By Matt Noonan
There were quite a few Division III college basketball conference championships that occurred this afternoon and below are the summaries.
Curry College 69, Gordon College 63 – Pittsfield’s Sedale Jones, who was the Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year, netted 23 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Colonels defeated the Fighting Scots in Milton. The win provided Curry with their first conference crown since 2008 and an automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA Division III tournament. David Dempsey paced Gordon with 22 points and 12 rebounds in the setback.
Fitchburg State 80, Massachusetts College 72 – The Falcons earned themselves a trip to the tournament for the first time in school history by using a second half surge to beat the Trailblazers and claim the MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) crown. Fitchburg’s Mike Ingram-Rubin scored a game-best 25 points, while Tom Henneberry added 16 points.
Elms College 91, Regis College 78 – New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) tournament most valuable player Andre French tallied a game-high 27 points, which helped the Blazers defeat the Pride in Chicopee. The win marked Elms College’s eight conference championship in nine years, and fourth in the last five.
Emmanuel College 68, Suffolk University 45 – The Saints captured their seventh-straight GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) conference championship by defeating the Rams in Boston. Emmanuel’s Laura Benvenuto and Fiona O’Dwyer recorded 15 points, respectively, while Suffolk’s Jennifer Ruys matched the game-high with 15 points, too.
Brigewater State 85, Westfield State 72 – MASCAC tournament MVP Jenna Williamson registered a game-best 34 points, which helped the Bears rally to defeat the Owls in Bridgewater. The win marks Bridgewater’s third straight conference crown.
Regis College 59, Elms College 33 – Sabree Rodriguez, who was named the conference tournament MVP, recorded a double-double of 16 points and12 rebounds, which helped the Pride defeat the Blazers in Weston and earn the NECC crown. The win also extends the Pride’s winning streak to 18 games.