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NEWMAC Semifinals: Springfield College 68, MIT 60

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA – Springfield College’s Sean Martin recorded a career-best 21 points, as the Pride used a second half surge to defeat MIT in the NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) semifinals, 68-60.

With the win, the Pride earned a spot in Sunday’s conference championship for the second time in two seasons.

MIT’s Will Tashman, who led the Engineers with 19 points, scored the game’s first seven points, which provided the hosts with all the momentum, but Springfield responded by finishing the opening stanza on a 7-2 run, thanks to Martin’s trifecta and layup, and Alex Berthiaume’s coast-to-coast layup.

James Burke’s triple and layup early in the second pushed the Engineers lead to 10 with 15:15 remaining, but the Pride eventually erased the deficit with layups and 3-pointers to even the score at 52 with 6:53 remaining.

Tashman and Mitchell Kates combined for the team’s next five points before Berthiaume and Martin combined for the Pride’s next eight points, which pushed Springfield ahead for good.

Berthiaume matched Martin with a game-best 21 points, while Robbie Burke added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

MIT’s Matt Redfield finished with 14 points, while Burke concluded with 11 points, four assists and two boards.  

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.

Mass. College Hoops: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Feb. 1-2)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday, which means it is time to unveil our five basketball games to watch this weekend.

Also, make sure to stay up to date on the various games by visiting our blog for press releases, recaps and roundups, and updates via Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog).

Men’s Basketball:

Drexel at Northeastern University (Saturday, 6:00 p.m.) – The Huskies eight-game winning streak was snapped on Wednesday, as Georgia State defeated Northeastern at historic Matthews Arena. The Black and Red will return to the hardwood on Saturday looking to rebound against a Dragons squad that is 4-2 in their last six contests.

Northeastern ranks 77th in the country in field goal percentage (.453) and 83rd in assists per game (14.4), while Joel Smith remains the leading points per game leader with 16.6.

The Huskies will need to stop Damion Lee, who is averaging 18.8 points per game, and if their defense does the job, expect the offense to produce on the opposite end of the court.

Springfield College at MIT (Saturday, 1:00 p.m.) – Both teams remain tied for the second spot in the NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference), as well as have 15 overall wins, too.

Springfield defeated the Engineers on their home court a few weeks ago, which marked the first time the Pride defeated their highly touted opponent since February 6, 2008. MIT had won the last 11 meetings, including last season’s conference championship, which took place in Cambridge.

Alex Berthiaume (Springfield) continues to lead the conference with 17.7 points per game, while Mitchell Kates (MIT) is two spots below him with 16.5 points. The Engineers will need to stop Berthiaume, who netted a game-high 21 points in their last meeting, in order to claim an important win. Springfield also recorded 23 points off 17 MIT turnovers; so protecting a ball is also a must for Larry Anderson’s crew.

Women’s Basketball:

Bridgewater State at Westfield State (Saturday, 1:00 p.m.) – Bridgewater defeated Westfield earlier this season, and relied on Elisha Homich and Jenna Williamson to carry the Bears past the Owls. On Saturday, they’ll certainly need both players, as well as their defense to force turnovers, too.

Homich currently ranks fifth in the MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) with 284 points, while Westfield State’s Gabby Felix ranks eight with 279. Felix recorded a double-double against the Bears with 11 points and 12 rebounds in their last meeting, and will be someone Bridgewater State will need to stop.

Tufts University at Amherst College (Saturday, 4:00 p.m.) – This could potentially be a preview for the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) championship. However, since both these teams only meet once, the winner will certainly have the upper hand in regards to home court for the conference semi-finals and finals.

Amherst is coming off a 46-30 victory against Wesleyan, while Tufts picked up their 21st victory against Rhode Island College. The Lord Jeffs rank first in their conference with points per game (64.7), while the Jumbos are second (62.3).

Megan Robertson (Amherst) ranks first in the conference with 9.1 rebounds per game, while Hanna Foley (Tufts) is ninth in points per game (12.1).

Wheaton College at Babson College (Saturday, 1:00 p.m.) – The Lyons snapped their three-game skid with an important conference win against WPI on Wednesday at Emerson Gymnasium. With the victory, Wheaton advanced to 8-12 overall, 5-8 in the NEWMAC. And with five conference games remaining, every contest is critical for Melissa Hodgdon’s squad.

Babson is coming off a win against Wellesley on Wednesday; as the Beavers overcame a two-point deficit at the break to earn their 18th win of the season and 13th victory against conference foes. Sarah Collins continues to lead the Green and White in points and rebounds, and was named this past week’s NEWMAC and NEWBA (New England Women’s Basketball Association) Player of the Week following two dominant performances against Mount Holyoke and WPI.

