POULTNEY, Vt. – UMaine-Farmington women’s basketball senior Kenni Norton (Strong, Maine/Mt. Abram) scored a season high 18 points to lead a Beaver squad that shot a season best 42.0 percent from the field and sailed to an 81-46 win over Green Mountain College, in a North Atlantic Conference matchup Saturday at the GMC Eagle Dome.
UMaine-Farmington (1-5 overall, 1-2 NAC) jumped out to an early 11-2 lead in the opening minutes of the first half against Green Mountain College (1-4 overall, 0-2 NAC), and the Beavers extended their lead to 17 points, 23-6, by the 10-minute mark of the stanza.
UMF guard Rachel Clement (Gray, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) led the Beavers’ first half attack with seven points in the opening frame, with Norton potting six points. The Beavers full court press caused confusion in the backcourt for the Eagles, preventing them from starting any sort of comeback, eventually allowing Farmington to open up at an 18 point lead at 42-24 heading into the break.
The Beavers continued their impressive display on offense as they increased their lead to 24 in the opening minutes of the second half. In all, UMF outscored GMC by a score of 39-22 in the second period, as the Beavers held Green Mountain to just 25.9 percent shooting from the field for the half.
UMaine-Farmington outrebounded Green Mountain, 50-31, and forced the Eagles into committing 17 turnovers that yielded 22 points for the Beavers.
In addition to her 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field with three 3-pointers, Norton char five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Teammates Clement and sophomore guard Lindsay Ranquist (Owls Head, Maine/Medomak Valley) scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Senior forward Kelsey Graffam (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) led both squads with eight rebounds.
Daemen 99, UMFK 50
AMHERST, N.Y. — The Daemen College women’s basketball team used a 29-2 spurt to open the second half en route to a 99-50 victory over the University of Maine-Fort Kent in a battle of United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) teams today at Lumsden Gymnasium.
The Wildcats (11-2), newly ranked No. 1 atop the USCAA National Poll, were led by junior guard Lindsay Stoddard (Limestone, N.Y./Allegany-Limestone) who pumped in a career high 24 points while also dishing 12 assists which matched a career high (Jan. 21, 2012 vs. Fisher). Stoddard connected on nine of her 14 field goal attempts, including a 5-of-8 showing from three-point range.
Daemen held a 42-24 advantage at points in the paint and a 26-8 edge in fastbreak points while shooting 49% for the game (41-for-83).
Samantha Carapellucci (Fort Kent, Maine/Fort Kent Community) paced the 5-4 Bengals with 13 points and six rebounds. Jennifer Colpitts (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and Ericka Christensen (Warren, Maine/Medomak Valley) split 24 points between them while Christensen added a game-high nine rebounds.
Roger Williams 69, Colby 46
WATERVILLE, Maine —- Alexandria Lanieri (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) had 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting as Roger Williams University took a 32-19 halftime lead on the way to a 69-46 non-conference women’s basketball victory over Colby College on Sunday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
Lanieri also had a game-high six assists and added five rebounds, two blocked shots, and two steals. Elizabeth Kilzi (Waverly, Pa.) also had 18 points, thanks to 5-for-8 shooting from 3-point range.
Roger Williams (2-4) shot 55 percent from the field (24-for-44), 55 percent from 3-point range (6-for-11), and 94 percent from the foul line (15-for-16). The Hawks had 19 assists on their 24 made field goals.
Colby senior tri-captain Diana Manduca (Portland, Maine) had a game-high 20 points to go along with two assists, two blocked shots, and two steals.
The Hawks led 16-5 after just 6:30 of play, with Kilzi hitting two 3-point shots during that stretch. The Mules cut the lead to 25-19 on a basket by Manduca with 1:32 to intermission. However, Roger Williams went on a 7-0 run in the final 1:16 of play for the 32-19 margin.
The Hawks stayed focused early in the second half and pushed the lead to 52-26 after Angelica Ariola (Prospect, Conn.) hit a jumper with 11:43 to play.
Colby did cut the lead to 15 points at 56-41 with 5:25 left in the second half. The Hawks, though, went 8-for-8 at the foul line in the final 4:11 to steadily add to the lead.
Kaitlyn Bovee (Berlin, Conn.) added 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists for Roger Williams. Ariola had six points, five rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
Brooke Chandor (Barrington, Ill.) had her best game of the season with 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field and a 2-for-2 effort from the foul line for Colby. Carylanne Wolfington (Hallowell, Maine) had six points, six rebounds, and a pair of assists.
