D3 Hoops: The 2018-19 All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Team


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another exciting season of New England D3 basketball has concluded, which means it is time to unveil our end of the year All-Noontime Teams, along with our Coach, Rookie, and Player of the Year, too.

This year’s All-Noontime Team was assembled by our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made up of coaches, media members, and athletic communication directors.

As always, make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports basketball coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Hoops. 

Roger Williams and Nichols College

Nichols College’s Scott Faucher was named our Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year after guiding the Bison to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Sectional Finals earlier this month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley/Nichols College Athletics)

Coach of the Year: Scott Faucher (Nichols College): In his first season with the Bison, Faucher guided Nichols to a 28-3 mark, as well as the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Division III sectional finals. Additionally, the first-year coach also led Nichols to its third-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title with a 105-90 victory over Gordon College last month.


Marcos Echevarria capped an impressive four-year career with the Nichols College men’s basketball team by becoming the 16th all-time scorer in Division III history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College): The Lynn, Massachusetts native concluded an impressive four-year career with the Bison by becoming the 16th all-time scorer in Division III history with 2,519 points and third in three-pointers with 479. A three-time Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) first-teamer, Echevarria guided the Bison to the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA sectional finals this month after leading Nichols to postseason victories against Middlebury College, Rowan College, and Amherst College. Echevarria ended the 2018-19 season averaging 20.3 points per game to go along with 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals. He was recently named to the D3Hoops.com All-America Second Team.

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Emerson College’s Zach Waterhouse became the first member of the men’s basketball program to be tabbed NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kate Foultz/Emerson College Athletics)

Rookie of the Year: Zach Waterhouse (Emerson College): Waterhouse enjoyed an impressive first season with the Lions, averaging 16.6 points per game to go along with 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He canned 74.5 percent of his free throws while canning 68 trifectas in 28 contests. Waterhouse became the first Emerson men’s basketball player to be named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie of the Year last month.

All-Noontime Men’s Basketball First Team 

Kena Gilmour

Hamilton College 

New Paltz, N.Y. 

Ty Nichols 

Keene State 

Springfield, Mass. 

Bradley Jomard


Paris, France

AJ Jurko 


Weston, Fla.

Marcos Echevarria 

Nichols College 

Lynn, Mass. 

All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Second Team 

Grant Robinson 

Amherst College 

McLean, Va.

DeAnte Bruton 

Nichols College 

New London, Conn.

Jake Ross 

Springfield College 

Northampton, Mass.

Austin Hutcherson 

Wesleyan University 

Freehold, N.J.

James Heskett 

Williams College 

Cincinnati, Ohio

All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Third Team 

Geoffrey Gray

Emerson College 

Newton, Mass. 

Tim Roberts 


Oak Bluffs, Mass.

Austin Coene 

Roger Williams 

Tyngsborough, Mass.

Sean Bryan 

Salem State University 

Lowell, Mass. 

Bobby Casey 

Williams College 

Scranton, PA

All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Rookie Team 

Devonn Allen 

Amherst College 

Danvers, Mass.

Noah Tyson 

Colby College 

Rutland, Vt.

Zach Waterhouse 

Emerson College

Hampton, N.H.

Mikey Spencer

Salve Regina 

Abington, Mass.

Chris Child

University of Saint Joseph

Bronx, N.Y.

No. 3 Babson Returns To Salem, Runs Away From Keene State In Sectional Finals


No. 3 Babson secured its second appearance in the national semifinals with a sectional final victory over Keene State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jon Endow)

By David Tanklefsky (@DavidTanklefsky) 

BABSON PARK – It was the last time the Babson College seniors would hear their victory song “12345 76ers” (it’s an old Philly theme song from the ’70s, look it up) as they left Staake Gymnasium Saturday night. But chances are it had never sounded sweeter.

The No. 3 Beavers (29-2) ran away from Keene State (22-9) in the second half, beating the Owls 102-79 en route to advancing to the NCAA Division III Final Four in Salem, Virginia for a second time in three years.

