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D3 Hoops: 10 Games to Watch (Feb. 1st-3rd)


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, New England D3 Hoops fans!

Also, happy February, too – we made it through January (rejoice!).

Let’s kickstart another busy weekend of hoops with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post, including our predictions, too.

Last week, we finished 9-1 – we probably should have picked Wheaton College over Clark University, but at least we provided the Lyons with some motivation (insert emoji here!). 

Heading into this weekend, we own a marvelous record of 48-22!

Tufts University at Amherst College (MBB) | Friday, February 1st at 7 p.m.: This is a must-win for the Jumbos, who remain locked in the sixth seed for the upcoming conference tournament. Tufts gained a major boost last Saturday with a win over Wesleyan University but needs to maintain its momentum against the Mammoths. PREDICTION: Amherst College 

Amherst College at Tufts University (WBB) | Friday, February 1st at 7 p.m.: Since falling to Bowdoin, the Jumbos have won seven-straight to gain some serious momentum heading into a very important game for both teams. Both Amherst and Tufts lost to Bowdoin so a win would most likely provide either the Mammoths or Jumbos with the second seed in the conference tournament. PREDICTION: Tufts University 

UMass Dartmouth at Eastern Connecticut (WBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.: The Corsairs have quietly enjoyed another successful season, which included a win over the Warriors a few weeks ago. If UMD wants to secure the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament then they must win this game. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 

Saint Joseph’s (ME) at Emmanuel College (MBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.: The Saints seem destined to secure the top spot in their upcoming conference tournament, but this is a must win against a team that beat the Blue and Gold at the end of December. PREDICTION: Emmanuel College

Wentworth Inst. of Tech. at Endicott College (WBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.: The Gulls continue to be the team to beat in their conference – they have won 10 of 11 league tilts, including their last four. They outlasted the Leopards, 68-63, last month and should find a way to win on Saturday. PREDICTION: Endicott College 

Smith College at Wheaton College (WBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.: After scoring an exciting win over Springfield, the Pioneers will look to continue their momentum once again on the road. Smith hasn’t lost since falling to Middlebury in the middle of January. PREDICTION: Smith College 

Bridgewater State at Westfield State (WBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 2 p.m.: Days after falling to Worcester State, the Owls rebounded with an 87-62 win over MCLA. Westfield beat Bridgewater earlier this year and needs a win to keep pace with the Lancers for the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

Middlebury College at Colby College (MBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 3 p.m.: The Mules highlighted the final weekend of January with two big wins over Amherst College and Hamilton College. They face Williams on Friday, which won’t be an easy task, but this is a game they could perhaps steal away from the Panthers. PREDICTION: Colby College 

Worcester State at MCLA (MBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 3 p.m.: The Lancers remain in the hunt for a top seed in their upcoming conference tournament, so a win over the Trailblazers to keep that dream alive is a must. PREDICTION: Worcester State 

Rochester at Brandeis University (MBB) | Sunday, February 3rd at 12 p.m.: The last time we picked against the Judges, they scored an exciting win over Chicago. This week – well, Sunday, to be exact – we will take the Blue and White in a close one against the Yellowjackets. PREDICTION: Brandeis University 

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D3 Hoops: 10 Games To Watch (Jan. 18th-20th)

10 Games Jan 2019

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops

Welcome to Friday, everyone!

A new weekend means a brand new edition of 10 Games to Watch, so let’s dish out some New England D3 basketball games to follow, watch or attend over the next few days.

Last week, we finished 7-3, which is not, but we know we can do better – we hold ourselves to high standards! Our overall record now for picks this winter is 35-15.

MCLA at Trinity College (WBB) | (Friday, Jan. 18th at 5 p.m.): The Bantams have rebounded from a difficult setback one week ago against Bowdoin with back-to-back wins over Colby and Western New England. Look for their recent momentum to continue on Friday. PREDICTION: Trinity College 

SUNY Canton at Husson (WBB) | (Friday, Jan. 18th at 7:30 p.m.): The Eagles should be fired-up for this one as a victory against the Kangaroos would provide coach Kissy Walker with her 500th win on the sidelines. PREDICTION: Husson University

Chicago at Brandeis University (MBB) | (Friday, Jan, 18th at 8 p.m.): The Maroons are one of the best teams in the Judges’ conference, so this will be a real test for Brandeis, which looks to win its 10th game of the season. PREDICTION: Chicago 

Babson College at Springfield College (WBB) | (Saturday, Jan. 19th at 10 a.m.): This could be a potential conference championship preview, so make sure to wake up early, grab your coffee and watch two talented teams compete for 40 minutes. PREDICTION: Springfield College 

