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Friday Night Round-Up: Harvard Edges MIT Basketball, Westfield State Upends Western Conn. in Season Finale

Bradley Jomard (MIT)
Bradley Jomard paced the Engineers in an exhibition setback against Harvard University. (PHOTO CREDI: MIT Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Harvard’s Seth Towns netted a game-high 20 points, while Chris Lewis recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Crimson defeated MIT, 73-64, in their season-opener on Friday evening at Lavietes Pavilion.

MIT, which was led by Bradley Jomard (17 points, six rebounds), trailed Harvard, 39-32, at the break, but used an 11-2 run minutes into the second half to pull within two-points (49-47) of the hosts with 11:02 remaining.

Harvard (1-0) counted with a six-point spurt, highlighted by a Rio Haskett jumper with 8:52 remaining to secure a 55-49 lead, but MIT clawed back, thanks to a pair of free throws from Nacho Nwana and a layup from Jomard to bring the visitors within four-points (57-53).

The Crimson would respond again with a pair of dunks, including one down the middle by Lewis, which provided the hosts with enough momentum to secure their initial win of the season.

MIT did close the gap late in the session with a pair of freebies from Ian Hinkley with 1:33 remaining, but Harvard dashed the Engineers’ comeback hopes with two free throws from Towns, along with a trifecta from Bryce Aiken.

Harvard concluded the game 21 of 51 from the floor, including 5 of 18 from beyond the arc. The Crimson also connected on 26 of 36 free-throws, too. MIT was 22 of 54 from the floor, but converted just 13 of 21 free-throw attempts.

Hinkley and Hamilton Forsythe each concluded the contest with 13 points apiece, while  Nwana added eight points, seven rebounds, three swipes and one assist off the bench.

The Crimson return to action Sunday, November 12 when they host UMass at 2 p.m., while the Engineers will officially begin their 2017-18 campaign next Wednesday, November 15 when they host Bridgewater State for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Westfield State capped its 2017 football season with a convincing 17-0 win over Western Connecticut at Alumni Field.

Travon Holder, who led all rushers with 187 yards on 38 carries, rushed for a pair of touchdowns, while Jake Cassidy rushed for another score, along with 53 yards on 14 carries.

On defense, Tyler Robbins highlighted the Owls’ effort with four total tackles, two interceptions, one pass break-up and one fumble recovery.

Western Connecticut quarterback Quinn Fleeting finished the game 11 of 21 for 107 yards.

Cassidy scored the game’s initial touchdown with 3:46 remaining in the first quarter before Holder located the end zone twice in the second quarter.

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Mass. College Hoops Notebook: Recapping The Past Month

By Matt Noonan 

One month of college basketball is in the books. So, let’s recap and get you caught up on the latest news and notes.

* We’ll begin in Division 1 with the UMass Minutemen, who’ve returned to the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll. Massachusetts checked in as the 21st best team in the country on this week’s AP poll and 22nd on the USA Today poll. UMass, which is 6-0, earned its sixth straight win last night against Eastern Michigan.

They’ll look to keep their momentum going on Saturday when they host Brigham Young for a 1:30 p.m. tip-off.

* Harvard, a squad Sports Illustrated pegged as one of their preseason teams to watch, is currently receiving votes in the AP poll.

The Crimson, who have won three straight, return to the hardwood this evening when they travel across the river to face Northeastern University, tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

* Let’s travel down the road to Waltham, where Bentley University’s women’s basketball team will look to keep their perfect record intact when they host Merrimack College this evening. The Falcons are the number one team in this week’s USA Today Sports/WBCA Division II poll, as well as earned 29 of 31 first-place votes. They’ve held the top spot for three straight weeks.

Senior All-America forward Lauren Battista and All-Northeast-10 grad student Courtney Finn lead the Falcons in scoring with Bautista averaging 16.1 points and Finn 15.6. As noted in yesterday’s press release, both players rank second and third on the team in both rebounds and assists.

* Below Bentley in the Northeast Division is Stonehill College, a squad that’s currently 5-2 and has won four of its last six contests. The Skyhawks host Assumption College this evening, their fourth conference match of the season. Stonehill is 2-1 thus far against NE-10 opponents and 1-1 in Easton.

As of today, Mary Louise Dixon and Amy Pelletier lead the squad in scoring as both players are averaging 16.0 points, while Tori Faieta ranks first on the team in rebounds 7.7.

* Switching gears to Division 3, Amherst College’s men’s team, last year’s national champion, is currently the top squad in this week’s D3Hoops.com men’s Top-25 poll. The Lord Jeffs are currently 4-0 and will look to earn their fifth straight win this evening when they host Anna Maria; tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.

* Also on the men’s Top-25 poll is Williams, who sits six spots below their rival and WPI, which checked in as the 14th best team in the country. The Engineers picked up an impressive non-conference win over Tufts last night in Worcester, their 20th straight home court victory.

Through six games, Ryan Kolb leads WPI with 105 points (17.5 per game), while Sam Longwell ranks second with 92 (15.3).

* According to this week’s D3Hoops.com women’s Top-25 poll, Amherst remains the fourth best team in the country, while Tufts checked in the eighth spot and Williams the 13th.

* Finally, Wheaton College’s women’s basketball team earned an impressive win against Smith College last week, which pushed its overall mark to 5-0, their best start since 1994-95. Abbie Brickley leads the team in points (78), while Kiley Shoemaker ranks first on the squad in rebounds (47).

The Lyons will look to extend their winning streak to six this evening when they entertain Emerson College at 7 p.m. in Norton.

