Husson, UM-Farmington men to battle for NAC basketball title Saturday

Posted Feb. 28, 2014, at 9:48 p.m.
Last modified March 01, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Husson University Eagles and University of Maine-Farmington Beavers will battle for the North Atlantic Conference title at 2 p.m. Saturday at Newman Gym after recording semifinal victories Friday night.

Husson beat Lyndon State 93-76 and UMF battled by Castleton State 107-97.

This will be the first meeting between UMaine-Farmington and Husson in a NAC men’s basketball championship game.

In the first game, six UMaine-Farmington players reached the double-figure scoring mark to beat the Spartans and earn a berth in Saturday’s final.

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Ben Johnson sparked UMF (13-14) with 21 points and 16 rebounds while Andrew Dickey added 19 points and seven rebounds. Sam Leal added 18 points, Uriah Forest-Bulley put in 16 and Garrett Clemmer and Nate Carson each netted 11.

UMF led Castleton 46-45 at halftime and outscored the Spartans 61-52 in the second.

Chad Copeland paced Castleton with 24 points.

The win sends UMF into the conference championship game for the first time since 2010, and just the third time since the Beavers became full members of the NAC in 2003-04.

Women’s Basketball

UMPI 65, Agnes Scott 53

At Washington, UMaine-Presque Isle received 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists from senior Olivia McNally to earn the victory in the Great South Athletic Conference quarterfinal.

Despite giving up 13 first-half offensive rebounds to Agnes Scott, which led to 16 interior points for the Scotties, UMPI was able to open up a 36-21 halftime lead.

UMPI’s Amanda Hotham scored 13 and grabbed 7 boards, point guard Darby Toth didn’t miss a shot in tallying nine points to go along with a game-high 11 assists and freshman Sydney Churchill added 11, including 3 bombs from downtown.

The Scotties of Decatur, Ga., were led by Shavonne Orr who had 18 points and 7 rebounds and Care Bacon added 12 points. They are coached by Trish Roberts, who was the head coach of the UMaine women’s basketball team from 1988-92.

Castleton 79, Husson 55

At Castleton, Vt., Jade Desroches scored 17 points and Meghan O’Sullivan added 16 to help Castleton advance to Saturday’s North Atlantic Conference final.

Alyssa Leonard chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds for Castleton (24-3), which outrebounded the Eagles of Bangor 52-40.

Chandler Guerrette paced Husson with 16 points and Kathrn Brochu added 15 points and nine rebounds.

Colby-Sawyer 67, MMA 61

At Glenbrook, Vt., Maine Maritime held a four-point lead against defending North Atlantic Conference champion Colby-Sawyer with under a minute left in the North Atlantic Conference semifinal, but the Chargers managed to even the game in regulation before handing the Mariners of Castine the loss in overtime.

Colby-Sawyer will take on Castleton in Saturday’s championship game.

Ashley Shine led Maine Maritime with 17 points on 6 of 17 shooting. Bekah Campbell came off the bench to score 13 and Hannah Lyons added nine. Leah Jackson grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, dished out a game-best six assists and scored six points. Kari Jones also netted six points for MMA.

Three players reached double figures for Chargers led by Ashley Fruzzetti’s game-high 18 points. Kelsey Bragdon added 17 and Kelsey Cahill 10 and nine rebounds. Jessica Shenkel added nine points and Katie McCarthy registered seven points, all from the line.

USM 58, ECSU 49

At Providence, senior Erin McNamara and sophomore Megan Pelletier combined to score 38 points to lead the second-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 58-49 win over the third-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors in the second semifinal of the 2014 Little East Conference Women’s Basketball Championship Friday night at the Murray Center.

With the win Southern Maine improves to 20-8 on the season and advances to the 2014 Little East Conference Championship game. The Huskies will face Rhode Island College in the championship game on Saturday (4 p.m.).

Rhode Island College, the top-seed in the tourney, advanced to the championship game with a 56-46 win over fourth-seeded Western Connecticut in the first semifinal. Eastern Connecticut falls to 18-9 with the loss.

Pelletier was 5-for-7 from the field and 9-for-10 from the free throw line for her 19 points. Pelletier added a game-high nine rebounds. McNamara was 3-for-7 from the field and a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line. Junior Rebecca Knight added seven points, six rebounds.

Freshman Jordyn Nappi led the Warriors with 16 points, while classmate Julia DePoi added 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting. Both Nappi and DePoi each knocked down three three-pointers. Sophomore Jill Ritrosky added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The Huskies trailed the Warriors for a majority of the game and did not take the lead until there was 7:52 remaining on the clock in the second half.

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