New England Basketball Weekend Watch (Friday, Jan. 17th)

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Friday, everyone – hope you are all staying warm on this bone-chilly (and windy) day in Boston.

Did I hear there was some snow in the forecast for tomorrow? When does the warm weather arrive?

Well, while we anxiously wait for temperatures that we had a week ago, let’s dish out a brand new ‘New England Basketball: Weekend Watch’ with some thoughts on a few local D-III games.


Colby College at Middlebury College (Friday, Jan. 17th at 7 p.m.): A battle between our top two teams in this week’s Noontime Top 10 Men’s Basketball Poll.

The Mules of Colby enter the contest riding an impressive 13-game winning streak – they extended that streak last weekend with back-to-back wins over Connecticut College and Trinity College. Sam Jefferson is one of two players in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) averaging 22.8 points per game – he will certainly be a player to watch on Friday evening, as well as someone the Panthers will need to locate when he is on the court.

As for the Panthers, they enter this marquee matchup with a 15-1 mark – they lost last weekend to Amherst College but rebounded the following day with a one-point win over Hamilton College. Tommy Eastman highlighted the Blue and White’s win over the Continentals – similar to Jefferson, he will also be a player to watch in this contest.

Noontime’s Prediction: I think the Panthers’ win over Hamilton provided them with some momentum that not only helped them against Albertus Magnus earlier this week but should assist them to make a few more plays than Colby, especially down the stretch. Middlebury will beat Colby, 81-78. 

Tufts University at Amherst College (Saturday, January 18th at 3 p.m.): It may be too early to call this a ‘must-win’ game for both teams, but as two of the top three women’s basketball teams in the NESCAC, this is a VERY important contest.

Since falling to Emmanuel College last month, the Mammoths have won 11-straight – they will attempt to make it 12-straight wins when they host Bates College this evening with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

Amherst’s Madeline Eck was named the conference’s player of the week on Monday – she entered the week averaging 15.6 points per game. The senior guard, who has played and started in all 15 games this season, has converted 72.1 percent of her free throws while averaging seven caroms per contest.

First-year coach Jill Pace has enjoyed a very successful start with the Jumbos, who enter this weekend riding a 14-game winning streak. Before Tufts visits Amherst on Saturday, they will travel to Hamilton on Friday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Tufts opened conference play last week with a 78-60 win over Wesleyan University – it was a game that featured a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds by Erica DeCandido. DeCandido will be a player to watch on the Powder Blue and White against the Mammoths on Saturday.

Noontime’s Prediction: This will be a good test for both teams, but Amherst has been impressive since falling to the Saints and should find a way to beat the Jumbos on their home court by a score of 63-57. 


Time for some ‘extra picks’ for the weekend! 

MBB: Tufts (MBB) over Hamilton (Jan. 17th): After falling to Suffolk University earlier this week, the Jumbos will find a way to bounce back against the Continentals before hosting the Mammoths on Saturday afternoon.

MBB: Emmanuel College over Lasell University (Jan. 18th): Coach Danny Lawson and the Saints should continue their recent momentum at home against the Lasers and score their first conference win of 2020.

WBB: Smith College over Emerson College (Jan. 18th): The Pioneers scored an impressive road win earlier this week against the Ephs of Williams College and should be able to continue that momentum on the other side of the state against the Lions.

MBB: Endicott College over Roger Williams (Jan. 18th): The Gulls have rebounded nicely since falling to Nichols College earlier this month with back-to-back wins over Curry College and Gordon College. Look for a big game on Saturday from Keith Brown and Jalen Echevarria.

WBB: Rhode Island College over UMass Boston (Jan. 18th): RIC appears to be the team to beat in the Little East Conference (LEC) – they enter Saturday’s match-up riding an 11-game winning streak. RIC’s Willcia McBorrough will be the player to watch in this contest.

WBB: Westfield State over Bridgewater State (Jan. 18th): After surrendering 101 points to Framingham State last weekend, the Owls have rebounded with some important conference wins over Fitchburg State and Worcester State. Look for Blue and White to extend their current winning streak to three games on Saturday.

WBB: Eastern Nazarene at Mitchell College (Jan. 18th): The Lions appear to be the team to beat (and watch) in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) – this has the making of a potential postseason preview.


