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WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 21st, 2020)


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Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our seventh Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to partner with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

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Worcester State’s Chris Cardoso nearly averaged a double-double in three games last week for the Lancers. Cardoso concluded the week with 21.67 and 9.0 rebounds (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State University Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | Jr. | Jamaica Plain, Mass.): In a 3-0 week for the Lancers, the third-year guard averaged 21.67 points and nine rebounds to go along with 1.67 steals and one assist. Cardoso recorded back-to-back double-doubles against Framingham State and Westfield State while netting a season-high 28 points on 10 of 14 shooting last Tuesday which helped the Lancers secure their first of three-straight conference wins. The Jamaica Plain native scored 14 points against the Rams before adding 23 points this past Saturday in his team’s 80-67 win over Salem State. Through 15 games this season, Cardoso is averaging 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds.


Joe Pridgen recorded his first double-double this past weekend against American University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr. | Winchendon, Mass.): In a pair of games last week for the Holy Cross men’s basketball team, the first-year forward averaged 22.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in a pair of games while hitting 58.8 percent of his field-goal attempts. He began the week by tallying 17 points, six rebounds, and two steals against Army before leading the Purple and White with 28 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and two steals against American University. The 28 points, 12-rebound effort was Pridgen’s first double-double with the Crusaders.

Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Malik Brown (Assumption College | RS-Jr. | Waldorf, Md.): Brown finished the week averaging a double-double of 12 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. He started the week with 11 points and nine rebounds in a 67-61 victory over Pace before recording 13 points and 12 rebounds in a 75-54 win over American International College this past Saturday. Additionally, he added seven assists and came up with four steals on the week.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr.| Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro led the Hawks to a 78-64 win over Mitchell College this past week, posting another great all-around performance with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists while shooting 8-of-16 from the floor. As of press time, Ribeiro ranks tenth in the nation in minutes per game and total minutes.

Biko Gayman (Clark University | Jr. | Fort Pierce, Fla.): In a pair of games last week, Gayman averaged 23 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.0 steals. Against Springfield College last Wednesday, the third-year guard led the Cougars with 21 points on 10 of 17 shooting to go along with four assists, three steals, and one rebound. Three days later against Babson College, Gayman again led the Red and White with 25 points on 7 of 15 shooting while hitting 9 of 12 freebies. Gayman concluded the contest with six rebounds (all defensive caroms), four assists, and one steal, which helped the Cougars claim their first win over the Beavers in Worcester since January 25th, 2014. Heading into a new week, Gayman is seven points shy of becoming the 28th member of the Clark men’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points. 

Colin McNamara (WPI | Jr. | Arlington, MA): McNamara shot 50 percent from the floor and averaged 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals at the Engineers went on the road and posted victories at Wheaton College and Coast Guard Academy.  

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 6th, 2020)


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Prior to their initial Monday contest of 2020, the Tufts University women’s basketball team checked-in first overall in our weekly Monday New England D-III women’s basketball Top 10 poll followed by Bowdoin College (second) and Amherst College (third).

Both Bowdoin and Tufts have won 11 consecutive contests – the two squads will meet at the end of the month in Maine. Tufts concluded the month of December with some impressive wins over Christopher Newport and TCNJ, while the Polar Bears ended 2019 with back-to-back victories against Cal Lutheran and Chapman.

Since falling to Emmanuel College early last month, the Mammoths of Amherst have been impressive to watch – the Purple and White have recently scored wins against Chapman, Widener, and Stevens. Amherst will entertain Albertus Magnus on Tuesday, January 7th before visiting Middlebury College on Friday, January 10th and Williams College on Saturday, January 11th.

The Ephs commenced 2020 with a win this past weekend against Skidmore College – prior to their win against the Thoroughbreds, Williams scored wins against Babson College, Delaware Valley, and Ursinus.

