New England Basketball Weekend Watch (Jan. 10th-12th)

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Another busy weekend of New England D-III college basketball is set to tip-off this afternoon and evening – hope you are ready for some great games to watch and follow!

Let’s begin with one game to watch in Medford, Massachusetts this evening as the Tufts University women’s basketball team welcomes Wesleyan University to Cousens Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Friday’s clash between the Cardinals and Jumbos marks the official start of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play.

Tufts enters tonight’s contest riding an impressive 13-game winning streak, which has included recent wins over UMass DartmouthSUNYIT, and Wheaton College. Emily Briggs highlighted the Powder and Blue’s effort against the Lyons on Wednesday by connecting on 7 of 10 field goals for 19 points – she also made all three freebies. Erica DeCandido chipped in 13 points on six of eight shooting.

Wesleyan should certainly provide Tufts with some challenges on both ends of the court – the Cardinals have won eight of 11 contests thus far, including an early January clash with Babson College. The Cardinals began their 2019-20 campaign with six-straight wins.

In their last outing against SUNY Geneseo, last weekend, Caleigh Ryan and Katy O’Connor combined for 24 points, while Emma Roush added 10 points off the bench. 

A few other NESCAC women’s games to watch tonight and this weekend include Bowdoin College at Trinity College (1/10 at 7 p.m.), Amherst College at Middlebury College (1/10 at 7 p.m.), and Amherst at Williams College on Saturday, January 11th at 3 p.m.

On the men’s side of the NESCAC, keep an eye on Friday’s clash between Middlebury and Amherst. The Panthers have won 13-straight contests, including three consecutive 2020 meetings with Colby-SawyerSpringfield College, and Plattsburgh State. This particular outing should be a good test for the Panthers, but also the Mammoths, who began the new year with a 116-44 win over Lesley University before falling to Wesleyan three days later by a score of 79-77.

My prediction for Friday’s Amherst-Middlebury game is the following: The Mammoths will prevail and receive some major contributions from Grant Robinson, Fru Che, and Eric Sellew.

Tomorrow (Saturday, January 11th), WPI will entertain Babson in a very enticing New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. The Engineers began conference play earlier this week against MIT, while the Beavers were edged on Wednesday by Springfield.

It’s too early to say this a must-win for the Beavers (or Engineers) as all eight teams play each other twice in a single-season, but this could be a potential preview of the conference championship game next month.

Other Games to Watch (and Follow) this Weekend: 

  • WBB: Framingham State at Westfield State (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 12 p.m.): The Rams can begin conference play with a win on the road against an Owls team, which has not won a game since beating Plymouth State in mid-to-late November.
  • WBB: Western New England at Wentworth Inst. of Technology (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 1 p.m.): Look for the Golden Bears to bounce back after losing to WPI earlier this week. A win over the Leopards would provide WNE with their fourth conference win and keep them within at least one or two games of the University of New England.
  • WBB: Brandeis University at New York University (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 1 p.m.): The Judges face another 10-1 squad in an important conference meeting. Brandeis has won 10 of 11 contests this season so I expect that momentum will help them against the Violets.
  • MBB: Keene State at Rhode Island College (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 3 p.m.): This is an important meeting for both teams as the Anchormen and Owls are in a three-way tie with Western Connecticut for the top spot in the conference. Look for the Anchormen to bounce back after losing to Western Connecticut earlier this week.

D3 Hoops: The 2018-19 All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Team

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another exciting season of New England D3 basketball has concluded, which means it is time to unveil our end of the year All-Noontime Teams, along with our Coach, Rookie, and Player of the Year, too.

This year’s All-Noontime Team was assembled by our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made up of coaches, media members, and athletic communication directors.

As always, make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports basketball coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Hoops. 


Roger Williams and Nichols College

Nichols College’s Scott Faucher was named our Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year after guiding the Bison to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Sectional Finals earlier this month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley/Nichols College Athletics)

Coach of the Year: Scott Faucher (Nichols College): In his first season with the Bison, Faucher guided Nichols to a 28-3 mark, as well as the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Division III sectional finals. Additionally, the first-year coach also led Nichols to its third-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title with a 105-90 victory over Gordon College last month.


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Marcos Echevarria capped an impressive four-year career with the Nichols College men’s basketball team by becoming the 16th all-time scorer in Division III history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College): The Lynn, Massachusetts native concluded an impressive four-year career with the Bison by becoming the 16th all-time scorer in Division III history with 2,519 points and third in three-pointers with 479. A three-time Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) first-teamer, Echevarria guided the Bison to the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA sectional finals this month after leading Nichols to postseason victories against Middlebury College, Rowan College, and Amherst College. Echevarria ended the 2018-19 season averaging 20.3 points per game to go along with 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals. He was recently named to the D3Hoops.com All-America Second Team.


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Emerson College’s Zach Waterhouse became the first member of the men’s basketball program to be tabbed NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kate Foultz/Emerson College Athletics)

Rookie of the Year: Zach Waterhouse (Emerson College): Waterhouse enjoyed an impressive first season with the Lions, averaging 16.6 points per game to go along with 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He canned 74.5 percent of his free throws while canning 68 trifectas in 28 contests. Waterhouse became the first Emerson men’s basketball player to be named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie of the Year last month.


All-Noontime Men’s Basketball First Team 

Kena Gilmour

Hamilton College 

New Paltz, N.Y. 

Ty Nichols 

Keene State 

Springfield, Mass. 

Bradley Jomard

MIT 

Paris, France

AJ Jurko 

MIT

Weston, Fla.

