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Mass. College Hoops: Babson Rallies For 68-63 Victory Over Wheaton

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Babson College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s basketball game, which saw the Beaver erase a two-point deficit at halftime en route to a 68-63 victory over rival Wheaton College: 

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Linnett Graber (Roseland, N.J.) scored 17 points and classmate Briana Hunt (Newton, Mass.) added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists as Babson College slipped past visiting Wheaton College, 68-63, in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.

With its fifth straight win, Babson is now 13-10 overall and 12-6 in the NEWMAC, while Wheaton, which is currently ranked sixth in the region, slips to 19-5 overall and 14-5 in conference play.

First-year Jennifer Narlee (Medfield, Mass.) had nine points and 10 rebounds in her return to the lineup for the Beavers, while classmate Giovanna Pickering (Hull, Mass.) chipped in with seven points, four assists and a game-high four steals in the win.

Sophomore Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y.) led all players with 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Lyons. Junior Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah) and sophomore Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H.) added 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Both teams started fast and after falling behind 11-8 on a layup by Graber at the 13:48 mark, Wheaton ripped off a 17-2 run to build a 12-point lead. Arnone, who started the spurt with a three-pointer, and Shoemaker combined for 12 points during the run, and the Lyons started 9-of-16 from the floor go ahead 25-13 with 7:34 to go in the half.

Wheaton took its biggest lead of the game at 30-17 with 5:17 remaining in the opening half, but Babson responded with a 15-4 burst, capped by a Narlee layup just before the buzzer to get within 34-32 at the break.

Both teams shot 46.4 percent in the opening period and the Green and White outscored the Lyons 18-12 in the paint.

Four quick points from Shoemaker and a three-pointer from junior Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass.) helped Wheaton go back in front 43-37 with 15:07 to go in the game. Sophomore Kristen Ferola (Amherst, Mass.) and junior Erin Young (Westwood, Mass.) buried back-to-back threes to help Babson tie the game, and consecutive hoops from sophomore Jess Coelho (Westport, Conn.) and Pickering put the Beavers in front for the first time since early in the first half at 47-45 with 12:16 remaining.

Trailing 56-52 after another three-pointer from Young, Ferrari drilled a triple of her own and Shoemaker knocked down a short jumper to put the Lyons back in front, 57-56, at the 4:33 mark.  Four straight free throws from Graber helped the Green and White retake a 60-57 advantage, and Hunt followed two free throws by Shoemaker with a pair of her own to keep Babson ahead 62-59 with just 1:38 mark.

After two consecutive defensive stops, Graber knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the key with just three seconds on the shot clock, pushing the Beavers lead to 65-59 with under a minute to go. The Lyons committed a turnover on the ensuing possession and Hunt put the game out of reach with three free throws in the last 32 seconds for the final margin.

Babson shot 41.4 percent (24-for-58) on the afternoon and held a 28-22 edge in paint scoring. The Lyons finished at 39.7 percent (23-for-58) from the field and outscored the Beavers 17-15 off turnovers.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as Babson hosts MIT and Wheaton hosts Wellesley in its season finale.

GAME NOTES: Babson is now 39-15 all-time against Wheaton and has won 13 straight games over the Lyons going back to 2009…With two three-pointers in the game, Young is now tied for second all-time in program history with 138 career trifectas…going into the final week of the regular season the Beavers are tied for third in the NEWMAC standings and would host a tournament quarterfinal with wins in their final two games.

Mass. College Hoops: Saturday Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are scores and highlight from some of today’s men’s and women’s basketball contests.

Men’s Basketball:

UNC 82, Boston College 71: The Tar Heels ballooned a four-point lead at intermission into an 11-point victory, their 11th overall win of the season. Ryan Anderson registered a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Olivier Hanlan led the Eagles with 16 points.

Holy Cross 61, Lehigh 42: Malcolm Miller registered 14 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes as the Crusaders defeated Lehigh and improved to 3-3 in Patriot League play. David Dudzinski netted 10 points, while Justin Burrell added 11 points and two assists.

Bentley 78, AIC 64: Tyler McFarland was a perfect 12-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-4 from beyond the arc as the sophomore forward netted 32 points in the Falcons’ 13th win of the season.

No. 5 WPI 64, Emerson 50: Sam Longwell netted a game-best 17 points, while Zach Karalis and Sean Doncaster scored nine points, respectively, as the Engineers defeated the Lions and earned their 11th straight win. Michael Thorpe led Emerson with 15 points.

No. 6 Amherst 82, Bates 71: David Kalema paced the Lord Jeffs with 20 points, while Aaron Toomey netted 19 points as Amherst defeated the Bobcats and improved to 4-0 in NESCAC play.

No. 10 Williams 69, Colby 62: Duncan Robinson scored a game-best 27 points, while Michael Mayer added 15 points and nine boards as the Ephs defeated the Mules and improved to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in NESCAC play.

Nichols 75, Wentworth 63: Ryan Sheehan recorded 18 points and eight rebound, while Sam Horning registered 11 points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist as the Bison extended their current winning streak to six games. Jherson Colon led Wentworth with 16 points.