Middlebury College at Williams College (MBB) | (Saturday, Jan. 19th at 1 p.m.): Sometimes you need just a little home cooking. Look for the Ephs to bounce back from their initial loss earlier this week on the road in Amherst with a win over the Panthers in Williamstown on Saturday. PREDICTION: Williams 

Babson College at MIT (MBB) | (Saturday, Jan. 19th at 2 p.m.): This is almost a must-win for the Engineers, who will attempt to derail the Beavers’ current momentum, which dates back to last month with a 74-65 win over Catholic. Look for a big game from Babson’s Brandon Jackson, who recorded a double-double earlier this week in his team’s sixth-straight win over Wheaton. PREDICTION: Babson College 

Saint Joseph’s (ME) at Johnson & Wales (MBB) | (Saturday, Jan. 19th at 2 p.m.): Both teams need a win to keep pace with Emmanuel and Suffolk. PREDICTION: Johnson & Wales 

Tufts University at Bates College (MBB) | (Saturday, Jan. 19th at 3 p.m.): After falling to Williams last Friday, the Jumbos bounced back with an impressive win over Middlebury. Will their momentum continue one week later up at Bates? We’ll find out! PREDICTION: Tufts University 

Bridgewater State at Framingham State (WBB) | (Saturday, Jan. 19th at 3 p.m.): After suffering a heartbreaker the other night to Westfield State, coach Walter Paschal‘s Rams should find a way to bounce back against the Bears of Bridgewater State. PREDICTION: Framingham State 

WPI at Clark University (MBB) | (Saturday, Jan. 19th at 3 p.m.): This is a rivalry game, which should favor the Engineers once the final horn sounds. WPI has won three-straight since starting conference play with back-to-back losses to Babson and MIT. PREDICTION: WPI 

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Thursday Night Was A CRAZY Night Of MASCAC Semifinal Action


Raegan Mulherin sank the game-winning trey with seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to send Framingham State past MCLA in the MASCAC Semifinals on Thursday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Framingham State Athletics/Frank Poulin)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

If you’re not following the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament, then I suggest you do now!

Last night featured four dramatic games – one being decided in double-overtime (Bridgewater State-Westfield State), two contests saw both teams win their respective game by one point, while Worcester State shocked top-seed Fitchburg State, 71-68.

With four dramatic and exciting semifinals in the books, we now turn our attention to tomorrow’s championships, which promise to be even more exciting.

Yet, before we turn the page officially, let’s revisit all four contests, starting with Framingham State edging MCLA during the final seconds.

Framingham 60, MCLA 59Following a steal by Framingham State’s Monta Connolly, the Rams called timeout with roughly 10 seconds remaining. After their short breather, the Rams, who trailed by two (59-57), needed a layup or jumper in the paint to send the contest to overtime. However, the Black and Gold did not want to advance to an extra session – they wanted to secure the win. And that they did as Raegan Mulherin sank the game-winning triple with two seconds remaining, which sent the Athletic and Recreation Center into celebration city.

Westfield State 97, Bridgewater State 95 (2OT)A late layup in the second overtime by Bridgewater State’s Sara DaSilva brought the visitors within two-points (97-95) with 40 seconds remaining. 33 seconds later, it appeared Westfield State had secured the win, but a missed layup allowed the Bears an opportunity to tie the game or score the game-winning trey. Unfortunately, the Red and White missed two field goals – a triple and layup – before Susan Bell snatched the game’s final carom, which secured the Owls a spot in Saturday’s title round. Westfield State’s Jill Valley paced all scorers with 39 points.

Worcester State 71, Fitchburg State 68Since falling to Westfield State – their last regular season contest – something has clicked for Dave Lindberg‘s crew. The Lancers, who will be competing in their first MASCAC championship since 2006 (that season, they fell to Salem State in the title round) knocked-off top-seed Fitchburg State last night, thanks to monstrous performance from Paul Brooks, who recorded a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds. Jeremy Bacon also recorded a double-double, finishing the contest with 11 points and 11 caroms. Ryan Dibernardo and Aaron Anniballi combined for three free throws down the stretch, which secured the exciting win for the Lancers.

Salem State 69, Bridgewater State 68: Sean Bryan netted the biggest trifecta of the season with six seconds remaining to lift second-seed Salem State past Bridgewater State by one-point. Bryan’s three-pointer capped an amazing second half, which saw the Vikings net 42 points in 20 minutes. Salem State trailed Bridgewater State, 30-27, at the break. The trifecta in the final seconds was Bryan’s lone basket of the contest. Marcus Faison led the Vikings with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Bridgewater State’s Fawaz Mass led all scorers with 22 points.