St. Joseph’s 67, MMA 50
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College forced 27 turnovers, including 18 steals, to beat Maine Maritime 67-50 in a non-conference women’s basketball game Saturday. The Monks improved to 4-1 while Mariners fell to 1-2.
Morgan Cahill recorded her third double-double for Saint Joe’s with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Lindsay Moore led the Monks with 14 points and Abby Young added 13.
Leading by four, 29-25, at intermission, Saint Joseph’s began the second half with a 20-3 run. The Monks utilized a formidable full-court press to force seven turnovers in the that span. The offensive surge came to a close six minutes later when freshman guard Shannon McFayden (Ipswich, Mass.) made a free throw to extend the SJ’s advantage to 49-28.
The Mariners started the game strong with a 9-3 lead with 14:33 left in the first. MMA received scores from four different players and capped the run with a Devin Curless-Clark layup. Saint Joseph’s managed to turn the tables on the Mariners with an 18-0 outbreak over the following six minutes. Junior forward Abby Young knotted the game at 9-9 with a jumper at the 11:29 mark and proceeded to complete the SJC run with a three-pointer, her second of the afternoon, to put the Monks up 21-9 with 8:20 before the half.
St. Joe’s held a comfortable 29-20 lead after junior forward Lindsay Moore connected on a jump shot with 1:26 left in the first half. But the Mariners answered with a Hannah Lyons (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) jumper at the 1:06 mark and a three-pointer from senior guard Courtney Dufour (Augusta, Maine), sister of SJC junior point guard Mackenzie Dufour, to cut their deficit to four, 29-25, heading into the break.
USM 59, ECSU 54
GORHAM, Maine – Senior guard Nicole Garland (Portland, Maine/Deering) and sophomore forward Rebecca Knight(Alfred, Maine/McAuley) combined to score 31 points to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 59-54 win over rival Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.
The win extends the Huskies’ unbeaten streak to six games and improves their record to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the Little East. Eastern Connecticut falls to 1-5 and 0-1 in the conference with its fourth straight loss.
Knight was 8-for-10 from the field for a game-high 19 points while Garland added 12 points. Knight grabbed seven rebounds and had three assists and three steals. Garland had four rebounds, three assists and a steal. Senior forward Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) added nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Sophomore Kristina Forsman (Newington, Conn.) led the Warriors with 17 points. Freshman guard Jill Ritrosky (Willimantic, Conn.) racked up a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while sophomore forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield, Conn.) grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds to compliment six points and help the Warriors to a 48-31 advantage on the boards.
Despite starting the game in rhythm and holding a solid nine-point, 16-7, lead at the 11:45 mark of the first half, Southern Maine nearly gave the game away on the offensive glass and trailed Eastern 31-30 at the break. Ahead by six, 30-24, with 2:20 remaining in the half after a layup from Knight, Eastern used a 7-0 run to grab the lead, helped by a pair of offensive rebounds and five points from Forsman.
In the second half, both teams battled back and forth before a three-pointer from junior forward Nash Biliew (Portland, Maine) gave the Huskies the lead 37-35 with 16:09 remaining. Biliew’s three ignited a game-deciding 10-0 run for the Huskies. Biliew score the first five points of the run for USM while Knight added a traditional three-point play and a layup for the final five and a 44-35 lead with 13:15 to play.
The Huskies would not relinquish the lead the rest of the game but were unable to grab more than a nine-point lead over the pesky Warriors for the remainder of the game.
Castleton 69, Thomas 35
CASTLETON, VT – Castleton defeated Thomas 69-35 on Saturday afternoon at Glenbrook Gym in a North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball contest.
The Spartans held the Terriers to just 25.5 percent shooting for the contest and 4-for-14 from beyond the arc to improve to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in the NAC. The 6-0 start is the best in program history. Thomas, meanwhile, drops to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
It was a balanced offense for Castleton as 12 different players scored, led by Alyssa Leonard with 11 points. Meghan O’Sullivan was dominant inside with eight points and nine rebounds in only 19 minutes of action and Stephanie Bull led all bench scorers with eight points and three rebounds.
Thomas’ Megan Pelletier scored ten points on 4-for-16 shooting, added four blocks, four rebounds and three assists. Elizabeth Goodall was second on the team with six points and three rebounds and Jasmine Bishop grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
The Spartans opened the game with an 11-5 run, capped off with a pair of free throws by Sullivan at the 13:47 mark. Thomas responded with four straight to cut the lead to 11-9; however, Castleton came back with seven consecutive points, punctuated by a Bull triple to take an 18-9 lead with 9:37 left.
