WACBA Men’s Basketball Postseason Awards (Tuesday, March 24th, 2020)


WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our end of season Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball awards for our coach, player, and rookie of the year.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season WACBA honors for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the college basketball season. 

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.

Wentworth and Nichols College

DeAnte Bruton capped an impressive career with the Bison by placing first in program history in field goals made (863). (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Player of the Year: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton capped an impressive career with the Bison by securing the top spot in the program’s history for field goals made (863) while securing the second position in multiple categories, including scoring (2,334 points), three-pointers (226) and steals (226). He currently ranks fourth all-time in free throw (382) while placing sixth in the record book in scoring average (20.6 points per game) and seventh in free throw percentage. Bruton, who became the fourth student-athlete in program history to net 2,000th points, secured multiple first-team honorees at the conclusion of the regular and postseason from the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), D3Hoops.com, National Association of Basketball Coaches, and NoontimeSports.com.


Joe Pridgen averaged 17.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Crusaders this past season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Year: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr.|Winchendon, Mass.): Named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Pridgen concluded an impressive first season with the Crusaders that culminated in spots on the league’s all-rookie team and third-team. The Winchendon, Massachusetts native averaged 17.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while hitting 55.8 percent of his field-goal attempts. He led the team in both scoring and rebounding while finishing fourth in the conference in scoring, sixth in field goal percentage, and seventh in rebounding. His 521 total points scored on the year were the second-most in both Holy Cross and Patriot League history.

Chris Bartley

WPI men’s basketball coach Chris Bartley guided the Engineers to a 20-8 overall record this season, along with an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/WPI Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year: Chris Bartley (WPI): Bartley guided the Engineers to a 20-win season, the program’s third-straight appearance in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament championship, and a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in his 19-years coaching the WPI men’s basketball team. With a 20-8 overall record, Bartley has now guided the Engineers to 20 wins or more in 14 of 19 seasons.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

Mass. College Hoops: Div. I Notes For Wednesday’s Games

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are a few quick notes on the of the Division I basketball games, which will be played this evening:

* Boston College will look to rebound following their loss last weekend against Wake Forrest with a victory against Miami. The Eagles are 1-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and currently remain in fourth place.

* Boston University’s women’s basketball team will look to extend its current winning streak to 12 games when they visit Maine for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The Black Bears have won 40 of the 71 meetings between these two squads, while the Terriers have dominated their opponent by winning 10 of the last 11 meetings. BU is currently 14-3 overall and 4-0 in American East play.

* The Holy Cross men’s basketball team will look to return to the win column when they travel to Navy for a 7:00 p.m. tip. The Crusaders are coming off their first conference loss of the season, and will certainly rely on David Dudzinski and Justin Burrell for points.

* Northeastern University’s men’s basketball team will look to earn its fifth conference win when they welcome Hofstra University to Boston. The Huskies have won four consecutive contests, and a major reason has been the production of Joel Smith, who is averaging 16.2 points per game.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Weekly Report (Jan. 7-13)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another week of college basketball is in the books. And without further ado, here is this week’s WACBA Rookies of the Week, Players of the Week and Honor Roll.

NOTE: This week’s write-ups courtesy of the college’s sports information director.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Cullen Hamilton (Holy Cross) Fr., Guard, Washington, D.C.: Hamilton totaled eight points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in his team’s win against Columbia. Against Lehigh, he added six points and two rebounds. He finished the week 2 of 3 from the charity stripe.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross) Fr., Forward, Ridgewood, New Jersey: The first-year finished the past week with 15 points. She netted 11 points in her team’s win against Brown, and recorded three rebounds, two steals and one assist against Lehigh. Her 11 points were the third most points versus Brown as she connected on 5 of 6 from the free-throw line.

Men’s Player of the Week: Kevin Donahue  (Assumption College) Gr. Student, Guard, Pawcatuck, Conn: Donahue averaged 19 points and knocked down nine three-pointers in a 2-0 week for the Hounds as Assumption improved to 11-2 overall. He began the week with a 25-point effort in a home win over Bentley, knocking down seven three-pointers in the win. In the process, Donahue became the 42nd player in Assumption history to surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career. He then ended the week with a 13-point effort, including two three-pointers, to go along with two rebounds and three steals in an overtime road win at Southern New Hampshire.