Marcos Echevarria 

Nichols College 

Lynn, Mass. 


All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Second Team 

Grant Robinson 

Amherst College 

McLean, Va.

DeAnte Bruton 

Nichols College 

New London, Conn.

Jake Ross 

Springfield College 

Northampton, Mass.

Austin Hutcherson 

Wesleyan University 

Freehold, N.J.

James Heskett 

Williams College 

Cincinnati, Ohio


All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Third Team 

Geoffrey Gray

Emerson College 

Newton, Mass. 

Tim Roberts 

MIT 

Oak Bluffs, Mass.

Austin Coene 

Roger Williams 

Tyngsborough, Mass.

Sean Bryan 

Salem State University 

Lowell, Mass. 

Bobby Casey 

Williams College 

Scranton, PA


All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Rookie Team 

Devonn Allen 

Amherst College 

Danvers, Mass.

Noah Tyson 

Colby College 

Rutland, Vt.

Zach Waterhouse 

Emerson College

Hampton, N.H.

Mikey Spencer

Salve Regina 

Abington, Mass.

Chris Child

University of Saint Joseph

Bronx, N.Y.

D3 Hoops: Saturday’s Conference Tournament Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s been an exciting Saturday in the New England D3 hoops world with upsets galore, along with some impressive conference championship finishes. Additionally, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) resumed its postseason tournament this afternoon, as well, so let’s get you ALL caught-up on a busy day of basketball.


CCC Men’s Championship: Nichols College 105, Gordon College 90: Marcos Echevarria and DeAnte Bruton combined for 63 points to power the Bison to a third-straight CCC title.

CCC Women’s Championship: Western New England 69, Endicott College 55: Courtney Carlson led the Golden Bears with 18 points on 8 of 15 shooting to lead Western New England past Endicott on the road.

GNAC Men’s Championship: Albertus Magnus 81, St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 77: Damian Grant paced the Falcons with a team-high 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting, while Jahmerikah Green-Younger clinched the win with a late layup. Green-Younger concluded the contest with 12 points, including four freebies.

GNAC Women’s Championship: Emmanuel College 65, St. Joseph’s (Maine) 64: Maddie McLaughlin netted a pair of freebies with seven seconds left to lift the Saints past the Monks in an exciting GNAC championship. McLaughlin concluded the contest with 10 points.

LEC Men’s Basketball Championship: Keene State 72, Eastern Connecticut 69: Ty Nichols poured in a game-high 37 points on 13 of 21 shooting to lead the Owls past the Warriors on their home court.

LEC Women’s Basketball Championship: Eastern Conn. 77, UMass Dartmouth 72: Mya Villard recorded a double-double of 27 points and 17 rebounds as the Warriors outlasted the Corsairs in a thriller in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

MASCAC Men’s Championship: Salem State 66, Westfield State 57: Sean Bryan posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Vikings back to the NCAA Tournament. Bryan’s 18 points were the most recorded by all scorers.

MASCAC Women’s Championship: Westfield State 84, Worcester State 73The Owls outscored the Lancers, 58-38, in the second half to secure the MASCASC’s automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Kierra McCarthy led the Owls with 22 points off the bench.

NECC Men’s Basketball Championship: Mitchell College 77, Newbury College 69 (OT): Domenico Santiago registered a game-high 25 rebounds to go along with 16 points as the Mariners outlasted the Nighthawks in overtime.

NECC Women’s Basketball Championship: New England College 61, Becker College 40Rene Hudson paced all scorers with 28 points on 9 of 16 shooting to lead the Pilgrims past the Hawks on their home court.

NESCASC Men’s Basketball Semifinals: Hamilton College 89, Tufts University 84: Tim Doyle sank a pair of free throws late in the second half to seal the win for the Continentals. Doyle finished the contest with a team-high 18 points.

NESCASC Men’s Basketball Semifinals: Amherst College 74, Williams College 69: Grant Robinson netted a game-high 33 points as the Mammoths defeated the Ephs to secure a date with the Continentals tomorrow in the NESCAC Championship. 

NESCAC Women’s Basketball Semifinals: Bowdoin College 84, Middlebury College 54: Samantha Roy was one of five Bowdoin players to net 10 points of more – she finished with a game-high 20 points – as the Polar Bears raced paced the Panthers to secure a spot in tomorrow’s NESCAC championship.

NESCAC Women’s Basketball Semifinal: Tufts University 47, Amherst College 46: Janette Wadolowski‘s netted the game-winning jumper during the final seconds of the fourth quarter to lift the Jumbos past the Mammoths in the NESCAC semifinals. Erica DeCandido led Tufts with 14 points.

NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Championship: Emerson College 93, WPI 75: Jack O’Connor exploded for a game-high 33 points on 11 of 17 shooting as Lions defeated the Engineers to secure an automatic berth for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. 

NEWMAC Women’s Basketball Championship: MIT 66, Springfield College 50The Engineers earned a return trip to the postseason, thanks to 22 points and 10 rebounds from Jocelyn Luizzi off the bench.

NAC Men’s Basketball Championship: Husson University 82, Thomas College 67The Eagles outscored the Terriers, 42-27, in the second half to secure the conference’s automatic berth for the NCAA Tournament. Justin Martin paced Husson with 26 points.

NAC Women’s Basketball Championship: Husson University 58, Maine Maritime 51: Kenzie Worcester and Megan Peach combined for 35 points as the Eagles defeated the Mariners in Newman Gym to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament.


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