Bishop ended the run with a layup and the Terriers climbed back within eight, 24-16, at the 3:46 mark. Liz Douglass hit a three to make it an 11-point margin and the Spartans outscored Thomas 5-2 over the final minutes to go into the break with a 32-18 lead.
Thomas scored four of the first six points of the half to close the Castleton advantage to 34-22; however, a 9-2 run by the Spartans made it a 20-point game, 43-23, with 15:31 remaining in the contest.
The Terriers could get any closer than 15 and the Spartans used a stifling defense to hold Thomas without a point for nearly nine minutes on their way to the 34-point victory.
Castleton out-rebounded Thomas 53-36, pulling down 19 offensive rebounds, including four from Douglass, who finished the game with seven rebounds and seven points. Ali Jones also chipped in with a pair of threes in the final minutes for a career-high six points.
EMCC 66, Nashua CC 18
NASHUA, N.H. — Larresha Blackman and Carolyn Bess each scored 14 points to lead Eastern Maine Community College by Nashua CC Saturday.
Dani Ross added 13 points for EMCC and Emma Johnson had 11.
Bowdoin 53, Colby 38
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team jumped out to an early lead and never trailed en route to a 53-38 win over Colby on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears improve to 2-3 while the Mules fall to 2-3 on the year. Saturday’s contest was the non-conference meeting between the NESCAC rivals. The teams will play their conference game in Waterville on January 26.
Sophomore Megan Phelps led a balanced Bowdoin attack with 16 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and four assists. Kaitlin Donahoe pitched in nine points, five assists and three steals while Anna Prohl had a team-high 11 rebounds to go with five points. Colby was led by a game-high 18 points from Diana Manduca, who also grabed six rebounds. Jen Nale had seven points for the Mules, who had no other player score more than three in the game.
Bowdoin enjoyed a sparkling first half, connecting on 48% of their shots, including 6-10 from three-point range. The Mules only committed four first-half turnovers, but were ice cold from the field, hitting just 6 of their 29 attempts.
The Polar Bears jumped to a 13-3 lead after five minutes, sparked by three-pointers from Kirsten Prue and Megan Phelps. Colby was able to trim the lead to five points on a jumper by Jen Nale with 7:41 remaining in the period, but Bowdoin closed the half on a 13-0 run, highlighted by trifectas from Kaitlin Donahoe, Phelps and Sara Binkhorst to carry a commanding 35-17 lead into halftime.
UMFK 72, St. Joe’s (Vt.) 50
NORTHFIELD, Vt.—Samantha Carapellucci (Fort Kent, Maine) totaled 15 points to lead the University of Maine-Fort Kent women’s basketball team to a 72-50 win against the Fighting Saints of the College of Saint Joseph (Vt.) in the consolation game of the 2012 TDS Ed Hockenbury Classic hosted by Norwich University.
Carapellucci connected for 6-13 shots from the floor and 3-5 from the free-throw line and was named an Ed Hockenbury All-Tournament selection alongside St. Joseph’s Brittany Garrow (Rutland, Vt.).
Fort Kent took an early lead and never trailed, using 46.4 percent shooting in the first half to post a a 41-25 advantage at half.
In addition to Carapellucci, the Bengals saw double-digit performances by Ericka Christenson (Warren, Maine), Brooke Harris (Lee, Maine), and Rachel Grew (Mars Hill, Maine), who all chipped in with 10 points apiece.
Kelly Festa (Poultney, Vt.) led St. Joseph’s with a double-double, totaling a game-high 21 points and adding 15 rebounds.
With the win, UMaine-Fort Kent improves to 5-3, while the loss drops the Fighting Saints to 3-5.
St. Joseph’s 67, MMA 50
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (4-1) forced 27 turnovers and grabbed 18 steals in a 67-50 victory over Maine Maritime Academy (1-2) at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon. Freshman center Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) tallied her third double-double of the year with 15 points, all in the second half, and 10 rebounds in the victory.
Leading by four, 29-25, at intermission, Saint Joseph’s began the second half with a 20-3 run to gain control of the non-conference contest. The Monks utilized a formidable full-court press to force seven turnovers and the Mariners went 1-7 from the field during the SJC run, which started with a Cahill layup at the 18:29 mark. The offensive surge came to a close six minutes later when freshman guard Shannon McFayden (Ipswich, Mass.) made a free throw to extend the hosts’ advantage to 49-28.
