Massachusetts College Basketball – Babson Beavers Sweep Brandies and Framingham State

By Rory Duyon 

BABSON PARK, MA — The Babson men’s basketball team opened the home half of their schedule with a win over Framingham State in a 61-59 thriller at Staake Gymnasium. The Ladies did their part as well, opening the doubleheader with a 64-35 blowout over Brandeis.

Babson 61 – Framingham State 59 (Men’s Basketball):

It was the very definition of a team effort for the Babson men, who had 10 players in the scoring column, but it had its share of scary moments. The Beavers led by as many as 14 points, 50-36 with 14:00 remaining in the second half, but as coach Stephen Brennan said after the game, “[they] started playing not to lose.”

Framingham started to slowly chip away at the lead before ripping off a 9-0 run to get within a point at 53-52 on a basket in the paint by Allen Saint-Surin. The teams traded two point baskets down the stretch until Framingham’s returning leading scorer Marcus Mclaurin sank a three to tie it up, 59-59 with a minute to go.

Coming out of a timeout, Babson junior Marcus McDermott took matters into his own hands, attacking the hoops for a tough go ahead layup. Framingham had a number of tries at the equalizer, but Matt Palazini, playing with four fouls, took a charge to turn the ball over once, while Andre Santana put back rimmed in and out as time expired.

The Beavers improve to [2-0] on the young season with the win. They will play Connecticut College on Saturday in Rhode Island at the Roger Williams Tournament.

Babson 64 – Brandies 35 (Women’s Basketball):

It was business as usual for the Babson women, who made quick work of Brandeis, starting the game on an 18-1 run. Brandeis cut into the lead by the break and got as close as seven points. Junior Sarah Collins had a monster first half for the Beavers.  After 20 minutes she was nearly on pace for a quadruple double with five points, 5 rebounds, six blocks and four steals. Foul trouble would eventually take her off that pace, but she played a tremendous game.

With the score 26-19 in the first minute of the second half, Brandeis turned up the heat with a 17-3 run to break the game open. Nicki Wurdeman went on a 9-0 run of her own. She finished with a double-double, which entailed 19 points and 11 rebounds, (6 offensive).  Classmate Kathleen King led all scorers with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

The Lady Beavers upped their record to [2-0], while Brandeis fell to [1-1].

Babson travels to Williamstown, MA for the Williams Tip Off Tournament where they will play Tufts University on Saturday and Williams College on Sunday.

Daily Noontime – November 18, 2011

It's Tebow Time in Denver!

Happy Friday to everyone, and welcome into another grand edition of the Daily Noontime! It’s going to be an awesome days, so let’s kick-start it with some news, headlines and more! 

Headlines: 

* Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow engineered a last minute drive in the fourth quarter to secure his team’s fifth win of the season against the New York Jets.

* The New York Times and the Broncos website provided Tebow’s post game comments, as well as his thoughts on the game winning drive — click here!

* According to a recent report — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis may miss Sunday’s game, as well as more time going forward due to a toe injury.

* Syracuse University’s associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine was placed on leave after reports confirmed that he molested the team’s ball boys.

* At the President’s Cup — Tiger Woods lost, but Team U.S.A. maintained a lead.

Games to Watch: 

* Buffalo at Carolina (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Chicago at Calgary (NHL) – 9:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Here’s a true father and son playing soccer, enjoy! 

Patrick Witt Chooses Harvard-Yale Over The Rhodes Scholarship

Did Patrick Witt make the right decision to forgo the Rhodes Scholarship? (PIcture courtesy USA Today)

By Matt Noonan  

This past Sunday, Yale University quarterback Patrick Witt made one of the biggest decisions of his life, as he decided to forgo the Rhodes Scholarship interview, so he could remain in New Haven and quarterback the Bulldogs against Harvard University.

Of course, Harvard-Yale is “The Game,” but it certainly comes as a shock to many, especially those in the education world that learned of Witt’s decision. I’m sure many are puzzled or dumbfounded that he chose football over education, but again, it was his call, not yours.

