D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, March 2nd, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Tufts University returned to the top of our weekly poll, thanks to an exciting (and impressive) win yesterday over second-ranked Colby College in the 2020 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship.

With the win, the Jumbos claimed their first-ever league tournament crown and will be at home this weekend for a first-round NCAA D-III Tournament game against Western Connecticut, which is one of our six teams ‘on the rise.’

Colby is headed to the postseason as an at-large bid and so is Springfield College, which will host a pair of first-round games, along with a second-round contest, too. The Pride remains one of our top teams in the region despite falling to Coast Guard Academy last weekend in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinals.

WPI secured the fourth position after checking-in seventh one week ago while coach Jim Calhoun and the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) remained in the fifth position for the second-straight week. The Blue Jays won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship against Albertus Magnus, which extended their current winning streak to 25 consecutive victories since late November.

Middlebury CollegeBabson College, and Amherst College secured the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions, respectively, while Nichols College joined the poll after winning three-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament outings, including a come-from-behind quarterfinal matchup against Roger Williams.

Brandeis University secured the final position with a 17-8 overall record. They capped their 2019-20 regular season slate with 72-69 win over New York University.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week 14 Poll| Monday, March 2nd, 2020

1. Tufts University 21-6, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
2. Colby College 24-3, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Springfield College 22-4, 11-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
4. WPI 20-7, 10-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
5. St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 26-2, 11-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Middlebury College 20-5, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
7. Babson College 20-6, 10-4 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
8. Amherst College 18-8, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Nichols College 20-8, 12-4 CCC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Brandeis University 17-8, 9-5 UAA Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Coast Guard Academy, New England College, Trinity College, Western Connecticut, and Westfield State 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine | Week Ten|Week 11|Week 12|Week 13 

 

Nichols Tops Endicott, Secures Fourth-Straight CCC Tournament Title

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DeAnte Bruton’s double-double helped Nichols College beat Endicott College in Saturday’s CCC Tournament Finals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

DeAnte Bruton poured in a game-high 38 points on 12 of 27 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds and two assists as the Nichols College men’s basketball team edged Endicott College, 76-75, in this afternoon’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship.

With the win, the Bison have now won four-straight conference tournament championships, including three against the Gulls. Additionally, the victory secures the Bison a spot in the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament, which tips-off next weekend.

Nichols secured a three-point lead at the break (38-35), thanks to Bruton and Matt Morrow, who combined for 23 points in the first half. Bruton would net 26 points during the final 20 minutes on 7 of 16 shooting. He also netted 10 of 12 freebies in the final session.

Endicott did keep pace with Nichols throughout the second half – they mainly trailed by one or two baskets, but did fall behind by seven points with less than 10 minutes remaining. The Gulls would eventually close the gap to four points (76-72) with 1:06 remaining and then one point (76-75) with 38 seconds remaining, thanks to a made three-pointer by Keith Brown.

Brown and the Gulls would not convert an additional field goal following the made trifecta as Nichols drained the clock before firing a shot as time expired on the shot clock with eight seconds remaining. Brown did get the rebound of the missed field goal but had the ball taken away with two seconds remaining by Kash Jackson.

Morrow concluded the contest with 19 points while Jaekwon Spencer registered 11 rebounds, seven points, two steals, and two blocks.

Brown led Endicott with 23 points, Jalen Echevarria scored 21 points while Matt McDevitt tallied 11 points.

Nichols, which advanced to the elite eight last season, will find out who they will face in the opening round of the NCAA D-III Tournament on Monday, March 2nd.

D3 Basketball: Noontime’s Saturday Conference Tournament Predictions

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to the championship Saturday!

Before we officially tip-off a busy day of New England D-III basketball, I think it is time I dish out some predictions for who will win their respective conference tournament title this afternoon (or early evening).

And after today’s games conclude, we’ll turn our attention to another busy slate of championship games tomorrow.

So, without further ado, here are today’s predictions for ten championship games – enjoy the action, everyone!

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Endicott over Nichols. The Gulls have some serious momentum on their side following Thursday’s dramatic win over Wentworth Institute of Technology. 

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Endicott over the University of New England. I didn’t think the Gulls would beat Roger Williams earlier this week, but that road win provided them a home date (and a home town crowd this afternoon, too) for an important match-up with the Nor’easters.

Great Northeastern Athletic Conference (GNAC): Emmanuel College over Saint Joseph’s College. For the second-straight season, the Saints will find a way to beat the Monks and win their 17th conference crown.

Little East Conference (LEC): Western Connecticut over UMass Dartmouth. The Colonials looked pretty good the other night against UMass Boston and should continue their impressive play against the Corsairs.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Westfield State over Worcester State. I picked against the Owls on Thursday – I thought Salem State was going to spoil their run to the NCAA Tournament, so today I’ll go with the Blue and White over the Lancers.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Worcester State over Framingham State. The Lancers enter the final game of the MASCAC playoffs with some serious momentum following their win over Westfield State on Thursday.

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): New England College over Mitchell. The Pilgrims’ offense produced 92 points the other night against Dean College and will dominate the Mariners defense this afternoon.

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): Eastern Nazarene over New England College. The Lions are seeking their 22nd win of the 2019-20 season, which they will get against the Pilgrims.

North Atlantic Conference (NAC): Maine-Farmington over SUNY Canton. Terion Moss will continue his impressive play again this afternoon and guide the Beavers to both a conference championship, as well as a first-round appearance in next week’s NCAA Tournament.

North Atlantic Conference (NAC): Husson over Maine-Farmington. The Eagles soared to victory last night over NVU-Lydon and will do it again today against Maine-Farmington.