The outlook was not great for the Monks in the early minutes, as the Mariners received buckets from four different players to secure a 9-3 lead with 14:33 to go in the first period. Senior forward Devyn Curless-Clark (Clinton, Maine) capped the run and provided Maine Maritime with a six-point cushion with a layup of a Leah Jackson (Dedham, Maine) pass.
Saint Joseph’s managed to turn the tables on the Mariners however, as the hosts took the lead for good – as it played out – with an 18-0 outbreak over the following six minutes. Junior forward Abby Young (North Yarmouth, Maine) knotted the game at 9-9 with a jumper at the 11:29 mark and proceeded to complete the SJC run with a three-pointer, her second of the afternoon, to put the Monks up 21-9 with 8:20 before the half.
St. Joe’s held a comfortable 29-20 lead after junior forward Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.) connected on a jump shot with 1:26 left in the first half. But the Mariners answered with a Hannah Lyons (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) jumper at the 1:06 mark and a three-pointer from senior guard Courtney Dufour (Augusta, Maine), sister of SJC junior point guard Mackenzie Dufour (Augusta, Maine), to cut their deficit to four, 29-25, heading into the break.
Courtney Dufour led all first-half scorers with nine points while Young paced the Monks with eight points in the opening frame.
For the Monks, Moore recorded 14 points, four rebounds and three steals, Young scored 13 and senior guard Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) added four points and a game-high five steals. Dufour tallied seven points, four assists and a pair of steals, Sarah Assante (Standish, Maine) dealt four dimes, and Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) came off the bench to produce four points and four steals in the triumph.
For the Mariners, senior Casey Everest (Portland, Maine/Deering) netted a game-high 16 points in 18 minutes off the bench, Dufour finished the day with nine points and sophomore forward Jillian Perron (Skowhegan, Maine) scored seven in a losing effort.
RPI 66, Bates 53
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A strong ensemble performance gave Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute a 66-53 win over the Bates women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon on the second day of the Williams Holiday Classic. The Engineers improved to 5-2 with the win, while the Bobcats, playing their fourth game in five days, all with an injury-shortened rotation, dropped their second straight to fall to 2-5.
Both teams came out aggressively to start the game. First-year Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) got things rolling for Bates just three seconds into the contest with a running layup, the start of a brief spurt that saw her score seven of the Bobcats’ first nine points while draining her first three shots from the field.
RPI countered with a pair of quick guards in Bailei Tetrault and Kelly Piotrwoski, who skillfully quarterbacked the Engineer offense and frequently teamed up on smothering double-teams in the Bates backcourt. The pressure seemed to rattle the Bobcats somewhat, as Bates committed 17 turnovers in the first half.
The Engineers took advantage of Bates’ mistakes and, after junior Julia Rafferty (Reading, Mass.) assisted sophomore Allaina Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine) for a layup that gave Bates a 15-11 lead, RPI rattled off a 16-0 run for their largest lead of the half, a run punctuated when Jen Rock dished off to a wide-open Michelle Reid for an easy three.
A Bates timeout seemed to rejuvenate the Bobcats somewhat, but they still had trouble containing the Engineers’ speedy backcourt. As soon as Bates pulled back to within single digits, RPI responded with one of its best sequences of the afternoon when Tetrault bounced a no-look pass to Piotrowski, who swung the ball around to Amanda Lynch, who led all scorers in the period with 12 points, for a mid-range jumper and a 33-22 cushion.
Just as they did on Friday evening, the Bobcats made a spirited attempt at a second-half comeback as play evened out in the second half, and Bates trimmed the deficit to five after senior Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) found Murphy with an over-the-top lob to Murphy, who sealed out her defender and sank the layup.
From then on, the teams traded baskets as the RPI lead wavered between five and 11 points for the next eight minutes. The elastic finally broke with seven minutes to go, however, when Zysnia Osepa stole an inbounds pass and dished to Rock for a 60-48 RPI advantage, then sealed the outcome when she laid a driving layup off the glass four minutes later to extend the Engineer lead to 16. Meanwhile Bates struggled from the floor and went nearly five crucial minutes without scoring a basket.
Rafferty played her second full 40 minutes in less than 24 hours, as Bates continued to play without the services of sophomore Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.), junior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) and sophomore Kristin Calvo (South Dartmouth, Mass.), all lost to injury. Beaulieu and Nason also played the full 40 minutes.
Senior Brianna Hawkins (South Portland, Maine) led four Bobcats in double figures with a season-high 11 points. Adding 10 points apiece were Nason, Murphy and O’Connell, who was named to the All-Tournament Team. The senior captain averaged 14.5 points and 6.0 boards over the two games.
