Colby College Secures Our New England D-III Men’s Basketball Team of the Month

Colby_Mules_logoBy Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Following an impressive first month of the 2019-20 New England D-III men’s basketball season, we have selected Colby College as our ‘Team of the Month’ for November.

The Mules, who recently improved to 7-0 this past weekend with a 106-102 win over Kean University, recently moved-up three spots in today’s New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 2nd, 2019.

Colby has scored some impressive regional (and non-regional) wins thus far, including a 103-97 season-opening victory against Ramapo CollegeAlex Dorion led the Mules with a team-high 23 points, while Noah Tyson pulled down 10 rebounds.

Despite scoring eight points less than the Roadrunners in the second half, Colby managed to outscore Ramapo, 16-10, in the extra session to secure their first of seven consecutive wins.

Including their most recent win over Kean, the Mules boast a 4-0 record in Waterville, Maine, a 2-0 mark away from campus and a 1-0 record in neutral sites.

Two of the team’s six wins last month came against Gordon College (95-77) and New England College (103-67) in the Colby Classic.

This week, the Mules face Thomas College on Tuesday, December 3rd followed by a visit to Colby-Sawyer on Saturday, December 7th. Colby will then break for the holidays before visiting Southern Maine on Tuesday, December 31st.

Players to Watch: 

  • Sam Jefferson: 181 points through seven contests … has netted 61 of 90 field goals, including 28 of 48 three-pointers … He is first on the team in three-point percentage (58.3%) … Jefferson is 31 of 34 from the free-throw line … Jefferson has also recorded 23 rebounds, 37 assists, and 10 steals.
  • Matt Hanna: Second on the team in points (121) and fourth on the team in rebounds (24) … Leads the Mules in assists with 37 … Hanna has converted 14 of 17 free throws (82.4 %).
  • Noah Tyson: Leads the Mules with 56 rebounds through seven contests … Tyson has also recorded 11 assists and seven steals … Ranks fourth on the team in points (83).
  • Alex Dorion: Dorion has come off the bench to net 92 points on 33 of 58 shooting, including 24 of 44 from beyond the arc … The senior guard has registered 16 rebounds, 14 assists, and two swipes.

D3 Hoops: Saturday’s Conference Tournament Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s been an exciting Saturday in the New England D3 hoops world with upsets galore, along with some impressive conference championship finishes. Additionally, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) resumed its postseason tournament this afternoon, as well, so let’s get you ALL caught-up on a busy day of basketball.


CCC Men’s Championship: Nichols College 105, Gordon College 90: Marcos Echevarria and DeAnte Bruton combined for 63 points to power the Bison to a third-straight CCC title.

CCC Women’s Championship: Western New England 69, Endicott College 55: Courtney Carlson led the Golden Bears with 18 points on 8 of 15 shooting to lead Western New England past Endicott on the road.

GNAC Men’s Championship: Albertus Magnus 81, St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 77: Damian Grant paced the Falcons with a team-high 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting, while Jahmerikah Green-Younger clinched the win with a late layup. Green-Younger concluded the contest with 12 points, including four freebies.

GNAC Women’s Championship: Emmanuel College 65, St. Joseph’s (Maine) 64: Maddie McLaughlin netted a pair of freebies with seven seconds left to lift the Saints past the Monks in an exciting GNAC championship. McLaughlin concluded the contest with 10 points.

LEC Men’s Basketball Championship: Keene State 72, Eastern Connecticut 69: Ty Nichols poured in a game-high 37 points on 13 of 21 shooting to lead the Owls past the Warriors on their home court.

LEC Women’s Basketball Championship: Eastern Conn. 77, UMass Dartmouth 72: Mya Villard recorded a double-double of 27 points and 17 rebounds as the Warriors outlasted the Corsairs in a thriller in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

MASCAC Men’s Championship: Salem State 66, Westfield State 57: Sean Bryan posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Vikings back to the NCAA Tournament. Bryan’s 18 points were the most recorded by all scorers.

MASCAC Women’s Championship: Westfield State 84, Worcester State 73The Owls outscored the Lancers, 58-38, in the second half to secure the MASCASC’s automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Kierra McCarthy led the Owls with 22 points off the bench.

NECC Men’s Basketball Championship: Mitchell College 77, Newbury College 69 (OT): Domenico Santiago registered a game-high 25 rebounds to go along with 16 points as the Mariners outlasted the Nighthawks in overtime.

NECC Women’s Basketball Championship: New England College 61, Becker College 40Rene Hudson paced all scorers with 28 points on 9 of 16 shooting to lead the Pilgrims past the Hawks on their home court.

