Mass. College Hoops: Sam Longwell Records First Career-Triple Double, WPI Tops Wheaton (VIDEO)

By Matt Noonan

WPI senior Sam Longwell recorded his first career triple-double as the Engineers – ranked eighth in the latest poll – defeated Wheaton College, 92-68, in NEWMAC play on Saturday afternoon at Harrington Auditorium.

Longwell netted 24 points – 22 points in the first half – and registered 12 rebounds and 10 assists in his team’s 15th win of the season, fifth in conference play.

The Engineers led, 51-37, at the break, but added an additional 41 points during the final 20 minutes to seal the win. Junior Aaron Davis registered eight points and eight boards, while senior Domenick Mastascusa stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Wheaton junior Billy Battaglia and senior Mike O’Loughlin netted 18 points, respectively.

Below is a postgame interview with Longwell and Davis, courtesy of WPI’s YouTube Channel.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Eight)


WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is now time to reveal this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the WeekGustave Koumare (Nichols, Jr.): Koumare sparked the Bison to a pair of wins this week, keeping the Bison unbeaten in conference play (8-0). He poured in a career-high 28 points in a win over Endicott on Thursday, scoring nine unanswered points on three 3-pointers in the second half. He finished the contest shooting 50 percent both from the floor (10-of-20) and three-point land (6-of-12) while recording five assists and four steals. Two days later, Koumare filled the stat sheet with 11 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and three assists in a road win at Wentworth.

Men’s Rookie of the WeekMitchell Hahn (Holy Cross, Fr.): Hahn led the Crusaders in scoring in an 0-2 week, including an outstanding game against Army. The forward dropped 18 points to go with career highs of seven rebounds, five blocks and three assists in the OT setback to the Black Knights. With 2:59 left in regulation, Hahn canned a pair of free throws to give Holy Cross a 59-56 lead. He later hit a 3-pointer with 25.3 seconds remaining in overtime to pull the Crusaders within one. On Saturday, he paced the club with 12 points at Lehigh.

Women’s Player of the WeekKelly Conley (Assumpton, Jr.): In a 1-1 week, Conley averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, one assist and one steal while shooting 52.6 percent from the field and connected on 16-of-21 free throws. Highlighting her week was a career-high 35-point effort, the third-highest single-game scoring total in Assumption history.

Women’s Rookie of the WeekAma Biney (WPI, Fr.): Biney shot a sizzling 67.9% from the field to help WPI to a pair of victories in a three-game week.  The freshman guard began her week by draining 6-of-7 shots from the floor and registering 14 points in a home victory over Mount Holyoke.  After stuffing the stat sheets with 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals and a block in a loss at Babson, Biney led all scorers with 15 points and pitched in with three steals as the Engineers improved to 3-0 at home in 2015 with a win against city rival Clark.

Honor Roll:

Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr.): Doherty started in both games last week and played well for the Crusaders. On Wednesday at Army she totaled two points, four rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. Later in the week versus Lehigh, Doherty tallied eight points, six rebounds and a career-best four steals. Doherty ranks 11th in the Patriot League and second on Holy Cross with a 32.2 three-point field goal percentage this season (19-59). Through 19 games, she is averaging 5.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest and is tied for third on the team with 16 steals this season.

Karl Ziegler (Assumption, Jr.): Ziegler averaged 18 points, four rebounds and one assist while shooting 59.1 percent from the field (13-for-22). He also connected on 10 of 11 free throw attempts.

Kamali Bey (Assumption, So.): In a 1-1 week, Bey averaged 17 points, 2.5 rebounds and one steal per game while shooting 59.1 percent from the field and hitting 7-of-9 free throws.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton averaged a double-double of 12.5 points and 15.0 rebounds in a two-game win for Anna Maria. Warburton tallied 14 points and 22 rebounds in Monday’s win against Pine Manor, and added 11 points and eight rebounds against St. Joseph’s on Saturday. She also added 12 steals and nine assists on the week.

Patrick Bradanese (Anna Maria, Jr.): Bradanese was the AMCATS’ leading scorers in both games in a 2-0 week, scoring 17 points against Mount Ida and 23 points against St. Joseph’s. The junior guard shot 51.9 percent from the floor, including a 53.8 percent effort (7-13) from three-point range. On the week, Bradanese averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So.): Brooks averaged 18 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in an 0-2 week for Worcester State with a .667 effort from the field (18-27) which included 22 points, 14 boards and two rejections in a 71-65 setback to Bridgewater State and 14 points and 11 caroms in a 62-54 loss against Salem State.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr.): Frankian averaged 12.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in a 1-2 week for Worcester State including 11 points, five boards and two helpers in a 63-48 win over Salem State and 16 points in a 70-48 setback to Bridgewater State . Connected for.519 percent from the floor (13-25) and .462 percent from long-range (6-13).

Domenick Mastascusa (WPI, Sr.): Mastascusa shot a blistering 61.9% from the floor while leading the Engineers to a 2-0 week.  On Wednesday the senior posted teams-bests of 16 points, six rebounds and two blocks as WPI defeated host Babson 67-57 in a matchup of nationally-ranked squads. Mastascusa followed that performance up by canning 6-of-8 shots from the floor en route to notching a game-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds in the Crimson and Gray’s 73-58 triumph over Emerson at Harrington Auditorium.

