BANGOR — The Husson University Eagles used above-average shooting and relentless defense to shut down the Lyndon State Hornets 66-43 in North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action Friday night at Newman Gym.
With the win, Husson improves to 11-11 (9-5 NAC). Lyndon State falls to 3-17 (3-12 NAC).
Rebecca Young finished with a game-high 13 points for Husson and Amanda Johnson added 9 points. Samira Cruz put up nine points and tied for a game-high eight rebounds. Chandler Guerrette grabbed five rebounds and a game-high four steals.
The Hornets will continue their Maine road trip with a Saturday game at Maine Maritime. Husson will host Johnson State on Saturday, with an updated start time of 2:30 p.m.
Castleton 83, Thomas 42
At Larry Mahaney Gymnasium in Waterville, Castleton’s Jade Desroches led the game with 21 points, while going 8-of-15 from the floor. Meghan O’Sullivan chipped in for the visitors with 16 points, shooting 8-of-10.
Sophomore forward Katie McAllister led the Terriers with 14 points in the losing effort.
With the loss, Thomas falls to 3-19 (3-12 NAC), while Castleton improves to 20-3 (15-1 NAC) on the season. The Terriers will host Green Mountain College at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Bowdoin 77, Bates 65
At Alumni Gymnasium in Lewiston, Shannon Brady scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in just 22 minutes of action to lead No. 21 nationally ranked Bowdoin to a victory over Bates. Bowdoin also received 13 points and eight rebounds from Sara Binkhorst, and Selena Lorrey came off the bench to make 4-of-4 shots, including three 3-pointers, for 12 points.
Meredith Kelly had 20 points and three steals for Bates. Allie Coppola added a season-high 19 points to go with eight rebounds.
With the victory, Bowdoin (20-3, 7-2 NESCAC) clinched the third seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. The Polar Bears will host a home quarterfinal game on Feb. 22 at Morrell Gymnasium.
Tufts 54, Colby 33
At Medford, Mass. the Colby Mules held the fourth-ranked team in the country to just 22 points in the first half and trailed by just two points, but Tufts University bounced back in the second half to pull away for a NESCAC victory Friday night.
Michela North led Tufts with 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. Hayley Kanner finished with 14 points to go with six rebounds and three blocks.
Gabe Donahue led Colby with 10 points and had five rebounds. Mia Diplock added seven points with three assists, while Desi Smith recorded five points and eight rebounds.
Louisville 82, Temple 58
Montrezl Harrell scored a career-high 22 points as the Cardinals sent the host Owls to their fourth straight loss in a game delayed a day due to the winter storm pounding the mid-Atlantic.
Harrell shot 9-of-16 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds and added four blocks while Russ Smith poured in 15 points for Louisville (20-4, 9-2 AAC), which shot 51.6 percent from the field — including 62.5 percent in the first half — and showed little rust following an eight-day layoff. Wayne Blackshear tallied 13 points and Luke Hancock had 11 as the Cardinals have won three in a row by an average of 18.7 points.
Will Cummings finished with 16 points to pace Temple (6-17, 1-10), which fell back into a last-place tie with Central Florida and is one loss away from matching its total from coach Fran Dunphy’s first season in 2006-07. Anthony Lee contributed 14 points and was the only other Owl to score in double figures.
Louisville scored the first five points of the game and never trailed, getting eight of Harrell’s 15 first-half points in the first 7 ½ minutes to race out to a double-digit lead it would not relinquish. After Cummings cut Temple’s deficit to 30-18 with 6:49 left in the first half, the Cardinals hit four 3-pointers during a 17-2 surge over the next five-plus minutes to pull away.
Anton Gill’s 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining in the first half stretched the lead to 52-22 and the Owls could get no closer than 21 points thereafter. Harrell’s sixth dunk and Smith’s three-point play midway through the second half stretched the margin to 76-40 before the Owls used a late 18-3 run against the Cardinals’ reserves to make the final score more respectable.
SMU 77, Rutgers 65
Nic Moore scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half to help the visiting Mustangs pull away to their fourth consecutive victory.
Nick Russell added 16 points as SMU (20-5, 9-3 AAC) completed a season sweep of the Scarlet Knights (10-15, 4-8) and improved to 9-1 in its last 10 games. Cannen Cunningham contributed 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench in a contest that was postponed from Thursday night due to a snowstorm that hit the Northeast.
Myles Mack scored a team-high 17 points — 15 in the second half — for Rutgers, which tumbled to its sixth loss in eight games. Kadeem Jack was the only other player in double figures with 15 points to go along with eight boards.
The Scarlet Knights cut an eight-point deficit to one early in the second half but SMU countered with a 14-2 burst as Markus Kennedy scored five straight points and Moore knocked down three 3-pointers in a row for a 55-42 edge with just under 11 minutes to play. Mack buried a 3-pointer to help the Scarlet Knights close within six, but Moore hit again from long range in a 7-0 spurt to extend the lead to 71-58 with just over 3 1/2 minutes remaining.
The first half was tight throughout before the Mustangs held the Scarlet Knights without a field goal for the final six minutes and opened their biggest lead at 36-29 on Russell’s buzzer-beating jumper. Cunningham provided a lift off the bench with all 10 of his points in the first 20 minutes.