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Mass. College Hoops: D3 Conference Championships Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

There were quite a few Division III college basketball conference championships that occurred this afternoon and below are the summaries.

Men’s Basketball

Curry College 69, Gordon College 63 – Pittsfield’s Sedale Jones, who was the Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year, netted 23 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Colonels defeated the Fighting Scots in Milton. The win provided Curry with their first conference crown since 2008 and an automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA Division III tournament. David Dempsey paced Gordon with 22 points and 12 rebounds in the setback.

Fitchburg State 80, Massachusetts College 72 – The Falcons earned themselves a trip to the tournament for the first time in school history by using a second half surge to beat the Trailblazers and claim the MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) crown. Fitchburg’s Mike Ingram-Rubin scored a game-best 25 points, while Tom Henneberry added 16 points.

Elms College 91, Regis College 78 –  New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) tournament most valuable player Andre French tallied a game-high 27 points, which helped the Blazers defeat the Pride in Chicopee. The win marked Elms College’s eight conference championship in nine years, and fourth in the last five.

Women’s Basketball

Emmanuel College 68, Suffolk University 45 – The Saints captured their seventh-straight GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) conference championship by defeating the Rams in Boston. Emmanuel’s Laura Benvenuto and Fiona O’Dwyer recorded 15 points, respectively, while Suffolk’s Jennifer Ruys matched the game-high with 15 points, too.

Brigewater State 85, Westfield State 72 – MASCAC tournament MVP Jenna Williamson registered a game-best 34 points, which helped the Bears rally to defeat the Owls in Bridgewater. The win marks Bridgewater’s third straight conference crown.

Regis College 59, Elms College 33 – Sabree Rodriguez, who was named the conference tournament MVP, recorded a double-double of 16 points and12 rebounds, which helped the Pride defeat the Blazers in Weston and earn the NECC crown. The win also extends the Pride’s winning streak to 18 games.

 

Mass. College Hoops: Thursday Night Roundup

Fitchburg State's Mark Ingram-Rubin scored a game-high 26 points as the Falcons soared past Westfield State, 68-61! (Photo Credit: Fitchburg State Athletics)
Fitchburg State’s Mark Ingram-Rubin scored a game-high 26 points as the Falcons soared past Westfield State, 68-61! (Photo Credit: Fitchburg State Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Thursday night was a busy night in the college hoops world and below are rapid summaries from the various games.

Men’s Basketball:

Curry College 82, Eastern Nazarene 76 – Jaylen Owens scored a game-best 23 points, but that wasn’t enough to stop the Colonels, which earned themselves a spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship. Curry’s A.J. Stephens recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards, while Sedale Jones paced the hosts with 21 points.

Gordon College 73, Wentworth Institute of Technology 54 – The Fighting Scots earned themselves a spot in the CCC championship thanks to four players that registered 10 points or more. Gordon’s Hans Miersma recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Luke Hamilton poured in 13 points.

Fitchburg State 68, Westfield State 61 – The Falcons certainly shocked the Bay State this evening, as Fitchburg upset the number one-seeded Westfield State in the semifinals of the MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference). Fitchburg’s Mike Ingram-Rubin led all scorers with 26 points, while Lee Vasquez paced Westfield with 22 points. The Falcons will head to North Adams on Saturday for the conference championship against Massachusetts College.

Mass. College 77, Salem State 59 – John Jones paced all scorers with 23 points, which helped the Trailblazer top the Vikings in the MASCAC semifinals. Massachusetts College’s Paul Maurice finished with 11 points, six rebounds and two steals, while Salem State’s Tavone Wynder tallied 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the setback.

Women’s Basketball:

University of New England 69, Endicott College 48 – The Gulls chances at reaching the conference finals came to an end this evening, as the Nor’easters ballooned their 27 point advantage at the break into their 23rd victory of the season. Jennifer White paced Endicott with 13 points, while Samantha Crough finished with nine points, eight rebounds and five blocks.

Bridgewater State 77, Framingham State 65 – For the third time this season, the Bears defeated the Rams and earned a spot in the MASCAC championship on Saturday afternoon. Bridgewater’s Michaela Cosby led all scorers with 22 points, while Framingham’s Kia Minor registered 20 points and five steals in the loss.

Mass. College Hoops: Tuesday Night Roundup

By Brian Willwerth

Tuesday marked the beginning of numerous conference tournaments and below are the men’s basketball results:

LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE (LEC) QUARTERFINALS

Rhode Island College 62, UMass Dartmouth 58 – Jake Laga had 14 points for the 8th-seed Corsairs, but it wasn’t enough as four Anchormen scored in double-figures.

Southern Maine 85, UMass Boston 65 – in the 4 vs. 5 matchup, Rahshjeem Benson’s had 18 points for the Beacons.  But four Huskies scored in double-figures.

COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE (CCC) QUARTERFINALS

Curry 76, Western New England 54 – The top-seeded Colonels advanced to the semifinals, as Sedale Jones led four Curry players in double-figures with 22 points. Damon Alston had 26 points in a losing effort for WNEC.

Gordon 81, Roger Williams 59 – The 2nd-seed Fighting Scots had a balanced attack, with David Dempsey leading the way with 20 points. Luke Hamilton and Park Thomas each had 16.

Eastern Nazarene 78, Salve Regina 64 – In Quincy, Jaylen Owens had 19 points as the Lions advanced to the CCC semifinals.

