Saturday Roundup: Babson Sinks MIT, Colby Stuns Middlebury In NESCAC Quarterfinals

By Brian Willwerth (@BriWillwerth) 

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Babson’s Nick Comenale’s go-ahead triple with 1.1 seconds remaining lifted the top-ranked Beavers past MIT. (PHOTO CREDIT: Babson College Athletics)

It was a BUSY Saturday of college hoops and below are recaps from some important contests, including the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) quarterfinals.

MEN

No. 1 Babson 70, MIT 67: Nick Comenale drained a three-pointer with one second left as the top-ranked team in the country stayed undefeated in conference play. It was the second time this season the Beavers rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit to beat the Engineers.

No. 10 Middlebury 88, Bates 84: Behind 34 points from Matt St. Amour, the Panthers defeated the visiting Bobcats in a quarterfinal of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament. Second-seeded Middlebury advances to next weekend’s semifinals.

No. 13 Tufts 81, Hamilton 63: The top-seeded Jumbos held serve on their home court to advance to next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals. Vincent Pace scored 18 points to lead four Tufts’ players in double figures.

Williams 76, No. 18 Amherst 69:  Daniel Aronowitz scored 22 points as the Ephs knocked off their rivals in Amherst. Williams is the No. 6 seed in the NESCAC tournament, and lives to see the semifinals next Saturday.

Trinity 51, No. 24 Wesleyan 49:  The fourth semifinalist in the NESCAC tourney is Trinity. Ed Ogundeko hit a jumper with two seconds left to give the Bantams the victory on the road. Ogundeko also pulled down 13 rebounds.

WOMEN

Babson 59, Springfield 35: Giovanna Pickering led all scorers with 17 points, and the Beavers broke open a tight game by outscoring the Pride 20-3 in the third quarter. Babson improves to 14-2, and holds on to the top seed in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

WPI 72, MIT 47: WPI followed up its victory over Babson with a win over MIT, to create a three-way tie for second in the NEWMAC. Ama Biney scored 21 points and Priscilla Dunphy added 17.

Bowdoin 72, Connecticut College 47. In this NESCAC quarterfinal, the hosts broke open a close game in the second half. Marle Curle led the Polar Bears with 13 points.

No. 3 Tufts 58, Williams 40: The Jumbos had a 26-6 advantage in points off turnovers in this one. Tufts advances to next week’s semifinals.

No. 1 Amherst 76, Bates 35. Undefeated Amherst jumped out to a big lead early on and never looked back. Emma McCarthy had 19 points and nine rebounds.

Colby 48 Middlebury 39: The Mules were the only road team to advance in the NESCAC tournament. MK Caverly had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead fourth-seed Colby to victory.

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