January 20, 2018
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College roundup: UM-Presque men, women notch wins over UMFK teams

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

PRESQUE ISLE — The UMaine-Presque Isle Owls had a hot shooting night, connecting on 9 of 16 3-pointers to beat the UM-Fort Kent Bengals, 55-52 win women’s basketball action Wednesday night.

With 3:32 on the clock, UMFK’s Samantha Carapellucci made a foul-line jumper that would cut UMPI’s lead 49-45 and the game was decided by foul shots. UMPI’s Darby Toth made 6 of her 7 foul shots in the last three minutes.

Senior co-captain Olivia McNally had a game-high 19 points and fellow co-captain Brigitte Pratt added 10 points for the Owls (6-0).

Carapellucci had 16 and senior Jenn Colpits added 14 points and 11 rebounds for UMFK (3-3).

Bowdoin 70, UMF 65

At Brunswick, Shannon Brady poured in 29 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots to power Bowdoin (8-0) by UMaine-Farmington (3-4).

Marle Curle chipped in with 16 points and Sara Binkhorst added 15 for Bowdoin, which was tied with UMF 27-27 at halftime, but led by as much as eight in the second half as UMF hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to account for the final margin.

Kennadi Grover paced UMF with 17 points while Ayla Allen and Lindsay Ranquist each chipped in with 14. Bridget Humphrey added 13 points, five assists and three rebounds while Allen grabbed 11 rebounds.

Men’s Basketball

UMPI 77, UMFK 67

At Presque Isle, the UMaine-Presque Isle Owls used a balanced scoring attack to beat the UM-Fort Kent Bengals.

MIchael Warner paced the Owls (4-4) with 22 points and seven rebounds. Thiago Conceicao added 17 points and 11 rebounds while Chase Vicaire added 15 points.

Fred Sanchez scored 18 points to lead UMFK (3-5) while James Givens contributed 15 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Coppin State 91, UMBC 71

Coppin State posted its highest point total against a Division I opponent in nearly two calendar years, overwhelming Maryland-Baltimore County by a 91-71 margin Wednesday night at the Physical Education Complex in Baltimore.

Forward Michael Murray, the reigning MEAC Player of the Week, poured in 21 points to lead the Eagles. All five Coppin State starters scored in double digits, and they combined for 83 points. The Eagles (4-4) topped 90 against a D-I foe for the first time since Jan. 23, 2012, when they dropped a 93-92 decision in overtime to North Carolina A&T.

Point guard Taariq Cephas had 18 points and seven assists for Coppin State, which got 17 points from shooting guard Sterling Smith, 15 from small forward Arnold Frick and 12 from forward Brandon St. Louis.

Freshman guard Rodney Elliott paced the Retrievers, compiling 16 points, six assists and four rebounds while battling foul trouble. Two guards, Quentin Jones and Aaron Morgan, added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Morgan’s total included a personal-best three 3-pointers, contributing to the 10 shots beyond the arc made by the Retrievers. It wasn’t enough to prevent UMBC (3-8) from losing its third straight.

There were some huge runs in the game, especially in the second half. UMBC whittled a 15-point deficit down to 49-42 before the Eagles responded with a 14-2 run to regain control. UMBC rallied, scoring 10 unanswered points before the Eagles went on a 16-6 outburst to widen the gap to 20-plus points.

Princeton 78, Rutgers 73

T.J. Bray led a 3-point barrage and tied a career high with 23 points as the Tigers defeated the Scarlet Knights for their sixth straight victory.

Princeton (7-1) shot 16-of-34 from 3-point range, with five of those coming from Bray and four more from Ben Hazel, who scored 14 points. Four Tigers starters were in double figures, with Denton Koon and Hans Brase adding 14 apiece.

Myles Mack tallied a team-high 21 for Rutgers (4-7), which has lost four straight overall and six in a row against Division I competition. Kadeem Jack contributed 14 points and seven rebounds for the Scarlet Knights.

It was bombs away for Princeton early as the Tigers started 5-for-9 from beyond the arc to open up an early lead. But the Tigers cooled off from long range and Mack’s 14 points before the break kept the Scarlet Knights within 33-31 at halftime.

The game remained close well into the second half, when the Tigers again caught fire from outside to eventually open up a double-digit advantage. Bray was the unquestioned leader down the stretch, with 20 of his 23 points coming in the second half.

N. Dakota 73, Notre Dame 69

Marshall Bjorklund scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half as the visiting Bison stunned the Fighting Irish in the Gotham Classic.

Lawrence Alexander added 16 points and 14 rebounds and Taylor Braun scored 13 to lift North Dakota State (7-3) to its fifth consecutive victory and its first win over an ACC opponent. The Bison were 5-of-10 from 3-point range.

Pat Connaughton led four players in double figures with 21 points for Notre Dame (7-3), which was playing its third game in five days. Eric Atkins and Demetrius Jackson added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Fighting Irish, and Garrick Sherman contributed 10 points and 10 boards.

The second half turned into a duel between Bjorklund and Connaughton, who scored seven straight to help Notre Dame turn a six-point deficit into a three-point lead, but Bjorklund hit four straight baskets to give the Bison a 64-59 edge with 4:59 to play. Braun knocked down a pair of free throws for a three-point lead with 31.7 seconds left before making a steal and feeding Kory Brown for a dunk to make it 71-66 with 16.2 seconds to play.

North Dakota State shot 58.3 percent in the opening half and led by as many as six points before Jackson scored five points in a 10-3 burst to put Notre Dame ahead 28-27. Alexander responded with seven points as North Dakota State surged ahead by five and took a 39-37 lead into the break.

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