Nason’s 10 points and eight boards are both season highs. Beaulieu was held to a season-low four points, but still contributed a team-high five assists, four blocked shots and three steals — a career high in blocks for the senior captain.
UNE 67, Salve Regina 52
NEWPORT, R.I. — The University of New England scored 21 straight points during an eight-minute span after halftime to erase a small deficit on its way to a key 67-52 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women’s basketball win over Salve Regina University on Saturday (Dec. 1) at the Rodgers Recreation Center.
It was Big Blue’s third straight victory (4-1), and moved the Nor’easters to 2-0 in CCC games. The Seahawks — picked ahead of UNE at No. 1 in the league preseason poll — drop to 1-3 overall (0-2 CCC).
Senior Beth Suggs (Bath, Maine) went 7-for-11 from the field to register a game-high 19 points, and made it double-double number four on the year with 10 rebounds. Sophomore Kelly Coleman (Portland, Conn.) had a double-double of her own with 14 points and 10 boards for UNE, which out-rebound its opponent 46-36 in the game.
First-year Lauren Hayden (Chantilly, Va.) added nine points, five rebounds, and five steals, while classmate Michaela Flanagan (Plymouth, Mass.) contributed seven points and five rebounds. Fellow rookie Alanna Vose (Cushing, Maine) finished with six points, all from the free throw line.
For Salve, Marissa Pendergast totaled 11 points and Meaghan Harden notched 10. Brianna Del Valle had nine points and a team-high eight rebounds.
UNE led 7-4 in the early-going following a trey from senior Liz LeBlanc (Jay, Maine), only to see a 12-2 spurt by the Seahawks push the hosts in front (16-9) with six minute gone.
SRU maintained the edge for the rest of the period, though baskets by LeBlanc and Hayden inside the final minute of the frame sliced the difference down to three (31-28) at intermission.
It wasn’t until a Flanagan layup with 15:08 to go the game that the Nor’easters began to make their move. Big Blue tacked another 19 points on the board before Salve managed to score again, but by that time the UNE cushion was 55-36 with a little over eight minutes remaining.
The Seahawks would not get any closer than 10 (57-47) down the stretch.
Unity 88, NMCC 62
At Presque Isle on Sunday, Jared Straight scored 29 points and Eddie Kopacz added 21 to lead Unity by Northern Maine Community College.
John Crowe added 13 points for the 1-7 winners and Russell Mahoney netted 10 while Doug Sharpe and Matt Till paced 0-6 NMCC.
UMF 95, Green Mountain 49
POULTNEY, Vt. – UMaine-Farmington center Ben Johnson (Manchester, Maine/Maranacook) scored a career high 30 points and combined with his teammates to shoot 52.8 percent from the field, leading UMaine-Farmington men’s basketball to an easy 95-49 North Atlantic Conference win over Green Mountain College, Saturday afternoon at GMC’s Eagle Dome.
UMaine-Farmington’s (4-1 overall, 1-1 NAC) 95 points against Green Mountain (1-5 overall, 0-2 NAC) was the most by the Beavers since a 95-point effort almost exactly a year ago, on December 2, 2011, against Castleton State.
Johnson connected on 15 of his 25 field goal attempts and recorded more points than time on the court, as it took the junior big man just 25 minutes to record the first 30-point game of his career.
Junior forward Andrew Dickey (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) went 8-of-11 from the field and was a perfect 6-of-6 at the stripe on his way to a career high 22 points. Junior guard Yusuf Iman (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) finished with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including three 3-pointers, and dished out six assists.
Junior forward Connor Hasson (South Portland, Maine/South Portland) hauled down a game high eight rebounds for the Beavers.
UMaine-Farmington put together a quick 8-0 run to begin the contest, largely on the strength of Johnson’s inside game. The Beavers still led by only seven points, 33-26, with 4:25 left in the first half, but a late surge extended Farmington’s lead to 47-30 at the intermission.
Green Mountain came out to start the second half with a full court press in hopes of inching their way back to within striking distance, but UMF put together a 14-0 run and increased its lead to 35 halfway through the second half.
Leading the way for Green Mountain College was Jakerion Ales with 12 points, several of which came on tough jumpers in the lane. Chris Strong assisted that effort with 10 points thanks in large part to a 3-for-4 performance from downtown. Alex Homkey popped off the bench to add nine points for the Eagles in defeat.
