Brandeis handles Husson women

Posted Dec. 31, 2013, at 8:52 p.m.

WALTHAM, Mass. — Brandeis University built a 22-point halftime lead on its way to an 81-54 women’s basketball victory over Husson University of Bangor on Tuesday afternoon.

Nicolina Vitale paced the Judges (5-4) with 16 points and five assists, while Janelle Rodriguez (5 assists, 4 steals) and Ceara McNamara netted 10 points each.

Samira Cruz led the Eagles (3-5) with 16 points, including three 3-pointers. Chandler Guerrette posted 12 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Husson shot only 28 percent from the floor.

Springfield 62, MMA 37

At Springfield, Mass., the Pride rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first half to beat Maine Maritime in the first round of the 2014 Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic Tuesday.

Heather Lewis headed a balanced attack for 6-3 Springfield with 14 points. Tamara Tribble scored 13 points, Jaimie Bickelhaupt tallied 12 and Lexi Windwer added 11.

Kari Jones netted nine points to pace Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (4-5), which scored only 13 second-half points. Cheyenne Malloy scored seven points and Leah Jackson grabbed 11 rebounds.

Drew 55, Colby 45

At Springfield, Mass., Drew University pulled away in the second half to beat Colby College of Waterville in the 2014 Naismith Women’s Basketball Classic at Blake Arena.

Hannah Miller paced Drew (7-2) with 14 points and Erin Howard tallied 11 points.

Desi Smith spearheaded the Mules (3-7) with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Brooke Chandor provided 10 points.

Men’s Basketball

Wentworth 76, UMFK 48

At Hartford, Conn., the Leopards placed four players in double figures in a win over the Bengals in the third-place game at the Trinity College Holiday Classic.

Scott Moran and Derek Mayo (8 rebounds) led Wentworth Institute of Technology (4-5) with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Nico Donato contributed 13 and Ray Bessette added 10 points.

Mike McClung led the way for the University of Maine-Fort Kent (3-8) with 14 points. Jorge Matesanz and Fred Sanchez added eight points each.

Colby 66, Plymouth State 51

At Plymouth, N.H., , Colby College Chris Hudnut had a dominating game inside, leading the Mules past the Panthers.

Colby moves to 5-3 overall heading into Saturday’s 4 p.m. home game with University of Maine at Machias.

Hudnut finished with game-highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds to go along with four blocked shots, two assists and two steals for 5-3 Colby College of Waterville. Ryan Jann added 14 points.

Plymouth State (6-4) was led by 11 points from Curtis Arsenault.

Seton Hall 81, Providence 80

Brian Oliver knocked down four 3-pointers en route to 18 points and Sterling Gibbs came through down the stretch as the visiting Pirates knocked off the Friars in double overtime in the Big East opener for both teams.

Gibbs hit four free throws in the final nine seconds of the second overtime and finished with 15 points for Seton Hall (10-4, 1-0 Big East), which went 3-15 in the final season of the old Big East last year. Brandon Mobley scored seven of his 16 points in the two overtimes and added six rebounds for the Pirates.

Bryce Cotton scored 23 of his 25 points after halftime as Providence (10-4, 0-1) suffered its first home loss. Tyler Harris contributed 22 points and LaDontae Henton added 12 for the Friars.

Seton Hall was up by four points in the first overtime but Cotton hit a jumper and knocked down a pair of free throws to tie it with 5.9 seconds left before Fuquan Edwin missed a driving layup and could not draw a foul call as time expired. Providence grabbed an 80-77 lead in the second overtime before Gibbs hit two free throws with nine seconds left, the Pirates forced a turnover and Gibbs connected on two more from the stripe with 3.3 seconds to play.

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