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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Emmanuel’s Yosinoff Becomes All-Time Winningest D3 Women’s Basketball Coach & More

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By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11 

It was an exciting day for Emmanuel College‘s Andy Yosinoff, who became the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in NCAA Division III, thanks to a 68-58 win over Ramapo College.

Yosinoff, who has been coaching at Emmanuel since 1978, entered today’s non-conference tilt tied with the University of Scranton‘s Mike Strong, who retired in October 2014 with 815 wins.

“You can’t set a record like this without a lot of great players, coaches and support staff,” said Yosinoff via today’s release. “This win isn’t about me, it’s about the program. It’s for every player that has worn a Saints uniform and contributed to where we are today. I’m just lucky to have been along for the ride and have amazing coaches and administrators at Emmanuel who support what I do year after year.”

Yosinoff has guided the Saints to 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 2001 Final Four contest, along with a trio of Sweet Sixteen and two Elite Eight contests. Additionally, he has led the Blue and Gold to 15 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crowns.

Manny Payton became the 20th member of the Framingham State men’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points yesterday during his team’s 66-57 setback to John Jay. The senior guard from Fitchburg netted a game-high 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting.

Clark University senior Sam O’Gara also eclipsed the 1,000-point mark yesterday, as well, by netting 17 points on 6 of 18 shooting, which helped the Cougars defeat Regis College, 70-65. O’Gara, who hails from Worcester, is now the 21st student-athlete in program history to net 1,000 points or more.

After falling 94-91 earlier this month to Salem State, the Gulls of Endicott College rebounded with back-to-back wins over Colby-Sawyer and Thomas CollegeKeith Brown highlighted his team’s win earlier today against the Terriers with a team-high 25 points, while Joe Shehadi added 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Both of Endicott’s games took place at Salem State, which was hosting a two-day, four-team holiday tournament.

The Babson College women’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to six games as the Beavers rolled past Salve Regina, 99-58, in the opening contest of the Judy Pearson ’85 Memorial Tournament. Nicole Hiller netted a career-high 16 points in the win, while Medfield’s Payton Ouimette added 15 points and nine rebounds.

Babson will face UMass Dartmouth in tomorrow’s championship game, which is scheduled to commence at 2 p.m. The Corsairs defeated St. Lawrence, 71-50, thanks to a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds from Nakira Examond. Examond, who hails from New Bedford, currently leads the Corsairs with 18.4 points per game.

Other notes from the weekend: 

  • Coach Jim Calhoun and the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) men’s basketball team capped its December slate with a 92-68 win over Salve Regina on Saturday. Three players, including Delshawn Jackson Jr. finished in double-figures.
  • MIT women’s basketball capped its December slate with an impressive 56-46 win over TCNJ on Saturday. The Engineers’ fifth-straight win was highlighted by Upton’s Kylie Gallagher, who led all MIT scorers with 12 points. TCNJ was held to just 19 field goals on 57 attempts.
  • After falling to Bowdoin College yesterday, the Wheaton College women’s basketball team bounced back with a 67-36 win over Cedar Crest to move to 6-5 overall. Wheaton jumped out to a 20-5 advantage after one quarter and never looked back. Sara McLeman highlighted her team’s win with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
  • The St. Joseph’s College (Maine) men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to 10 games as the Monks outlasted Emmanuel College, 107-102, earlier this afternoon. Four St. Joseph players finished in double-figures, including Jack Casale, who finished with 31 points on 11 of 22 shooting. 

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D3 Hoops: 10 Games To Watch (Dec. 28-Dec. 31st)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

It’s FRIDAY, which means … (drum roll please) … it is NOW time for a brand new edition of 10 Games to Watch this weekend in New England D3 Hoops!

Yes, it has been a few weeks since our last 10 Games to Watch, but entering this weekend’s contests, we have predicted 12 of 20 contests correctly (two posts), so let’s see how we do this weekend. (Last time we made predictions, we finished 5-5.

As always, stay connected with @NoontimeSports and @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter for updates, scores and more!