Daily Noontime: Friday, February 28th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today is the final Fri-Yay of February, which might be bittersweet (to some people), but I think it is awesome news because it means we’re another day closer to spring (and warmer weather, of course!).

Make sure to bundle up – I hear it is VERY CHILLY outside today!

The Boston Bruins return to the win column 

  • After a few tough outings, including a six-goal setback to the Vancouver Canucks, our hometown Boston Bruins returned to the win column last night with a 4-3 victory against the Dallas Stars. Four different Bruins lit the lamp, including three that skaters that finished with one goal and one assist.
  • With the win, the Bruins improve to 40-13-12 overall and will be one state over tomorrow afternoon for an important Eastern Conference clash with the New York Islanders. Puck drop is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Boston Celtics set to host the Houston Rockets 

  • The Boston Celtics will entertain the Houston Rockets tomorrow evening at the TD Garden – tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Boston has won its last two outings, including an impressive win earlier this week against the Utah Jazz.

Don’t leave us, Tom Brady! 

  • According to various reports, both yesterday and this week, it doesn’t sound like Tom Brady will be returning to New England this fall. It seems more likely that the six-time Super Bowl champion will leave the area to play for another team next season. But do you really think that will actually happen? We’ll just have to wait and find out.
  • Tom Brady will officially become a free agent on March 16th, so we should know if he will stay or go pretty soon.

Albertus Magnus men’s basketball edges Lasell University to advance to the GNAC Championship 

  • Terry Dawkins recorded a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks of Albertus Magnus edged Lasell, 95-94, in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) semifinals last night to secure a spot in Saturday’s conference championship game.
  • EJ Day paced the Lasers with a game-high 38 points while Jonathan Friberg added 13 rebounds and nine points. Lasell earned a trip to New Haven, Connecticut last night by beating Emmanuel College in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Arsenault’s late bucket sends Endicott men’s basketball the CCC Championship 

  • Billy Arseneault netted the game-winning basket during the final seconds of Thursday’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) semifinal which helped the Gulls of Endicott College edge Wentworth Institute of Technology, 63-62.
  • With the win, the Gulls will now host Nichols College in the CCC Championship tomorrow with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m. Nichols is seeking its fourth-straight conference crown after beating Gordon College last night in its semifinal contest.

Both Worcester State teams will be competing for a MASCAC crown on Saturday 

  • Saturday will be an exciting day for both Worcester State University basketball teams, who will be competing in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championships.
  • The Worcester State men’s basketball team will visit Westfield State for a 1 p.m. tip-off. The Owls beat Salem State University last night in their semifinal contest while the Lancers topped MCLA.
  • Framingham State women’s basketball will entertain Worcester State – both teams scored convincing wins last night in their respective semifinal contest. Framingham State beat Bridgewater State while Worcester State outlasted Westfield State on the road.

 

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

We’re making a few tweaks to the Daily Noontime going forward – hope you don’t mind as we continue to help start your day with headlines (and news), as well as something (like our videos of the day) to make you smile.

So, here is our brand-spanking-new ‘Daily Noontime’ – hope you enjoy it, everyone!

Calgary rolls past Boston

  • The Calgary Flames rolled past the Boston Bruins last night at the TD Garden by a score of 5-2. Boston has lost its last two outings – they surrendered nine goals last Saturday to the Vancouver Cancuks. Hopefully the Black and Gold can return to their winning ways soon – well, tomorrow to be exact, as they will welcome the Dallas Stars to Causeway Street. Puck drop is 7 p.m.

Tatum leads Boston past Portland 

  • Jayson Tatum scored 36 points last night while recording five rebounds and one assist as the Boston Celtics topped the Portland Trail Blazers, 118-106. Boston has now won 40 games and will look to cap their west coast road trip with a win this evening against the Utah Jazz. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m.

Boston Red Sox sign-stealing investigation delayed (again!) 

  • It seems as if we will need to wait another day to hear what sort of punishment MLB commissioner Rob Manfred will dish out to our hometown Boston Red Sox. But according to a recent report from NJ.com, we could learn of the punishment by Friday.

New England Revolution kick-off their 2020 campaign on Saturday

  • A brand new season of New England Revolution soccer is set to commence this Saturday, February 29th when the local club hosts the Montreal Impact at 3 p.m. New England concluded its preseason with a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers last weekend, which is hopefully a sign for additional wins to come!

The University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) extends its winning streak 

  • Coach Jim Calhoun‘s squad won its 23-straight contest last night, beating Regis College in the opening round of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament. The Blue Jays will welcome Anna Maria College to West Hartford, Connecticut on Thursday (Feb. 27th) for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The winner will advance to Saturday’s conference tournament final.

Holy Cross edges Harvard in men’s lacrosse 

  • The Crusaders scored their third-straight win yesterday, along with their fourth of the season, as Holy Cross outlasted Harvard University, 9-8, in men’s lacrosse yesterday in Worcester. Justin Lynskey led the Crusaders with four points while three Holy Cross players finished with two points.

Bruton leads Nichols College past Roger Williams in the CCC Quarterfinals 

  • DeAnte Bruton helped the Bison of Nichols College erase a 19-point deficit to beat the Hawks of Roger Williams last night in the opening round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament. Bruton registered a double-double of 36 points and 14 rebounds while Matt Morrow contributed 13 points and eight caroms. Nichols will face Gordon College on Thursday in the semifinals.

Have a great day, everyone – thanks for stopping by for our new version of the Daily Noontime, and we will talk to you again tomorrow morning!