NECC Men’s Basketball Conference Play Heating Up

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Becker College first-year Antonio White Jr. and the Hawks currently occupy first place in the NECC. (PHOTO CREDIT: Foley Photography)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

We have an interesting conference race taking place (and heating up) in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) – it has been one of the various leagues we have been eyeing the past few weeks.

As of this afternoon, the Becker College men’s basketball team appears to be in the driver seat for the top spot. Yet, they still have some important games remaining, including a late afternoon/early evening clash with the Wildcats of Wheelock College – that game is scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 p.m.

Wheelock enters the game in a two-way tie for fourth place with Daniel Webster College – the Eagles are 2-2 in their last four games, but scored an impressive win over Lesley University 10 days ago (to be exact!).

The Lynx have been a fun story this season – they’re currently in sole possession of third place with a 6-3 conference ledger and have won 12 games, which matches their win total from the 2007-08 season.

Let’s also not overlook Southern Vermont, which has won five-straight contests. They’re idle this evening, but return to action on Thursday against Mitchell College. The Mountaineers captured the NECC crown last season en route to their second trip in program history to the NCAA Tournament.

The Mountaineers defeated Becker in tournament finale – could we be headed that way again? It’s possible – the two teams are scheduled to meet next month. Southern Vermont will host the initial meeting on Monday, February 6 before traveling to Becker on Wednesday, February 8. Both games will be must-follow!

Finally, keep an eye on Regis College and Mitchell – both teams could make some late season surges and make the positioning for the six-team tournament quite interesting!

Mass. College Hoops: D3 Conference Tournament Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the results from this evening’s conference tournaments.

Men’s Basketball: 

* Rhode Island College 82, UMass Dartmouth 69

* Elms 81, Regis 71 (OT)

* Mitchell 87, Becker 78

Women’s Basketball: 

* Regis 74, Becker 50

* Elms 63, Mitchell 60

Mass. College Hoops: Wheelock’s Higgins, Hudson Discuss Final Home Game (VIDEO)

By Matt Noonan 

CHESTNUT HILL, MA — After their final home game of the season, Wheelock College’s Daniel Higgins and Bashir Hudson discussed their team’s game against Lesley University, their fondest memories from the past four years with the Wildcats, and the team’s final two contests of the season. Hudson also discussed breaking the men’s basketball season scoring record for points in a season, too. He has netted 460 points this season, which passes Sherard Robbins from 2009-10.

For more information on the Wildcats men’s basketball team — HOP HERE.

 

Mass. College Sports: February Storm Postponements

Due to this weekend's weather, there have been a few postponements! (Photo Credit: About.com)

Due to this weekend’s weather, there have been a few postponements! (Photo Credit: About.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Due to the impending snowstorm, a variety of college basketball and hockey games for this upcoming weekend have either been moved to Sunday or postponed to a later date, and below is the latest information we have received.

If you’d like to notify us about your college’s postponements, email us at NoontimeSports@gmail.com.

Basketball:

* Bentley University’s men’s and women’s double-header at Saint Anselm has been moved from Saturday to Sunday, February 10. The women’s game will start at 3:30 p.m., while the men’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m.

* Babson College’s women’s basketball game with Smith College, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed to Sunday, February 10 at 2:00 p.m.

* Nichols College’s men’s and women’s basketball games against University of New England will be played next Thursday, February 14 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

* Becker College’s men’s and women’s basketball games against Regis College have been moved from Saturday to Monday, February 11. The women’s game will tip-off at 6:00 p.m., and be followed by the men’s game at 8:00 p.m.

Hockey:

* Merrimack College’s hockey games against Boston University on Friday has been postponed and moved to Tuesday, February 26 at Agganis Arena at 7:30 p.m.

* Merrimack College’s hockey game against UMass, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been moved to Sunday, February 10. Game time and broadcast information has not been released, but for more information on the Warriors, visit merrimackathletics.com.  

* Boston College and UMass Lowell were scheduled to skate against each other at Kelley Rink in Chestnut Hill tomorrow, but that contest has been moved to Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m.

