Mass. College Hoops: Local D1 Squads Enjoy Early Season Success

By Matt Noonan 

The college basketball season is in full swing and below is a look at some of the local Div. I squads that have enjoyed some early season success.

Men’s Basketball

* Northeastern (4-3) began the year with a two-game winning streak, but ever since have been up and down. The Huskies dropped their last two contests to Charlotte and Maine, but will look to register their fifth win of the season against UMass next Tuesday. Joel Smith currently leads the squad with 126 points, while Reggie Spencer is the sole leader of rebounds with 47.

* Holy Cross (4-3) began the season with two impressive victories against Old Dominion and Morgan State. However, wins haven’t come easy for the Crusaders as of lately with losses to Providence and St. John’s. The Crusaders are currently 1-2 on the road and will look to improve their mark with two back-to-back contests against Hartford and Sacred Heart.

* UMass (3-2) snapped its two-game skid with a 64-63 victory against Sienna last night in Albany, New York, thanks to Chaz Williams, who eclipsed the 1,000-point mark and scored the game-winning bucket with 3.3 seconds remaining. The Minutemen started their season with back-to-back victories against Harvard and Providence, but dropped two of their three contests in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament to North Carolina State and Tennessee.

Women’s Basketball:

* Harvard (5-2) is off to a good start and has won two of their last three contests. Christine Clark has been the spark for the Crimson thus far and currently leads all Ivy League players with 18.1 points per game. She’s been perfect from the stripe sinking all 23 shots, too. Harvard is currently riding a two-game winning streak and will return to the hardwood on Saturday when they visit Hofstra.

* Boston University (4-3) has been seesawing in the win-loss column. Setbacks to Michigan and West Virginia hurt, but the Terriers did secure wins against Boston College, Eastern Michigan, Rhode Island and Richmond. This weekend the Terriers will face their second ranked-squad of the season St. John’s. Chantell Alford leads the red and white with 133 points. She’s also chipped in 37 rebounds, 16 assists and 13 steals.

* Holy Cross (3-3) is currently on a two-game winning streak, and I wouldn’t be surprised if head coach Bill Gibbons is smiling about it. The Crusaders second and third wins came against Central Connecticut and UMass. Alex Smith has been the key to the Crusaders success thus far and currently leads the squad with 98 points.

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