 15-11 overall and 8-6 in the LEC, and advance to the semifinal round of the LEC tournament against No. 1 Rhode Island College (RIC) at The Murray Center on the campus of RIC Friday (6 p.m.). Southern Maine’s 15 wins are the most since the 1991-92 season. UMass Boston finishes its season at 12-13 overall and 8-4 in the LEC.
At Henniker, N.H. — the sixth place Husson Eagles fell to third-seeded New England College in a close North Atlantic Conference quarterfinal match.
The Pilgrims would grab their largest lead of the half up 12 before the Eagles cut it to 32-29 at halftime.
In the second half, Husson trailed 50-49 with 1:49 on the clock but a layup and back-to-back foul shots by Kayla Lawlor would give NEC some breathing room as the Pilgrims would hold on for the 55-50 victory.
Leading the way for Husson University was Amanda Johnson with a team-high 15 points. Husson’s Stephanie Comstock chipped in 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Kelli Murray had eight rebounds.
Kayla Lawlor finished with 20 points.
At Castine, the fifth-seeded University of Maine at Farmington women’s basketball team provided the only upset of either the women’s or men’s North Atlantic Conference Tournament quarterfinals, holding off a rally by host Maine Maritime Academy and edging the fourth-seeded Mariners.
Sophomore Lindsay Ranquist paced UMaine-Farmington with 11 points, the bulk of that coming off her 7-of-8 effort at the free throw line. Senior Rachel Clement logged 10 points, also largely thanks to a 5-of-6 mark at the charity stripe.
Senior Kenni Norton led the Beavers with three field goals on 15 attempts. Holly Oliver and Meghan Smith each charted seven rebounds.
Kari Jones paced Maine Maritime with a game-high 14 points while Leah Jackson scored 11 and grabbed a game-best 15 rebounds. Mary Badeen added nine points with seven boards and Casey Everest grabbed eight rebounds.
At Gorham, senior guard Haley Jordan scored 14 points to lead the ninth-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 63-31 win over the Plymouth State University Panthers in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Little East Conference Championship Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.
With the win, the Huskies – the top-seed in the LEC tourney – improve to 25-1 and advance to the semifinals and earn the right to host the Little East Conference semifinals and championship games on February 22-23. It marks the 15th time that USM has hosted the conference’s final four. USM will face fifth-seeded Rhode Island College on Friday (5:30 p.m.). RIC defeated fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut 66-54. The loss concludes Plymouth State’s season at 1-24.
Jordan was 5-for-12 from the field and 4-for-8 from three-point range to lead USM. Senior guard Nicole Garland added nine points on 3-for-6 shooting from three, while freshman Jillian Madden tossed in eight points off of the bench. Sophomore forward Rebecca Knight added seven points and a game-high 10 rebounds.