Husson men beat Johnson State, will host North Atlantic Conference basketball final four

Posted Feb. 25, 2014, at 9:46 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Husson University overcame a sluggish start and manufactured a 14-point halftime lead that stood up in an 88-55 drubbing of Johnson State in the quarterfinals of the North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball tournament at Newman Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

The top-seeded Eagles (24-2) will now host the league final four, which begins Friday. Husson draws No. 4 Lyndon State.

Balance was the key for Husson, which received 16 points and six rebounds from Phil Leighton and 15 points and nine rebounds from Trevon Butler. Mike Gonzales and Aaron Willis tossed in 10 points each.

Bryan Hickey paced Johnson State (6-20) with 22 points and seven rebounds. Josh Reed and Lester Alexander chipped in with 10 points each.

UMF 80, Colby-Sawyer 61

At New London, N.H., Ben Johnson and Andrew Dickey each compiled a double-double to carry the sixth-seeded Beavers to an upset of the No. 3 Chargers in the North Atlantic Conference quarterfinals.

Johnson poured in 24 points and hauled down 26 rebounds for the University of Maine-Farmington (11-14), while Dickey netted a game-high 24 points and snatched 11 boards.

Pet Sumner scored 14 points and Scott Leal added six points, six assists and three steals for the Beavers, who play No. 2 Castleton State in Friday’s semifinal at Husson.

Zach Bean led Colby-Sawyer (14-10) with 17 points and Jake Maynard contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.

Lyndon State 91, Thomas 59

At Lyndonville, Vt., the fourth-seeded Hornets built a 15-point halftime lead and took an NAC quarterfinal victory over the No. 5 Terriers.

David Johnson’s 25 points led all scorers for 12-13 Lyndon State, which takes on No. 1 Husson in Friday’s semifinals. George Carle racked up 15 points and 17 rebounds for the winners, while Iser Barnes scored 14 points, Josh Bosworth tallied 12 and Rob Alers added 11.

The hosts shot 47 percent overall and hit 11 3-pointers and outrebounded the Terriers 54-32.

Adam Carlsen led Thomas College of Waterville (12-13) with 13 points, four assists and three steals. Levi Barnes finished with 12 points.

Women’s Basketball

Husson 77, NEC 62

Freshman Chandler Guerette of Presque Isle tossed in a game-high 21 points and dished out seven assists Tuesday night to lead fourth-seeded Husson University to a 77-62 victory over No. 5 New England College in a North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball semifinal at Newman Gymnasium.

Rebecca Young provided 17 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles (15-11), who meet No. 1 seed Castleton State in Saturday’s semifinals at Castleton, Vt. Vicki McIntyre chipped in with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

The Pilgrims (14-12) outrebounded Husson 47-33 but committed 33 turnovers. The Eagles had 18 miscues.

Kayla Lawlor led New England College with 17 points, Taylor Burgess registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Katarina Muska added 10 points.

Maine Maritime 59, UMF 53

At Castine, the Mariners shot only 27 percent from the floor but forced many of the Beavers’ 26 turnovers to claim the North Atlantic Conference quarterfinal victory at Smith Gymnasium.

Cheyenne Malloy scored 13 points for No. 3 Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (17-9), which placed 10 players in the scoring column. Ashley Shine tallied 10 points and three steals, Leah Jackson provided seven points and a game-high 14 rebounds, and Alex Winchester added eight points for the Mariners.

Elizabeth Ferry scored a game-high 14 points with five rebounds and three assists for No. 6 UMaine-Farmington (9-17). Meghan Smith added 13 points, while Lindsay Ranquist picked up eight points and 11 rebounds. Ayla Allen added eight points and six rebounds.

Castleton 75, Thomas 25

At Castleton, Vt., the Spartans limited the Terriers to seven first-half points, building a commanding lead on the way to a North Atlantic Conference quarterfinal win.

Top-seeded Castleton State (23-3) will face No. 4 Husson in Friday’s semifinals at Castleton State.

The Spartans turned in a well-balanced effort that was paced by 14 points from Stephanie Bull. Lindsay Sabo scored 13, Alyssa Leonard netted 12 and Shelby LaBarge provided 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Castleton State outrebounded No. 8 Thomas 51-34 and committed only two turnovers to 23 for the visitors.

Liz Goodall led the Terriers of Waterville (4-22) with eight points and four rebounds. Ashleigh Gagne grabbed seven rebounds for Thomas, which shot only 16 percent (6-for-37) from the floor.

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