PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Freshman Thiago Conceicao turned in a strong inside game to power the UMaine-Presque Isle Owls to a 65-58 men’s basketball victory over the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners Wednesday night.
Conceicao scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead UMPI (2-1) and also had four blocks and three steals. Michael Warner, Chase Vicaire and Sean Manganti each chipped in with 13 points. Warner also had 10 rebounds.
Tyler Chaisson paced MMA (0-3) of Castine with 13 points and seven rebounds.
At Biddeford on Tuesday night, the University of Southern Maine began the second half with a 32-11 run to erase a nine-point halftime deficit en route to the victory over the University of New England.
Senior Conor Sullivan paced USM (2-1) with 19 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Cole Libby added 17 points — nine of which came in the final two minutes after UNE pulled back within four (60-56) — and had seven boards. Junior Tyler Penney totaled 11 points and six rebounds, while classmate James Odneal grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
For UNE (0-3), sophomore Devin Thompson led the way with 18 points while Brayden Morse posted a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 14 boards.
At Lewiston on Tuesday night, Matthew Medeiros nailed 6 of 10 3-pointers and finished with 21 points to give the Monks of Standish the victory in their opener.
Nicholas Jobin came through with a clutch three-point play and Medeiros netted a layup to propel the Monks to a 78-75 edge with 32 seconds left and Steve Simonds went on to put the game away, draining four free throws in the closing 13 seconds to account for the 82-77 final.
For the Monks, Jobin tallied 21 points and nine rebounds while Simonds produced 19 points, five boards and three assists.
For the Bobcats (2-1), Graham Safford netted a game-high 30 points with six boards, eight assists and three steals and MIke Boornazian tallied a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
At Biddeford, Kelly Coleman scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help the University of New England improve to 4-0.
Alanna Vose chipped in with 10 points, five assists and three steals for the winners while Sadie DiPierro added nine points.
Jen Nale paced Colby of Waterville (2-1) with 14 points while Carylanne Wolfington contributed 10 points and six rebounds.
At Clemson, S.C., Aleighsa Welch notched a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, as the Gamecocks routed the rival Tigers for their first road win of the season.
Welch led four South Carolina (5-0) starters in double figures, shooting 7-for-10 from the field. Tiffany Mitchell scored 14, while Khadijah Sessions and Elem Ibiam each added 10 for the Gamecocks.
Clemson (1-3) struggled to score all night, and while Chelsea Lindsay scored 12 points and Charmaine Tay tallied 11, the Tigers shot 29.2 percent for the evening. Only three other Clemson players made field goals in the contest.
The Gamecocks trailed for just 25 seconds in the contest, answering Clemson’s opening basket with a 16-3 run over a stretch of 5:17 to establish a working lead that never dropped below 10. The Tigers were just 3-of-23 from the field before the break, and trailed 27-15.