Wentworth 73, Nichols 69 – Behind 24 points from Colin Johnson, the Leopards stayed alive in the CCC tournament.   Irving Eggleston had 23 for the Bison.

GREAT NORTHEAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (GNAC) QUARTERFINALS

Anna Maria 85, Emmanuel 76 – Make it 16 wins in a row for the AMCATS. Brad Peterson led the way with 21 points for the top seed in the GNAC.

St. Joseph’s (Maine) 73, Emerson 68 – The season is over for coach Jim O’Brien’s squad. Michael Thorpe had 19 points in a losing effort.

Johnson & Wales 72, Suffolk 71 – Chris Torres had 23 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Rams lost a heartbreaker in Providence.

MASSCAHUSETTS STATE COLLEGEIATE ATHLETIC CONFERNCE (MASCAC) QUARTERFINALS

Salem State 86, Worcester State 78 – All five starters scored in double-figures for the Vikings, led by Bryan Ortiz’s 17 points. Dane Jobst had 24 for the Lancers.

Fitchburg State 63, Bridgewater State 60 – Zach Valliere had 17 points as the Falcons picked up the victory on the road. Michael Lofton had 20 points in a losing effort for the Bears.

Mass. College Hoops: Curry College 84, Gordon College 76

Curry's effort at the free throw line helped them get past Gordon College! (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)
Curry’s effort at the free throw line helped them get past Gordon College! (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)

By Brian Willwerth 

MILTON, MA – After scoring 112 points and losing three nights ago, the Curry College men’s basketball team was in need of a bounce-back game.

They got it Saturday afternoon on their home court, beating Gordon, 84-76. Six Colonels scored in double-figures.

“I’m proud of my guys, because they stuck with it and didn’t fall,” said Curry head coach Malcolm Wynn, whose team improved to 9-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). “We just preach ‘defense, defense defense.’”

The two halves could not have been more different. The first was a fast-paced 20 minutes, with few whistles. The second was a foul-fest, with an official blowing his whistle seemingly every other possession. There were a total of two free throws attempts in the first half. By the end of the game, the two teams had combined to shoot 59 free throws.

“I would’ve rather us hit our free throws,” said Wynn.

The same can be said for Tod Murphy’s team as well. The Colonels were 25 of 36 from the line (69%) while the Fighting Scots were just 14 of 23 (61%). As rough as the free throw shooting was, the 25-14 advantage for Curry at the line made the difference in the final outcome.

Sedale Jones led all Curry players with 16 points, with three others scoring 14 apiece: Carlos Ribeiro, Lambros Papalambros and Antonio Jones. For Gordon, David Dempsey was the leading scorer with 22 points.

Curry now has a two-game cushion in the CCC over Gordon and Eastern Nazarene, which lost to Wentworth on Saturday.

“Right now we continue to be in first place, and I want to stay that way until the end of the season and have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs,” said Wynn.

Both teams return to action Tuesday night. Curry travels to the University of New England, while Gordon stays on the road to take on Roger Williams.

Mass. College Hoops: Bentley, Tufts, WPI Remain Perfect, Saturday Roundup

By Matt Noonan

Saturday’s basketball slate was filled with some interesting outcomes. Here are a few headlines and notes from the day, which I have provided below:

* Start the countdown for Amherst-Tufts women’s basketball. Both teams concluded their first weekend of NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) hoops without a loss. Although, I should also note that the Jumbos are a perfect 13-0, and off to their best start in program history.

* WPI’s men’s basketball earned their 13th win of the season, as they walloped Babson College, 71-38. Watertown’s Marco Coppola led all scorers with 18 points, while Russell Braithwaite paced the Beavers with a team-high 16 points. The Engineers haven’t dropped a game since last February, which was when they lost to MIT during the final week of the regular season.

* Babson College and Smith College each earned their fifth NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) win this afternoon. The Beavers needed some quality defense to get past Springfield, while the Pride utilized an extra session to beat Wellesley.

* I was very impressed with Coast Guard’s Meghan Fornaro, who tallied 19 points in 20 minutes. Unfortunately, she didn’t play much in the second stanza against WPI, but despite being apart of her team’s sixth setback of the season, the Charlton native should be proud of her performance.

* Curry College’s men’s basketball team remains the only squad in the Commonwealth Coastal Conference with a perfect record against conference foes. This afternoon the Colonels earned their third win by defeating Salve Regina, 96-78. Sedale Jones powered Curry with a game-high 25 points, while Antonio Jones scored 18 off the bench.

* Bridgewater State’s women’s basketball team earned their third consecutive win, as well as their ninth of the season with a victory against Fitchburg State. Westfield State and Worcester State each earned their first MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) win too.

* Westfield State’s men’s basketball team suffered their second straight loss, as Salem State defeated the Owls at home, 94-77. I wonder how head coach Rich Sutter feels about his team’s first conference defeat?

* Bentley University’s women’s basketball team improved to 7-0 in the Northeast-10 and 11-0 overall with a win against Saint Anselm. The Falcons netted 36 points in both halves and had four players finish with 10 points or more.

* Jamie Panton netted 17 points; Mary Louise Dixon recorded a game-high 14 rebounds, as Stonehill College earned its 10th win of the season against Merrimack College, 84-67.

* Northeastern University’s men’s basketball team evened its record at 7-7, as well as picked up its second CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) victory against UNC-Wilmington, 68-64.

* UMass earned its 10th win of the season, as the Minutemen defeated Eastern Michigan at the Mullins Center, 75-61. Chaz Williams paced UMass wit 14 points and nine rebounds.