Mass. College Hoops: D3 Hoops Conference Tournament Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

Various Division 3 conference tournaments commenced this evening and below are the outcomes.

Men’s Basketball: 

* Lasell 80, Rivier 65

* UMass Dartmouth 81, Keene State 65

* Wentworth 81, Eastern Nazarene 78

* Regis 80, So. Vermont 72

* Worcester State 71, Framingham State 51

* Nichols 73, WNE 54

* Gordon 78, Roger Williams 59

* Johnson & Wales 92, Anna Maria 58

* MCLA 89, Westfield State 67

* East Conn. 61, UMass Boston 57

* St. Joe’s (ME) 80, Suffolk 72

* Becker 81, Daniel Webster 64

* Salve Regina 77, Endicott 76

Women’s Basketball:

* St. Joe’s (ME) 63, Lasell 50

* West Conn. 64, UMass Dartmouth 57

* Becker 79, Daniel Webster 66

* Salve Regina 56, Curry 49

* Mitchell 69, Bay Path 40

* Elms 79, Wheelock 57

* Endicott 72, WNE 68

* Norwich 84, Emanuel 78 (OT)

* UNE 58, Wentworth 43

* Roger Williams 71, Nichols 58

* Southern Maine 53, UMass Boston 45

* Framingham State 75, Worcester State 63

* Johnson & Wales 59, Suffolk 45

* Salem State 81, Fitchburg State 53

Mass. College Hoops: Checking In On The D3 Regional Rankings

By Matt Noonan 

Last week, the NCAA Regional Rankings became available on D3Hoops.com. Yesterday, the rankings were updated for the second week and below are the local squads that earned spots on either the men’s or women’s list.  

Men’s Basketball

* Amherst College checked in as the top squad with a 21-3 overall mark. They’re currently the number one team in the NESCAC. 

* Williams College earned the second spot, while Babson College checked in as the third best team in the region. 

* WPI, which is currently 12th in the latest D3Hoops.com Poll, is fifth in the region, while NEWMAC foe Springfield College is seventh. Nichols College rounded out the 11-team list as the 10th best team in the region. 

Women’s Basketball 

* Tufts University earned the top spot with an overall record of 23-1. They’re currently the top team in the NESCAC. 

* Amherst earned the second spot, while archival Williams checked in third. 

* Wheaton College checked in this week as the sixth beth team in the region with a 19-6 overall mark, while Emmanuel College earned the 10th spot with 18-6 record. 

Mass. College Hoops: Saturday D3 Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the scores from the various Division 3 contests this afternoon.