Castleton 113, Thomas 84
CASTLETON, Vt. – Thomas suffered their first setback of the season, 113-84, falling to Castleton on Saturday afternoon at Glenbrook Gymnasium in a North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball contest.
Castleton’s defense forced 26 turnovers and turned that into 44 points, including 19 in the second half to break open a close contest and improve to 2-0 in the NAC and 3-2 on the season. Thomas drops to 3-1 with the loss and 1-1 in conference action.
The Spartans shot 57.5 percent from the field for the contest, including 13-for-29 (44.8%) from beyond the arc and outrebounded the visiting Terriers by a 50-39 margin. Thomas shot just 29.0 percent in the second half and 39.7 percent overall, well below their season averages.
Senior Mark Comstock made his presence felt all over the court, shooting 8-for-11 from the field for 21 points, along with seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. Logan White was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, adding 15 points and two steals. Senior Dammy Mustapha pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and had 14 points and four steals.
Levi Barnes was the top scorer for the Terriers with a game-high 25 points and seven rebounds. Stanley Green Jr. added 16 points and Franklin Salvador had 12, but shot just 3-for-12 from the floor and missed all seven of this three-point attempts.
Bowdoin 84, MMA 51
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College men’s basketball team overwhelmed Maine Maritime Academy in an 84-51 non-conference victory on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears move over .500 with their second straight win and stand at 3-2 this season. The Mariners drop to 0-4 on the year with the loss.
Andrew Madlinger led all players with 17 points, including 3-6 from beyond the arc while point guard Bryan Hurley scored 11 points and had 12 assists, tied for the 10th-most in a single game in program history. Maximilian Staiger also saw double figures with 12 points while Matt Palecki pitched in 11 off the bench for the Polar Bears.
Maine Maritime was paced by 14 points from Paul Campbell and 13 points with seven rebounds from Andy Ball.
Bowdoin left little doubt by shooting 58% from the field in the opening stanza and using a 19-4 run midway through the period to take a commanding 44-25 lead at the break. The Polar Bears finished the game at a 55% clip and committed just ten turnovers in the game while holding a decisive 39-20 edge on the boards.
Daniel Webster 95, Colby 93
WATERVILLE, Maine —- John Hixson nailed a 3-point shot with 29 seconds left in the third overtime to give Daniel Webster the lead for good in a wild 95-93 win over Colby College in the championship game of the Colby Men’s Basketball Classic on Saturday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
Daniel Webster moved to 3-2 overall, while the Mules fell to 2-3.
Colby’s Shane Rogers had just given his team a 93-92 lead with a 3-point shot with 1:03 to play in the third overtime. The Eagles’ Tyren Hardy was inside and passed the ball back out to Hixson for his big shot. The Mules had trouble getting a shot in the final 29 seconds and missed on a 3-point shot with about two seconds left. Hardy gathered the defensive rebound with 0.3 seconds to play.
Daris Cosby was the tournament MVP for the Eagles with 25 points on 6-for-11 shooting from 3-point range. Daniel Webster was 18-for-40 on its 3-point attempts (45 percent). Hixson earned all-tournament team honors with 13 points. Ryan Gauthier had a game-high 27 points and nailed six of his 14 3-point shots. David Feinstein had a team-high six assists and scored 13 points.
Colby all-tournament team pick Patrick Stewart had a game-high 15 rebounds (10 offensive), had three assists, and six points. Sam Willson and Ryan Jann both had 15 points, while Chris Hudnut and Connor O’Neil each had 14 points. Shane Rogers dished a game-high nine assists, had 10 points, and seven rebounds. Luke Westman added nine points for the Mules.
The Eagles had an 18-9 advantage in made 3-point shots, while the Mules held a huge 62-40 rebounding margin. Colby also stayed in the game with 22-for-30 shooting from the foul line. The two teams combined for 48 assists on 64 made field goals.
In the second overtime session, Gauthier scored on a lay-up with 18 seconds to play to give the Eagles an 84-83 lead. However, Rogers was fouled at the other end with 10 seconds left and made one of his two free throws to tie the game. Daniel Webster missed on a 3-point shot with three seconds to play.
The Eagles had a 76-72 lead in the first overtime, but the Mules’ Ryan Jann hit a jumper with 1:28 to play and then calmly nailed two free throws with 36 seconds left to tie the game at 76-76. Daniel Webster again missed a 3-point shot with about one second to play.