“It feels good to be headed back to Salem,” said senior and four-time NEWMAC Player of the Year Joey Flannery after the game. “We’ve got some unfinished business there.”

Flannery played the final home game of his Babson career in style, going 11-for-15 from the field for 29 points. He has averaged 30 points per game in the Beavers’ four tournament games this month, including a school record 38 last night in Babson’s ‘Sweet 16’ win over Tufts.

Another acceleration point came with just under seven minutes to play when Keene State’s Jimmy Layman‘s sure-thing layup rattled out of the basket and Rice turned it into a layup and a foul on the other end, putting Babson up 79-66. Two minutes later, Babson opened up a 21-point lead and a trip to Virginia was all but assured.

“We always call him the company guy because he really does whatever the company needs,” said Babson men’s basketball coach Stephen Brennan.

The Beavers return to the ‘Final Four’ is quite impressive given the fact that injuries have reduced the squad’s rotation to only seven or eight players. Rice got the start in place of  forward Bradley Jackswho played just five minutes. 

“I’ve been working a lot on my three point shot,” said Rice, who was two of three from beyond the arc. “We don’t have as many guys as we did in the middle of the season and I knew I had to step up.”

The game was close throughout the first half with both teams shooting at a frightfully efficient clip. Babson connected on 61% of their first half buckets, including eight of 17 three pointers. Keene State kept pace with 58% shooting, including double digit efforts from sophomore Ty Nichols and senior Jeff Lunn. Those two combined to go 11-13 from the field in the first half.


Babson’s Joey Flannery paced all scorers, sinking 29 points. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jon Endow)

The Owls hung tight, trailing 51-45 at the break, but Babson picked up the offensive tempo in the second half, crushing it from beyond the arc, while beginning to methodically pull away. The Beavers made four of their first six three-pointers, getting out to a 12-point lead with less than 4:30 gone by.

Another acceleration point came with just under seven minutes to play when Keene State’s Jimmy Layman‘s sure-thing layup rattled out of the basket and Rice turned it into a layup and a foul on the other end, putting Babson up . Two minutes later, Babson opened up a 21-point lead and a trip to Virginia was all but assured.

The senior group of Flannery, Rice and sixth man Matthew Droney finish up their career with an astonishing 58-7 home record at Staake Gymnasium. The Beavers have won 41 straight games when leading with five minutes to go. Keene State’s run comes to an end one round later than last season. 

The Owls won three close games to reach the Elite Eight this month, including an upset win over no. 2 Christopher Newport on Friday – the Captains knocked them out in the Sweet Sixteen last year en route to the semifinals. 

For Babson, a run one game deeper than their 2015 semifinal appearance would mean a historic date in the national championship. The Beavers play Whitman at 5 p.m. Friday evening.

Asked after the game if he was confident about his team’s chances, Flannery gave a short, steely answer, saying, “oh yeah.” 

NCAA D3 Basketball Tournament Round-Up: Endicott, UMass Dartmouth Make History, Advance To First-Ever Sweet 16


Endicott College men’s basketball made history on Saturday, advancing to the program’s first-ever NCAA Sweet Sixteen! (Photo Credit:

By Kyle Prudhomme (@Kyle_Prudhomme) 

The second round of the NCAA Division III men’s & women’s basketball tournaments were underway Saturday with many New England teams advancing to the Sweet Sixteen. Some had to earn it the hard way, taking on higher-seeds in hostile environments, while others continued their winning ways that have followed them throughout the year.

Below are the updates from the second round action.

UMass Dartmouth 71, No. 12 Montclair State 63A day after winning its first NCAA tournament game in program history, UMass Dartmouth passed its second test in the tourney, holding off No. 11 Montclair State and snapping its eight-game winning streak. Junior Alicia Kutil recorded her eighth double-double of the season (20 points, 10 rebounds) while three other starters surpassed ten points for the Corsairs. UMass Dartmouth matches up with SUNY New Paltz on March 10th.