To watch Bryan’s game-winning trey – HOP HERE

Mass. College Hoops: D3 Conference Tourney Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

A few local squads punched their ticket to their respective conference championship this weekend and below is this evening’s conference tournament roundup.

Men’s Basketball

No. 14 Albertus Magnus 91, Lasell 72: Trailing 33-19 at the break, the Lasers attempted a comeback by scoring 53 points in the second session, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Falcons, who’ll face St. Joe’s (Maine) on Saturday in the GNAC Championship. Brandon Ganesh scored 17 points in the setback, while Clyde Niba finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Salem State 82, MCLA 76: The Vikings are headed to the MASCAC Championship thanks to 17 points by Bryan Ortiz and 16 points by Andrew White. Salem State led MCLA at intermission, 34-30, before outscoring the Trailblazers 48-46 in the second half. Paul Maurice led MCLA and all scorers with 20 points.

Bridgewater State 66, Worcester State 62: Brendon Monteiro led all players 31 points, while Michael Lofton registered 10 rebounds as the Bears defeated the Lancers in Bridgewater and secured a spot in the MASCAC Championship. Dane Jobst led Worcester State with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Nichols 83, Salve Regina 80 (OT): Sam HorningJalen Hurst and Ryan Sheehan combined for four made free throws during the final 17 seconds, which helped the Bison defeat the Seahawks and earn a spot in the CCC Conference Championship on Saturday. Sheehan paced Nichols with 24 points, while Horning stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, six steals, five rebounds, three assists and one block.

Gordon 66, Wentworth 55: Jason Dempsey netted 18 points, while Hans Miersma recorded eight points and 10 rebounds, as the Fighting Scots defeated the Leopards and advanced to the CCC Conference Championship. Wentworth’s Jherson Colon led all players with 20 points.

Women’s Basketball

Bridgewater 88, Salem State 62: Jenna Williamson registered a game-best 36 points, along with nine rebounds, six assists and two steals as the Bears defeated the Vikings and punched its ticket to the MASCAC Championship. Salem State’s Rachel Carter finished the contest with 32 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Framingham State 62, Westfield State 53: Kristen Hoffman played all 40 minutes and registered 20 points, while Alycia Rackliffe recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Rams defeated the Owls in Westfield and earned its first trip to the MASCAC Championship since 2001. Westfield’s Jen Ashton and Forbasaw Nkamebo scored 15 points, respectively.

Roger Williams 60, Endicott 57: Angelica Ariola poured in a game-best 21 points, while Kaitlyn Bovee added 20 points as the Hawks rallied from a three-point deficit at the break to defeat the Gulls in the CCC Conference semifinals. Roger Williams will play University of New England in the championship. Endicott’s Samantha Crough matched Ariola with 21 points, too.

Mass. College Hoops: MASCAC Tournament Schedule

By Matt Noonan 

The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) released the pairings/brackets for the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, and below is the schedule. 

Men’s Basketball: 

* Quarterfinals: No. 3 Worcester State vs. No. 6 Framingham State, 7 p.m. / Tuesday @ Assumption 

* Quarterfinals: No. 4 Westfield State vs. No. 5 MCLA, 7 p.m./ Tuesday @ Westfield State 

* Semifinals: No. 1 Salem State vs. Winner of Westfield State/MCLA, 7 p.m. / Thursday @ Salem State 

* Semifinals: No. 2 Bridgewater State vs. Winner of Worcester State/Framingham State, 7:30 p.m. @ Bridgewater State

* Finals: MCLA/Salem State/Westfield State vs. Bridgewater State/Framingham State/Worcester State @ Highest Remaining Seed on Saturday/ Time TBA 

Women’s Basketball:

* Quarterfinals: No. 3 Framingham State vs. No. 6 Worcester State, 7 p.m./ Tuesday @ Framingham State 

* Quarterfinals: No. 4 Salem State vs. No. 5 Fitchburg State, 7 p.m. / Tuesday @ Salem State 

* Semifinals: No. 1 Bridgewater State vs. Winner of Salem State/Fitchburg State, 5:30 p.m./Thursday @ Bridgewater State 

* Semifinals: No. 2 Westfield State vs. Winner of Framingham State/Worcester State, 7 p.m./Thursday @ Westfield State

* Finals: Bridgewater State/Fitchburg State/Salem State vs. Westfield State/Framingham State/Worcester State, @ Highest Remaining Seed, Time TBA 

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