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Mass. College Hoops: Northeastern, UMass To Compete In NIT Tourney

By NoontimeSports.com 

Both Northeastern University and UMass men’s basketball teams earned spots in the upcoming NIT tournament.

Northeastern will travel to Alabama to face the Crimson Tide in the first round on Tuesday, March 19 at 9 p.m., while UMass will host the Seawolves of Stony Brook on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:15 p.m.

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Mass. College Hoops: Northeastern Falls In CAA Championship

Jonathan Lee, who netted his team-best 14 points, all in the second half, couldn't help the Huskies rally past James Madison in the CAA tournament championship! (Photo Credit: MassLive.com)

Jonathan Lee, who netted his team-best 14 points, couldn’t help the Huskies rally past James Madison in the CAA tournament championship! (Photo Credit: MassLive.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The Northeastern University men’s basketball season came to a halt Monday evening as the Huskies fell to James Madison, 70-57 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship.

The win provided the Dukes with their first conference tournament crown, as well as their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1994.

James Madison jumped out to 22-6 advantage that ballooned into a 40-18 halftime lad. Northeastern stormed back and trailed the visitors, 51-43 with 8:23 remaining before James Madison answered with a 10-3 run that sealed the victory.

A.J. Davis (James Madison) led all players with 26 points, while Northeastern received 14 points from Jonathan Lee.

David Walker and Marco Banegas-Flores tallied 10 points, respectively, while Derrico Peck recorded eight points, four rebounds, one block and one steal.

Northeastern concludes their season with a 20-12 mark and CAA regular season title. The Huskies won 14 of their 18 conference contests and will await Sunday’s announcement regarding the March Madness pairings.

For more information on this evening’s game — HOP HERE

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Mass. College Sports: Midweek Check-In

By Matt Noonan 

It’s “hump day,” which means we’ve officially reached the midway point of the current week. So, let’s take a trip around the Bay State and catch up on some of the latest college sports news.

* Tuesday was a special day for the Anna Maria College softball team as the AMCATs snapped a 40-game winless streak by defeating Penn State – New Kensington at the Dot Richardson Invitational, 6-1. Saugus’ Nicole Lowe earned her first victory on the bump this season, while Kayla Lapierre recorded two runs and two hits.

* Northeastern University’s men’s basketball team finished their season with a loss to Old Dominion at Matthews Arena last weekend. However, they did earn the season crown and will tip-off against the winner of Drexel-George Mason on Sunday. So, let’s keep our fingers crossed for the Huskies!

* In case you didn’t know, Boston College’s Nicole Boudreau was named to the 2012 ACC All-Freshman team yesterday. Boudreau, who hails from Andover, became the first Eagle freshman to earn this award since Carolyn Swords during the 2007-08 season. According to the Boston Herald, Boudreau appeared in every game this season and netted 324 points, recorded 105 rebounds and tallied  67 assists.

* The Worcester Telegram reported that the Nichols College field hockey team received the 2012 Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division 3 National Academic Team Award. Congrats Bison!

* Holden native John Henrion was named the Hockey East’s Athletic Republic Co-Player of the Week on Monday following a four goal weekend for the New Hampshire Wildcat. Henrion registered his first collegiate hat trick during Saturday’s 4-0 victory against UMass. Henrion has been a major contributor for the Wildcats this season and currently has 22 points (13 goals, nine assists).

* Sticking with the Hockey East, the league announced its women’s Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team for the 2012-2013 season and a few local teams featured some skaters on this team. CLICK HERE to access the team and release.

* Finally, I’d like to wish the local men’s Division III hockey clubs the best of luck this evening as the quest for Lake Placid begins. We’ll have highlights from the games posted later.

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: Northeastern 71, George Mason 51

By Brian Willwerth 

BOSTON, MA – There is no question as to who the best team in the CAA is anymore. And there’s no mistake about who the new fan favorite is on Huntington Avenue.

The Northeastern Huskies sent a statement on Sunday night, soundly defeating George Mason at Matthews Arena, 71-51. NU is now a perfect 8-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and has a three-game lead over Mason and James Madison.

“I thought we played a solid, team brand of basketball,” said Northeastern head coach Bill Coen.  “I thought that the team showed some pretty good discipline in the face of some pretty physical defense.”

As for the fan favorite, that would be Dinko Marshavelski. The redshirt junior from Bulgaria came off the bench to score 11 points, one of four Huskies in double-figures. Joel Smith and Quincy Ford had 15 apiece, and Reggie Spencer had 14. But it was “Dinko,” as the student section often chanted, who caught much of the attention.

“We won’t be the best basketball team we can be until he forces his way into the lineup. And he’s starting to do that,” said Coen of Marshavelski’s play.

Northeastern led 29-21 at the half, and never trailed in the second. Every time the Patriots tried to mount a comeback, the Huskies had an answer.  The key moment came with about six and a half minutes remaining. Mason had cut the lead to four, the closest the Patriots got in the entire second half. But the Huskies went on a 17-4 run over the next four minutes to put the game out of reach. NU was 7 of 15 from behind the 3-point line, with 5 of those 7 coming in the second half.  The Huskies moved the ball around the perimeter extremely well, particularly in the second half.

Defensively, the effort was solid. The 51 points were the fewest allowed by the Huskies in a game this season. They held GMU leading scorer Sherrod Wright to 12 points, well below his season average of 18. Coen said it was a team effort keeping Wright in check.

And for this group of Huskies, now with a three-game lead in the conference, it seems to be a different hero stepping up every night.

“I said it (during) shoot-around today – ‘someone is going to come into the game tonight and really help us win,’” said Coen. “And tonight it was Dinko’s turn.”

The Huskies host Georgia State on Wednesday night.

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