Pollard powers Thomas men past NEC

Posted Jan. 10, 2014, at 9:22 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 10, 2014, at 10:34 p.m.

HENNIKER, N.H. — Marquis Pollard scored all 18 of his points on 8-for-8 shooting in the second half to help the Thomas Terriers pile up 57 points en route to a 91-73 North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball win over New England College Friday night.

Stanley Greene Jr. finished with a game-high 22 points and seven assists for Thomas College of Waterville (3-7, 3-2 NAC). Levi Barnes connected for 20 points and Eric Westbrooks posted 13 points for the winners.

Dezron Wilson led New England College (5-7, 2-3 NAC) with 16 points while Jonathan Byrnes and Terrance Thompson tossed in 13 points each. Robin Wilson contributed 10 points and seven rebounds.Men’s Basketball

Colby-Sawyer 73, UMF 68

At New London, N.H., the Chargers scored 44 second-half points to beat the Beavers in a North Atlantic Conference contest.

Koang Thok headed a balanced effort for New England College (5-6, 4-1 NAC) with 16 points, Jake Maynard (9 rebounds) netted 13, Zach Bean tallied 12 and Wol Majong added 11.

Andrew Dickey paced the University of Maine-Farmington (5-6, 3-2 NAC) with a game-high 20 points. Pet Sumner tossed in 16 points, while Ben Johnson registered a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Garrett Clemmer added 10 points.

Colby 75, Wesleyan 69

At Waterville, Colby used a 13-0 run over the final 3:34 of the contest to pull out the win.

Colby (7-4 overall, 1-0 NESCAC) was led by Connor Neil and Ryan Jann, both with 17 points. Chris Hudnut added 16 points and 10 rebounds while Patrick Stewart had seven rebounds.

Jon Edmonds scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to lead Wesleyan (6-6, 0-1).

Women’s Basketball

Wesleyan 59, Colby 49

At Waterville, Wesleyan surged to a 14-point first-half lead en route to the win in the New England Small College Athletic Conference opener.

Cherkira Lashley had all 11 of her points in the first half to lead Wesleyan (10-3, 1-0 NESCAC). KellyAnn Rooney and Jenna Klaes also had 11 points apiece. Dreisen Heath finished with eight points, five rebounds, and five assists. Lashley and Rooney both pulled down seven rebounds.

Desi Smith led Colby (5-8, 0-1) with 15 points, while Carylanne Wolfington added 11 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Gabe Donahue also had 11 points and pulled down seven boards.

Colby-Sawyer 79, UMF 56

At New London, N.H., Colby-Sawyer built a 13-point halftime lead on the way to a North Atlantic Conference victory over the University of Maine-Farmington.

Ashley Fruzzetti sparked the Chargers (5-6, 4-1 NAC) with a game-leading 20 points while Kelsey Cahill provided 14 points, eight rebounds, five steals and three blocked shots.

Lindsay Ranquist paced the Beavers (4-8, 3-2 NAC) with 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Ayla Allen added eight points.

NEC 62, Thomas 41

At Henniker, N.H., the Pilgrims shot 44 percent from the field and outrebounded the Terriers 48-24 to earn a North Atlantic Conference victory.

Kiley Williams paced New England College (7-4, 4-1 NAC) with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Kayla Lawlor and Taylor Burgess (6 rebounds, 4 steals) contributed 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Katie McAlliister led Thomas College of Waterville (2-8, 2-3 NAC) with 15 points and Ashleigh Gagne chipped in with eight.

Football

Penn State to announce new football coach

Penn State president Rodney Erickson and athletic director Dave Joyner are scheduled to make a major announcement on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. ET, the school announced in a press release Friday.

Although the release did not specify the topic, multiple media outlets report Vanderbilt coach James Franklin will be named the Nittany Lions’ new head football coach.

ESPN reported that a Penn State Board of Trustees committee is scheduled to meet early Saturday to approve the contract, which is expected to pay Franklin about $4.5 million per year.

It was reported Thursday that Franklin had accepted an offer to become Penn State’s coach. He will replace Bill O’Brien, who left to become head coach of the Houston Texans.

Franklin was expected to inform Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams on Friday that he had accepted the Penn State job.

Franklin talked to Williams on Thursday and told Williams then he had not yet accepted the Penn State job but that he would talk with Williams later, Williams told CBSSports.com.

It is speculated Williams offered Franklin more money in an attempt to keep him.

Franklin, 41, took Vanderbilt to bowl games each of the past three seasons. The Commodores won their final five games in 2013 to finish with a 9-4 record, including BBVA Compass Bowl victory over Houston.

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