Men’s Basketball

* No. 8 Williams 87, Wesleyan 70

* No. 12 WPI 56, Coast Guard 45

* Tufts 66, No. 24 Bowdoin 62

* Nichols 90, UNE 66

* Eastern Nazarene 72, WNE 63

* Roger Williams 62, Wentworth 56

* Salve Regina 88, Gordon 81

* Endicott 81, Curry 72

* Emmanuel 67, Rivier 62

* Lasell 77, Anna Maria 74

* Johnson and Wales 108, Mount Ida 41

* St. Joe’s (ME) 70, Suffolk 63

* Eastern Conn. 79, UMass Dartmouth 73

* Plymouth State 71, UMass Boston 70

* Bridgewater State 86, Fitchburg State 62

* Worcester State 62, Westfield State 58

* Salem State 91, Framingham State 67

* Babson 68, Clark 53

* MIT 72, Wheaton (Mass.) 58

* Lesley 62, Wheelock 59

* Daniel Webster 67, Becker 57

* Regis (Mass.) 66, Newbury 66

Women’s Basketball

* No. 5 Tufts 92, No. 21 Bowdoin 55

* No. 15 Williams 76, Wesleyan 71

* Eastern Nazarene 67, WNE 64

* Roger Williams 80, Wentworth 46

* Endicott 78, Curry 47

* Salve Regina 67, Gordon 49

* UNE 68, Nichols 62

* Anna Maria 85, Lasell 57

* Simmons 66, St. Joe’s (Conn.) 63

* Mount Holyoke 68, Emerson 60

* St. Joe’s (ME) 54, Suffolk 50

* Johnson and Wales 60, Mount Ida 47

* Emmanuel 81, Rivier 66

* UMass Dartmouth 54, Eastern Conn. 41

* UMass Boston 64, Plymouth State 54

* Fitchburg State 86, Bridgewater State 75

* Westfield State 62, Worcester State 51

* Framingham State 82, Salem State 77

* MIT 61, Clark 58

* Smith 59, Coast Guard 57

* WPI 55, Wellesley 45

* Babson 68, Wheaton (Mass.) 63

* Bay Path 46, Newbury 41

* Regis (Mass.) 83, Wheelock 57

* Elms 67, Daniel Webster 53

Mass. College Sports: Friday Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the results from this evening’s events.

Men’s Hoops: 

* RPI 110, MCLA 100

Women’s Hoops: 

* St. Joe’s (CT) 64, MCLA 61

* Bridgewater State 82, Bates 65

Men’s Ice Hockey: 

* BC 6, UNH 2

* Merrimack 3, BU 2

* Notre Dame 5, UMass 3

* Northeastern 3, Providence 3

* Brown 2, Harvard 1

* Bentley 4, Robert Morris 1

* Babson 5, So. Maine 2

* Hamilton 1, Williams 1

* Amherst 4, Middlebury 1

* UMass Boston 6, UNE 1

* WNE 6, SUNY Canton 3

* Tufts 5, Colby 2

Women’s Ice Hockey: 

* BU 6, Minnesota Duluth 5

* Harvard 5, UNH 0

* UMass Boston 3, Souther Maine 0

* Williams 4, Sacred Heart 0

* Nichols 4, Manhattanville 3

Mass. College Hoops: D3 Hoops Weekend Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another weekend of the NCAA Division III basketball tournament is set to commence this evening and below are the local squads games and times.

Men’s Basketball

Randolph-Macon @ Amherst College (Sat., 3:00 p.m.) 

Virginia Wesleyan @ Williams College (Sat., 7:00 p.m.) 

Women’s Basketball

Game No. 1: Amherst College vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater (Fri., 5:30 p.m./semifinals) 

Game No. 2: DePauw vs. Williams College (Fri., 7:30 p.m./semifinals) 

Game No. 3: Winner of Game No. 1 vs. Winner of Game No. 2 (Sat., 7:00 p.m./championship) 

Mass. College Hoops: D3 Women’s NCAA Pairings

By NoontimeSports.com 

The NCAA announced the 64 teams that’ll be competing in this year’s NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament and below are the local squads that’ll be starting their quest for Michigan in the first round on Friday, March 1.

* Farmingdale State at Amherst College

* Bridgewater State vs. University of New England @ Amherst College

* St. Lawrence at Tufts University

* Babson College vs. New Paltz State @ Tufts University

* Smith College at Southern Maine

* Williams College at University of Scranton

* Emmanuel College at Rochester

* Regis College at Montclair State

Mass. College Hoops: Brandeis Uses Late Rally To Down CMU

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from Brandeis University’s sports information department, here’s the release from last night on the men’s basketball team, which rallied during the final four minutes to defeat Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh:

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Brandeis University men’s basketball team pulled a remarkable comeback tonight, outscoring host Carnegie Mellon 25-7 in the final four minutes to rally from 13 points down and defeat the Tartans, 73-68, in a University Athletic Association contest tonight. With the win, the Judges improve to 16-5, 7-3 UAA, while the Tartans fall to 4-17, 1-9 UAA.

