Sweet Sixteen Roundup: Keene State, UMass Dartmouth Advance To Elite Eight

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Keene State men’s basketball advanced to Saturday’s sectional final, thanks to an impressive second half rally by the Owls! (PHOTO CREDIT: Keene State College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Another round of the 2017 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball tournament is in the books, and below is a roundup from this evening’s seven contests.

Editor’s Note: Links (Box Scores) courtesy D3Hoops.com. 

No. 6 Middlebury 89, Endicott 60: Matt St. Amour netted a team-high 21 points, while Jake Brown added 19 points and eight assists as the Panthers defeated the Gulls in Vermont en route to a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rematch with Williams in the sectional finals.

Williams 78, No. 17  Susquehanna 61: Kyle Scadlock powered the Ephs with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds as Williams secured a conference tournament final rematch with the Panthers on Saturday.  

Keene State 68, No. 2 Christopher Newport 64The Owls’ pursuit of some NCAA hardware continued Friday evening as they overcame an eight-point deficit at the break to defeat No. 2 Christopher Newport in Babson Park. Jeff Lunn led all players with 20 points, while pulling down eight rebounds.

No. 3 Babson 87, No. 14 Tufts 80The Beavers overcame a one-point deficit at the break to defeat the Jumbos en route to their second sectional finals in three seasons. Babson’s Joey Flannery exploded for a game-high 38 points , while Isaiah Nelsen added 22 points on 10 of 16 attempts from the field.

No. 1 Amherst 63, Babson 39Four members of the Purple & White’s starters tallied 11 points or more as top-ranked Amherst defeated Babson to advance to Saturday’s sectional finals. Emily McCarthy paced the Purple & White, connecting on 8 of 9 shots from the field for 21 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

UMass Dartmouth 67, SUNY New Paltz 57:Make it three-straight NCAA Tournament wins for Matt Ducharme‘s unit as the Corsairs advanced to their first-ever sectional finals. Alicia Kutil recorded 17 points and nine rebounds for UMass Dartmouth, while Rachel McCarron tallied 15 points.

No. 4 Tufts 65, No. 17 Scranton 48: Jac Knapp tallied a career-high 20 points, Michela North registered her 42nd double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Jumbos cruised past the Royals for the second straight season en route to the sectional finals.

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