New England Basketball: Colby Looks To Continue Its Momentum Against Tufts

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

The Colby College men’s basketball team has won 18-straight contests this season, including six consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) match-ups. They will attempt to extend that streak to 19 consecutive victories this afternoon when they visit Tufts University.

Colby, which defeated Bates College last night, is tied with Tufts for the top spot in the NESCAC with just a few weeks remaining in the regular season. A win over the Jumbos would provide them with the inside track to the top spot in the conference tournament later this month.

Similar to Colby, Tufts has not dropped a conference clash this winter as they have won five consecutive league meetings, including one last night against Bowdoin CollegeEric Savage netted a career-high 35 points against the Polar Bears while Tyler Aronson chipped in 15 points and five rebounds.

If Tufts is going to beat the Mules, they must find a way to slow down a very impressive Colby offense, which is averaging a league-best 92.8 points per game. Additionally, they will need to stop Sam Jefferson, who is averaging a league-best 23.5 points per contest.

Colby beat Tufts last season, 103-93, at home, thanks to a game-high 32 points from Sam Jefferson, but have not beaten the Jumbos in Medford since February 14, 2014.

The Tufts women’s basketball team scored a big road win last night, defeating Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine, by a score of 97-88. With the win, the Jumbos have secured the top spot in the conference, along with an inside track to hosting the NESCAC Tournament later this month in Medford.

Emily Briggs led the Jumbos with a team-high 23 points, while Calin Harrington netted a season-high 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting.

“It was just an awesome game,” Tufts first-year coach Jill Pace said via The Portland Press Herald.

The Jumbos outscored the Polar Bears, 24-18, in the final session to improve to 19-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play. Tufts will visit Colby this afternoon with tip-off scheduled for 3 p.m. Their meeting with the Mules will be their final regular-season road contest as their next four games will take place on campus.

Other News and Notes from the New England D-III Basketball World

  • The Trinity College men’s basketball team scored an impressive 82-76 win last night over Middlebury College. Kyle Padmore and Colin Donovan each netted 20 points in the win. The Bantams host Williams College this afternoon at 3 p.m.
  • The Babson College women’s team has won two-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contests and will attempt to win a third against Smith College this afternoon at 1 p.m. Despite falling to Emerson College, the Pioneers have been a team to watch this winter – they enter today’s important meeting riding a three-game winning streak.
  • Framingham State women’s basketball has won six-straight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) meetings, including an early January contest against Westfield State. A win this afternoon against the Owls would provide the Rams with a season-sweep, as well as the inside track to the top spot in the conference tournament.
  • Eastern Connecticut women’s basketball has won 15 of 18 contests this season, including an early January meeting against UMass Boston. A win today against the Beacons would secure a season-sweep. UMass Boston has not beaten the Warriors since February 3, 2018. The Beacons’ last home win against the Warriors occurred on January 6, 2018.
  • The Endicott College men’s basketball team will attempt to win their seventh-straight contest when they visit Gordon College for a 3 p.m. tip-off. The Gulls edged the Fighting Scots earlier this season, 88-86, in overtime. A win today over Gordon would provide Endicott with its tenth conference victory.
  • Finally, St. Joseph (Conn.) men’s basketball will look to extend their winning streak to 16 consecutive wins when they visit Johnson & Wales for a 3 p.m. tip-off. The Blue Jays enter the game with a great deal of momentum following an impressive win earlier this week against Albertus Magnus.

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