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Mass College Hoops – D3Hoops Saturday Tournament Predictions

Can the Babson Beavers keep their playoff hopes alive against MIT on Saturday? (Photo Credit: Babson College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

The Division III college basketball season in Massachusetts is slowly dwindling down, and on Saturday, a few conferences will crown some champions, while others will attempt to punch their ticket to the title match on Sunday.

So, without further ado, here are my predictions for Saturday’s various affairs.

NEWMAC Men’s Semi-Finals:

MIT vs. Babson College If the Beavers want to keep their postseason hopes alive, they’ll have to play flawless basketball against a team that very rarely makes a mistake. However, the Beavers defense has struggled this season against an Engineers offensive unit that can score in and outside the paint. PREDICTION – MIT 72, Babson 63

WPI vs. Springfield College – Both teams have beaten each other once this year, but now, one win will decide who goes on and who goes home. WPI’s senior Matt Carr will be a challenge for Charlie Brock’s team, who’ll need his squad to limit the his offensive production in the paint. PREDICTION – WPI 59, Springfield College 56

NEWMAC Women’s Semi-Finals:

Babson College vs. Wellesley College – The Beavers should have no problem getting past the Blue, who earned an impressive victory on Wednesday against Springfield College. Yet, against seniors Kathleen King and Nicki Wurdeman, as well as junior Sarah Collins, Wellesley will most likely struggle on both offense and defense. PREDICTION – Babson 79, Wellesley 48

Smith College vs. WPI – It’s hard to believe that WPI has made it this far, especially since they’ve endured some tough stretches this year. However, against a well-coached Pioneers team, I’m expecting the Engineers to keep things rather close. PREDICTION – Smith 58, WPI 51

NESCAC Men’s Semi-Finals:

Bates College at Amherst College – The top-ranked Lord Jeffs will face a Bobcats team that they’ve already beaten once this season. Senior David Waller paced Amherst with 19 points in that particular win, and could certainly duplicate his performance on Saturday afternoon. PREDICTION – Amherst 60, Bates 47

Wesleyan University vs. Trinity College – This will certainly be a game that you’ll want to track because either squad is capable of winning this particular match. The Cardinals have contended quite well this year against Trinity, Amherst and Williams, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they maneuver a win past the second best team in the conference. PREDICTION – Wesleyan 62, Trinity 61

Caroline Stedman and Amherst College face Colby College on Saturday, which is a critical match for both squads!(Photo Credit: Amherst College/Amherst College Athletics)

NESCAC Women’s Semi-Finals: 

Colby College vs. Amherst College – Earlier this season, Amherst struggled from the charity stripe when they faced Colby, but still managed to find a way to beat them in Maine. Although, this particular matchup will be held in Amherst, and you can bet the Lord Jeff supporters will be the “sixth man” for the women sporting the purple, black and white. PREDICTION – Amherst 65, Colby 50

Bowdoin College vs. Tufts University – Prior to their last meeting, the Jumbos were on an 11-game winning streak, which the Polar Bears snapped when they invaded Medford. The Jumbos can avenge their heartbreaking defeat by playing solid defense, and limiting the Polar Bears second and third scoring chances. PREDICTION – Tufts 58, Bowdoin 56

MASCAC Men’s Conference Championship:

Bridgewater State vs. Salem State – This is certainly an enticing matchup, especially since both squads split the season series by winning on their home courts. However, Salem State will be the host in this particular clash, which might provide the extra advantage for the Vikings. PREDICTION – Salem State 88, Bridgewater State 79

MASCAC Women’s Conference Championship:

Bridgewater State vs. MCLA – The Trailblazers ended their season with an excruciating loss to the Bears in Bridgewater. MCLA has outscored their conference opponents this past week, 178-155, and will attempt to limit Bridgewater’s second and third opportunities on the glass, which won’t be easy. PREDICTION – Bridgewater State 76, MCLA 65

GNAC Women’s Conference Championship:

Emmanuel College vs. St. Joe’s (Maine) – The Saints earned their 12th conference championship berth on Thursday when they defeated the Rams of Suffolk University, 87-58. Emmanuel College has won the title match 13 of 16 times, while St. Joe’s last earned the crown in 1998. PREDICTION – Emmanuel College 80, St. Joe’s 65

NECC Men’s Conference Championship:

Becker College vs. Elms College – The Hawks earned an impressive win against Newbury College on Friday, which not only launched them into the conference championship, but also provided head coach Brian Gorman his 100th win. Becker College finished their conference slate 16-0, and should have no problem getting by a physical Elms College team. PREDICTION – Becker College 70, Elms College 60

NECC Women’s Conference Championship:

Daniel Webster vs. Elms College – The Eagles earned some serious momentum on Friday evening when they knocked-off top seeded Regis College, 66-63 in Weston. Now, they’ll try to keep their March Madness hopes alive against Elms College, who defeated Daniel Webster twice this season. PREDICTION – Daniel Webster 65, Elms College 63 oHoweve

Mass College Hoops Recap: Amherst 74, Tufts 65

By Brian Willwerth 

MEDFORD, MA – This was a matchup between two of the top teams in the NESCAC who came in having won a combined 11 games in a row between them.  The game played out at the high level you’d expect from two such teams.

In a game that featured non-stop action from the start, Amherst College defeated Tufts University on Saturday, 74-65. With the win, the Lord Jeffs improved to 8-0 in the conference, (20-2 overall) and clinched a home quarterfinal game in the upcoming NESCAC championship. The Jumbos fell to 6-3, (16-6 overall.)