When Carnegie Mellon’s Andre Moore hit a fast-break layup to make the score 61-48 in favor of the Tartans with four minutes left on the clock, Brandeis faced its largest deficit of the game. Junior guard Derek Retos (No. Attleboro, Mass./Brimmer and May) started the rally with a trifecta, but CMU’s Asad Meghani hit a driving lay-up at the 3:17 mark to push the Brandeis deficit to 12 at 63-51. Retos responded with a second-chance 3-pointer from nearly 30 feet out  to get the Judges back within single digits with 2:49 remaining. After a stop and big rebound by junior Connor Arnold (Andover, Mass./Deerfield Acad.) on the defensive end, senior Jay Freeman (Dorchester, Mass./St. Mark’s School) hit a driving lay-up to get the Judges within seven. Matt Loebbaka of the Tartans scored on a feed from Meghani with 2:03 on the clock to make it a 65-56 lead for the hosts, but that would be their final field goal of the game.

After a CMU timeout, Brandeis junior center Youri Dascy (Fall River, Mass./St. Andrews, R.I., School) scored underneath to get the Judges back within seven. CMU ran the clock down on their next possession before drawing a foul, but the Tartans missed the front end of the one-and-one. Arnold got another huge carom, allowing Freeman to connect from deep at the left elbow in just 10 seconds to get Brandeis within four, 65-61, but with just 1:27 remaining. The Judges quickly fouled Meghani, who hit both foul shots, pushing the Tartans’ lead back to six.

Once again, Freeman responded, hitting a trifecta that popped high off the back iron and through the net, getting Brandeis back within one possession with 67 second left in the game. After calling a timeout to set the defense, Brandeis forced CMU to use one of their own before inbounding the ball. After the hosts got the ball in, however, Freeman and a teammate were able to trap the ball near midcourt. Freeman emerged with the ball and drove for a lay-up, getting Brandeis to within just one point, 67-66, with 53 seconds on the clock.

Brandeis was whistled for a foul on their next attempt to trap the ball, but CMU missed both foul shots, with Arnold again appearing on the spot for the big rebound. With 27 seconds left, Brandeis took its first lead since 8:22 of the first half when rookie guard Colby Smith (No. Andover, Mass./No. Andover) drove the lane and dished the ball to Dascy, who hit a lay-up and was fouled in the process. Dascy hit the free throw to make it a 69-67 Brandeis lead. CMU had a chance to tie the game at the line with 15 seconds remaining, but Moore hit just 1-of-2, while Smith and Arnold hit their final two foul shots each to provide the final margin of victory.

Brandeis put three players in double figures. Retos, making his first start in exactly two months, led all players with 19 points. He scored 11 in the first half, keeping the Judges in the game, as they trailed, 35-31, at the break. Retos hit 6-of-14 overall, 5-of-12 from downtown and 2-of-2 from the line. He also played all 40 minutes for the first time this season and the second time in his career.

Freeman, who hadn’t played more than eight minutes in a game all season, played 18 tonight and finished with 18 points, two more than he had all season and matching his career-high. Freeman hit 7-of-13 from the floor, 3-of-6 from deep and 1-of-2 from the line. He scored 11 of his 18 points in the second half, including eight in the final 90 seconds. Dascy, coming off the bench for only the second time all season,  finished with 16 points, 12 of which came after the intermission.  He was 6-of-7 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. Freeman and Dascy helped the Judges not only own a 41-6 advantage in bench points, but also allowed them to overcome the loss of three regular starters and their top three scorers in UAA play: Gabriel Moton (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg) and Alex Stoyle (Goffstown, N.H./Tilton School) were unable to start the contest, while Ben Bartoldus (Hillsborough, N.H./Proctor Acad.) played just 11 first-half minutes before leaving with an injury.

Arnold had a terrific all-around game, collecting a career- and game-high nine rebounds, while also leading the Judges with three assists. He helped Brandeis to a 34-24 edge in rebounding and 15-4 in second-chance points. The Judges also outscored CMU, 17-8, from the free throw line.

