WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, February 18th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our eleventh Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to partner with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

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


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DeAnte Bruton averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in back-to-back games last week for the Bison. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in a 2-0 week for the Bison to pull Nichols within a half a game of first-place entering the final week of the regular season. Bruton began the week with a 26-point effort in a monumental comeback win over Western New England, scoring six points in the final minute of the game as the Bison rallied from a 15-point deficit to score the final 20 points of the contest and stun the Golden Bears. He closed the week with 13 points, eight rebounds, six dimes, and three steals in just 25 minutes of action against Curry College.


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Joe Pridgen averaged 27.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in a pair of games last week for the Crusaders. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr. | Winchendon, Mass.): The first-year forward averaged 27.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in a pair of games last week for the Crusaders while connecting on 19 of 27 field goals (70.4 percent). Additionally, he sank 16 of 21 freebies (76.2 percent). Pridgen began the week by netting 30 points on 11 of 14 shooting against Lehigh before netting 25 points to go with eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks against Lafayette.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Jordan Rose-Wheatley (Becker College | Sophomore | New Bedford, Mass.): Rose-Wheatley put up a strong week for the Hawks, averaging 12.5 points per game with 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists. The sophomore shot 66.7 percent from the floor.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 assists, and 1.5 rebounds in a pair of wins last week for the Lancers, who enter the final week of the regular season as one of the top squads in their conference. Against Salem State last Thursday, the senior tallied 10 points, five assists, and three rebounds before exploding for 29 points on 8 of 12 shooting, including three of five from beyond the arc in a 96-89 victory over MCLA. Dion concluded his team’s contest against the Trailblazers a perfect 10 for 10 from the charity stripe.

Dakota Wheeler (WPI | Jr. | Easthampton, MA): Wheeler averaged 18 points and six rebounds while shooting 68.4% from the floor and an eye-popping 62.5% from 3-point land during a 2-0 week for the Engineers. The junior knocked down three consecutive trifectas late in the second half to help the Engineers go on the road and defeat Babson College, 75-56, last Wednesday. Wheeler ended up with 17 points versus the Beavers before tossing in 19 more points, including five 3-pointers in a comprehensive 85-64 victory over Emerson College.


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

 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 21st, 2020)

 

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our seventh Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to partner with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

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


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Worcester State’s Chris Cardoso nearly averaged a double-double in three games last week for the Lancers. Cardoso concluded the week with 21.67 and 9.0 rebounds (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State University Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | Jr. | Jamaica Plain, Mass.): In a 3-0 week for the Lancers, the third-year guard averaged 21.67 points and nine rebounds to go along with 1.67 steals and one assist. Cardoso recorded back-to-back double-doubles against Framingham State and Westfield State while netting a season-high 28 points on 10 of 14 shooting last Tuesday which helped the Lancers secure their first of three-straight conference wins. The Jamaica Plain native scored 14 points against the Rams before adding 23 points this past Saturday in his team’s 80-67 win over Salem State. Through 15 games this season, Cardoso is averaging 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds.


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Joe Pridgen recorded his first double-double this past weekend against American University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr. | Winchendon, Mass.): In a pair of games last week for the Holy Cross men’s basketball team, the first-year forward averaged 22.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in a pair of games while hitting 58.8 percent of his field-goal attempts. He began the week by tallying 17 points, six rebounds, and two steals against Army before leading the Purple and White with 28 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and two steals against American University. The 28 points, 12-rebound effort was Pridgen’s first double-double with the Crusaders.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Malik Brown (Assumption College | RS-Jr. | Waldorf, Md.): Brown finished the week averaging a double-double of 12 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. He started the week with 11 points and nine rebounds in a 67-61 victory over Pace before recording 13 points and 12 rebounds in a 75-54 win over American International College this past Saturday. Additionally, he added seven assists and came up with four steals on the week.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr.| Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro led the Hawks to a 78-64 win over Mitchell College this past week, posting another great all-around performance with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists while shooting 8-of-16 from the floor. As of press time, Ribeiro ranks tenth in the nation in minutes per game and total minutes.

Biko Gayman (Clark University | Jr. | Fort Pierce, Fla.): In a pair of games last week, Gayman averaged 23 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.0 steals. Against Springfield College last Wednesday, the third-year guard led the Cougars with 21 points on 10 of 17 shooting to go along with four assists, three steals, and one rebound. Three days later against Babson College, Gayman again led the Red and White with 25 points on 7 of 15 shooting while hitting 9 of 12 freebies. Gayman concluded the contest with six rebounds (all defensive caroms), four assists, and one steal, which helped the Cougars claim their first win over the Beavers in Worcester since January 25th, 2014. Heading into a new week, Gayman is seven points shy of becoming the 28th member of the Clark men’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points. 

Colin McNamara (WPI | Jr. | Arlington, MA): McNamara shot 50 percent from the floor and averaged 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals at the Engineers went on the road and posted victories at Wheaton College and Coast Guard Academy.  


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

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 7th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Happy New Year!

