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

Recapping An Exciting Evening Of NCAA D3 Tournament Sectional Finals

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Babson men’s basketball advanced to its second NCAA Division III men’s basketball semifinals in three years last night, defeating Keene State in the sectional finals. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jon Endow)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The ‘Round of 16’ and ‘Round of eight’ concluded this past weekend with some exciting outcomes.

But now, we move onto the so-called, ‘Final Four’ where we’ll see a pair of Massachusetts squads competing in both the men’s and women’s NCAA Division III semifinals, beginning this Friday, March 17th. The national championship games will take place on Saturday, March 18th.

The men’s NCAA Division III semifinals and finals will take place in Salem, Virginia, while the women’s semifinals and finals will occur in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Men’s NCAA Division III Tournament Bracket 

Women’s NCAA Division III Tournament Bracket

Babson College and Williams College advanced to this Friday’s men’s semifinals with convincing wins over Keene State and Middlebury College, respectively. Amherst College and Tufts University returned to the women’s semifinals for the second-straight season – it is possible we could see both New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) units compete in the national championship.

Saturday’s 102-79 win over Keene State provided Babson with its second trip to the semifinals in three seasonsJoey Flannery poured in a game-high 29 points, while Charlie Rice netted a career-high 20 points – he also pulled down nine rebounds, including eight defensive caroms.

The Beavers led the Owls, 51-46, at the break, but came out firing in the opening minutes of the second half, thanks to a trio of three-pointers from Nick Comenale, who ended the game with 17 points.

Babson, which is currently ranked third in the country, according to the latest D3Hoops.com rankings, will face No. 1 Whitman College – the Blues will enter this week’s semifinal clash with an impressive 31-0 record. The Blues advanced to this year’s semifinals with a sectional final win over No. 13 Rochester (91-87).

Williams avenged its NESCAC Championship loss by defeating No. 6 Middlebury College by a score of 79-75. Daniel Aronowitz concluded the game with a double-double, netting 10 points, while pulling down 12 rebounds. He said following his team’s sectional final victory that it is a ‘amazing feeling’ to return to Salem, Virginia.

“I am just really happy to be going back to Salem,” Aronwitz said following his team’s four-point win over the Panthers. “Not everybody gets this opportunity, so we’re certainly go to take advantage of it, just really happy to be here.”

The Ephs led the Panthers, 39-37, at the break before outscoring the hosts in the second stanza, 40-38. The Ephs collaborated for 10 of 14 free throws, while tallying 15 points on second chances. Middlebury won the battle of points off the turnover, scoring 25 compared to Williams, which tallied just six points.

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Williams College celebrated an exciting four-point win over Middlebury College on Saturday in the NCAA Division III Sectional Finals. (PHOTO CREDIT: Williams College Athletics)

Williams’ Bobby Casey provided a lift for the Purple and Yellow off the bench, tallying 12 points in 20 minutes, including four trifectas. He sank four of five attempts from beyond the arc.

“It was just a hard-fought game,” said Williams men’s basketball coach Kevin App.

The Ephs will face Augustana, which secured a sectional final win over over Hanover, 77-64.

The No. 1 Amherst College women’s basketball team extended its season to the semifinal for the second-straight season, as the Purple and White defeated UMass Dartmouth, 73-33. Amherst will now face No. 10 Christopher Newport, which defeated Ohio Northern, 76-66.

Saturday’s sectional final win provided the Purple & White an opportunity to compete in the national semifinals for not just the second-straight season, but seventh time in program history.

As noted in last night’s release: “Amherst has now advanced to the national semifinals for the second time in a row, and seventh time in program history, including five straight appearances between 2009 and 2013, and highlighted by a national championship in 2011. The Purple & White enter semifinal action with a 37-11 overall record in NCAA postseason play.”

The No. 4 Tufts University women’s basketball team returned to the semifinals for the second-straight season, too, as they knocked-off No. 6Washington University (Mo.) last night, 57-43.