Obi Obiora (WPI, Fr.): Obiora poured in 12 points and six rebounds in WPI’s 73-58 victory over Emerson on Saturday.  Earlier in the week the freshman pitched in with six points as the 13th ranked Engineers went on the road and defeated No. 15 Babson 67-57.  For the week Obiora connected on 58.3% of his shots from the field.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Three)


WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball (in the Worcester area) in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Kwame Lee (Fitchburg State, Jr.): Lee averaged 16 points over two games for Fitchburg State. The junior forward put in a team-high 20 points in the Falcons’ 77-67 loss to UMass Boston on Tuesday, and 12 points on Saturday’s defeat to #16 MIT, 63-58. Over the two games Lee shot 50% from the field, and contributed with 11 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr.): Scott averaged a double-double with 20.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She recorded her first double-double of the week with a season-high 24 points to go along with 11 rebounds and a career-best four steals versus Quinnipiac. In an overtime loss to Harvard, Scotts sank 10-of-12 shots from the field for 23 points and added seven boards. The junior registered her second double-double of the season and the 21st of her career with 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Crusaders’ win over Georgetown. She was named the MVP of the Georgetown game as selected by the Basketball Hall of Fame Tournament committee. Against the Hoyas, Scott recorded her 700th career point and her 500th career rebound as she now has 708 points and 507 rebounds in her three seasons.

Brooke Brennan (Clark, Jr.): In the Cougars’ lone game last week, Brennan registered a career-high 29 points, connecting on a career-best eight three-pointers as the Scarlet and White knocked off Worcester-area rival Anna Maria, 58-49. She was 10-for-18 from the field, including going 8-for-12 from three-point land. In addition to her scoring, Brennan added seven rebounds, two assists and three steals in 36 minutes of action.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr.): Doherty started in all three games last week and averaged 7.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She totaled 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting with five rebounds and three assists versus Quinnipiac. Against Georgetown, Doherty scored a season-high 13 points, including a pair of second-half three-pointers to help clinch the win.

Honor Roll:

Terrance Bobb-Jones (Assumption, Jr.): Bobb-Jones posted 11 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks in an overtime loss to Saint Michael’s in the team’s lone game last week. He was 5-for-11 shooting from the field.

Jo Impellizeri (Assumption, So.): In a 2-0 week, Impellizeri averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, two assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 66.7 percent from the field and 11-for-16 from the free throw line. Highlighting her week was a 16-point, seven-rebound outing in a home win over LIU Post.

Kelly Conley (Assumption, Jr.): In a 2-0 week, Conley averaged 13.5 points, three assists, 2.5 rebounds and one steal per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 10-for-14 at the free throw line. Highlighting her week was a 17-point effort in a home win over Saint Michael’s.

Quantez Franklin (Anna Maria, Sr.): Franklin tallied 18 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two assists to lead the AMCATS to an 80-77 win against Clark in the team’s lone outing of the week. Franklin’s best statistic of the week was his field-goal percentage, as he tallied his 18 points on a 9-for-11 shooting effort (81.8 percent).

Nick DaPrato (Clark, Gr.): In Clark’s lone game of the week, an 80-77 loss to Anna Maria, the DaPrato pumped in a game-high 19 points on an efficient 7-for-14 shooting while collecting five steals. He was 3-for-5 from behind the arc as well and now leads the team with 17.2 points per game average.

Megan Wodzinski (Fitchburg State, Sr.): Wodzinski netted 14 points in the Falcons’ 60-57 overtime win over UMass Boston on Tuesday. The senior forward shot 58.3% from the field, while contributing with two steals and four rebounds in the Falcons victory.

Domenick Mastascusa (WPI, Sr.): Mastascusa led all players with 17 points and shared game-high honors with eight rebounds to help lift WPI to a 70-52 triumph over city rival Worcester.  The senior forward drained 7-of-8 of his field goal attempts and all three of his free throw tries.  Mastascusa notched his 17 points in just 19 minutes of work.

Haili Welton (WPI, Jr.): Welton narrowly missed a double-double in WPI’s 69-48 road victory over Nichols on Tuesday evening.  The junior forward led all scorers with 12 points to go with nine rebounds and three steals as helped the Engineers hand head coach Cherise Galasso her 250th career victory..

Mass. College Hoops: No. 14 WPI Falls Short To No. 13 Albertus Magnis In NCAA Tournament


Courtesy of the WPI sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the Engineers’ first-round NCAA Tournament matchup against Albertus Magnus. WPI lost to Albertus Magnus, 68-66:

Purchase, NY — No. 13 ranked Albertus Magnus used a late 11-2 run to rally to defeat No. 14 ranked WPI 68-66 Friday evening in a NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament first round contest played at SUNY Purchase.

Albertus Magnus (27-2) advances to Saturday’s second round at 7pm against the winner of the host Panthers and Hartwick. WPI, who was appearing in its eighth NCAA Tournament in the last 10 years, completes its season with a 22-5 mark.