NESCASC Men’s Basketball Semifinals: Hamilton College 89, Tufts University 84: Tim Doyle sank a pair of free throws late in the second half to seal the win for the Continentals. Doyle finished the contest with a team-high 18 points.

NESCASC Men’s Basketball Semifinals: Amherst College 74, Williams College 69: Grant Robinson netted a game-high 33 points as the Mammoths defeated the Ephs to secure a date with the Continentals tomorrow in the NESCAC Championship. 

NESCAC Women’s Basketball Semifinals: Bowdoin College 84, Middlebury College 54: Samantha Roy was one of five Bowdoin players to net 10 points of more – she finished with a game-high 20 points – as the Polar Bears raced paced the Panthers to secure a spot in tomorrow’s NESCAC championship.

NESCAC Women’s Basketball Semifinal: Tufts University 47, Amherst College 46: Janette Wadolowski‘s netted the game-winning jumper during the final seconds of the fourth quarter to lift the Jumbos past the Mammoths in the NESCAC semifinals. Erica DeCandido led Tufts with 14 points.

NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Championship: Emerson College 93, WPI 75: Jack O’Connor exploded for a game-high 33 points on 11 of 17 shooting as Lions defeated the Engineers to secure an automatic berth for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. 

NEWMAC Women’s Basketball Championship: MIT 66, Springfield College 50The Engineers earned a return trip to the postseason, thanks to 22 points and 10 rebounds from Jocelyn Luizzi off the bench.

NAC Men’s Basketball Championship: Husson University 82, Thomas College 67The Eagles outscored the Terriers, 42-27, in the second half to secure the conference’s automatic berth for the NCAA Tournament. Justin Martin paced Husson with 26 points.

NAC Women’s Basketball Championship: Husson University 58, Maine Maritime 51: Kenzie Worcester and Megan Peach combined for 35 points as the Eagles defeated the Mariners in Newman Gym to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament.


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D3 Hoops: Conference Tournament Scoreboard (Feb. 16th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

The road to the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament has officially begun with a few conference tournament quarterfinals, which took place this afternoon.

Below are the results from today’s North Atlantic Conference (NAC) and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) quarterfinals.

NAC Men’s Basketball

  • Thomas College 67, Maine Maritime 63
  • SUNY Canton 85, UMPI 63

NAC Women’s Basketball 

  • SUNY Canton 78, Thomas College 47
  • NVU-Lyndon 66, UMaine-Farmington 42

NESCAC Men’s Basketball 

  • Amherst College 63, Wesleyan University 56
  • Tufts University 85, Middlebury College 76
  • Hamilton College 93, Colby College 88
  • Williams College 88, Trinity College 77

NESCAC Women’s Basketball 

  • Bowdoin College 96, Conn. College 75
  • Middlebury College 75, Trinity College 71
  • Tufts University 75, Williams College 51
  • Amherst College 60, Wesleyan University 40

D3 Hoops: 10 Games To Watch (Feb. 16th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, everyone!

Welcome to our FINAL 10 Games to Watch for the 2018-19 season – crazy how fast the time goes! Let’s go out in style with some great picks before we dive into conference tournament coverage.

Last week, we picked seven of ten games correctly to bump our overall record to 59-31. 


Lesley University at New England College (MBB) | Saturday, February 16th at 1 p.m.: The Pilgrims established a new program-record for consecutive wins (10) one week ago with a 112-97 victory over Becker College. Look for their winning streak to continue on Saturday before they head into the NECC Tournament as the team to beat. PREDICTION: New England College 

Wheaton College at Clark University (MBB) | Saturday, February 16th at 1 p.m.: Look for the Cougars to deliver coach Paul Phillips his final win before he heads into retirement. PREDICTION: Clark University 

Maine Maritime at Thomas College (MBB) | Saturday, February 16th at 1 p.m.: The Terriers beat Maine Maritime at home one week ago before capping their 2018-19 slate with a 90-76 win over UMaine-Farmington. Look for Thomas to find a way past the Mariners and advance to the NAC semifinals next Friday. PREDICTION: Thomas College 

MIT at Coast Guard Academy (WBB) | Saturday, February 16th at 1 p.m.: This a must-win for the Bears, who hope to clinch a spot in next week’s NEWMAC Tournament. MIT rebounded from a tough loss to Smith with a big win on Wednesday over Wheaton. A win for the Engineers would provide them with some additional momentum heading into the postseason. PREDICTION: MIT 

UMass Boston at Rhode Island College (WBB) | Saturday, February 16th at 1 p.m.: The Beacons suffered a heartbreaker the other evening with a one-point loss to UMass Dartmouth (60-59). Look for the Blue and White to bounce back on Saturday with an end of season victory before heading into the LEC Tournament. PREDICTION: UMass Boston 