Women’s Player of the Week: Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) Sr., Center, Warren, Mass: Averaged 17.3 points, 14.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in a 2-1 week for Worcester State including 21 points and 19 boards in a 49-48 triumph over Westfield State before she added 25 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in a 62-46 win over MCLA. Also connected for .500 from the field (20-40) and 46 percent from beyond the arc (6-13).

Honor Roll:

Amy Lepley (Holy Cross) Sr., Forward/Guard, Norfolk, Mass: Lepley finished the past week with 30 points and tied a game-best 17 points and four assists in a loss to Lehigh, while recording a season-best five assists against Brown. Lepley is now the 24th leading scorer in Holy Cross history with 1,033 career points. Through seven games played this season, Lepley ranks second on the team in points (11.9) and leads the squad in rebounds (5.7).

Justin Burrell (Holy Cross) Soph., Forward, Dumfries, Virginia: Burrell tallied 29 points, four assists and three rebounds in a win against Columbia. His 29 points were his second-most this season. Against Lehigh, he led the Crusaders with 16 points. In both games, he connected on 13 of 14 shots from the stripe.

Katy Howard (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Medway, Mass: In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Howard averaged 17 points per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point land. She also added 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. In a home loss to No. 2 ranked Bentley, Howard posted 16 points, including 4-for-5 from three-point land. She then ended her week with an 18-point effort on 6-for-11 shooting from the field in a 71-51 road win at Southern N.H.

Anthony Click (Anna Maria College) Sr., Forward, Springfield, Mass: Click averaged 29.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in leading the AMCATS to back-to-back overtime GNAC victories.  In a 4 OT thriller vs. Lasell the senior scored a career-high 39 points on 13-for-26 shooting from the field and 13-of-18 from the free-throw line as well as grabbing 11 rebounds and notching 6 blocks. Click had the game winning assist as the AMCATS connected on a last second 3-pointer for the 96-93 win. On the road at Norwich, Click was 6-for-14 from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe for 19 points. With two seconds remaining in the first overtime, Click hit the game-winning layup for the 72-70 victory.

Matt Langadas (Nichols College) Soph., Forward, Casco, Maine: Langadas averaged 17.3 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game, as the Bison won their first two Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) games of the season. He began the week by scoring 17 points to go along with four rebounds and three steals as the Bison scored a school-record 130 points in a win over defending conference champion Endicott in Beverly. Following a loss to Eastern Nazarene on Thursday in which he went for 13 points and eight boards, Langadas scored a team-high 22 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists in a road win at UNE on Saturday. He also recorded one steal in each game.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) Jr., Forward, Athol, Mass: Averaged 15.7 points, 9.7 boards and 2.0 blocks in an 0-3 week for Worcester State including 13 points and 11 rebounds in a 75-71 loss to MCLA and 23 points and 10 caroms in an 87-71 setback against nationally-ranked WPI.

Sam Longwell (WPI) Sophomore, Guard, Acton, Mass: Longwell averaged 17 points and 6.3 points and the Engineers remained unbeaten by winning all three of their contest last week.  The guard fell a rebound short of a double-double when he tallied games-bests of 22 points and nine rebounds in a 58-41 road win at Wheaton on Saturday.  Earlier in the week the sophomore registered 18 points in a road triumph at Worcester State and added 11 points as the Crimson and Gray defeated Coast Guard.  For the week Longwell drilled 6-of-14 3-pointers and added six assists and five steals.

Theresa Logan (WPI) Sr., Forward, Southboro, Mass: Logan narrowly missed averaging a double-double last week as she posted averages of 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds during a 2-1 week for WPI.  The senior co-captain began her week by notching 18 points and nine rebounds in a 74-53 victory against crosstown rival Clark.  The forward followed that performance by totaling a team-high 21 points and a game-best 12 boards as the Engineers defeated Mount Holyoke 67-54.  Finally, Logan corralled team-best seven rebounds in a road loss to Wellesley.