A few weeks of college basketball in the Worcester area are in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fifth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

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


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Anna Maria College’s Mike Rapoza averaged a double-double in four contests over the holiday break for the AMCATs. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anna Maria College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza competed in four contests since Monday, December 9th, 2019, averaging 23.25 points and 18 rebounds per game. During the four-game stretch, the senior forward tallied 20 rebounds or more in back-to-back wins over Framingham State and Mitchell College. He also recorded 20 points or more in both contests, too. Against Trinity College this past weekend, Rapoza recorded a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds.


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Joe Pridgen averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in six games since Monday, December 9th, 2019. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr. | Winchendon, Mass.): In six games since Monday, December 9th, 2019, Pridgen has averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists, while hitting 59.0 percent of his field-goal attempts and 57.1 percent of his three-pointers. He scored a career-high 32 points against UMass Boston while adding  26 points against Loyola (Md.) and 23 points against Sacred Heart. The first-year forward netted double-figures in three more outings since his team’s mid-to-late December contests while matching a career-high of nine rebounds at Siena.


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Assumption College’s Matthew Kelly averaged 20 points in four contests since mid-to-late December while eclipsing the 1,000-point mark against Georgian Court. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Men’s Milestone of the Week: Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Jr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly scored 80 points in a four-game stretch for Assumption College as the Hounds picked up four wins since the beginning of December and now sit at 8-4 overall as of this morning’s release. He started the break with 25 points in a 91-76 conference victory at Saint Michael’s before netting his 1,000th career point in a victory over Georgian Court where he totaled 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Kelly would add 12 points in a victory over Chestnut Hill before putting up a game-high 26 points in an 83-79 victory at Molloy this past Saturday. He is currently leading the Hounds with 19.2 points per game.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Zackary Mittelstadt (Clark University | Sophomore |Wilton, Maine): In a pair of late December contests against Endicott College and Salem State, the second-year guard averaged 17.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He netted a season-high 22 points on 7 of 11 field-goal attempts against the Vikings, which helped Clark score a 97-87 win before tallying 13 points in a 94-71 setback to the Gulls of Endicott.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker |Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro entered the break by continuing to enjoy a breakout year for the Hawks, as the Junior averaged 22.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game in wins over Bridgewater State and Maine Maritime. Ribeiro shot 52.6 percent from the floor.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI| Jr. | Townsend, MA): Stephenson netted eight of WPI’s 17 points in a game-opening 17-0 run as the Crimson and Gray opened 2020 with a 90-38 road victory at Framingham State. The junior center finished with a game-best 16 points on perfect 8 of 8 shooting from the floor to go along with four rebounds and three assists in just 17 minutes of action.  Stephenson added a defensive effort that equaled the fewest points allowed in the Chris Bartley era as the Engineers have not allowed fewer points in a game in 68 years, a span of 1,562 games.


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

 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 2019)

 

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fourth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

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

PROGRAM NOTE: This will be our final WACBA Honor Roll report until Tuesday, January 7th, 2020! 


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Becker College’s Mateus Ribeiro averaged 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in a pair of games for the Hawks last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Men’s Player of the Week: Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continued his outstanding play this past week, leading the Hawks to back-to-back wins over Clark University and Anna Maria College. The junior averaged 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, all while shooting 60 percent from the floor. Facing the Cougars this past Tuesday, Ribeiro scored 22 points with 15 rebounds – both career-highs – in a 69-54 victory. Then, against the AMCATs on Thursday, the junior scored 16 points with nine boards and five assists to spark a 66-56 win. Ribeiro played every minute of both contests, averaging 40 minutes per game for the week. Ribeiro was named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Player of the Week and Becker Athlete of the Week for the week ending December 8, 2019. At press time, Ribeiro was ranked seventh in the nation in double-doubles with five and fifth in the nation in total minutes.


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Joe Pridgen averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game on the week while hitting 53.6 percent of his field-goal attempts last week for Holy Cross. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr. | Winchendon, Mass.): Pridgen led the Crusaders in scoring in both games this past week. He netted career-highs of 21 points and nine rebounds in his team’s win over Mercer before adding 16 points and matching his career-best with nine boards at San Diego. Pridgen averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game on the week while hitting 53.6 percent of his field-goal attempts.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Jr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly led the Hounds in their lone game of the week by tallying 27 points to go along with four rebounds and a game-leading six assists against Bentley University. He also picked up three steals while concluding the contest shooting 57.9% (11-19) from the field and 45.5% (5-11) from behind the arc.

Biko Gayman (Clark University | Jr. | Fort Pierce, Fla.): Gayman was an integral part of the Cougars’ offense this past week. In a victory over Framingham State, the junior netted a season-high 28 points, moving his average for the week to 21.5 points and his points per game shooting percentage to 80%. Prior to his team’s meeting against Framingham State, Gayman was able to produce a team-high 15 points against Becker College.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 12 points, 6.5 rebounds, one assist, 2.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game over two contests for the Green and Gold. He collected eight points, six rebounds, one assist, four steals and one block in a 91-82 setback to Gordon College on Thursday before adding 16 points, seven caroms, one assist and one steal in an 80-75 loss to MIT on Saturday.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): Stephenson averaged 13 points and 6.5 rebounds during a 1-1 week for the Engineers. The junior paced the WPI with a game-best 21 points on 8-of-11 from the floor to go along with six rebounds and two assists in a 72-62 victory over previously undefeated Tufts last Tuesday. 


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