D3 Basketball: Conference Tournament Scoreboard (Saturday, Feb. 29th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Saturday has been a busy day across the region with teams punching their ticket to the upcoming NCAA Tournament while other secured spots in tomorrow’s conference championship games.

Below is today’s (Saturday, February 29th, 2020) conference tournament scoreboard – we will update this post once some of the late afternoon/early evening contests conclude! 


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) 

Men’s Basketball Championship: Nichols College 76, Endicott College 75

Women’s Basketball Championship: Endicott College 74, University of New England 57


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)

Women’s Basketball Championship: Emmanuel College 67, St. Joseph’s (Maine) 50


Little East Conference (LEC)

Men’s Basketball Championship: Western Connecticut 88, UMass Dartmouth 75


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Men’s Basketball Championship: Westfield State 81, Worcester State 77

Women’s Basketball Championship: Framingham State 66, Worcester State 51


New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)

Men’s Basketball Championship: New England College 92, Mitchell College 90

Women’s Basketball Championship: New England College 84, Eastern Nazarene 81


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Men’s Basketball Semifinals: Tufts University 87, Trinity College 73

Men’s Basketball Semifinal: Colby College 65, Amherst College 61

Women’s Basketball Semifinals: Tufts University 69, Williams College 63

Women’s Basketball Semifinals: Bowdoin College 74, Amherst College 60


North Atlantic Conference (NAC)

Men’s Basketball Championship: SUNY-Canton 72, Maine-Farmington 71

Women’s Basketball Championship: Husson University 70, Maine-Farmington 60

Nichols Tops Endicott, Secures Fourth-Straight CCC Tournament Title

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DeAnte Bruton’s double-double helped Nichols College beat Endicott College in Saturday’s CCC Tournament Finals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

DeAnte Bruton poured in a game-high 38 points on 12 of 27 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds and two assists as the Nichols College men’s basketball team edged Endicott College, 76-75, in this afternoon’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship.

With the win, the Bison have now won four-straight conference tournament championships, including three against the Gulls. Additionally, the victory secures the Bison a spot in the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament, which tips-off next weekend.

Nichols secured a three-point lead at the break (38-35), thanks to Bruton and Matt Morrow, who combined for 23 points in the first half. Bruton would net 26 points during the final 20 minutes on 7 of 16 shooting. He also netted 10 of 12 freebies in the final session.

Endicott did keep pace with Nichols throughout the second half – they mainly trailed by one or two baskets, but did fall behind by seven points with less than 10 minutes remaining. The Gulls would eventually close the gap to four points (76-72) with 1:06 remaining and then one point (76-75) with 38 seconds remaining, thanks to a made three-pointer by Keith Brown.

Brown and the Gulls would not convert an additional field goal following the made trifecta as Nichols drained the clock before firing a shot as time expired on the shot clock with eight seconds remaining. Brown did get the rebound of the missed field goal but had the ball taken away with two seconds remaining by Kash Jackson.

Morrow concluded the contest with 19 points while Jaekwon Spencer registered 11 rebounds, seven points, two steals, and two blocks.

Brown led Endicott with 23 points, Jalen Echevarria scored 21 points while Matt McDevitt tallied 11 points.

Nichols, which advanced to the elite eight last season, will find out who they will face in the opening round of the NCAA D-III Tournament on Monday, March 2nd.

Framingham State Wins First MASCAC Women’s Basketball Conference Crown

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The Framingham State women’s basketball team won its first MASCAC Tournament championship on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: MASCAC)

By Matt Noonan 

The Framingham State women’s basketball team is headed to the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament, thanks to a thrilling 66-51 win this afternoon against Worcester State in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament championship.

Framingham State, which won the conference outright for the first time since sharing the regular-season title with Bridgewater State and Westfield State during the 2013-14 season, registered its third win over the Lancers this season, including its second this month.

Mary Kate O’Day guided the Rams to victory by netting a game-high 27 points on 8 of 16 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, two assists, and one block. Flannery O’Connor finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds while Krysta Padellaro chipped in seven points, six rebounds, and two assists.

Framingham State led 27-24 at the break before pushing ahead for good in the third by outscoring the visitors, 23-10. Worcester State did reduce the deficit in the fourth quarter – they outscored the Rams, 17-16.

Mya Mosley led the Lancers with 22 points on 8 of 24 shooting, including 5 of 12 from beyond the arc. Gigi LeMay finished with nine points off the bench.

Framingham State has appeared previously in the MASCAC championship but lost both times to Westfield State.

With the win, the Rams will represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament next week – they will learn their first-round opponent on Monday, March 2nd.

D3 Basketball: Noontime’s Saturday Conference Tournament Predictions

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to the championship Saturday!

