ICYMI: Marcos Echevarria Netted His 2,000th Point In Nichols’ 85-64 Win Over Endicott


Marcos Echevarria netted his 2,000th point on Saturday, Dec. 1st in his team’s big win over Endicott College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

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Marcos Echevarria netted 22 points last night, including his 2,000th point of his collegiate career as Nichols College defeated Endicott College, 85-64.

Echevarria became the third student-athlete in program to net 2,000 points when he connected on a made three-point attempt late in the second half.

The made three-point attempt allowed Echevarria to become the third student-athlete in program history to net 2,000 points or more in a four-year career – he currently trails Ryan Sheehan (2,106) and Bills Collins (2,014) on the all-time list.

Through six games this season, Echevarria leads all scorers with 127 points. He has sunk 25 of 64 three-point attempts and has averaged 21.2 points per game. He scored a season-high 29 points in his team’s win over Trinity College last month, while registering his first double-double of the season on 23 points and 10 rebounds last week against Salve Regina.

Echevarria and the Bison are 6-0 for the first time since Nichols began its 1959-60 season with seven-straight wins. Nichols will have a chance to match that start when they travel to Curry College on Tuesday, December 4th. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Mass. College Hoops: Nichols’ Sheehan Named To D3Hoops.com All-Region Team

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Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s last night’s release about Ryan Sheehan, who was named to the D3Hoops.com All-Region Team:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College senior captain Ryan Sheehan (North Attleboro, Mass.) has been named to theD3hoops.com Northeast Region First Team.

Sheehan finished third in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) in scoring (18.3 ppg) and was tabbed CCC Player of the Year, Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and CCC First Team. This past season, Sheehan became just the second student-athlete in school history to reach the 2,000-point plateau for his career, and graduates as the program’s all-time scoring leader with 2,106 points. He is one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Jostens Award, which is awarded to an outstanding NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community.

The Bison enjoyed the most successful season in school history in 2013-14, winning a school-record 22 games and reaching the CCC Championship game for the first time in program history thanks in part to Sheehan’s contributions. He reached double-figures in scoring in all but six games this year, scored 20-or-more points in 15 games, and 30-or-more in two games – including a 37-point effort in the season-opener at Lasell. Nichols season ended in the semifinal round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament as Sheehan scored 27 points in a loss to the Lasers.

Off the court, Sheehan holds a 3.86 GPA in international business and was named to both the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Men’s Basketball Second Team and the 2013-14 CoSIDA Division III Academic All-District 1 Team. He has been named to the Deans High Honors list in each of his first seven semesters at Nichols and is a member of the Zeta Alpha Phi Honor Society. A three-time Nichols College Male Athlete of the Year, Sheehan is the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a volunteer with the Miracle League, and a Big Brother at the Webster Boys & Girls Club. Last summer, Sheehan completed an internship with LGC Genomics.

Sheehan was joined on the First Team by Aaron Toomey (Amherst), Darius Watson (Albertus Magnus), Joey Flannery (Babson), and Michael Mayer (Williams).

Mass. College Hoops: Nichols Earns No. 1 Seed In ECAC Tournament

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Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about the men’s basketball team, which earned the number one seed in the upcoming ECAC Tournament:

DUDLEY, Mass. – The Nichols College men’s basketball team is the No. 1 seed in the 2013-14 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament and will host No. 8 Plymouth State University Wednesday night, March 5 at 5 p.m. at the Nichols Athletic Center.

The Bison have won a program-record 22 games this season and advanced to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship game for the first time in school history. They also won a conference-record 16 games this season, led by senior captain and CCC Player of the Year Ryan Sheehan (North Attleboro, Mass.), who became the program’s all-time leading scorer last week.

Sheehan was also the conference’s Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a First Team selection. Classmate Sam Horning (Falmouth, Maine) was named to the Third Team after averaging a career-best 10.0 ppg this season. He elevated his game in the conference tournament as he averaged 12.0 ppg in three games, scoring 14 points in both the semifinals against Salve Regina and the finals against Gordon. Junior Marlon Bennett (Startford, Conn.) was also named to the Third Team.

The Panthers posted a 13-13 record during the regular season and went 7-7 in The Little East. They are led by freshman Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.), who averages 12.4 ppg and 4.8 rpg, and senior Petey Skevas (Wethersfield, Conn.), who enters Wednesday’s tilt with 998 career points. The Panthers captain is averaging 12.0 ppg and 5.1 apg this season.