Mass. College Hoops: Friday Evening Roundup

Temi Fagbenle registered a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds against Columbia! (Photo Credit: The Harvard Crimson)
Temi Fagbenle registered a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds against Columbia! (Photo Credit: The Harvard Crimson)

By Matt Noonan 

Another evening of college basketball is in the books and below are the local game summaries.

Men’s Basketball: 

Harvard 56, Columbia 51 – Siyani Chambers tallied a game-best 16 points, Wesley Saunders netted 15 points as the Crimson defeated the Lions and improved to 18-9 overall and 10-3 in the Ivy League. Harvard is now one-half game behind Princeton University in the Ancient Eight standings.

Women’s Basketball: 

Harvard 61, Columbia 44 – Temi Fagbenle finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Victoria Lippert recorded a team-best 15 points as the Crimson topped the Lions and improved to 18-8 overall and 9-3 in Ivy League play.

Amherst College 47, Tufts University 42 – Hayley Kanner‘s game-best 12 points wasn’t enough to help the Jumbos as the Lord Jeffs defeated their NESCAC rival in third round of the NCAA Division III tournament and earned a spot in tomorrow’s quarterfinals against Widener. Bridget Crowley led Amherst with 10 points, while Marcia Voigt filled the stat sheet with 10 boards, seven assists, four steals and four points. Amherst led Tufts at the break, 25-17.

Williams College 64, Ithaca College 60 (OT) – Jennie Harding scored five of her 19 points in overtime, while Claire Baecher finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Ephs defeated the Bombers in the third round of the tournament. Ithaca College received game-high 22 points from Kathryn Campbell, but that wasn’t enough to beat Williams. The Ephs will return to the hardwood tomorrow when they host Whitman in the quarterfinals.   

Mass. College Hoops: News And Notes From Saturday’s Slate

By Matt Noonan 

There were some interesting outcomes on Saturday in the college basketball world, and below are a few thoughts on the various games.

* I want to congratulate the Bentley University women’s basketball team for earning their 30th consecutive win against an East Region opponent, as Barbara Stevens guided the Falcons to 75-66 win against New Haven. Courtney Finn registered her second straight double-double, while Tyler Parker Kimball recorded a career-best 15 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Falcons are now 17-0 and 13-0 in Northeast-10 Conference play.

* Against UMBC, Boston University’s men’s team had six players record double figures in the Terriers 11th win of the season. Dom Morris, Malik Thomas, Maurice Watson Jr., John Papale, D.J. Irving and Nathan Dieudonne each tallied 10 points or more. The Terriers hadn’t had six scorers record double figures in a game since 2003.

* Kelly Greenberg picked up her 250th win as a head coach, as the BU women’s basketball team rebounded from their loss to Albany with a win against UMBC. The Terriers are now 17-4 overall and 7-1 in America East play.

* Harvard’s men’s basketball team overcame a seven-point deficit with 1:10 remaining and went onto defeat the visiting Dartmouth Big Green in overtime, 82-77. Tommy Amaker’s squad is now 10-6 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League.

* Anna Maria’s men’s basketball team has been a rather quiet story this year. However, their most recent win a few days ago against Albertus Magnus certainly created a ripple across the region. Yesterday, they earned their eighth consecutive win by defeating Johnson & Wales, 76-68. Anthony Clink led the AMCATS with 22 points, while also recording eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals.

* Daniel Wohl upped his status to Big Man On Campus following his go-ahead layup with 31 seconds remaining, as Williams College handed Middlebury College their first setback of the season in Williamstown. The Ephs are now 17-2 overall and 6-0 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

* Amherst College’s men’s basketball team is on a roll and has now won 11 straight contests. The Lord Jeffs haven’t dropped a game since falling to Babson College on December 6. On Saturday, they defeated Trinity College to earn their sixth conference win, along with their 17th of the season.

* Tufts University’s women’s basketball team earned its 20th consecutive win of the season by defeating Bates College, 55-34. Since the Jumbos started playing basketball in 1972, the Powder Blue and White have tallied 20 wins or more in four seasons. The most wins the Jumbos have recorded were 26, which occurred during the 2007-08 season.

* Amherst’s women’s basketball team picked up its 19th consecutive win of the season, as the Lord Jeffs defeated Trinity College, 67-47. Marcia Voigt and Savannah Holness each tallied a game-high 13 points.  

* The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) got off to a slow start, but as of recently, it is a two-horse race for the number one spot. Elms College and Newbury College are both 8-1 in the conference and 10-8 overall. Becker College is also 10-8, but 6-3 against conference foes. Newbury defeated Elms earlier this season, but will tangle with them once again on Saturday, February 16.

* Babson College and Smith College each picked up important road wins and remain neck and neck in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

* Framingham State’s women’s basketball team shocked Worcester State yesterday, as the Rams handed the Lancers their first setback in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). Kristen Hoffman, Madeleine Park and Kia Minor each tallied 11 points or more in their team’s 11th victory.  

Mass. College Sports: Holiday Weekend Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

The college sports world will be rather quiet this weekend in Massachusetts due to the upcoming holiday, and below are all the games that’ll be played today or Saturday.

Friday, Dec. 21: 

* Holy Cross at Bryant University, 11AM

* Northeastern University at Central Connecticut, 8PM (men’s hoops)

Saturday, Dec. 22: 

* Cornell University at Boston University, 1PM (men’s hoops)

* East Carolina at UMass, 1:30PM (men’s hoops)

* Providence College at Boston College, 2PM (men’s hoops)

* UMass at Northeastern University, 2PM (women’s hoops)

* Holy Cross at Harvard, 2PM (men’s hoops)