By Matt Noonan
Saturday’s basketball slate was filled with some interesting outcomes. Here are a few headlines and notes from the day, which I have provided below:
* Start the countdown for Amherst-Tufts women’s basketball. Both teams concluded their first weekend of NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) hoops without a loss. Although, I should also note that the Jumbos are a perfect 13-0, and off to their best start in program history.
* WPI’s men’s basketball earned their 13th win of the season, as they walloped Babson College, 71-38. Watertown’s Marco Coppola led all scorers with 18 points, while Russell Braithwaite paced the Beavers with a team-high 16 points. The Engineers haven’t dropped a game since last February, which was when they lost to MIT during the final week of the regular season.
* Babson College and Smith College each earned their fifth NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) win this afternoon. The Beavers needed some quality defense to get past Springfield, while the Pride utilized an extra session to beat Wellesley.
* I was very impressed with Coast Guard’s Meghan Fornaro, who tallied 19 points in 20 minutes. Unfortunately, she didn’t play much in the second stanza against WPI, but despite being apart of her team’s sixth setback of the season, the Charlton native should be proud of her performance.
* Curry College’s men’s basketball team remains the only squad in the Commonwealth Coastal Conference with a perfect record against conference foes. This afternoon the Colonels earned their third win by defeating Salve Regina, 96-78. Sedale Jones powered Curry with a game-high 25 points, while Antonio Jones scored 18 off the bench.
* Bridgewater State’s women’s basketball team earned their third consecutive win, as well as their ninth of the season with a victory against Fitchburg State. Westfield State and Worcester State each earned their first MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) win too.
* Westfield State’s men’s basketball team suffered their second straight loss, as Salem State defeated the Owls at home, 94-77. I wonder how head coach Rich Sutter feels about his team’s first conference defeat?
* Bentley University’s women’s basketball team improved to 7-0 in the Northeast-10 and 11-0 overall with a win against Saint Anselm. The Falcons netted 36 points in both halves and had four players finish with 10 points or more.
* Jamie Panton netted 17 points; Mary Louise Dixon recorded a game-high 14 rebounds, as Stonehill College earned its 10th win of the season against Merrimack College, 84-67.
* Northeastern University’s men’s basketball team evened its record at 7-7, as well as picked up its second CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) victory against UNC-Wilmington, 68-64.
* UMass earned its 10th win of the season, as the Minutemen defeated Eastern Michigan at the Mullins Center, 75-61. Chaz Williams paced UMass wit 14 points and nine rebounds.