* Jerry York Night, which was scheduled to take play prior to BC-UMass Lowell, has been moved to the start of the 2013-14 season, and the date will be announced when next year’s schedule is released. 

* Nichols College’s women’s ice hockey game against Holy Cross has been moved from tomorrow to Wednesday, February 13 at 8:10 p.m., while their match on Saturday against Salve Regina has been moved to Monday, February 18 at 8:10 p.m.

* Northeastern University’s men’s ice hockey tilt with UMass, which was scheduled for tomorrow evening in Amherst, has been postponed to Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.

* Becker College’s men’s ice hockey game against Johnson & Wales University on Saturday has been postponed. No makeup date has been announced.

Skiing:

* The Babson College men’s and women’s alpine ski teams two races on Saturday and Sunday at Wildcat in New Hampshire have been postponed. According to the release, it’s possible both slaloms could be made up next weekend, but no word has been made.

Track & Field:

* The Boston University Valentine’s Invitational track meet has been canceled. 

Mass. College Hoops: News And Notes From Saturday’s Slate

By Matt Noonan 

There were some interesting outcomes on Saturday in the college basketball world, and below are a few thoughts on the various games.

* I want to congratulate the Bentley University women’s basketball team for earning their 30th consecutive win against an East Region opponent, as Barbara Stevens guided the Falcons to 75-66 win against New Haven. Courtney Finn registered her second straight double-double, while Tyler Parker Kimball recorded a career-best 15 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Falcons are now 17-0 and 13-0 in Northeast-10 Conference play.

* Against UMBC, Boston University’s men’s team had six players record double figures in the Terriers 11th win of the season. Dom Morris, Malik Thomas, Maurice Watson Jr., John Papale, D.J. Irving and Nathan Dieudonne each tallied 10 points or more. The Terriers hadn’t had six scorers record double figures in a game since 2003.

* Kelly Greenberg picked up her 250th win as a head coach, as the BU women’s basketball team rebounded from their loss to Albany with a win against UMBC. The Terriers are now 17-4 overall and 7-1 in America East play.

* Harvard’s men’s basketball team overcame a seven-point deficit with 1:10 remaining and went onto defeat the visiting Dartmouth Big Green in overtime, 82-77. Tommy Amaker’s squad is now 10-6 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League.

* Anna Maria’s men’s basketball team has been a rather quiet story this year. However, their most recent win a few days ago against Albertus Magnus certainly created a ripple across the region. Yesterday, they earned their eighth consecutive win by defeating Johnson & Wales, 76-68. Anthony Clink led the AMCATS with 22 points, while also recording eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals.

* Daniel Wohl upped his status to Big Man On Campus following his go-ahead layup with 31 seconds remaining, as Williams College handed Middlebury College their first setback of the season in Williamstown. The Ephs are now 17-2 overall and 6-0 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

* Amherst College’s men’s basketball team is on a roll and has now won 11 straight contests. The Lord Jeffs haven’t dropped a game since falling to Babson College on December 6. On Saturday, they defeated Trinity College to earn their sixth conference win, along with their 17th of the season.

* Tufts University’s women’s basketball team earned its 20th consecutive win of the season by defeating Bates College, 55-34. Since the Jumbos started playing basketball in 1972, the Powder Blue and White have tallied 20 wins or more in four seasons. The most wins the Jumbos have recorded were 26, which occurred during the 2007-08 season.

* Amherst’s women’s basketball team picked up its 19th consecutive win of the season, as the Lord Jeffs defeated Trinity College, 67-47. Marcia Voigt and Savannah Holness each tallied a game-high 13 points.  

* The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) got off to a slow start, but as of recently, it is a two-horse race for the number one spot. Elms College and Newbury College are both 8-1 in the conference and 10-8 overall. Becker College is also 10-8, but 6-3 against conference foes. Newbury defeated Elms earlier this season, but will tangle with them once again on Saturday, February 16.

* Babson College and Smith College each picked up important road wins and remain neck and neck in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

* Framingham State’s women’s basketball team shocked Worcester State yesterday, as the Rams handed the Lancers their first setback in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). Kristen Hoffman, Madeleine Park and Kia Minor each tallied 11 points or more in their team’s 11th victory.