NCAA D3 Tournament: Opening Round Roundup

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Welcome to the official start of ‘March Madness!’

The NCAA Division III basketball tournament commenced today with some pretty exciting outcomes as St. Joseph’s (Maine) and Hamilton College each began the day with opening round wins. The Monks scored an exciting five-point (61-56) victory over UMass Boston women’s basketball team in Amherst, while the Continentals defeated Nazareth, 86-72, thanks to a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds from Kena Gilmour.

The Monks of St. Joseph’s played some impressive defense down the stretch, holding the Beacons just nine points in the third and fourth quarters. Julia Champagne led the Monks with 16 points – she also stuffed the stat sheet with six caroms, three steals and one one assist.

Joining the Monks in the second round of the women’s tournament is Amherst CollegeBowdoin College and Tufts University. The Jumbos scored an opening round win over Westfield State, thanks to 17 points off the bench from Cailin Harrington, along with 15 points from Jac Knapp and Melissa Baptista.

On the men’s side: MIT scored an opening round win as the Engineers defeated Brockport, 81-67. Tim Roberts recorded his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Middlebury College topped Lebanon Valley, 83-63, behind a triple-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists from Jack Daly.

Joining MIT and Middlebury in the second round is Springfield CollegeWesleyan UniversityEastern Connecticut and Williams College. The Pride scored an exciting opening round win as they edged Albright, 88-86, thanks to a pair of freebies from Jake Ross, along with a late free throw from Heath Post.

Bobby Casey helped the Ephs break-open a one-point (21-20) lead at the break to defeat the Bears of Bridgewater State, 56-45. James Heskett concluded the game with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.  


Saturday’s Schedule | Round Two 

  • Women’s Basketball: St. Joseph’s (Maine) at Amherst College, 6 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: FDU-Florham at Bowdoin College, 7 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Ithaca at Tufts University, 7 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Ramapo at Williams College, 7 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Middlebury College at Eastern Connecticut St., 7 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: MIT at Johns Hopkins, 8 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Hamilton College at York (Pa), 7 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Swarthmore at Wesleyan, 7 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Springfield at Cabrini, 7 p.m.

Mass. College Hoops: No. 6 UMass Falls To No. 11 Tennesse, 86-67

By NoontimeSports.com 

The UMass men’s basketball season concluded this afternoon as 11th seeded Tennessee earned an 86-67 victory over the Minutemen in the second round of the NCAA Division 1 March Madness Tournament. With the loss, UMass concludes its season with a 24-9 overall mark.

Chaz Williams and Maxi Esho each led the Minutemen with 12 points, while Derrick Gordon registered 10 points, three rebounds and one assist.

Jarnell Stokes led the Volunteers and all scorers with 26 points. Stokes also recorded 14 rebounds, two assists and one steal. Jordan McRae netted 21 points, while Jeronne Maymon finished with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.

UMass converted 28 of 66 shots, including 3 of 11 triples. As a team, they converted 8 of 11 free throws. Tennessee 30 of 56 attempts and was 24 of 31 from the stripe.

The Volunteers earned a 41-22 lead at the break and never looked back. Tennessee will return to the hardwood on Sunday when they take on Mercer, who defeated Duke University prior to the Volunteers’ win over UMass.

March Madness: No. 12 Harvard Tops No. 5 Cincinnati, 61-57 (Game Summary)

By Matt Noonan 

The Harvard University men’s basketball team extended its season to Saturday as the Crimson defeated the fifth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats, 61-57.

Wesley Saunders stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points (team-high), four assists, three rebounds and two steals, while Siyani Chambers and Laurent Rivard each netted 11 points.

Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick led all scores with 18 points, while Justin Jackson finished with a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards.

The Crimson, who entered the tournament as a 12th seed, converted 19 of 44 shots from the field, including 6 of 17 attempts from beyond the arc. As a team, they went 17 of 28 from the stripe.

The Bearcats finished 21 of 57 from the field. They out rebounded the Crimson, 34-33. However, Harvard won the battle on the defensive end, pulling down 24 defensive caroms.

Harvard led Cincinnati at the break, 36-29, but the Bearcats outscored their opponent in the second session, 28-25.

Titus Rubles brought the Bearcats within two points at 13:52 in the second half with a layup, but Harvard answered with back-to-back layups by Saunders and Evan Cummins that stretched the Crimson’s lead to seven points.

Both teams traded free throws down the stretch. Chambers and Saunders each recorded a pair at the charity stripe, which sealed the win and punched Harvard’s ticket to the third round.

Harvard (27-4) will play the winner of Michigan State-Delaware on Saturday. No time has been announced for the third round contest. Cincinnati concludes its season a 27-7 mark.

Mass. College Hoops: WPI Tops SUNY Purchase In First Round Of March Madness Tourney

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA — WPI’s men’s basketball team earned its first win in the 2013 NCAA Division III March Madness tournament against SUNY Purchase on Saturday evening, 80-67. The win secured the Engineers a spot in the second round against Randolph-Macon, which will be played next Saturday.

Marco Coppola recorded a game-best 23 points, while Ryan Kolb added 16 points, four rebounds and three assists. Sam Longwell filled the stat sheet with 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals.

Purchase was led by Andre Nixon, who netted 15 points, while Joel Neri tallied 12 points and Craig Davis added 11 points.

The Engineers led the Panthers at the break, 38-26, but secured their lead for good late in the second stanza with back-to-back buckets from Coppola. Kolb secured the victory with a trifecta at 2:38, which provided the Engineers with a 19 point advantage.

Below are videos with each team discussing the outcome. Chris Bartley joined Coppola, Kolb and Longwell, while Jeff Charney accompanied Davis and Nixon.

Mass. College Hoops: D3 March Madness Saturday Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

The second day of the NCAA Division III March Madness tournament featured some exciting outcomes and below are the local results.

QUICK NOTE: We will be updating this page as games conclude. 

Men’s Basketball: 

* Williams College 79, Wesley 78

* WPI 80, SUNY Purchase 67

* SUNY Cortland 85, Elms 59

* Alvernia 97, Albertus Magnus 78

* Middlebury College 68, Curry College 66

* Ithaca College 89, Springfield College 77

* St. Mary’s (MD) 85, MIT 76

* Rochester 91, Fitchburg State 86

Women’s Basketball: 

* Amherst College 71, University of New England 34

* Tufts University 53, Babson College 33

* Ithaca College 73, Smith College 50

* Williams College 68, Rochester 60