The first half was back-and-forth the entire way, with neither team being able to open up much of a lead. The action was fast and furious. There were eight ties and eight lead changes in the first 20 minutes alone.

The Jumbos shot 51% from the field, compared to 45% for the Lord Jeffs. The home team led by one at the intermission.

“I thought the great thing was that we were only one down at halftime,” said Amherst head coach David Hixon. “I said ‘guys, we did this, this and this…and we’re only down one.  Let’s go.’”

After the break, Amherst went on an 8-2 run to open up a small lead, and then turned up the defensive intensity, as Tufts was unable to retake the lead the rest of the way.

Each team had four players in double-figures, and leading the way for the Lord Jeffs was Aaron Toomey, (18 points), while David Waller added 15. The pair combined to go 5-12 from behind the arc, while Willy Workman and Allen Williamson scored 10 apiece.

“We like to set (Toomey) free and move the ball around himself,” said Hixon.  “Offensively, we started to sort-of let this kid loose a little bit, and let him start to do some things and make everybody better when he couldn’t get something himself.”

The Jumbos, playing before a full house at Cousens Gymnasium, were led by Ben Ferris’ 16 points. C.J. Moss had 12, and Alex Orchowski and Scott Anderson added 11 and 10, respectively.

The Jumbos were hoping for another big win, one night after beating Trinity at the buzzer.

“We missed some shots, and they were a little bit more poised than we were,” said Tufts head coach Bob Sheldon, who said his team was ready for the big matchup after Friday night’s dramatics. “To be honest, they were a little tougher than us.”

Massachusetts College Basketball: Saturday Roundup

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By NoontimeSports.com

Here are some headlines, news and scores from Saturday’s Massachusetts Division III hoops contests.

Men’s Basketball

WPI 80, MIT 68 – MIT’s 16-game winning streak came to an end, as WPI held the Engineers to 27 points in the second half. Jamie Shannon scored 17 points for WPI, while Mitchell Kates paced MIT with 22 points, and seven assists.

Framingham State 73, Westfield State 69 – Both the Owls and Rams combined for 65 fouls, and 80 free throws before Framingham State earned their first conference win of the season.

Babson 52, Wheaton 45 – The Beavers picked up their second consecutive victory, as they defeated the Lyons to earn their second conference win, too. David Mack led Babson with 14 points, while Will Bayliss notched 12 points for Wheaton.

Amherst 82, Colby 64 – David Waller registered 18 points and three assists, as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Mules in Maine.

Women’s Basketball

Amherst 51, Colby 50 – Trailing the Mules at halftime, 28-25, the Lord Jeffs stormed back, and somehow managed to pick up their 17th win of the season, as well as fifth conference victory, too. Megan Robertson paced Amherst with 18 points, while Caroline Stedman tallied 14 points and two rebounds. Rachael Mack led Colby with 14 points, as well as recorded five rebounds, two blocks and one assist.

Babson 96, Coast Guard 47 – Erin Young sank eight trifectas off the bench, as well as tallied a career high 28 points in 21 minutes, which helped the Beavers, earn their 55th straight conference clash against the Bears in Connecticuit.

Tufts 51, Conn. College 21 – The Jumbos held the Camels to 11 points in the first half, and 10 in the second, as Tufts handed Connecticut College their third loss of the season. The Camels finished the game 6 of 47 from the field, and 8 of 14 from the free throw line.

Smith 61, MIT 36 – The Pioneers registered 40 points in 20 minutes, which gave Smith a commanding lead, which they never relinquished. Ellie Giles led Smith with 10 points, as well as recorded eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four steals.

Amherst College Fends Off Babson College, 61-50

By Rory Duyon 

BABSON PARK, MA — Moral victories don’t count in the standings, as Babson head coach Stephen Brennan said after a 61-50 loss to Amherst College on Thursday, but there’s something to be said for hanging with the No. 2 squad in the country, despite shooting only 25% from the field for most of the game.

A late second half Amherst run put this game out of reach, but with 13 minutes to play, it was a one possession game, as the Beavers held the Lord Jeffs of Amherst to 30.6 points under their season average.

“We’ve got to make more shots. We had lay ups we missed, we missed a lot of threes, we’ve got to make plays,” said Brennan. “We’re right there, we’re a very good defensive team, they’re the number two team in the country, but there’s no moral victory.”

The Amherst trio of Willy Workman, Aaron Toomey and Taylor Barrise was held to 21 total points, less than half of their combined average, while David Waller, Jeff Holmes and Peter Kaasila scored 29 points.

“Jeff [Holmes] really stepped up with the offensive rebounds,” said Amherst head coach David Hixon. “He made some good plays. Pete [Kaasila] played big, he’s coming off a sprained ankle, but [David Kalema] made some great plays with his quickness too.”

Babson trailed 4-0 after seven-and-a-half minutes until Matt Florio put his team on the board with a layup, (he led all scorers with 15 points). Amherst made five of their first 26 shots before hitting four of their last five in the first half to take a 24-20 lead at the break.

Amherst opened a double-digit lead in the second half, but a 10-2 run got Babson to within three points. At that point, Amherst overpowered Babson with a 21-7 run of their own, as Kalema scored nine points in that particular stretch to help put the game out of reach.

Russell Braithwaite and Marcus McDermott struggled from the field all night. They combined for just 13 points, including three baskets by Brathwaite in the final two minutes.

Babson protected the ball quite well by recording just 13 turnovers in a span of 40 minutes, but they only connected on 19-of-61 shots.

The Beavers [7-3] head into a three-week layoff with three losses in a row. They will return to the hardwood on December 30 in California when they visit Claremont McKenna.