No. 4 Tufts 64, Husson 44The Jumbos took a ten-point lead into the intermission, but weren’t satisfied as they came out off the break to control a 21-4 drive in the third quarter – they did not look back. Tufts controlled the glass in its victory (44-23) and senior Michaela North tallied her second highest rebound total of the season with 13 boards. Tufts University goes up against No. 17 Scranton in the Sweet Sixteen March 10th. 

Babson College 62, No. 25 FDU-Florham 61 (OT): Babson’s Jacqueline Jozefick (10 points) lifted the Beavers to victory with a go-ahead layup with five seconds to go in the overtime period. FDU-Florham’s  Kendrea Williams finished with a game-high 27 points, while Babson’s Taylor Russell poured in 18 points to go with her 12 rebounds.

No. 1 Amherst College 60, No. 22 Mary Washington 51: – The top-team in the country will continue its quest for a perfect season, but their 29th win on Saturday featured some pushback from the Eagles, who erased a 31-19 first half deficit by outscoring the Purple & White in the second session. Amherst’s Jaimie Renner (18 points) helped keep Mary Washington at bay, knocking down four shots from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds of the game. Amherst will play Babson in the third round. 

Williams 80, Scranton 53: It took eight minutes of play for Williams College to finds its groove, but when it did they were hard to stop. The Ephs took the lead with 12:30 left in the first half and never looked back. Five Williams players finished in double-digits with Daniel Aronowitz leading the way by pouring in 22 points on 8-of-13 from the floor.

No. 3 Babson 72, Skidmore 65: A game that featured 11 lead changes swung in the Beavers direction permanently with 2:05 remaining as Babson’s 13-3 scoring drive closed out the game at Staake Gymnasium. Joey Flannery logged game-highs in rebounds (10) and points (25) – he played all forty minutes. Nick Comenale (16), Charlie Rice (12), and Isaiah Nelsen (11) all finished with 10-plus points for Babson.

Endicott 111, Nichols 75What a difference a week makes as Endicott avenged its Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title loss to Nichols by setting a new season-high for points scored in a game. The Gulls were deadly from the floor, hitting 38-of-70 and connecting on 19 three pointers. Endicott guard Max Motroni led the shooting barrage with 12-of-16 made and a new season-high of 34 points.

No. 14 Tufts 94, St. Johns Fisher 81: The Jumbos topped the Cardinals with the help of 10 three-pointers on 24 attempts. Tufts’ Vincent Pace set a career-high with 37 points to lead his team toward victory while Tarik Smith (seven assists) and  Eric Savage (nine rebounds) added 17 and 16 points, respectively. St. John Fisher’s Keegan Ryan scored 33 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Tufts will go against fellow New England foe Babson in the Sweet Sixteen – the Beavers beat the Jumbos in December. 

No. 17 Susquehanna 72, Eastern Connecticut 67:  Eastern Connecticut’s Carlos Gonzalez (12 points) knocked down a clutch triple with 11 seconds left to make the deficit just three points, but a pair of free throws from Susquehanna’s Steven Weidlich (25 points) put the game out of reach. Susquehanna made a habit of scoring points in the paint, edging the opponent, 40-28, down low – center Ryan Traub recorded a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Susquehanna will take on Williams College in round three.  

No. 6 Middlebury 95, No. 15 Lycoming 76:  An early first half spurt gave Middlebury all the momentum it needed to put away Lycoming. Middlebury’s Matt St. Amour fueled the outburst with nine of his game-high 30 points during the first half surge. The Warriors, however, outscored the Panthers, 44-43, in the second-half, but the lead was too large to overcome. Middlebury’s Matt Folger led all bench players with 18 points in 16 minutes of action. Middlebury will fact Endicott in the third round – the Gulls took a November 27th meeting as they beat Panthers, 93-89.  

Keene State 92, No. 5 Ramapo 91 (OT)Keene State’s Jake Collagan drained the game-winning three to put his team ahead 92-91 with just 48 seconds left in overtime and the Owls – with tough defense to close – held onto upset Ramapo. Ty Nichols (seven assists) and Matt Ozzella (12 rebounds) were the engine for Keene State’s offense, dropping 32 and 22 points, respectively. Keene State’s next challenge is No. 25 Swarthmore.