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Michela North recorded a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead Tufts to a sectional final win over Washington University (Mo.). (PHOTO CREDIT:

Michela North recorded her 14th career double-double in NCAA Tournament play with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Lauren Dillon led the Jumbos with a team-best seven assists.

Tufts secured an early lead, jumping out to a 14-12 advantage after the opening frame, but Washington University countered, outscoring the visitors, 6-5, in the second stanza to pull within one points (19-18) at the break.

Melissa Baptista and North helped the Jumbos push ahead for good in the second half, combining for seven points, which helped Tufts secure a 27-21 advantage. They would not look back, though, as they tallied 22 points in the frame before tacking on an additional 16 in the fourth.

Baptista finished with 14 points, while Jac Knapp added 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Tufts will take on No. 2 St. Thomas in the semifinals – the Tommies will enter the game riding a 31-game winning streak. They defeated No. 16 Whitman last night in their section, final by a score of 65-48.

 

Mass. College Hoops: Babson, Tufts Advance To NCAA D3 Semifinals

By Matt Noonan 

Trailing 41-33 at the break, Babson rallied to force overtime, outscoring Trinity College (Conn.) down the stretch, 43-28, to claim a 76-69 victory on Saturday evening in the NCAA Division III Sectional Finals.

With the win, Babson advances to it first-ever NCAA “Final Four,” which is scheduled to take place next Friday, March 20 in Salem, Virginia. The Beavers will face the winner of Augustana (Ill.)-Marietta.

Virginia Wesleyan also punched it ticket to the semifinals, knocking off Randolph-Macon, 49-47. They will face the winner of East-Texas Baptist vs. Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Babson’s John Wickey led all players with 23 points, Joey Flannery chipped in 20 points, four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block, and Sam Bohmiller sank two crucial free throws in overtime that sealed the victory.

Trinity was led by Shay Ajayi, who finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and one steal. Jaquann Starks added 21 points and eight boards for the Bantams, while Ed Ogundeko added 10 points off the bench.

Babson tailed a majority of the second half until Flannery jumpstarted a late rally with a full court dunk following a steal on defense. He would add a layup roughly 16 seconds later that evened the score at 66-66 and forced an extra session.

In overtime, Babson and Trinity swapped buckets until Matthew Droney drilled a three-pointer with 54 seconds remaining, which pushed the Beavers ahead for good. Bohmiller and Flannery extended the lead with a pair of free throws, respectively.

Tufts 58, FDU-Florham 52: The Jumbos are headed back to Final Four as they defeated the defending national champion Devils in Cousens Gymnasium in Medford in the NCAA Sectional Finals.

Tufts’ Lauren Dillon led all scorers with 14 points, while Shalette Brown and Alyssa McDonough paced FDU-Florham with 12points apiece. Tufts also received double-doubles from Hayley Kanner and Michela North, as the two players combined for 23 points and 21 rebounds.

The Jumbos trailed, 30-28, at the break, but outscored the Devils during the second stanza, 30-22. Tufts began pulling away late in the second half when Kanner recorded a layup with 8:07 remaining. North netted back-to-back free throws that pushed the Jumbos ahead 47-42, but the Devils did close the gap with a pair of free throws from Delisha Thompson and a layup by Brown with 5:27 remaining.

Both teams traded baskets over the next few minutes before Dillon sank a trifecta with 3:34 left, which was followed by one Emma Roberson free throw. Dillon clinched the victory with 55 seconds remaining, sinking one of two free throws. Kanner also converted one free throw before Tufts’ Josie Lee collected the game’s final rebound – a missed free throw – that sealed the win.

Tufts will take on Thomas More next Friday, March 20 in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a chance to contend for the National Championship on Saturday, March 21. Tip off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

George Fox and Montclair State will tangle in the second semifinal at 7 p.m. with the winner advance to the following day’s title round.