By Matt Noonan
Saturday was yet another exciting day in the NCAA Division III college basketball world as eighth ranked Tufts University snapped second-ranked Amherst College’s 121-game home winning streak. The loss was Amherst’s first defeat on their home court since January 31, 2009.
Amherst entered yesterday’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) clash eight victories away for tying the NCAA record for all divisions with 129 home wins – a mark that was established by the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team from 1943 to 1955.
With yesterday’s 52-51 victory over the Purple and White, Tufts slides into first place in the conference, improving to 20-2 overall and 9-0 in league play.
Josie Lee helped the Jumbos pick-up a critical road win with a late fourth quarter layup that extended the Powder Blue and White’s lead to three-points (50-47). Michaela North drained a three-pointer minutes later – 49 seconds to be exact – to secure the team’s 20th victory of the season.
Joey Flannery and the Babson College men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to five games as the Beavers outlasted 19th ranked WPI in Babson Park in double-overtime. Flannery, who played all 50 minutes, netted a game-high 41 points, while pulling down 12 rebounds. Clyde Niba paced the Engineers with 23 points, while Sean Doncaster added 20 points.
Jashanti Allen‘s trifecta with five seconds remaining helped WPI force an extra session before Flannery and Charlie Rice each converted one free throw during the final seconds of the second overtime to secure a win for the Green and White.
Babson currently sits atop the NEWMAC with a 9-1 league record, MIT is in second at 8-2, while WPI checks in third at 6-4.
In Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play, the 17th ranked Johnson & Wales men’s basketball team ran its winning streak to 20 games as the Wildcats defeated Anna Maria in Providence, Rhode Island by a score of 98-63.
Johnson & Wales – now 20-1 overall and 14-0 in league play – had a trio of players post 20 points or more in the win. Quarry Greenaway netted 24 points and registered 10 rebounds, while Tom Garrick chipped in 22 points, 13 caroms and a three blocks.
Trinity College’s Jaquann Starks registered 14 points, four assists and a pair of blocks to lead the Bantams to a 78-66 victory over Bates College. With the win, Trinity improves to 16-6 overall and takes over first place in the NESCAC with a 7-1 league mark with two games remaining.
Nina Davenport totaled 22 points and 15 rebounds, while converting six of her 11 attempts from beyond the arc to lead the Bates College women’s basketball team to a 77-61 road victory against Trinity.
UMass Boston’s Quadry Allen scored the game-winning layup with 0.9 left to provide the Beacons with an exciting 64-63 win over Rhode Island College. The was was also head coach Jason Harris‘ initial victory against his alma mater. (Allen’s layup is below – courtesy of UMass Boston Athletics).