By Matt Noonan
Thursday night was a busy night in the college hoops world and below are rapid summaries from the various games.
Curry College 82, Eastern Nazarene 76 – Jaylen Owens scored a game-best 23 points, but that wasn’t enough to stop the Colonels, which earned themselves a spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship. Curry’s A.J. Stephens recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards, while Sedale Jones paced the hosts with 21 points.
Gordon College 73, Wentworth Institute of Technology 54 – The Fighting Scots earned themselves a spot in the CCC championship thanks to four players that registered 10 points or more. Gordon’s Hans Miersma recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Luke Hamilton poured in 13 points.
Fitchburg State 68, Westfield State 61 – The Falcons certainly shocked the Bay State this evening, as Fitchburg upset the number one-seeded Westfield State in the semifinals of the MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference). Fitchburg’s Mike Ingram-Rubin led all scorers with 26 points, while Lee Vasquez paced Westfield with 22 points. The Falcons will head to North Adams on Saturday for the conference championship against Massachusetts College.
Mass. College 77, Salem State 59 – John Jones paced all scorers with 23 points, which helped the Trailblazer top the Vikings in the MASCAC semifinals. Massachusetts College’s Paul Maurice finished with 11 points, six rebounds and two steals, while Salem State’s Tavone Wynder tallied 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the setback.
University of New England 69, Endicott College 48 – The Gulls chances at reaching the conference finals came to an end this evening, as the Nor’easters ballooned their 27 point advantage at the break into their 23rd victory of the season. Jennifer White paced Endicott with 13 points, while Samantha Crough finished with nine points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
Bridgewater State 77, Framingham State 65 – For the third time this season, the Bears defeated the Rams and earned a spot in the MASCAC championship on Saturday afternoon. Bridgewater’s Michaela Cosby led all scorers with 22 points, while Framingham’s Kia Minor registered 20 points and five steals in the loss.