Before we officially tip-off a busy day of New England D-III basketball, I think it is time I dish out some predictions for who will win their respective conference tournament title this afternoon (or early evening).

And after today’s games conclude, we’ll turn our attention to another busy slate of championship games tomorrow.

So, without further ado, here are today’s predictions for ten championship games – enjoy the action, everyone!

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Endicott over Nichols. The Gulls have some serious momentum on their side following Thursday’s dramatic win over Wentworth Institute of Technology. 

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Endicott over the University of New England. I didn’t think the Gulls would beat Roger Williams earlier this week, but that road win provided them a home date (and a home town crowd this afternoon, too) for an important match-up with the Nor’easters.

Great Northeastern Athletic Conference (GNAC): Emmanuel College over Saint Joseph’s College. For the second-straight season, the Saints will find a way to beat the Monks and win their 17th conference crown.

Little East Conference (LEC): Western Connecticut over UMass Dartmouth. The Colonials looked pretty good the other night against UMass Boston and should continue their impressive play against the Corsairs.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Westfield State over Worcester State. I picked against the Owls on Thursday – I thought Salem State was going to spoil their run to the NCAA Tournament, so today I’ll go with the Blue and White over the Lancers.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Worcester State over Framingham State. The Lancers enter the final game of the MASCAC playoffs with some serious momentum following their win over Westfield State on Thursday.

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): New England College over Mitchell. The Pilgrims’ offense produced 92 points the other night against Dean College and will dominate the Mariners defense this afternoon.

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): Eastern Nazarene over New England College. The Lions are seeking their 22nd win of the 2019-20 season, which they will get against the Pilgrims.

North Atlantic Conference (NAC): Maine-Farmington over SUNY Canton. Terion Moss will continue his impressive play again this afternoon and guide the Beavers to both a conference championship, as well as a first-round appearance in next week’s NCAA Tournament.

North Atlantic Conference (NAC): Husson over Maine-Farmington. The Eagles soared to victory last night over NVU-Lydon and will do it again today against Maine-Farmington.

Daily Noontime: Friday, February 28th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today is the final Fri-Yay of February, which might be bittersweet (to some people), but I think it is awesome news because it means we’re another day closer to spring (and warmer weather, of course!).

Make sure to bundle up – I hear it is VERY CHILLY outside today!

The Boston Bruins return to the win column 

  • After a few tough outings, including a six-goal setback to the Vancouver Canucks, our hometown Boston Bruins returned to the win column last night with a 4-3 victory against the Dallas Stars. Four different Bruins lit the lamp, including three that skaters that finished with one goal and one assist.
  • With the win, the Bruins improve to 40-13-12 overall and will be one state over tomorrow afternoon for an important Eastern Conference clash with the New York Islanders. Puck drop is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Boston Celtics set to host the Houston Rockets 

  • The Boston Celtics will entertain the Houston Rockets tomorrow evening at the TD Garden – tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Boston has won its last two outings, including an impressive win earlier this week against the Utah Jazz.

Don’t leave us, Tom Brady! 

  • According to various reports, both yesterday and this week, it doesn’t sound like Tom Brady will be returning to New England this fall. It seems more likely that the six-time Super Bowl champion will leave the area to play for another team next season. But do you really think that will actually happen? We’ll just have to wait and find out.
  • Tom Brady will officially become a free agent on March 16th, so we should know if he will stay or go pretty soon.

Albertus Magnus men’s basketball edges Lasell University to advance to the GNAC Championship 

  • Terry Dawkins recorded a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks of Albertus Magnus edged Lasell, 95-94, in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) semifinals last night to secure a spot in Saturday’s conference championship game.
  • EJ Day paced the Lasers with a game-high 38 points while Jonathan Friberg added 13 rebounds and nine points. Lasell earned a trip to New Haven, Connecticut last night by beating Emmanuel College in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Arsenault’s late bucket sends Endicott men’s basketball the CCC Championship 

  • Billy Arseneault netted the game-winning basket during the final seconds of Thursday’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) semifinal which helped the Gulls of Endicott College edge Wentworth Institute of Technology, 63-62.
  • With the win, the Gulls will now host Nichols College in the CCC Championship tomorrow with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m. Nichols is seeking its fourth-straight conference crown after beating Gordon College last night in its semifinal contest.

Both Worcester State teams will be competing for a MASCAC crown on Saturday 

  • Saturday will be an exciting day for both Worcester State University basketball teams, who will be competing in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championships.
  • The Worcester State men’s basketball team will visit Westfield State for a 1 p.m. tip-off. The Owls beat Salem State University last night in their semifinal contest while the Lancers topped MCLA.
  • Framingham State women’s basketball will entertain Worcester State – both teams scored convincing wins last night in their respective semifinal contest. Framingham State beat Bridgewater State while Worcester State outlasted Westfield State on the road.