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Mass. College Hoops: Curry College 84, Gordon College 76

Curry's effort at the free throw line helped them get past Gordon College! (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)
Curry’s effort at the free throw line helped them get past Gordon College! (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)

By Brian Willwerth 

MILTON, MA – After scoring 112 points and losing three nights ago, the Curry College men’s basketball team was in need of a bounce-back game.

They got it Saturday afternoon on their home court, beating Gordon, 84-76. Six Colonels scored in double-figures.

“I’m proud of my guys, because they stuck with it and didn’t fall,” said Curry head coach Malcolm Wynn, whose team improved to 9-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). “We just preach ‘defense, defense defense.’”

The two halves could not have been more different. The first was a fast-paced 20 minutes, with few whistles. The second was a foul-fest, with an official blowing his whistle seemingly every other possession. There were a total of two free throws attempts in the first half. By the end of the game, the two teams had combined to shoot 59 free throws.

“I would’ve rather us hit our free throws,” said Wynn.

The same can be said for Tod Murphy’s team as well. The Colonels were 25 of 36 from the line (69%) while the Fighting Scots were just 14 of 23 (61%). As rough as the free throw shooting was, the 25-14 advantage for Curry at the line made the difference in the final outcome.

Sedale Jones led all Curry players with 16 points, with three others scoring 14 apiece: Carlos Ribeiro, Lambros Papalambros and Antonio Jones. For Gordon, David Dempsey was the leading scorer with 22 points.

Curry now has a two-game cushion in the CCC over Gordon and Eastern Nazarene, which lost to Wentworth on Saturday.

“Right now we continue to be in first place, and I want to stay that way until the end of the season and have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs,” said Wynn.

Both teams return to action Tuesday night. Curry travels to the University of New England, while Gordon stays on the road to take on Roger Williams.

Mass. College Hoops: Bentley, Tufts, WPI Remain Perfect, Saturday Roundup

By Matt Noonan

Saturday’s basketball slate was filled with some interesting outcomes. Here are a few headlines and notes from the day, which I have provided below:

* Start the countdown for Amherst-Tufts women’s basketball. Both teams concluded their first weekend of NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) hoops without a loss. Although, I should also note that the Jumbos are a perfect 13-0, and off to their best start in program history.

* WPI’s men’s basketball earned their 13th win of the season, as they walloped Babson College, 71-38. Watertown’s Marco Coppola led all scorers with 18 points, while Russell Braithwaite paced the Beavers with a team-high 16 points. The Engineers haven’t dropped a game since last February, which was when they lost to MIT during the final week of the regular season.

* Babson College and Smith College each earned their fifth NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) win this afternoon. The Beavers needed some quality defense to get past Springfield, while the Pride utilized an extra session to beat Wellesley.

* I was very impressed with Coast Guard’s Meghan Fornaro, who tallied 19 points in 20 minutes. Unfortunately, she didn’t play much in the second stanza against WPI, but despite being apart of her team’s sixth setback of the season, the Charlton native should be proud of her performance.

* Curry College’s men’s basketball team remains the only squad in the Commonwealth Coastal Conference with a perfect record against conference foes. This afternoon the Colonels earned their third win by defeating Salve Regina, 96-78. Sedale Jones powered Curry with a game-high 25 points, while Antonio Jones scored 18 off the bench.

* Bridgewater State’s women’s basketball team earned their third consecutive win, as well as their ninth of the season with a victory against Fitchburg State. Westfield State and Worcester State each earned their first MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) win too.

* Westfield State’s men’s basketball team suffered their second straight loss, as Salem State defeated the Owls at home, 94-77. I wonder how head coach Rich Sutter feels about his team’s first conference defeat?

* Bentley University’s women’s basketball team improved to 7-0 in the Northeast-10 and 11-0 overall with a win against Saint Anselm. The Falcons netted 36 points in both halves and had four players finish with 10 points or more.

* Jamie Panton netted 17 points; Mary Louise Dixon recorded a game-high 14 rebounds, as Stonehill College earned its 10th win of the season against Merrimack College, 84-67.

* Northeastern University’s men’s basketball team evened its record at 7-7, as well as picked up its second CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) victory against UNC-Wilmington, 68-64.

* UMass earned its 10th win of the season, as the Minutemen defeated Eastern Michigan at the Mullins Center, 75-61. Chaz Williams paced UMass wit 14 points and nine rebounds.