Tag: Amherst Men’s Basketball

New England D3 Teams Set To Compete In Coaches Vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports


Starting today – Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – seven New England Division III basketball teams will be squaring off from beyond the arc in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge.

The Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge is a nationwide program, featuring college and high school basketball teams from all over the country.

As noted on the Coaches vs. Cancer website, fans are encouraged to pledge a donation for each trifecta made by their favorite team throughout the month with all proceeds supporting the American Cancer Society.

According to Pledge It (PledeIt.org), 12 Division III men’s basketball teams will be competing in this year’s Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, including six Massachusetts squads.

The six teams from Massachusetts are the following:

  • Amherst College
  • Babson College
  • Bridgewater State
  • MIT
  • Regis College
  • WPI

Additionally, the Green Mountain College women’s basketball team will be participating in the challenge, too. They will be representing the North Atlantic Conference (NAC).

For those interested in making a pledge – HOP HERE

Social Media Reactions From Springfield’s Beating No. 1 Amherst

Springfield College men's basketball scored an exciting win on Wednesday, knocking off the top-ranked team in the nation (and our poll!), Amherst College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Springfield College Athletics)
Springfield College men’s basketball scored an exciting win on Wednesday, knocking off the top-ranked team in the nation (and our poll!), Amherst College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports

Social Media in the NCAA Division III basketball world went haywire last night, celebrating what was perhaps the biggest upset of the season.

Springfield College knocked off our number one squad – and the D3Hoops.com top team in the nation – Amherst College by a score of 71-70.

Springfield first-year Jake Ross blocked what would have been the game-winning three by Johnny McCarthy to set off an exciting celebration in ‘Basketball City.’ And according to the games’ release, the victory marked the first time the Pride have defeated a nationally ranked opponent – crazy, right?

Below are some of the best tweets – and celebratory social media posts – following the game.

Also, don’t sleep on this Pride squad – they’ll be a team to watch in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, beginning in January!









Mass. College Hoops: Amherst, Tufts To Meet In NCAA D3 Sectional Final

Stephen Haladyna poured in a team-high 30 points as Tufts defeated Johnson & Wales in Friday's NCAA Division III Sectional Semifinals. (Photo Credit: Tufts Athletics)
Stephen Haladyna poured in a team-high 30 points as Tufts defeated Johnson & Wales in Friday’s NCAA Division III Sectional Semifinals. (Photo Credit: Tufts Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Tufts University men’s basketball head coach Bob Sheldon secretly wanted to play Amherst College in the Sectional Final.

His wish was granted on Friday evening following 101-85 victory over Johnson & Wales University at Cousen’s Gymnasium.

Tufts and Amherst will square off in Saturday’s Sectional Finals with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

“(The) Rubber-match tomorrow (with) the ‘elite eight’ on the line,” said Sheldon. “We’re excited.

“I think deep down inside I wanted to play Amherst to be honest with you. I wanted to have the rubber-match; I want to go at (them) tomorrow.

“They’re a great team. They shoot the ball well, they run, (so) I think it is going to be another game in the 80’s-90’s. We’re excited to play them – it is an Amherst-Tufts thing, and what is going to happen is a NESCAC team is going to be in the final four.”

Stephen Haladyna highlighted the Jumbos’ effort, netting a team-high 30 points, while Tarik Smith scored 25 points. As a team, the Jumbos collaborated for an impressive 29-of-36 from the charity stripe.

Senior Tom Garrick paced the visiting Wildcats with 30 points, while classmate Quarry Greenaway finished with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Tufts led 47-43 at the break before outscoring the visitors, 54-42 in the second session.

Johnson & Wales – this year’s GNAC champions – concludes its season 28-3 overall. The Wildcats earned a trip to Medford following first and second round victories against Trinity (Conn.) and Fitchburg State.

“(My team) gave everything they had,” said Johnson & Wales head coach Jamie Benton, “great year.”

Five members of the Amherst men’s basketball team registered double figures, as the Purple and White defeated Babson College, 88-76, prior to Tufts-Johnson & Wales.

Jayden Dawson poured in a game-high 19 points, Johnny McCarthy netted 15 points, including a trio of trifectas, while David George tallied 13 points and seven caroms.

Amherst trailed Babson, 39-37, at the break, but outscored the Beavers, 51-37, in the second session.

“We tried to execute a little bit better,” Amherst head coach David Hixon said of his team’s second half effort. “We started the second half by going right inside to David George – that always helps your percentage so 52 percent is a great percentage inside.”

A trio of Babson players netted double-figures, including Bradley Jacks, who paced the Green and White with 15 points. Joey Flannery and Isaiah Nelesen each recorded 14 points, respectively.

“I feel very blessed to go 23-6,” said Babson head coach Stephen Brennan, who guided the Beavers to back-to-back New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championships.

Mass. College Hoops: Amherst Celebrates Second NCAA Title (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Amherst College’s men’s basketball team capped their season with an NCAA championship on Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia, as the Lord Jeffs defeated Mary Hardin Baylor, 87-70.

Below is a video from Amherst’s YouTube channel, which features coach David Hixon congratulating seniors Willy Workman, Allen Williamson and Peter Kaasila, as well as the entire team on a successful campaign. Amherst ended its season with a 30-2 mark and 10-0 in NESCAC play, along with a 24-game winning streak, too.



Mass. College Hoops: Amherst, Williams Headed To NCAA Quarterfinals

By Matt Noonan

Amherst College and Williams College took the next step toward winning an NCAA Division III men’s basketball championship by earning wins against their opponents this past weekend in the third round.

Amherst defeated Randolph-Macon, 93-76, while Williams beat Virginia Wesleyan, 84-75.

Both squads will travel to Salem, Virginia this weekend to compete in the quarterfinals on Friday, March 22. Williams will tip-off against St. Thomas of Minnesota at 12 p.m., while Amherst will battle Cabrini at 5:30 p.m.

The winners will advance to the semifinals, which will take place the following day at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. If Amherst or Williams is able to win two back-to-back games this upcoming weekend, they will then advance to the championship, which will be held on Sunday, April 7 in Atlanta, Georgia, the site of this year’s Division I and II championships.

For more information on the Amherst men’s basketball team — HOP HERE

For more information on the Williams men’s basketball team — HOP HERE