In other quarterfinal action, No. 2 Johnson & Wales (RI) hosts No. 7 Elms, No. 3 Castleton hosts No. 6 Endicott, and No. 4 Salve Regina hosts No. 5 Lasell.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 14)

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WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the Worcester area in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Ryan Sheehan (Nichols) – The senior forward averaged 22 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game and 1.7 steals per game as the Bison advanced to the CCC Championship for the first time in program history. He began the week with 18 points against Western New England in the quarterfinals, and then scored 24 in both an 83-80 OT win over Salve Regina in the semifinals and in a four-point loss to Gordon in the championship on Saturday. He also became the program’s all-time leading scorer with a first-half layup against the Golden Bears. Last week, Sheehan was named CCC Player of the Year, Senior Student-Athlete of the Year, and CCC First Team.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcus Murray (Assumption) – The freshman guard capped off his rookie season with a 20-point, seven-assist showing in a 71-62 road setback at Southern New Hampshire.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State) – The freshman center averaged 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks while connecting on .550 percent of his shots in a 1-1 week for Worcester State which included game highs of 19 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in a 71-51 MASCAC Quarterfinal victory over Framingham State.

Women’s Player of the Week: Shannon Ray (Assumption) –In a 2-0 week that landed the Hounds in the Northeast-10 semifinals, the senior guard averaged 15 points, three rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. She shot 45.8 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point land and was 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Highlighting her week was a game-high 21-point outing in a road win over New Haven in the NE-10 Quarterfinals.

Honor Roll:

Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross) – The junior forward led the team with 20 points and eight rebounds in the victory at Loyola, while hitting four of eight attempts from three-point range. Miller added eight points, seven rebounds and four assists in the narrow loss to Boston University.

Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The freshman guard totaled 12 points and four assists in the victory at Loyola. He then added nine points in the narrow loss to Boston University. Four of his points against the Terriers came during a 6-0 Holy Cross run in the final five minutes, as the Crusaders trimmed an eight-point deficit down to two points (63-61). Thompson made all 12 of his free throw attempts on the week.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State) – The sophomore guard sank .571 percent of her attempts for a game high 20 points in addition to four rebounds and three assists in a 75-63 MASCAC Quarterfinal setback to Framingham State.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – The senior forward averaged 14 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 assists in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 15 points, 11 boards and four assists in a 71-51 MASCAC Quarterfinal win over Framingham State before he logged 13 points, 14 caroms and four swipes in a 66-62 MASCAC semifinal setback against Bridgewater State.

Ryan Kolb (WPI) – The senior forward tallied 12 first half points against MIT to become the 25th player in WPI history to reach the 1,000 point milestone.

Mass. College Hoops: Gordon, Nichols To Meet In CCC Conference Championship

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Gordon College and Nichols College will contend for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown tomorrow when the Bison host the Lord Jeffs for a 1 p.m. tip-off in Dudley. Below is a game preview, courtesy of the Nichols sports information department:

DUDLEY, Mass. – The Nichols College men’s basketball team will play for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship for the first time in school history Saturday afternoon when they host Gordon College at 2 p.m. at the Nichols Athletic Center.

Fresh off last night’s thrilling 83-80 overtime win against No. 4 seed Salve Regina, the top-seeded Bison welcome a Fighting Scots team which defeated Roger Williams in the quarterfinals on Tuesday and Wentworth in the semifinals last night. Gordon – which is seeded No. 3 in the tournament – brings a record of 16-10 to Dudley.

Nichols, meanwhile, is riding a seven-game win streak and continues to extend its program-record for wins, which stands at 22 entering tomorrow’s tilt. The Bison defeated Western New England 73-54 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday before rallying from a 10-point second-half deficit to eliminate the Seahawks, who ended the Bison’s season in both 2009 and 2012. Senior and CCC Player of the Year Ryan Sheehan (North Attleboro, Mass.) poured in a team-high 24 points while classmate Sam Horning (Falmouth, Maine) added 14 points – including the go-ahead three-pointer midway through overtime.

The Fighting Scots are led by junior and CCC Defensive Player of the Year Hans Miersma (Whittinsville, Mass.), who tallied eight points and 11 rebounds against the Leopards. Junior Jason Dempsey (Wallingford, Conn.) led all Gordon student-athletes with 18 points while senior Park Thomas (Scottsdale, Ariz.) registered 12 points and seven dimes.

The winner will receive the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Nichols is asking all fans to wear black and help ‘Blackout’ the gymnasium.