Endicott 82, WNE 76: Lachlan Magee and John Henault combined for 35 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals as the Gulls soared past the Golden Bears. Dennis Rinaldi led WNE with 19 points.

Bridgewater State 78, Worcester State 65: Michael Lofton stuffed the stat sheet for the Bears with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals, which lifted the Bears over the Lancers. Brendan Rios led Worcester State with 18 points.

Salem State 80, Westfield State 75: Jon Perez recorded 20 points and six boards off the bench, which helped the Vikings edge the Owls in Salem. Grant Cooper led Westfield State with a double-double of 36 points and 14 rebounds.

UMass Dartmouth 103, Keene State 90: Ryan Walsh converted on 12-of-17 shots from the field, including three from beyond the arc as the first-year guard scored a game-best 29 points for the Corsairs.

MIT 55, Springfield 51: Justin Pedley scored a game-best 27 points, while Dakota Pierce netted 12 points as the Engineers defeated the Pride in Cambridge. Nick McKenna led Springfield with 14 points off the bench.

Babson 80, Wheaton 59: John Wickey and Joe Flannery combined for 40 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block as the Beavers defeated the Lyons in Norton. Agyei Gregory led the Lyons with a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards.

Women’s Basketball:

Lehigh 87, Holy Cross 82: Raquel Scott registered a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds (11 on defense), but that wasn’t enough to lift the Crusaders past Lehigh in Pennsylvania. Alex Smith netted 19 points and recorded six boards, five assists and two steals in the setback.

No. 1 Bentley 84, AIC 46: Courtney Finn buried a school record eight triples and finished with a career-high 25 points as the Falcons defeated the Yellow Jackets in Springfield and improved to 16-0.

No. 21 Adelphi 95, Assumption 93: The Greyhounds’ 90+ point effort, which was the most they’ve scored since registering 92 points against Saint Michael’s on January 29, 2003, wasn’t enough to beat the Panthers, who registered 50 points in the second half. Shannon Ray led Assumption with 22 points, while Kelly Conley added 19 points, four boards, three assists and one steal.

No. 3 Amherst 88, Bates 54: Hannah Peterson scored a game-high 30 points, while Ali Doswell finished with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Bobcats in Maine.

No. 7 Tufts 68, Trinity 48: Hayley Kanner poured in 16 points, while Hannah Foley recorded nine points and seven rebounds as the Jumbos defeated the Bantams in Medford.

No. 18 Williams 71, Colby 54: Ellen Cook netted a team-high 15 points, which was also a game-high, while recording six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks, which lifted the Ephs past the Mules in Williamstown.

WNE 53, Endicott 49: Ali Pessolano recorded 12 points, three rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes, which helped the Golden Bears even their overall mark at 7-7. Samantha Crough led the Gulls with 16 points.

Bridgewater State 63, Worcester State 48: Jenna Williamson scored a game-best 29 points, while adding eight rebounds, four assists and three steals, which helped the Bears defeat the Lancers in Worcester. Meghan Burns led the hosts with 14 points.

Wellesley 72. Mount Holyoke 47: The Blue claimed their 10th consecutive victory, 12th of the season, thanks to 17 points from Leslie Leong and 11 points by Morgyne Weaver.

Babson 68, Clark 65: The Beavers won their sixth consecutive NEWMAC contest and improved to 7-7 overall. Linnett Graber scored a team-high and game-high 18 points, while Kristen Ferola stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, eight boards, six assists and two steals. Emily Reilly led Clark with 14 points.

Mass. College Hoops: Babson 70, No. 22 Wheaton 53

By Brian Willwerth 

NORTON, Mass. – After Saturday afternoon’s NEWMAC contest at Wheaton College, the women’s basketball standings are a lot tighter.

The Babson College Beavers rolled to their third straight win of 2014, a 70-53 victory over the No. 22 Lyons. Babson has won three straight, while Wheaton has dropped two in a row following a 12-game winning streak to start the season.

Babson’s transition game and its defense were the stories of this one. The Beavers scored 15 fast-break points to just seven for the Lyons. Babson’s bench also held a 22-12 advantage in that department. The Beavers led by eight at the intermission, and led by as many as 22 in the second half. Defensively, they held the Lyons to just 32% from the field. Babson only shot 37%, but the extra offensive opportunities were big.

“Our number-one key the last 48 hours has been stopping Babson’s transition from the beginning, and making them execute in the half-court. And we didn’t,” said Wheaton head coach Melissa Hodgdon.

For the visitors, Jennifer Narlee recorded a double-double (13 points, 12 rebounds), while Linnett Graber led all scorers with 16 points to go along with nine boards. Kristen Ferola was the third Beaver in double-figures; she had eleven.

Abbie Brickley led the Lyons in scoring with 15 points.

“Great teams execute game plans,” said Hodgdon. “We get back after it tomorrow, and play a great Wellesley team on Wednesday.”

That game will be a battle for first place in the conference. The Beavers, meanwhile, will travel to MIT on Wednesday night, looking for their fourth win in a row.