Mass. College Hoops: Men’s Teams To Watch This Weekend

By Matt Noonan

With the holiday celebrations in the rearview mirror, a majority of local teams will be returning to the court this afternoon and evening for various tournaments or non-conference games.

Here are a few teams that you should keep an eye on as the weekend progresses.

* Holy Cross will invade Boston College’s campus on Saturday afternoon for a non-conference tilt. The Crusaders have won three of their last five and four of their last seven, and have relied heavily on junior Dave Dudzinski, who currently leads the squad with 15.1 points per game and 7.3 rebounds.

* Harvard’s experienced a great deal of ups and downs this season, and hasn’t strung together more than two wins. They have a chance to earn their longest winning streak on Saturday evening when they travel to California to face the Golden Bears. Wesley Saunders’ play has improved since last year, and he currently leads the Crimson in points per game (15.8).

* Boston University started their season with five straight losses, but ever since they’ve won five of their last seven. The Terriers netted 24 points in both halves in their most recent loss to Belmont, but will try to rebound with a win on Saturday against Howard in the University of Central Florida Holiday Tournament.

* Northeastern recently snapped its five-game skid with a victory against Central Connecticut State before Christmas. Now the Huskies will look to even their record when they travel to University of Alabama at Birmingham on Saturday.

* Can anyone stop UMass? The Minutemen are on a roll, and have won four of their last five contests. On Saturday they’ll attempt to earn their eighth win against Northern Illinois.

* Assumption College remains the top squad in the Northeast-10, and they’ll attempt to remain where they are with wins against Holy Family and Philadelphia University at the East Region Classic at Stonehill College.

* UMass Lowell is 2-1 in the current month, and will seek to conclude their 2012 slate with a win on Sunday against the University of the District of Columbia.

Mass. College Hoops: Local D1 Squads Enjoy Early Season Success

By Matt Noonan 

The college basketball season is in full swing and below is a look at some of the local Div. I squads that have enjoyed some early season success.

Men’s Basketball

* Northeastern (4-3) began the year with a two-game winning streak, but ever since have been up and down. The Huskies dropped their last two contests to Charlotte and Maine, but will look to register their fifth win of the season against UMass next Tuesday. Joel Smith currently leads the squad with 126 points, while Reggie Spencer is the sole leader of rebounds with 47.

* Holy Cross (4-3) began the season with two impressive victories against Old Dominion and Morgan State. However, wins haven’t come easy for the Crusaders as of lately with losses to Providence and St. John’s. The Crusaders are currently 1-2 on the road and will look to improve their mark with two back-to-back contests against Hartford and Sacred Heart.

* UMass (3-2) snapped its two-game skid with a 64-63 victory against Sienna last night in Albany, New York, thanks to Chaz Williams, who eclipsed the 1,000-point mark and scored the game-winning bucket with 3.3 seconds remaining. The Minutemen started their season with back-to-back victories against Harvard and Providence, but dropped two of their three contests in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament to North Carolina State and Tennessee.

Women’s Basketball:

* Harvard (5-2) is off to a good start and has won two of their last three contests. Christine Clark has been the spark for the Crimson thus far and currently leads all Ivy League players with 18.1 points per game. She’s been perfect from the stripe sinking all 23 shots, too. Harvard is currently riding a two-game winning streak and will return to the hardwood on Saturday when they visit Hofstra.

* Boston University (4-3) has been seesawing in the win-loss column. Setbacks to Michigan and West Virginia hurt, but the Terriers did secure wins against Boston College, Eastern Michigan, Rhode Island and Richmond. This weekend the Terriers will face their second ranked-squad of the season St. John’s. Chantell Alford leads the red and white with 133 points. She’s also chipped in 37 rebounds, 16 assists and 13 steals.

* Holy Cross (3-3) is currently on a two-game winning streak, and I wouldn’t be surprised if head coach Bill Gibbons is smiling about it. The Crusaders second and third wins came against Central Connecticut and UMass. Alex Smith has been the key to the Crusaders success thus far and currently leads the squad with 98 points.