Men’s Basketball 

Nichols College vs. Eastern Conn. (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 3 p.m.): The Bison enter the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic as the team to beat. Nichols has won nine-straight and should find a way to pick-up their 10th victory against the Warriors. The winner of this match-up will face either host Springfield College or Salisbury University on Sunday. PREDICTION: Nichols College

Endicott College vs. Colby-Sawyer (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 5 p.m.): This game certainly has potential to be a high-scoring affair. Keep an eye on Endicott’s Keith Brown and Colby-Sawer’s Patrick Coffey as both players should provide their respective unit with a boost on the offensive end. PREDICTION: Endicott College 

Salem State vs. Thomas College (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 7 p.m.): The Vikings scored an exciting win over Endicott earlier this month to provide the Blue and Orange with some momentum heading into their holiday tournament. Expect that momentum from their three-point win to continue against the Terriers. PREDICTION: Salem State 

WPI vs. Maryville (TN) (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 7 p.m.): It’s been a few weeks since we last saw these Engineers in action – they scored an 86-71 win over Husson University in their last outing. Sure, the game feels like ages ago, but one should expect coach Chris Bartley‘s squad will be ready for this particular contest, along with a potential championship contest, too, at this weekend’s Tampa Bay Shootout. PREDICTION: WPI 

Emmanuel College vs. St. Joseph’s (Maine) (Sunday, Dec. 30th at 3 p.m.): This early season GNAC clash has potential for an exciting finish as both teams enter the Catholic Classic Tournament with some momentum. The Saints have won four-straight, while the Monks haven’t lost since falling to Tufts University last month. Both teams will be in action Saturday with St. Joseph’s facing Rivier University, while Emmanuel will take on Regis College. PREDICTION: St. Joseph’s (Maine) 


Women’s Basketball

Trinity College vs. Lehman (Friday, Dec. 28th at 2 p.m.): The Bantams enter the CUNYAC Coaches v. Cancer Tournament with some momentum, which they earned earlier this month by defeating both Connecticut College and Stevens. As of this morning, four players on the Trinity roster, including Courtney Erickson, are averaging 10 points or more. PREDICTION: Trinity College 

TCNJ at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 2 p.m.): This will be a good test for the Engineers, who will resume NEWMAC play one week later when they visit Smith College. MIT has been rather successful this month, but so have the Lions of TCNJ, who enter the non-conference clash on a six-game winning streak. MIT is averaging 72.9 points per game, while TCNJ’s offense averages 66.5 points. PREDICTION: MIT 

Babson College vs. Salve Regina (Sunday, Dec. 30th at 1 p.m.): Babson will host the Judy Pearson ’85 Memorial Tournament on Sunday and Monday – we expect them to find a way past the Seahawks to secure a championship match-up against the winner of St. Lawrence-UMass Dartmouth. Babson enters the two-day tournament on a five-game winning streak. PREDICTION: Babson College 

UMass Dartmouth vs. St. Lawrence (Sunday, Dec. 30th at 3 p.m.): As noted above, this will be one of four games taking place at Babson College on Sunday and Monday, but this is certainly an enticing match-up. Since falling to Bowdoin College, the Corsairs have rebounded with two important wins over Keene State and Johnson & Wales. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 

Bates College vs. Springfield College (Monday, Dec. 31st at 1 p.m.): The Pride will attempt to defend their Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic championship when they host the Bobcats of Bates College on the first day of their holiday tournament. The winner of this match-up will face either Newbury College or Vassar College on Tuesday. PREDICTION: Springfield College 

D3 Hoops Roundup: Tufts Tops Brandies, Conn. College Upends Babson

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The Tufts University women’s basketball team picked-up its fourth-straight win of the 2017-18 season this afternoon as the Jumbos defeated Brandeis University, 62-41, in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Erica DeCandido paced the top-ranked Jumbos, as well as all scorers with 19 points, while Melissa Baptista stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Tufts led Brandeis, 28-22, at the break and 49-33 after three quarters, thanks to a DeCandido jumper and triple from Lauren Dillon. Dillon would help the Powder Blue and White extend their lead early in the fourth with a jumper and trifecta, which kept the momentum on the Jumbos’ side.

Four members of the Brandies squad concluded the contest with six points, while a pair of student-athletes netted four points, respectively. Hannah Nicholson finished the game with six points and 10 rebounds for the Judges.

Tufts (4-0) will return to the hardwood on Friday, December 1 when they host Rochester at 6 p.m., while Brandeis (3-2) is back in action on Tuesday, November 28th when they host Salem State at 6 p.m.

Connecticut College received 17 points from Casey Walsh and 16 points from Mairead Hynes as the Camels upended the Beavers of Babson College, 73-62.