Carnegie Mellon put three starters in double figures, as Meghani finished with 18 points on 6-of-14 overall, 4-for-11 from deep, and 2-of-2 from the line. He also had a game-high five assists. Moore finished with 16 points on 6-of-12 overall, 3-of-5 from beyond the arc – but just 1-of-4 from the line with the key misses down the stretch –  and four steals. Raushan Riley had 14 points and Loebbaka led the Tartans with six rebounds, four on the offensive glass. The Tartans hit 25-of-49 from the field for the game, making them the first team to shoot better than 50 percent against the Judges this season.

Brandeis continues its road trip on Sunday afternoon at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland at noon. CMU hosts NYU at the same time.

Mass. College Hoops: Highlights From Wheaton-WPI (VIDEO)

By Matt Noonan 

WPI’s men’s basketball team, which is currently ranked second in the country, picked up their 22nd consecutive win on Wednesday against Wheaton College.

Marco Coppola led all scorers with 17 points, while Ryan Kolb added 14 points and Joe Wesoloski netted 13 points in the win. The Engineers connected on 33 of 74 shots, 9 of 23 from beyond the arc, as well as recorded 42 rebounds (17 offensive, 25 defensive), 15 steals, 11 assists, and two blocks.

The Engineers will look to keep their perfect mark intact when they travel to Springfield College on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off.

Below are highlights of Wednesday’s tilt courtesy of the Charter TV3’s YouTube page.

Catching Up With Shawn Conrad (Anna Maria Men’s Hoops) Pt. II

By Matt Noonan 

Here is our second and final installment from our conversation with Anna Maria College’s men’s basketball head coach Shawn Conrad on the AMCATs’ win against Albertus Magnus, the remainder of the season, and being able to coach his son Brian Conrad.

On Defeating Albertus Magnus: “That was very gratifying (and) was as good as a win as we’ve ever had (in a while). Even talking about the two playoff wins last year, which were two memorable moments for us. (Although), I have heard some people say that the Albertus game was (the best) basketball game that they ever came to see.

“We were never in the game in the conference finals (last season), they were a very, very talented team, and we just hung in there. We were behind a lot in the first half and the early part of the second half, and we just kept hanging in, and they had pretty much had their run of the league in the last two years, so a lot of their games are (usually) over by halftime. (However), this year the gap had lessened a little bit, there were more and more games that looked like a blowout at the end, but teams competed with them for a little bit longer and we just convinced ourselves that if we did what we set out to do and really do simple things, such as defend the half court and work inside-outside, then stick within the system, and stay within the things that have come to define us as a team in the second semester and let’s see if we can get to the last five minutes and have a chance and we did.

“With five minutes to go, I think we were tied and we made some plays and the kids were extremely, extremely happy and proud, and they should have been. They certainly made us very proud.”

On The Remaining Slate: “When we were having our little talks on that day we had three sessions (following our loss to Fitchburg State), I made a vow to them and said, ‘Look, you guys have cared way too much about the end of the season, and have forgotten to take care of the process to get to the end, and I will make a vow to you right now and promise you I will not look at the standings for the rest of the year, I don’t care where we are or anybody else is because all I care about is how we do today, and how we play in the next game.’

“We printed out a little passage that’s called, ‘One Possession,’ which talks about how kids make mistakes during the course of the game and go through a whole slew of things, and then they end up losing by one, so (I think they realize) what coach talks about and why every possession counts. We handed (out this particular passage) to them and I just said, ‘I don’t care what happens 30 minutes from now, I don’t care what happens 30 seconds from now, I care about this possession on defense,’ and I think that’s another thing we did (earlier this season, which was) we looked ahead and the players kind of drank the ‘Kool-Aid of the preseason rankings’ and I think they got enthralled with where we were going to be in February instead of what we were going to do in January and November, so every team on our schedule for the next six games can beat us. I do know that we can beat all six teams on our schedule, too. How’s (the remaining games) going to play out? I don’t know, but if we take it one possession at a time and one game at a time, then I (will) feel a heck of a lot better than looking ahead (and guessing outcomes).