Wheaton’s Kiley Shoemaker ranks third in the conference with 149 rebounds (45 offensive, 104 defensive) and will be called upon to limit Babson’s chances on offense.

Babson’s Erin Young is second in the conference in three-point percentage (46.3). Young buried five triples against the Lyons in their last meeting in December, and will certainly be someone Wheaton will have to defend, too.

Mass. College Hoops: WPI 65, MIT 59

By Brian Willwerth 

WORCESTER, MA – No. 6 WPI knew it would be in for a tough contest Saturday afternoon against the preseason No. 1 team in the country. The Engineers from Worcester were up to the challenge against the Engineers from Cambridge.

WPI defeated MIT, 65-59, with a total of seven players scoring in double-figures.  The win accomplished three things for the home-standing Engineers: they stayed undefeated (18-0); they remained in first place in the NEWMAC (tied with Springfield) and avenged a home defeat to MIT at Harrington Auditorium last year.

With a jacked-up crowd looking on, this game was intense and physical from the get-go. Both teams got off to a slow start, going scoreless for more than four minutes to start the contest. But WPI wound up shooting 41% from the field in the opening half, while holding MIT to just 26%.

“I just thought our kids stayed composed,” said WPI head coach Chris Bartley.  “We kept them at bay enough, and made enough big plays to escape with the win.”

The home team led by three at the half. In last year’s matchup in Worcester, MIT came out sizzling to start the second half, going on a 22-2 run and holding on for the win. But Saturday was different. When MIT appeared to be making a run, WPI would withstand the challenge.

Ryan Kolb led WPI with 18 points; Aaron Davis had 14, while Marco Coppola and Sam Longwell each netted 10, respectively.

MIT’s Mitchell Kates led all scorers with 19 points, while Will Tashman and Matt Redfield each netted 10.

“The second half was real important,” said Kolb. “I just stepped up (and) hit some shots.”  Kolb also talked about the importance of keeping Tashman in check, calling him “a beast.”

”Individually, (MIT) might have three of the best players in the country at their positions. So it was a really quality win for us,” said Bartley.

As big a game as this was for WPI, the Engineers have an even bigger one coming up on Wednesday night against Springfield. First place in the NEWMAC will be on the line.

NEWMAC Men’s Final Recap: MIT 65, Springfield College 60

By Hayden Bird

CAMBRIDGE, MA – For the second year in a row, the MIT Engineers stand alone atop the NEWMAC men’s basketball pyramid, winning the conference final against the Springfield College Pride, 65-60.

The game began poorly for the Engineers, as they had to work hard for any points. Their problems were compounded by the continued excellent play from Springfield junior Alex Berthiaume.

MIT recovered during the middle period of the first half, tying the game at 15 before gaining their first lead of the day on a three-pointer from junior Mitchell Kates, which was prophetic of future events.

The Engineers were keyed by some plain talk afterward from head coach Larry Anderson.

“We wanted to come here and exceed their intensity level,” noted Anderson. “We knew Springfield would bring that because all of us want to get to the dance.”

He was adamant that senior Billy Bender pick up his play, and sure enough Bender jumpstarted a late first half run by the Engineers with three steals in just under a minute and a half of play.

“Springfield started to get a little predictable,” said Bender. “So I could read their passes a little bit.”

That keyed a 17-4 run by MIT to close out the first half, where they led, 37-27.

The second half didn’t initially see things pick up for Springfield either, as MIT padded their lead, which at one point stood at 14 points.

Yet the Pride showed the kind of resiliency that got them to the NEWMAC championship in the first place. Chipping away at MIT’s advantage one basket at a time, they narrowed the margin before miraculously taking a 54-53 lead with five minutes to go.

Asked if he was surprised at Springfield’s resolve, Bender wasn’t.

“Last time we played Springfield, we were up 14 at halftime. They came back all the way and tied the game,” said Bender. “We have had a lot of games like that.”

And the Engineers certainly didn’t panic, especially their go-to guard, Mitchell Kates.

It was Kates who made several key plays, including the layup that broke the 55-55 deadlock.

“I just kind of found a lane,” said Kates. “And Springfield, I knew they weren’t going to go away.”

True to form, Springfield did not go away, taking the lead again with less than two minutes to go.

Yet in clutch time, Kates stepped up once again.

“I love the way he’s grown since his freshman year,” Anderson said of Kates play. “Not just as a basketball player, but as a leader.”

Finishing with a team-high 24 points and six assists, Kates was named tournament MVP. Kates’ ten second half points loomed large, because along with seniors Noel Hollingsworth and Jamie Karraker, they accounted for nearly all of MIT’s clutch-time scoring.

And though it was Berthiaume who finished with a game-high 25 points in another impressive display, MIT won the game 65-60 behind a more composed team effort.

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