Colby made up a five-point deficit in the last 1:19 of regulation to send the game to the overtime sessions. O’Neil hit a 3-point shot with 31 seconds left and the Mules forced a turnover on the out of bounds play. Westman was fouled with 20 seconds left and made both to tie the contest. The Eagles again had the last shot and missed on a jumper.
Daemen 96, UMFK 67
AMHERST, N.Y. – Sophomore forward Gerald Beverly (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) powered his way to 22 points to lead the Daemen College men’s basketball team to a 96-67 victory over the University of Maine Fort-Kent here today. Daemen, which held a slim 33-30 lead at the half, outscored the Bengals 63-37 in the second half.
Daemen, which is ranked sixth nationally in the latest United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division I poll, improved to 9-3. UMFK dropped to 0-7.
Beverly, who entertained the crowd with a half dozen thunderous dunks, connected on 8-of-13 shots and also totaled six rebounds and two blocks. Senior Jim Regan (Williamsville, N.Y./Nichols) added 17 points and seven rebounds, while junior Casey Sheehan (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena) chipped in 12 points, six assists and five steals. Sophomore Jordan Greene (Fort Edward, N.Y./South Glens Falls) drilled four three-pointers and totaled 14 points in just 16 minutes off the bench. Junior point guard Mark Coppoloa (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville South) turned in yet another solid game with seven points, seven assists and three steals.
Freshman Ricardo Baamonde (Montevideo, Uruguay) led the Bengals with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while senior Yoshives Belizaire (Miramar, FL) also netted 12 points.
Salve Regina 70, UNE 57
NEWPORT, R.I. — Guard Isiah Pringle connected for six 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 22 points as Salve Regina University defeated the University of New England, 70-57, in a Commonwealth Coast Conference men’s basketball game Saturday (Dec. 1) afternoon at the Rodgers Recreation Center.
The reigning conference champion Seahawks improved to 4-1 (2-0 CCC), while the Nor’easters slipped to 1-6 overall, 0-2 in CCC play.
Pringle, who scored 11 points in each half, connected on 6 of 12 attempts from beyond the arc. William Smiley came off the bench to score 12 points and hand out five assists for the Seahawks, while Joshua Hohlfelder added 11 points on a 4-for-5 performance from the floor.
Thompson’s 24 points was a career best for the UNE rookie, and he has now scored 20 or more points in three of his first seven collegiate outings. He was 10 of 17 from the floor and added three steals.
Charles Fenner III scored nine points for the Nor’easters, and Jake Abel added eight to go with five assists. Jesse Dykstra snared a game-high 11 rebounds to record double digits in that category for the third straight outing.
The host Seahawks raced out of the gates early, with Doug Henton scoring five straight points and Pringle adding a jumper to give Salve a 7-0 lead just 2:08 into the tilt.
After UNE recovered to close within two at 10-8, Salve Regina reeled off 12 consecutive points to forge a 22-8 advantage. Four different players scored during the surge.
The Seahawks would go on to take a 42-23 cushion into intermission after shooting a torrid 59.3 percent (16 of 27) from the floor, compared to 34.6 percent (9 of 26) marksmanship for UNE.
Salve’s lead would crest at 24 (51-27) early in the second frame before the Nor’easters rallied back to get within 10 (63-53) on a layup by Thompson with 4:34 remaining.
USM 69, ECSU 63
GORHAM, Maine – Junior Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) and senior forward Sean Bergeron (Kennebunk, Maine) combined to score 11 of the Huskies 13 points in overtime to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 69-63 win over the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors in a Little East Conference men’s basketball battle Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.
With the win, Southern Maine halts a two-game slide and improves to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the Little East. The loss is the first in three games for the Warriors who fall to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
Sullivan led all-scorers with a career-high 23 points, while Bergeron tallied a double-double off of the bench with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Brandon Tomah (Princeton, Maine/Calais) added 12 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Senior guard Mike Poulin (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) added 10 points.
Eastern Connecticut junior forward Mike Garrow (Terryville, Conn.) led the Warriors with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Junior guard Brian Salzillo (North Haven, Conn.) added 15 points on five three-pointers and senior guard Joe Ives (Avon, Conn.) chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Trailing the Warriors since the 11 minute mark of the first half, Southern Maine clawed its way back into the game and forced overtime to earn its first win over the Warriors in nine attempts. The Huskies last win to Eastern Connecticut was a 79-69 triumph in the LEC tournament on February 28, 2008.
Down by six, 53-47, with 4:54 to play following two free throws from Ives, USM closed out regulation on a 9-3 run to move to overtime. Sullivan, Bergeron and Tomah each scored three-points for the Huskies in the run.