On Coaching His Son Brian: “I treasure every moment that we’re together in this setting because it’s a whole different setting than being a father at home, and I am sure his eyes have been totally open to a side that he would have never imagined by knowing me and going home or coming to practices as a kid or coming to games. The day to day and what we share in the locker rooms and the fact that he can be apart of this is one of the most special things that I think I’ll ever have in my life. He doesn’t know how much I just love having (on the team).

“When it’s all said and done, (though, he and I) will have that other bond that my other kids weren’t able to share because they didn’t play for me at this level, while he gets to see what goes on every single day and the time and the effort and highs and lows and emotions. We’ve grown up as a family, we’re a very tight family, but when you’re playing on a team it’s another family, so he’s (become) part of two of my families, part of my real family and that athletic team basketball family, which is very special in its own way, and to have him be part of it, witness it and he’s been here during some pretty good times, some pretty good years, but it’s the most wonderful thing in the world.”

Catching Up With Shawn Conrad (Anna Maria Men’s Hoops) Pt. I

Anna Maria's men's basketball team is currently riding a nine-game winning streak, but what's the secret behind it? Coach Shawn Conrad knows! (Photo Credit: Anna Maria College Athletics)

Anna Maria’s men’s basketball team is currently riding a nine-game winning streak, but what’s the secret behind it? Coach Shawn Conrad knows! (Photo Credit: Anna Maria College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Anna Maria’s men’s basketball team is currently riding a nine-game winning streak, which started with a victory on the road against Mount Ida College. The AMCATs are currently second in the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) and have won 10 of their 12 conference tilts this season.

On Thursday, Noontime Sports caught up with the seven-year head coach Shawn Conrad to talk about the team’s recent winning streak, as well as the AMCATs current campaign. Below is the first of a few installments from our conversation with the coach.  

On the season thus far: “ (Prior to our first game), we experimented a little bit, we have some veteran kids, we struggled to score points last year, so we tried to open it up a little bit and try a little bit of a different offense, (and) a different kind of method. And we spent a lot of time in the preseason going over – it sounds easy to let’s not call plays and let’s just try to read each other and let’s open up the floor (and execute) the old drive and kick stuff.

“We’ve predominantly been an inside-outside team, and we spent a lot of time going over offensive things and it really didn’t click in the early part of the first semester we tried to tweak it and fix it and go with it, and I think subliminally the message that went along with that was that we were going to be an offensive team and not a defensive team. It (wasn’t) until about halfway through the first semester that we said we’ve got to get back to what we’ve always been and we’re a defense first, inside-outside team, and we kind of scrapped it, although it’s come in handy in a couple of games where we were kind of stagnant offensively.

“We’ve had to go back to let’s just open it up and play a little bit, so the evolution of a season is an amazing thing and I think our first semester woes were a product of really three things: trying to install a new offense, forgetting that we were spending so much time on offense that I think we forgot to re-instill in (our team) that we are still a defensive team first, and then the last thing we had a good run at the end of last year to get to the conference finals. We were ranked three in our league (during the preseason) and we tried to warn them daily and I think our guys felt a sense of entitlement.

“We’re good, but we play extremely hard when we defend in the half court and when we (pass the ball) inside. I think the combo of those three things really held us back a little bit in the first semester, not that we didn’t deserve to be 3-7 anyways because we played pretty good teams, pretty good schedule. (However), we like to challenge the team in the first semester, we know that we’ll never ever get an at-large bid (for the NCAA Div. III tournament) even if we go 25-0, it would still be very difficult for us, unless we win the conference tournament, so we played Bridgewater, Clark and Amherst, and went down to the Wesleyan tournament, so I think the fact that we like to think we play a tough non-conference schedule and we didn’t have an identity in the first semester, and I think that has changed. I think our guys really understand our identity as they’ve bought into it, and it has been a pretty good run right here, even though it hasn’t been smooth, but it’s been a lot of work and we’ve been able to come out on the plus side more often than not as of lately.”

