Strong start propels Husson men to seventh victory

Posted Dec. 13, 2013, at 9:31 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 13, 2013, at 11:03 p.m.

POULTNEY, Vt. — The unbeaten Husson University Eagles surged to an 18-point halftime lead en route to their seventh victory, an 87-73 men’s basketball verdict over Green Mountain College Friday night.

Donte Cottonham scored 20 points in Husson’s balanced attack while Trevon Butler put in 19 points and Phil Leighton added 16. Raheem Anderson chipped in with 14 points and Brook Spaulding netted 12. Leighton also had eight rebounds and Aaron Willis had five assists.

Cassius Belfon scored 21 points to lead Green Mountain (2-4).

Castleton 92, MMA 58

At Castleton, Vt., the Spartans outscored the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners of Castine 47-19 and then rolled to the victory.

Rob Coloutti paced Castleton (4-3) with 19 points.

Garrett Libby’s 12 points topped MMA (1-8) while Zach Radcliffe, Dylan Price and Brian Goda each put in six.

Rowan 91, UMFK 66

At Glassboro, N.J., Rich McNamara scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to power Rowan (6-4) by UMaine-Fort Kent (3-6).

James Givens paced UMFK with 24 points and Nikola Vukosavovic added 10. Givens also had eight rebounds.

Bowdoin 59, UMF 53

At Brunswick, Bowdoin College closed the game on a 13-2 run to rally for a 59-53 win over the University of Maine-Farmington.

With the win, the Polar Bears close the first semester unbeaten, improving to 9-0 for the first time in school history. The Beavers round out their first semester with a record of 4-5.

Bowdoin had four players in double figures, led by 14 points from Keegan Pieri, who also had seven rebounds and four assists. John Swords had 13 points, seven blocks and six rebounds for the Polar Bears while Andrew Madlinger also had 13, including a trio of three-pointers. Matt Mathias scored 12 points and dished out 10 assists for Bowdoin.

The Beavers were paced by 17 points by Andrew Dickey while Nate Carson added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Pet Sumner buried four three-pointers and ended with 16 points in the loss for Farmington.

Thanks to 10 first-half points from Mathias, Bowdoin carried a 27-19 lead into halftime. The Polar Bears extended their lead to double-digits, 35-24, on a pair of Pieri free throws with 14:56 to go.

From there Maine-Farmington caught fire, hitting seven three-pointers, including three from Sumner, in a seven-minute span. When Garrett Clemmer buried a three-pointer, followed immediately by a Ben Johnson lay-in, the Beavers had opened a 51-46 lead with 5:15 to go.

Women’s Basketball

Husson 97, Green Mountain 38

At Poultney, Vt., Rebecca Young sparked a group of five Husson players in double figures with 5 points and blocked four shots as the Eagles earned a NAC victory.

Katie Brochu and Denae Johnson scored 13 points each, while Samira Cruz and Chandler Guerrette (5 steals) each tallied 12 points for Husson (3-2, 2-1 NAC), which forced many of Green Mountains’ 45 turnovers.

Allison Wadsworth and Amber Heath led Green Mountain (1-6, 0-3 NAC) with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Castleton State 68, MMA 40

At Castleton, Vt., Stephanie Bull’s 18 points and a strong defensive effort propelled the Spartans to a NAC victory.

Jade Desroches scored 11 points and had five assists, while Alyssa Leonard tallied 10 points for Castleton State (6-1, 2-0 NAC).

Leah Jackson registered a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (3-4, 1-2 NAC). Rebekah Campbell added nine points and four blocked shots.

UMPI 75, UMM 46

At Presque Isle, Amanda Hotham scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help UMaine-Presque Isle roll by UM-Machias.

Sydney Churchill added 15 points and five assists for UMPI (7-0) while Rebecca Campbell contributed 13 points and 17 rebounds. Darby Toth added 11 points.

UMPI outscored UMM 50-23 in the second half after leading just by two at the half.

Vanessa Patterson paced UMM (2-9) with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Kristi Wright added 12 points.

UMFK 75, Apprentice 68

At Fort Kent, Jennifer Colpitts scored 16 points and Samantha Carapellucci added 15 to power UMaine-Fort Kent to victory.

Alexis Warne added 11 points for the winners.

Courtney Collins scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Apprentice.

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