New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Six Poll| Monday, January 6th, 2020

1. Tufts University 11-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College  11-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 2
3. Amherst College 10-1, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 3
4. Williams College 11-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 4
5. Smith College 12-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Previously: No. 7
6. Brandeis University 10-1, 0-0 UAA Previously: No. 5
7. Western New England 9-2, 2-1 CCC Previously: No. 6
8. Rhode Island College 10-1, 3-0 LEC Previously: No. 8
9. Eastern Connecticut 8-2, 2-0 LEC Previously: No. 10
10. Wesleyan University 8-3, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Middlebury College, Springfield College, Trinity College, UMass Boston, University of New England, and WPI 

Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four Week Five


D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 6th, 2020)


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Happy New Year!

It’s time to unveil our initial New England D-III men’s basketball Top 10 Poll for 2020, which finds Middlebury College in the top spot – the Panthers were our top team at the end of the first semester – followed by Colby College (second) and Babson College (third).

The Panthers commenced 2020 with back-to-back wins over Colby-Sawyer and eighth-ranked Springfield College. This week, the Blue and White will visit seventh-ranked Amherst College on Friday, January 10th followed by ninth-ranked Hamilton College on Saturday, January 11th.

Colby has won a pair of games this month, including a 108-62 win over Bowdoin College on Sunday. The Mules will look to continue their recent momentum later this week against Connecticut College and Trinity College.

Babson begins conference play on Wednesday, January 8th when they host Springfield before making the trek to Worcester on Saturday for another important league meeting with WPI.

New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Six Poll| Monday, January 6th, 2020

1. Middlebury College 12-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 1
2. Colby College  11-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 3
3. Babson College 10-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Previously: No. 2
4. Albertus Magnus  11-1, 0-0 GNAC Previously: No. 7
5. WPI  9-2, 0-0 NEWMAC Previously: No. 9
6. Tufts University 10-2, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 10
7. Amherst College 9-2, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 6
8. Springfield College 9-2, 0-0 NEWMAC Previously: No. 4
9. Hamilton College 9-2, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 5 
10. Rhode Island College 10-2, 3-0 LEC Previously: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Brandeis University, Endicott College, and Nichols College

Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five 


D3 Basketball: Brandeis will attempt to win its second-straight New England Big 4 Challenge this weekend


Brandeis University will attempt to capture its second-straight New England Big 4 Challenge championship this weekend. (PHOTO COURTESY: Babson College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Brandeis University captured the 2018 New England Big 4 Challenge last season with a commanding 74-49 win over Babson College and will attempt to win the title again this weekend when they compete in the two-day, four-team tournament at Salem State University.

The Judges will begin their title defense against Tufts University on Saturday, December 7th at 12 p.m. Babson and Salem State will square-off afterward at 2 p.m. The winner of both contests will advance to Sunday’s championship game at 2 p.m. which will follow the consolation game at 12 p.m.

Brandeis will certainly be a team to watch this weekend after beginning their current campaign with a 5-2 mark, but the same could be said for the Beavers of Babson, which enter the weekend tournament with an impressive 7-0 record. The Green and White’s seventh win – an 87-82 victory over Amherst College earlier this week – was highlighted by Frank Oftring, who netted a career-high 30 points to go along with 10 rebounds. 

Tufts saw its five-game winning streak to start its 2019-20 campaign snapped earlier this week against WPI. The Jumbos scored some impressive non-conference wins prior to their initial setback last month against MIT and UMass Dartmouth.

Salem State will attempt to snap its current five-game losing streak this weekend when they face Babson in the opening round. The Vikings have not appeared in the win column since last month when they defeated Anna Maria College, 89-76.

The winner of the tournament will receive the Crotty Cup, which is named after Michael Crotty Sr., who was the Founder and Director of the Middlesex Magic.

“The tournament features four very good teams from four different leagues, to celebrate the game of basketball and a dear friend to each of us in Michael Crotty Sr., Founder, and Director of the Middlesex Magic AAU Club, who left us far too soon,” said Salem State coach Chris Harvey, via the tournament preview.

While Brandeis has won four New England Big 4 Challenges, Babson has won three – their last came during the 2016-17 season when they captured the program’s first-ever NCAA championship. Tufts has won two titles, while Salem State captured its first-ever tournament crown two years ago.