Mass. College Hoops: D3 Conference Championships Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

There were quite a few Division III college basketball conference championships that occurred this afternoon and below are the summaries.

Men’s Basketball

Curry College 69, Gordon College 63 – Pittsfield’s Sedale Jones, who was the Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year, netted 23 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Colonels defeated the Fighting Scots in Milton. The win provided Curry with their first conference crown since 2008 and an automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA Division III tournament. David Dempsey paced Gordon with 22 points and 12 rebounds in the setback.

Fitchburg State 80, Massachusetts College 72 – The Falcons earned themselves a trip to the tournament for the first time in school history by using a second half surge to beat the Trailblazers and claim the MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) crown. Fitchburg’s Mike Ingram-Rubin scored a game-best 25 points, while Tom Henneberry added 16 points.

Elms College 91, Regis College 78 –  New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) tournament most valuable player Andre French tallied a game-high 27 points, which helped the Blazers defeat the Pride in Chicopee. The win marked Elms College’s eight conference championship in nine years, and fourth in the last five.

Women’s Basketball

Emmanuel College 68, Suffolk University 45 – The Saints captured their seventh-straight GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) conference championship by defeating the Rams in Boston. Emmanuel’s Laura Benvenuto and Fiona O’Dwyer recorded 15 points, respectively, while Suffolk’s Jennifer Ruys matched the game-high with 15 points, too.

Brigewater State 85, Westfield State 72 – MASCAC tournament MVP Jenna Williamson registered a game-best 34 points, which helped the Bears rally to defeat the Owls in Bridgewater. The win marks Bridgewater’s third straight conference crown.

Regis College 59, Elms College 33 – Sabree Rodriguez, who was named the conference tournament MVP, recorded a double-double of 16 points and12 rebounds, which helped the Pride defeat the Blazers in Weston and earn the NECC crown. The win also extends the Pride’s winning streak to 18 games.

 

Mass. College Hoops: Tuesday Night Roundup

By Brian Willwerth

Tuesday marked the beginning of numerous conference tournaments and below are the men’s basketball results:

LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE (LEC) QUARTERFINALS

Rhode Island College 62, UMass Dartmouth 58 – Jake Laga had 14 points for the 8th-seed Corsairs, but it wasn’t enough as four Anchormen scored in double-figures.

Southern Maine 85, UMass Boston 65 – in the 4 vs. 5 matchup, Rahshjeem Benson’s had 18 points for the Beacons.  But four Huskies scored in double-figures.

COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE (CCC) QUARTERFINALS

Curry 76, Western New England 54 – The top-seeded Colonels advanced to the semifinals, as Sedale Jones led four Curry players in double-figures with 22 points. Damon Alston had 26 points in a losing effort for WNEC.

Gordon 81, Roger Williams 59 – The 2nd-seed Fighting Scots had a balanced attack, with David Dempsey leading the way with 20 points. Luke Hamilton and Park Thomas each had 16.

Eastern Nazarene 78, Salve Regina 64 – In Quincy, Jaylen Owens had 19 points as the Lions advanced to the CCC semifinals.

Wentworth 73, Nichols 69 – Behind 24 points from Colin Johnson, the Leopards stayed alive in the CCC tournament.   Irving Eggleston had 23 for the Bison.

GREAT NORTHEAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (GNAC) QUARTERFINALS

Anna Maria 85, Emmanuel 76 – Make it 16 wins in a row for the AMCATS. Brad Peterson led the way with 21 points for the top seed in the GNAC.

St. Joseph’s (Maine) 73, Emerson 68 – The season is over for coach Jim O’Brien’s squad. Michael Thorpe had 19 points in a losing effort.

Johnson & Wales 72, Suffolk 71 – Chris Torres had 23 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Rams lost a heartbreaker in Providence.

MASSCAHUSETTS STATE COLLEGEIATE ATHLETIC CONFERNCE (MASCAC) QUARTERFINALS

Salem State 86, Worcester State 78 – All five starters scored in double-figures for the Vikings, led by Bryan Ortiz’s 17 points. Dane Jobst had 24 for the Lancers.

Fitchburg State 63, Bridgewater State 60 – Zach Valliere had 17 points as the Falcons picked up the victory on the road. Michael Lofton had 20 points in a losing effort for the Bears.

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.