Jim Calhoun is headed to the NCAA D-III Tournament this weekend – well, Friday, March 6th, to be exact.
The legendary college basketball coach, who guided the University of Connecticut to three NCAA D-I Championships, just helped the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) win its first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crown on Sunday while securing a spot in the 2020 NCAA D-III Tournament.
USJ will face Hobart at Springfield College on Friday with tip-off scheduled for 5 p.m. The winner will face either Springfield or SUNY Canton in the second round on Saturday, March 7th.
Calhoun, who is in his second season with the Blue Jays, has led the Blue and Gold to 25 consecutive wins since falling to Tufts University last November. The loss to the Jumbos seems to be a distant memory for the Blue Jays, who posted a perfect mark in conference play this season while securing two wins over in-state rival Albertus Magnus.
Calhoun was named the program’s first coach prior to their initial season last school year. The Blue Jays concluded their inaugural season with a 16-12 overall record, as well as an appearance in the GNAC Championship.
Tufts University returned to the top of our weekly poll, thanks to an exciting (and impressive) win yesterday over second-ranked Colby College in the 2020 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship.
With the win, the Jumbos claimed their first-ever league tournament crown and will be at home this weekend for a first-round NCAA D-III Tournament game against Western Connecticut, which is one of our six teams ‘on the rise.’
Colby is headed to the postseason as an at-large bid and so is Springfield College, which will host a pair of first-round games, along with a second-round contest, too. The Pride remains one of our top teams in the region despite falling to Coast Guard Academy last weekend in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinals.
WPI secured the fourth position after checking-in seventh one week ago while coach Jim Calhoun and the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) remained in the fifth position for the second-straight week. The Blue Jays won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship against Albertus Magnus, which extended their current winning streak to 25 consecutive victories since late November.
Middlebury College, Babson College, and Amherst College secured the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions, respectively, while Nichols College joined the poll after winning three-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament outings, including a come-from-behind quarterfinal matchup against Roger Williams.
Brandeis University secured the final position with a 17-8 overall record. They capped their 2019-20 regular season slate with 72-69 win over New York University.
New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week 14 Poll| Monday, March 2nd, 2020
1. Tufts University
21-6, 8-2 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 3
2. Colby College
24-3, 8-2 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 2
3. Springfield College
22-4, 11-1 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 1
20-7, 10-3 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 7
5. St. Joseph’s (Conn.)
26-2, 11-0 GNAC
Last Week: No. 5
6. Middlebury College
20-5, 6-4 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 6
7. Babson College
20-6, 10-4 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 4
8. Amherst College
18-8, 7-3 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 8
9. Nichols College
20-8, 12-4 CCC
Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Brandeis University
17-8, 9-5 UAA
Last Week: No. 10
ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Coast Guard Academy, New England College, Trinity College, Western Connecticut, and Westfield State
Winning one or two games in a row is not an easy task in any sports team, but capturing 17-straight contests is pretty impressive.
The University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) men’s basketball team secured its 17th consecutive victory last night with a 94-57 win over Lasell University. Lasell entered the early week meeting with the Blue Jays undefeated in conference play.
Taelon Martin led the Blue and Gold with 19 points off the bench – he finished 8 of 13 from the field, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc – while Jordan Powell registered a double-double of 12 rebounds and 10 points to go with five blocks, three assists, and one steal. Jaecee Martin finished Tuesday’s game with 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting.
The Blue Jays led the Lasers, 40-19, at the break and then outscored the hosts in the second half, 54-38.
With the win, USJ improved to 18-2 overall and 6-0 against Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) teams.
As of now, USJ appears to be a lock for the top spot in the conference tournament later this month with five games remaining. The Blue Jays could, however, encounter some challenges, especially against Anna Maria College and Emmanuel College. Anna Maria has won four of seven conference tilts this winter, while the Saints are 5-1 against league opponents.
Last season, the Blue Jays advanced to the conference championship but fell to Albertus Magnus, which represented the conference in the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament.
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 College. Keith 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, includingJack Casale, who finished with 31 points on 11 of 22 shooting.
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