In overtime, USM outscored the Warriors 13-7. Sullivan gave the Huskies the lead sinking one of two free throws to start the scoring and the Huskies never trailed. The Warriors pulled to within two, 63-61, following a three-pointer from freshman guard Trachone Preston (Enfield, Conn.), but Sullivan and Bergeron sealed the win. Following Prestone’s three, Sullivan converted a fast-break layup for a 65-61 lead with 52 seconds to play, before Bergeron cleared the defensive glass and sank two free throws followed by another Sullivan layup for a 69-61 lead with 16 seconds to play. The Warriors scored a basket in the final moments for a 69-63 final.
Suffolk 77, St. Joseph’s 68
BOSTON — The Suffolk University Men’s Basketball team opened their 2012-13 Great Northeast Athletic Conference schedule with a 77-68 over the St. Joseph’s College Monks on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Colin Halpin (Melrose, Mass.) became the 27th player in Suffolk’s 65-year program history to reach the 1,000 career point plateau as he scored 25 points in the victory for Suffolk. Halpin reached the historical mark with 9:29 remaining in the second half as he was fed down low by senior Chris Torres (Brockton, Mass.) for a wide open lay-in. Halpin entered the contest needing 18 points for the marker.
Freshman Caleb Unni (Winchester, Mass.) led all scorers with 29 points as he was 14-for-15 from the free throw line which included a 4-for-5 performance from three-point land for Suffolk in the first half. Unni’s 16-point first half performance led the Rams to take a 45-22 lead heading into the break.
Junior Nicholas Jobin (Westbrook, Me.) had a team-high 20 points in the contest for the Monks, including 16 in the second half.
The Monks went on a 13-2 six minute run late in the second half that was capped by a three-pointer by sophomore Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Me.) to make it a three possesion game with 1:59 remaining at 66-57.
Halpin would answer with a layup to put the Rams back up by double digits before junior Matthew Medeiros (Westport, Mass.) cut the lead to eight, 68-60 with a three-pointer of his own.
Unni would go 6-for-6 in the final three minutes of the contest from the free-throw line, while Halpin connected on five consecutive free-throws in the final forty seconds to seal the Suffolk victory.
Suffolk shot 88-percent as a team from the free-throw line in the game (22-for-25) and held a 42-28 edge in rebounds. Halpin led all rebounders with nine on Saturday.
Medeiros finished the game with 15 points for the Monks on 3-of-6 shooting from the field. The visitors shot 47.9-percent as a team (22-for-46) in the contest. Sophomore Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Me.) chipped in with 11 points, while Blodgett and senior Julio Vasquez (Waterbury, Conn.) each had eight. Only six players scored for the Monks in the contest.
The win moves Suffolk to a 2-3 mark on the year, while the Monks fall to 3-2.
EMCC 103, Nashua CC 55
NASHUA, N.H. — Brett Deniger poured in 45 points to lead Eastern Maine Community College to a 103-55 men’s basketball win over Nashua CC Saturday.
Cote Card added 16 points and nine rebounds for the winners and Chris Lewis had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
UMPI 61, Fisher 59
WATERVILLE, Maine —- The University of Maine at Presque Isle scored the final five points of the game and held Fisher College without a point for the final 3:32 of play to take a 61-59 victory in the consolation game of the Colby College Men’s Basketball Classic on Saturday.
Maine-Presque Isle improved to 3-3 overall, while Fisher fell to 4-4.
Fisher led 59-55 after all-tournament team selection Sam Nwadike hit a basket with 3:32 to play. UMPI’s Michael Warner, though, followed with a 3-point shot to cut the margin to 59-58 with 2:13 to play. After a missed jumper by the Falcons, UMPI’s Gerardo Vasquez scored on a drive to the basket to give the Owls the lead at 60-59 with 1:14 left. Fisher had two opportunities in the final minute to take the lead, but missed inside both times. Warner connected on one of his two free throw attempts with 2.9 seconds left for the final point.
Patrick Manifold had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead UMPI, which led 35-28 at halftime. Claude Louis, an all-tournament team selection, added 14 points, Brad Trask had 13 points and six rebounds, and Warner had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to go with a team-high six assists.
Tyler Radicioni paced Fisher with 14 points and Nwadike had 11 points. Kyle Murphy had a game-high 10 assists and added six rebounds and five points. Chris Green contributed eight points, seven rebounds, and four assists Ryan McCorkle pulled down a game-high 11 boards and had nine points.