WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 14th, 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 sixth 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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DeAnte Bruton averaged 28.3 points in three games last week for the Nichols College men’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 28.3 points (49.2 field goal percentage) as the Bison were a perfect 3-0 in three consecutive conference matchups. Bruton began the week with a 27-point, seven-rebound, three-assist, three steal effort against Endicott to snap the Gulls’ six-game winning streak. Two nights later, he poured in 30 points in just 24 minutes of action in a win over Roger Williams. Bruton capped the week with a 28-point outing at the University of New England on Saturday. He also dished out seven assists and snared five rebounds against the Nor’easters as the Bison moved to 5-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign.


Men’s Rookie of the Week: Keegan Sharp (Fitchburg State | Fr. |Townsend, Mass.): Sharp averaged 14.0 points and eight rebounds per game for the Falcons over three games last week. The first-year posted seven points, five rebounds and one assist in a 78-55 setback to Williams College on Monday before adding a double-double of 19 points and ten caroms as well as one steal and two blocks in an 83-80 loss to Regis College on Thursday. Sharp concluded the week with 16 points and nine rebounds in a 79-61 triumph against Salem State on Saturday.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): In his team’s lone contest of the week, the senior forward recorded his 14th straight double-double with 25 points and 18 rebounds as the AMCATs defeated Norwich University in an early January conference matchup. Rapoza netted 15 of his 25 points in the second half – he finished 11 of 13 from the field. 

Jordan White (Assumption College | RS-Jr. | Prince Frederick, Md.): White put up double figures in two games for the Hounds last week. He started the week with 16 points off the bench in a setback at Saint Anselm. He went 7-for-9 from the field and added six rebounds in his 16 minutes of play. White put up 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds at Saint Rose on Saturday. He came up with two steals and a block in the setback.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continued to lead the Hawks this past week, averaging 15.7 points per game on 47.4 percent shooting over three games. The junior also averaged 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. Facing the Bulldogs of Dean College on Saturday, Ribeiro nearly carried Becker to victory with 21 points and eight boards before the Hawks came up just short. As of press time, Ribeiro ranks fourth in the nation in total minutes.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion was impressive in a come-from-behind win for Worcester State over Becker last Monday evening. The senior scored 23 points with five three-pointers, while also grabbing three rebounds, one steal, and one assist.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): Garrett Stephenson shot an eye-popping 80% during a 1-1 week for the Engineers. The junior center collected 12 points in WPI’s 68-52 conference-opening win over MIT before pouring in 22 points in a 93-81 setback to Babson in a match-up of nationally-ranked teams. Stephenson connected on 16-of-20 shots from the field and added six assists and five rebounds in the two contests. 


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. 

 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 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 third 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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WPI’s Garrett Stephenson averaged 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 65.4% from the floor last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/WPI Athletics)

Men’s Player of the Week: Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): One week after being named the MVP of the Paula Titus Memorial Tournament at UMass Boston, Stephenson continued his strong start to the 2019-2020 campaign by averaging 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 65.4% from the floor. The junior posted his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds as the nationally-ranked Engineers went on the road and defeated Worcester State, 68-47, last Tuesday. before adding 17 points and seven boards, last Saturday as the Engineers bested visiting Fitchburg State 89-74. 


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Xavier Betancourt averaged nine points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists, one steal and 1.5 blocks per game last week for the Falcons of Fitchburg State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kenzie Ullrich)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Xavier Betancourt (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Tampa, Fla.): Betancourt averaged 14 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block per contest in two games for the Falcons last week. He posted 12 points, four rebounds, and two blocks in a 73-67 triumph over Becker College on Monday before adding 16 points, two caroms, two assists and two steals in an 89-74 setback to WPI on Saturday.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Matt Morrow (Nichols College | Jr. | Leicester, Mass.): Morrow spearheaded the Bison’s come-from-behind win at Trinity College on Sunday to keep them a perfect 5-0 on the season. He led all student-athletes in both points (17) and rebounds (20) to record his third double-double of the season, while also adding two blocks in 34 minutes. Morrow, who played the remaining 4:04 of the contest with four fouls, recorded a put-back layup with 29 seconds remaining pushed the NC lead to four against the Bantams. He is currently averaging a double-double this season at 13.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. 

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Junior | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Becker’s 73-67 loss at Fitchburg State on Monday, to go along with nine rebounds, three assists, and a steal. The junior kept the Hawks in the hotly contested game between cross-county rivals.


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

 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, November 26th, 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 second 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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Nick Tracy was a player to watch this past week with the Falcons of Fitchburg State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kenzie Ullrich)

Men’s Player of the Week: Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 22 points, 8.7 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block per contest in three games for the Falcons. He posted 24 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in a 94-81 setback to Rhode Island College last Tuesday before adding 24 points, 13 boards, three assists, three steals and two blocks in a 93-87 triumph against Thomas College on Friday. Tracy concluded the week with 18 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in an 84-62 loss to Amherst College on Saturday.


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Xavier Betancourt averaged nine points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists, one steal and 1.5 blocks per game last week for the Falcons of Fitchburg State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kenzie Ullrich)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Xavier Betancourt (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Tampa, Fla.): Betancourt averaged nine points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists, one steal and 1.5 blocks per game over two contests for the Falcons. Netted nine points, seven caroms and one block in a 94-81 setback to Rhode Island College on Tuesday before adding nine points, six boards, four assists, two steals, and two blocks in a 93-87 triumph over Thomas College on Friday.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Malik Brown (Assumption College |RS-Jr.| Waldorf, Md.): Brown led the Greyhounds to an 87-86 conference victory over Southern New Hampshire University this past Saturday afternoon. He put up 20 points in the victory, going 8-for-14 from the field and 1-for-3 from three-point range. He added seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 32 minutes of play.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr.| Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continues to lead the Hawks, averaging 14.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game with 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals. The third-year player shot 51.4 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from behind the arc. In Becker’s 71-70 win at MCLA last Saturday, Ribeiro posted 15 points and 11 rebounds on the day. It was Ribeiro’s fourth double-double through just seven games this season.

Joel Arteaga (Clark University | Soph. | Wyncote, Pa.): In a 2-0 week for the Cougars, the second-year guard averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals. In a two-point win over Regis College, Arteaga posted 12 points on three of nine shooting, including six of eight from the charity stripe while tallying seven rebounds (two offensive boards), six assists, and two steals. Against Connecticut College, Arteaga exploded for a season-high 23 points on 7 of 14 shooting, including 7 of 13 from beyond the arc. He sank a pair of freebies while adding six boards, one assist, and one steal.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Tyler Dion was a player to watch last week, averaging 16 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Against Dean College, Dion scored 21 points with five three-pointers, before scoring 11 points with three trifectas in a loss to nationally ranked Nichols  College this past Saturday. 

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): Stephenson averaged 16 points per game while shooting 60.3% from the floor during WPI’s perfect 3-0 week.  The center was named MVP of the Paula Titus Memorial Invitational at UMass Boston after scoring a career-high 28 points in an opening-round victory over Eastern Nazarene and 18 points to along with a team-high eight rebounds in a championship victory over the host Beacons.  On the season, Stephenson is averaging 15.0 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 61.3% for the 16th-ranked Crimson and Gray.


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