Mass. College Hoops: D3 Conference Championships Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Four more teams earned themselves spots in the upcoming Division III basketball tournament and below are the highlights from the NEWMAC and NESCAC championships.

Men’s Basketball

WPI 79, Springfield College 72 – Ryan Kolb scored a career-best 29 points, which helped the Engineers defeat the Pride in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship in Worcester. WPI’s Marc Coppola filled the stat sheet with 14 points, seven assists and five boards, while Zach Karalis netted 12 points off the bench. Springfield’s Robbie Burke connected on 7 of 13 shots from the field to conclude the contest with a team-high 18 points and nine boards.

Amherst College 74, Williams College 73 – Taylor Epley scored a game-high 22 points, but that wasn’t enough to fuel the Ephs as the Lord Jeffs defeated their rival in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship by one tally. Allen Williamson paced Amherst with a team-best 17 points, while Peter Kaasila scored 14 points and pulled down eight boards.

Women’s Basketball

Babson College 66, Wellesley College 55 – Sarah Collins netted a career-best 32 points, which helped the Beavers claim their fifth consecutive NEWMAC championship. Babson led by 10 at the break, but Wellesley’s Malia Maier trimmed the deficit to three with a layup at 11:49. That would be the closest the Blue would get as Kristen Ferola‘s triple at 10:19 sparked the Beavers to go on a 14-7 run to secure the win. Ferola finished with 10 points, while Wellesley’s Leslie Leong concluded with a team-high 13 points off the bench.   

Amherst College 53, Williams College 38 – Marcia Voigt scored 19 of her game-best 21 points during the final session to lift the Lord Jeffs past the Ephs in the NESCAC championship. Voigt also recorded five rebounds, five steals and three assists, while teammate Megan Robertson concluded with 12 points, seven points and two blocks. Ellen Cook led Williams with a team-high nine points.

Mass. College Sports: Wednesday Night Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another evening of college basketball and hockey are in the books, and below are their summaries.

Men’s Ice Hockey:

Salve Regina 7, Becker College 1 –Peter Gintoli netted three goals and recorded one assist for the Seahawks, while David Graham scored a power play goal for the Ice Hawks in the second period. The loss drops Becker to 1-10-1 in the ECAC Northeast and 10-12-1 overall.

Nichols College 3, Johnson & Wales 0 – Alex Larson recorded his second shutout of the season with 27 saves, while Frank Butler recorded one goal and one assist. With the win, Nichols improves to 15-7-1 overall, 8-3-1 in ECAC Northeast play.

Men’s Basketball:

Boston College 66, Wake Forest 63 – Joe Rahon sank two free throws with seven seconds left, which capped an 8-0 run and provided the Eagles with their 11th win of the season. Patrick Heckmann paced the Eagles with 14 points, while Rahon and Ryan Anderson netted 12 points, respectively.

Delaware 76, Northeastern University 74 (OT) – The Huskies four-game winning streak concluded with their first setback since January. Jonathan Lee paced Northeastern with 23 points and Quincy Ford added 21 points.

UMass Lowell 74, Stonehill College 63 – The River Hawks secured a 12-point lead and never looked back, as they defeated the Skyhawks in Easton. UMass Lowell’s Akeem Williams registered 22 points, five assists and three rebounds in the win, while Jack Cole and Brian Hamor each netted 16 points for Stonehill.

New Haven 70, Assumption College 64 (OT) – Tim Beinert’s tip-in at the buzzer forced an extra session. However, the additional five minutes didn’t help the Hounds, as the Chargers charged past the visitors for their 15th win. Assumption’s Kevin Donahue led all scorers wit 21 points.

MIT 69, WPI 60 – The Engineers from Cambridge ballooned a six-point lead at the break into a nine-point victory. Mitchell Kates led MIT with 16 points, while Marco Coppola registered a game-high 22 points.

Regis College 79, Newbury College 66 – The Pride extended their current winning streak to five games by defeating the second place Nighthawks at home. Newbury’s Tim Young scored a game-high 21 points, while Regis’ Carlos Bermudez-Glean poured in a team-high 18 points.

Women’s Basketball:

Navy 59, Holy Cross 39 – The Crusaders struggled to contain Navy’s Alix Membreno, who finished the contest with 11 points and 11 rebounds, which helped the Midshipmen to their 15th win of the season. Holy Cross’ Christine Ganser led the unit with nine points and four rebounds.

Stonehill College 103, UMass Lowell 93 – Bianca Simmons scored a game-high 35 points, but that wasn’t enough for the visitors, as the Skyhawks soared to their 19th win of the season. Asia Ewing and Tori Faieta each netted 22 points in the win, while Mary Louise Dixon added 19 points.

Assumption College 78, New Haven 69 –Gabrielle Gibson tallied a career-high 32 points, along with 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Hounds defeated the Chargers in Connecticut.

Babson College 71, Clark University 46 – Sarah Collins matched her career-high with 30 points, Kristen Ferola and Alicia Wilde each netted 10 points and the Beavers extended their current winning streak by beating the Cougars. Clark’s Emily Reilly led her unit with 19 points.