The Camels entered the contest riding a two-game winning streak after dropping their season-opener to St. Thomas. Conn. College has now secured wins over Babson, FDU-Florham and Skidmore. 

Babson received 14 points from Tea Spellacy in the setback, along with nine points and 11 rebounds from Payton Ouimette

Both teams return to action on Wednesday, November 29th with Babson (2-1) hosting Wheaton College at 7 p.m., while Conn. College (3-1) entertains Worcester State at 7:30 p.m.

Amanni Fernandez netted a game-high 25 points to lead Williams College (4-0) past Smith College, 71-60. Smith (4-1) received 10 points and 13 rebounds from Kennedy Guest-PritchMaddie Bledsoe recorded a double-double of 11 points and 16 rebounds as Wesleyan University (3-1) handed Drew (3-1) its initial setback of the season … Trinity College (3-0) picked-up its third-straight win of the season, thanks to 15 points and 13 rebounds from Peace Kabari, which helped the Bantams top St. Joseph’s (Conn.), 67-54.

In men’s basketball action this afternoon, Bowdoin College defeated Babson College, 80-71. Jack Simonds concluded the contest with 22 points for Bowdoin (4-0), while Hugh O’Neil added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Babson’s (3-2) Bradley Jacks led all scorers with 32 points … Eastern Connecticut State University improved to 5-0, while capturing Sunday’s Colby College Classic Championship by a score of 83-77. Tarchee Brown led all scorers, including the Warriors, with 25 points, while Ethan Schlager paced the Mules (4-1) with 21 points … Nichols (3-1) scored an impressive non-conference win by defeating Trinity College (3-1), 89-75. The Bison, who led 49-31 at the break, received 23 points from Marcos Echevarria and 21 points from Tyler Dion. Joe Bell led the Bantams with 17 points off the bench … Nick Tarantino recorded a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Jack Daly netted a game-high 19 points to lead Middlebury College (4-0) past Endicott College (2-1), 78-67. Keith Brown led the Gulls with 15 points … Williams College improved to 4-0 with a 78-65 win over Yeshiva, thanks to 28 points and eight rebounds from Kyle Scadlock

Endicott Breaks Single-Game Record For Three’s, Soars Past Roger Williams, 101-71

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Endicott’s Keith Brown sank five three-pointers, while finishing with a team-high 21 points as the Gulls beat Roger Williams on Saturday afternoon in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Le)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

Beverly, Mass. – Three days after a disappointing setback to Nichols College, the Endicott College men’s basketball bounced back, defeating Roger Williams at home by a score of 101-71, on Saturday afternoon at the MacDonald Gymnasium.

The win, highlighted by a single-game program record 20 three-pointers, avenged an earlier setback to the Hawks and created a two-way tie atop the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).

Endicott and Nichols boast identical 18-5 (overall) and 13-3 (conference) records, while Roger Williams, which has won 18 games, slips to 12-4 in league play.

Endicott’s Kamahl Walker, who is the program’s all-time leading scorer, netted 20 points, including a quartet of three’s, while Keith Brown scored a team-high 21 points on 7 of 14 attempts from the field. Brown also registered a team-high five trifectas, Vinny Clifford recorded four three’s, while Chris Lipscomb and Max Motroni each registered a trio of three-pointers, respectively.

Roger Williams led a majority of the opening session, jumping out to a 14-7 advantage before pushing ahead, 25-18, with 11:07 remaining. The Hawks’ lead – and their advantage – would disappear minutes later as they recorded four consecutive fouls, which allowed the Gulls to soar back and end the session on a 12-5 run.

Endicott led, 45-35, at the break, but truly pushed ahead for good early in the second half, thanks to three-pointers from Walker, Lipscomb and Brown.

The numerous three-pointers provided the hosts with a 67-49 lead with 13:24 remaining, but that advantage would balloon minutes later to 78-51 following a trifecta by Brown.

Roger Williams concluded the contest 28 of 67 from the floor, including 7 of 20 from beyond the arc. Austin Coene and Andrew Wasik led the Blue and Gold with 11 points, respectively, while Nick Marini netted 10 points.

Endicott converted 36 of 79 shots, while pulling down 51 caroms – two shy of the team’s season-high of 53. The Gulls tallied 53 rebounds in a trio of games this season.

Both teams return to the hardwood next Tuesday, February 14 as Endicott hosts Salve Regina, while Roger Williams visits Western New England. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m.