On Playing Competitive Non-Conference Foes: “These are teams that have been to the NCAA tournament, these are teams that play in leagues that are held to at maybe higher regards across the board, and this is a great measuring stick for us to see where we stand. We want to be able to get to (that) level, so to play them we can obviously learn from them and understand what it takes to get to that level.

“I really think we can compete with these schools, but it is nice to be able to compete against the schools that are held at maybe higher regard because of the leagues that they’re in.”

On The Start Of The Current Winning Streak: “I was probably upset as probably as I have been and confused as I have been since I have been here (because) I thought we had something here (once the season started), but I knew we had a good group of players and good group of guys, but it just wasn’t clicking. Whether it is tinkering around with the offense in the first semester or what have you, and there were a lot of little things that just weren’t in the right place and I looked to that after (the) Fitchburg (game where) we bottled out. I was extremely disappointed and confused after that game, but we actually had three separate practice sessions the next day and we did a lot of soul searching. We did a film session; a practice session and we did a lecture section.

“(During that day) I tried to honestly as possible tell them what I thought was going on, how we have to change things and bizarrely we go down to Mount Ida (the following day) to begin our conference schedule for the rest of the route here and I thought the message was sent loud and clear on Friday, but apparently it wasn’t because we were really floundering. There was a sequence with probably five minutes to go in the first half where I think we scored and they came down within five to 10 seconds they made like two passes, beat us down the floor and dunked it.

“That’s probably the moment that our season changed. I can probably point to that because I had one of my moments and called a timeout and got all five guys out and just grabbed the first five guys I could put my hands on and put them in. And when they went out on the floor, the five that came out had that look like, ‘Hey Coach, what are you doing it?’ And I was like, ‘ We just played 10 games, we’ve lost seven of them, we’re down by eight with five minutes to go in the first half, so you tell me why you should be playing?’ (Apparently) I was the one making the mistake because (my players didn’t understand the message during that timeout). The five guys that went in, again, not as talented as the five guys we took out, but they just played with just incredible energy and gave us everything that we had been looking for even though we didn’t have as talented a group out there, but they cut into the lead, we made up the difference, and tied it up at the half.

“You could say we had a spirited halftime session, and basically the message was that no one is in expendable here. If you’re not going to play hard than we’ve got nothing to hang our hat on. We came out with great energy in the second half, got a double-digit lead right away, we didn’t put them away, however, they came back and had to hang on at the end, but that was the beginning (of our turnaround and current winning streak).

“Then we came home and had that four overtime game against Lasell that we could have lost, and we followed that with a trip to Norwich and that was an overtime game that we could have or should have lost as well, so we kind of got lucky, but I think they got a little bit excited about themselves and the games we had played and everyone’s talking about the overtime games and it kind of went from there.

“We had a tough (game) against Rivier (University), but I think the second big moment was going up to St. Joe’s (of Maine) and beating them there. It was kind of a coast to coast game (because) it’s a long trip and (they’re a) very established basketball program with a good tradition, and they were (slated second in the preseason poll), so our guys knew how big of a game that was and we were able to go up there on the road and win.

“Everything started to fall into place (after that St. Joe’s game), and again it was more a product of our defense and an understanding that we’re going to play with incredible intensity defensively, we’re going to get the ball inside and that’s how we’re going to operate.

“We clearly have an identity now and I think it has started to evolve from the second half of the Mount Ida game.

“The first thing first is that we are going to play with an incredible amount of energy and sometimes I guess human nature takes over, and why we felt we could pick our spots and get away with it is beyond me, but I think the message hit them.”