Wheaton College at Smith College (WBB) | Saturday, February 16th at 2 p.m.: A win for the Pioneers would provide coach Lynn Hersey with her 200th win at Smith. Additionally, a victory would keep the Pioneers’ momentum going into the NEWMAC Tournament. PREDICTION: Smith College 

UMaine-Farmington at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon (WBB) | February 16th at 2 p.m.: This is an enticing opening round NAC Tournament tilt between two teams that both beat each other earlier this winter. NVY-Lyndon may have some momentum heading into this win or go home clash, thanks to a pair of recent victories over SUNY Canton and Northern Vermont-Johnson. PREDICTION: Northern Vermont Univ.-Lyndon 

Babson at WPI (WBB) | Saturday, February 16th at 3 p.m.: The Beavers clinched a share of the NEWMAC crown earlier this week with a 62-40 win over Wellesley College. WPI needs to win to keep their postseason hopes alive, so this is a playoff game for the Engineers. PREDICTION: Babson College 

Eastern Connecticut at Keene State (MBB) | Saturday, February 16th at 3 p.m.: The Owls soar into their final contest of the season as one of the hottest teams in New England. Keene State has won nine-straight and needs this win to keep their momentum going into the LEC Tournament next week. PREDICTION: Keene State 


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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Emmanuel’s Yosinoff Becomes All-Time Winningest D3 Women’s Basketball Coach & More

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By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11 

It was an exciting day for Emmanuel College‘s Andy Yosinoff, who became the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in NCAA Division III, thanks to a 68-58 win over Ramapo College.

Yosinoff, who has been coaching at Emmanuel since 1978, entered today’s non-conference tilt tied with the University of Scranton‘s Mike Strong, who retired in October 2014 with 815 wins.

“You can’t set a record like this without a lot of great players, coaches and support staff,” said Yosinoff via today’s release. “This win isn’t about me, it’s about the program. It’s for every player that has worn a Saints uniform and contributed to where we are today. I’m just lucky to have been along for the ride and have amazing coaches and administrators at Emmanuel who support what I do year after year.”

Yosinoff has guided the Saints to 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 2001 Final Four contest, along with a trio of Sweet Sixteen and two Elite Eight contests. Additionally, he has led the Blue and Gold to 15 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crowns.

Manny Payton became the 20th member of the Framingham State men’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points yesterday during his team’s 66-57 setback to John Jay. The senior guard from Fitchburg netted a game-high 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting.

Clark University senior Sam O’Gara also eclipsed the 1,000-point mark yesterday, as well, by netting 17 points on 6 of 18 shooting, which helped the Cougars defeat Regis College, 70-65. O’Gara, who hails from Worcester, is now the 21st student-athlete in program history to net 1,000 points or more.

After falling 94-91 earlier this month to Salem State, the Gulls of Endicott College rebounded with back-to-back wins over Colby-Sawyer and Thomas CollegeKeith Brown highlighted his team’s win earlier today against the Terriers with a team-high 25 points, while Joe Shehadi added 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Both of Endicott’s games took place at Salem State, which was hosting a two-day, four-team holiday tournament.

The Babson College women’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to six games as the Beavers rolled past Salve Regina, 99-58, in the opening contest of the Judy Pearson ’85 Memorial Tournament. Nicole Hiller netted a career-high 16 points in the win, while Medfield’s Payton Ouimette added 15 points and nine rebounds.

Babson will face UMass Dartmouth in tomorrow’s championship game, which is scheduled to commence at 2 p.m. The Corsairs defeated St. Lawrence, 71-50, thanks to a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds from Nakira Examond. Examond, who hails from New Bedford, currently leads the Corsairs with 18.4 points per game.

Other notes from the weekend: 

  • Coach Jim Calhoun and the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) men’s basketball team capped its December slate with a 92-68 win over Salve Regina on Saturday. Three players, including Delshawn Jackson Jr. finished in double-figures.
  • MIT women’s basketball capped its December slate with an impressive 56-46 win over TCNJ on Saturday. The Engineers’ fifth-straight win was highlighted by Upton’s Kylie Gallagher, who led all MIT scorers with 12 points. TCNJ was held to just 19 field goals on 57 attempts.
  • After falling to Bowdoin College yesterday, the Wheaton College women’s basketball team bounced back with a 67-36 win over Cedar Crest to move to 6-5 overall. Wheaton jumped out to a 20-5 advantage after one quarter and never looked back. Sara McLeman highlighted her team’s win with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
  • The St. Joseph’s College (Maine) men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to 10 games as the Monks outlasted Emmanuel College, 107-102, earlier this afternoon. Four St. Joseph players finished in double-figures, including Jack Casale, who finished with 31 points on 11 of 22 shooting. 

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