On Sunday, the Yale Athletics department published Witt’s statement, which read as followed:

“I will be playing in the Yale-Harvard game this Saturday. I have withdrawn my application for the Rhodes Scholarship. My focus this week is solely on preparing for the Game alongside my teammates and coaches.”

Head coach Tom Williams also commented on his quarterback’s decision, and stated the following on, “Inside Yale Football,” which is a weekly video hosted by Ron Vaccaro.

Williams said, “I’m just happy for Pat to put that behind him. I know it’s been weighing heavy on him, and I know it’s taken its toll emotionally, so to have some closure in my estimation is the best thing for Patrick, the best thing for our program, and now we can have a single minded focus going forward to Saturday.”

So, did Witt make the right decision?

Do you feel he should have chosen the interview over football?

Exactly, what does Witt and his Bulldogs have to gain from Saturday’s affair against the Crimson?

Harvard has officially wrapped up the Ivy League, which is why this decision seems quite puzzling, especially from an outsider’s perspective. Neither Harvard or Yale are vying for college football bowls or even a National Championship, which again proves that Witt should have chosen the Rhodes Scholarship interview instead of his final collegiate football game.

Although, while Witt may not be remembered for 149 completions, 13 touchdowns or 11 interceptions, but he’ll certainly go down in the record books, as a Bulldog that registered the most passing yards against Princeton University’s defense, as well as his decision to forgo the interview.

I expect numerous alums and students to continue to question his decision going forward, but again, this was his choice, and as sports fans or supporters, we need to encourage Witt to follow his heart and mind. Besides, even if he did choose the interview over the game, there’s no guaranteed answer that he would have received the award and opportunity to study abroad.

Witt is a talented young man, and certainly I hope that all of his dreams and goals come true.

Daily Noontime – November 17, 2011

Vince Young doesn't seem to be a happy camper these days!

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into another grand edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some kick-butt news, headlines and much more! 

Headlines: 

* After deeming the Philadelphia Eagles the so called, “dream team,” back-up quarterback Vince Young has admitted that he’s not happy with his current situation.

* According to Gorden Edes of ESPNBoston.com — the Chicago Cubs have made an offer to Dale Sveum to be their manager for the upcoming season.

* Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona admitted that he won’t manage a ball club next season.

* According to Yahoo! Sports — NBA commissioner David Stern will be hosting a conference call on Thursday to discuss with team owners the next phase in the lockout.

* More information was revealed late Wednesday evening about the entire Penn State saga in regards to a lawyer’s client is planning to testify against Jerry Sandusky.

* Former Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson, who is now a free agent, is looking for a six-year, $120 million contract for the upcoming season.

Games to Watch: 

* Columbus at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* North Carolina at No. 8 Virginia Tech (NCAA Football) – 8:00pm eastern 

* Detroit at San Jose (NHL) – 10:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is probably one of the most bizarre interception you’ll ever see! 

NFL Week 11 – News and Notes

What's going on with the so called, "dream team?"

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s officially time to unveil our weekly “NFL News and Notes” post for Week 11. Here are some of the biggest news, and tidbits from around the league, enjoy!

* According to ProFootballTalk.com — Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid is quite irritated with the media asking him about Michael Vick‘s ribs. He is also annoyed with various members of the press asking about when the left-handed gunslinger broke his ribs too.

* After attempting to throw the ball 63 times through the air last weekend, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is determined to bounce back against the Carolina Panthers.

* Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is no long on the injury report, and is expected to keep his “November hot streak” going on Sunday against Washington.

* The New York Jets will look to rebound on Thursday, as they travel to Denver for a must-win contest against Tim Tebow. Here’s the breakdown of Gang Green’s schedule going forward via the Washington Post.

* San Francisco will host the Arizona Cardinals this weekend, but according to sources from the desert, they strongly believe head coach Jim Harbaugh has done quite well with the 49ers.