D3 Hoops: Sawyer’s Game-Winning Trey Sends Brandeis Past Bates, 76-73

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

For the Brandies University men’s basketball team, Sunday’s dramatic win over Bates College could be the start of an exciting second half to their 2017-18 season.

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With less than a second remaining in the final session, Brandeis’ Colin Sawyer netted a game-winning triple with less than one second remaining to provide the visitors with an exciting 76-73 win.

The victory was the Judges’ third of the season and second in the month of December.

Bates, which dipped to 7-4 overall, was coming off an exciting 78-75 win on Friday over Babson College – the Bobcats did not need a game-winning trey to knock-off the defending champions, but instead a pair of freebies by Shawn Strickland with two seconds remaining.

Brandies led Bates, 32-23, at the break, but the Bobcats stormed back, outscoring the visitors overall thew final 20 minutes, 50-44.

Sawyer netted 12 points off the bench, including the game-winning three, while Lawrence Sabir and Chandler Jones netted 18 points, respectively. Tom Coyne of Bates led all players with 24 points – he was 10 of 20 from the field and three of nine from beyond the arc.

VIDEO COURTESY: The game-winning basket video as seen above is courtesy Bates College Athletics

PODCAST: The Noontime Year In Review

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Friday, everyone! And welcome into a special year-end review podcast, hosted by our editor and founder Matt Noonan.

Noonan revisits some of our site’s biggest stories and news from 2017, while providing a glimpse of what fans, followers and friends of our blog can expect in 2018 – be on the lookout for some new content on Facebook and Snapchat!

Thanks for a making 2017 a great year for our podcast and we look forward to bringing you more shows on sports, tech, New England college sports and more in 2018!

Noontime 2017 Year In Review: Revisiting The New England D3 Basketball Season

2017 BASKETBALL REWIND

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

We’re t-minus three days away from the end of 2017 – let’s party!

Yet, before we officially turn the page to 2018, let’s take a look back at the year in New England Division III Basketball, beginning with the Babson College men’s basketball team, which captured its first-ever national title.

Similar to the hometown New England Patriots, the Beavers overcame a 25-point deficit in the national semifinals to defeat top-ranked Whitman, 91-85, before edging Augustana, 79-78, in the championship.

Joey Flannery netted a game-high 23 points in the final, while blocking a potential go-ahead layup by Augustana’s Nolan Ebel to secure the one-point win in Salem, Virginia.

The victory capped an exciting run by the Beavers, who closed out their 2016-17 campaign with 31-2 overall record. Babson won all six of its games in March, including a second meeting with Tufts University in NCAA Sectional Semifinals.

The Bay State also celebrated another national championship with Amherst College defeating Tufts in the women’s basketball national championship, thanks to a game-high 21 points from Ali Doswell. The win marked the third time the Mammoths has defeated the Jumbos last season – one of those victories came in the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship.

Amherst concluded its 2016-17 season 33-0, and remain undefeated this season thus far – they are back in action this afternoon (Thursday, December 28th) when they face UC Santa Cruz at the D3Hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In addition to Amherst and Babson, the 2016-17 season saw some other teams enjoy exciting runs, including the UMass Dartmouth women’s basketball team, which advanced to its first-ever ‘Elite Eight’ after knocking-off La Roche (71-64), Montclair State (71-63) and SUNY New Paltz (67-57).

On the men’s side, we saw Williams College advance to the national semifinals, while Keene State advanced to sectional finals to face Babson after defeating Amherst (69-66), Ramapo (92-91) and Christopher Newport (68-64). Endicott College also made a splash in the big dance, earning a pair of victories over Nichols College and Salisbury before falling to Middlebury College in the third round. The Panthers would fall to the Ephs of Williams the following day.

Following the final whistle – or game, technically – we unveiled our Noontime Sports Teams of the Year, including our first-ever Rookie Team, too!

Men’s Basketball Team of the Year 

Women’s Basketball Team of the Year

Men’s Basketball Rookie Team of the Year

Women’s Basketball Rookie Team of the Year

A few days after the Beavers captured their first-ever national title, we caught-up with their play-by-play guy – that would be John Cabral.

In addition to speaking with Cabral, we also spoke with Stephen Brennan, who guided the Beavers to an exciting championship win.

Finally, we wrapped-up our 2016-17 basketball coverage with a prediction blog post – what teams to watch or follow this season (2017-18). How are our predictions doing?

Look for more New England Division III coverage in 2018, plus some new content and podcasts, too! As always, make sure to stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – you can also find us on LinkedIn, too! 

Happy Holidays From Noontime Sports!

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Happy Friday, everyone!

Before the day concludes, we would like to wish you all a VERY Happy Holidays – we hope you all enjoy time with friends and family over the next few days!

We will be back next week, wrapping up 2017 with some more year in review blogs, while also producing a year end Noontime Sports the Podcast, too – you won’t want to miss it because we will be unveiling some exciting content plans for 2018!

Thank you all again for being amazing fans, friends and supporters of our New England coverage and again, we hope you all have an amazing and wonderful holiday season!

D3 Football: UNE Football Unveils 2018 Schedule

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Earlier today, the University of New England athletic department unveiled its first-ever varsity football schedule, which will see the Nor’easters compete in five home games next fall, beginning with a September 8th clash against Husson University.

Prior to welcoming the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) champions to Biddeford, Maine, the Nor’easters will make the trek to New London, Connecticut where they’ll compete against Coast Guard Academy in their first-ever varsity contest on Thursday, August 30th.

Two weeks after their first-ever varsity tilt, the Nor’easters will head to Hampden-Sydney for a week three meeting before enjoying a bye week prior to their initial Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) game against Nichols College, which will take place on Saturday, September 29th in Dudley, Massachusetts. One week later, the Nor’easter will entertain Curry College on Saturday, October 6th, which will be their first home conference game in program history.

Weeks after their final CCC meeting against Becker College on Saturday, November 3rd, UNE will conclude its regular season slate with a home date against Alvernia on Saturday, November 10th.

The first round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament will begin a week later on Saturday, November 17th.