WPI went ahead 56-53 on a long 3-pointer by Matt Harrington (Shrewsbury, MA) with 5:30 left.  After the two teams traded baskets, the Falcons embarked upon game-deciding spurt when James Jennings (Bridgeport, CT) canned a trifecta of his own to level the game at 58-58.

Lightning-quick point guard Eian Davis (Brooklyn, NY) responded with a free throw and a short jumper and big man Victor Ljuljdjuraj (Yorktown Heights, NY) drained a pair of buckets sandwiched around an Aaron Davis (Marshfield, MA) jumper for WPI, giving AMC a 65-60 edge with a minute left.

After the two teams combined for three empty possessions, Albertus Magnus nailed three free throws in the final 12 seconds to hold off a hard-charging Engineer team that connected on a pair of three-pointers in the same span, including one at the buzzer by Aaron Davis.

The first half began at a frantic pace, with Albertus Magnus canning 7-of-8 shots from the floor en route to a 10 point edge at 29-19 midway through the stanza.  At that point, WPI’s defense took over and spearheaded a 15-0 run highlighted by four charges taken that helped fuel a 36-34 halftime advantage.

Eian Davis dodged foul trouble, including three before halftime to register game-highs of 22 points, six assists and two steals. Darius Watson (New Britain, CT) scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half, including drilling all four of his 3-pointers in a 4:32 span early in the game while the 6-8 Ljuljdjuraj posted 14 points and 11 rebounds en route to a double-double.

Domenick Mastascusa (North Reading, MA) was outstanding for WPI, tallying a team-best 19 points, to go along with seven boards, all defensive.

Zack Karalis (North Andover, MA) contributed 14 points, including four 3-pointers and tied his career-best nine rebounds.  Harrington matched his career-high with 11 points while Sam Longwell (Acton, MA) carried the mail early for the Crimson and Gray, scoring eight points before sliding over to help contain Watson in the second half.  Longwell will enter his senior season in November just 3 points short of 1,000.

Senior Ryan Kolb (Southington, CT) chipped in with seven points for the Engineers, who recorded assists on 18 of 24 baskets. on the night.   The game marked the final contest for Kolb and classmates Chad LaBove (Shrewsbury, MA) and Drew Osei (Buffalo, NY).

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 13)


WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the Worcester area in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: David Dudzinski (Holy Cross) – The senior forward posted double doubles in both of Holy Cross’ games last week. He totaled 17 points and 11 rebounds against Lafayette and added 22 points and 10 rebounds in the victory over Navy. He now has 10 double doubles is his collegiate career.

Domenick Mastascusa (WPI) – The junior forward posted a pair of double-doubles as he led the No.12 ranked Engineers to a pair of victories and the outright NEWMAC regular season championship.  The junior forward tallies 12 points and 11 rebounds in WPI’s 58-46 home victory over Wheaton before erupting for 16 points and 10 boards in the Crimson and Gray’s 65-60 WACBA win over city rival Clark. For the week, Mastascusa averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 55.6% from the floor and 87.5% from the line as WPI earned its ninth conference regular season championship in the last 11 years.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The freshman guard scored 13 points in the Lafayette game. Thompson tied his career-high with 17 points against Navy, to go along with three rebounds and three steals. He has now scored in double figures in three straight games, and 11 times overall this season. Also, he made 50.0 percent of his three-pointers and 90.9 percent of his free throws on the week.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State) – The freshman center averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 blocks and 3.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week for Worcester State to go with a .625 effort from the field (15-24). Brooks started off the week with 18 points, seven blocks and three boards in a 79-66 triumph over Fitchburg State before finished with 16 points, five blocks and a trio of boards in a 67-58 win over Framingham State to help Lancers earn a first-round home game in the upcoming MASCAC Tournament and their highest final regular-season standing since 2002-03.

Women’s Player of the Week: Shannen El-Qasem (Worcester State) – The sophomore guard averaged 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 19 points and 10 boards in a 54-47 victory over Fitchburg State. Logged a .476 effort from the floor on the week for the Lancers (10-21).

Honor Roll:

Marcus Murray (Assumption) – The freshman guard averaged 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal in two games last week. In addition, he hit 8-of-11 free throw chances, while his week was highlighted by a 15-point outing against first-place Saint Anselm on Saturday.

Shannon Ray (Assumption) – The senior point guard averaged 12.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and one steal per game in a 2-0 week for the regionally-ranked Hounds. Highlighting her week was a 16-point, five-rebound showing in a Senior Night win over Saint Michael’s.

Gustave Koumare (Nichols) – The sophomore guard averaged a team-high 16.5 points per game as the Bison went 2-0 to secure the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament for the first time in program history. He broke an 82-all tie with a three-pointer with 52 seconds left to put Nichols ahead for good and propel it to an 88-84 win at Eastern Nazarene on Tuesday. Four days later, he poured in a career-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting in a win at Wentworth on Saturday. Koumare also averaged 3.5 rebounds per game and 2.0 steals per game. 

Siena Mamayek (WPI) – The senior forward poured in 22 points in the week, a team-best 15 points in final career contest at MIT and added nine rebounds and a block on the week.