BANGOR — Xavier Pollard and Zarko Valjarevic scored 18 points each as Maine held on for an 83-80 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County in an America East men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon.
UMBC closed to within 77-75 on a Chase Plummer jump shot, but Valjarevic quickly followed with a 3-pointer. UMBC then made five free throws to close the gap to 81-80 with 55 seconds remaining. Troy Reid-Knight sank two free throws for Maine, and the Retrievers missed two 3-point attempts in the final five seconds.
Maine (5-16, 3-6 America East), which won its second consecutive game for the first time this season, had a commanding 56-36 lead at the half. UMBC (7-15, 3-6), led by Chase Plumber with 23 points, started the second half with a 30-9 run to take a 66-65 lead with 8:12 remaining,
Rodney Elliot added 21 points for UMBC.
ST. JOSEPH’S 75, ALBERTUS MAGNUS 55: Matthew Medeiros scored 24 points and had seven assists as the Monks (11-8, 9-2 GNAC) knocked off the Falcons (17-2, 11-1) at Standish.
St. Joseph’s took control from the start against a team that was ranked 16th in NCAA Division III. The Monks opened the game with a 14-4 run, featuring four 3-pointers, and built a 44-22 lead by halftime. St. Joseph’s then began the second half with nine straight points.
Nicholas Jobin added 18 points, Zach Blodgett finished with 17 and Steve Simonds scored 13.
COLBY 70, TRINITY 67: Chris Hudnut sank a pair of free throws and Ryan Jann hit a 3-pointer from the corner as the Mules (11-8, 3-4 NESCAC) scored the first five points of overtime on the way to a win over the Bantams (11-9, 3-4) at Waterville.
Hudnut finished with 21 points. Jann and Patrick Stewart added 12 each and Sam Willson had 11.
Trinity’s Hart Gliedman tied the game with a steal and desperation 35-footer at the regulation buzzer. He led the Bantams with 15 points.
AMHERST 70, BOWDOIN 67: Connor Green made six 3-pointers, including three in the final 10 minutes as Amherst (16-3, 6-1 NESCAC) rallied past Bowdoin (17-2, 5-2) at Brunswick.
Green finished with 26 points for Amherst, which trailed by as many as eight points in the second half.
The Polar Bears were led by Andrew Madlinger with 19 points. John Swords added 12 and Matt Mathias had 11.
CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 84, BATES 77: Matt Vadas scored 27 points and Mason Lopez added 24 to lead the Camels (9-9, 2-4 NESCAC) over the Bobcats (10-9, 1-5) at New London, Conn.
The Bobcats got 39 points from Mike Boornazian, including 32 in the second half as Bates tried to overcome a 43-25 halftime deficit.
ENDICOTT 86, UNE 73: John Henault led the Gulls (14-5, 8-4 Commonwealth Coast) with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists in a win over the Nor’easters (1-18, 1-11) at Biddeford.
Brayden Morse scored 18 points for UNE.
KEENE STATE 95, SOUTHERN MAINE 59: Nate Howard scored 17 points and Jaquel Edwards added 15 as the Owls (7-11, 4-5 Little East) rolled over the Huskies (6-13, 2-7) at Keene, N.H.
Howard added 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and Edwards grabbed 17 rebounds.
Sean Caddigan led USM with 11 points.
SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 86, UMAINE-PRESQUE ISLE 75: Jose Nouchanthavong scored 16 points, and Jacob Loveridge added 14 points off the bench as the Seawolves (18-6) beat the Owls (7-11) in South Portland.
Sean Manganti scored 20 points and Michael Warner had 18 for Presque Isle.
MAINE 61, UMBC 48: The Black Bears (11-11, 5-4 America East) matched a school record with 14 3-pointers as they defeated the Retrievers (2-19, 1-8) in Baltimore.
Maine was led by Liz Wood with 15 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists.
UMBC’s leading scorer was Sara Tarbert with 22 points.
ST. JOSEPH’S 61, ALBERTUS MAGNUS 38: Abby Young scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Monks (15-4, 5-0 GNAC) beat the Falcons (3-17, 0-6) in Standish.
St. Joseph’s ended the first half on an 11-3 run to built a 30-21 lead, then opened the second half with a 21-6 surge.
Morgan Cahill posted 11 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Lianna Carrero, the leading scorer in NCAA Division III at 25.9 points per game, was held to 14 points for Albertus Magnus.
UNE 74, ENDICOTT 68: Kelly Coleman scored 20 points to lead the Nor’easters (17-2, 11-1 Commonwealth Coast) past the Gulls (14-5, 9-3) for their 23rd consecutive home victory.
UNE trailed by as many as seven points in the second half but used a 13-0 run midway through the half to take a 52-44 lead.
Lauren Hayden finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Meghan Gribbin added 12 points and five assists, and Sadie DiPierro had 11 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Kelsey Cuddy paced Endicott with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
SOUTHERN MAINE 56, KEENE STATE 40: Erin McNamara made six 3-pointers and scored 28 points to lead the Huskies (13-6, 6-3 Little East) past the Owls (11-8, 3-6) at Keene, N.H.
Megan Pelletier added 12 points for USM, which broke open a close game with a 20-6 run in the second half.
TRINITY 67, COLBY 58: Hannah Brickley scored 28 points to lead the Bantams (11-8, 4-3 NESCAC) over the Mules (6-14, 0-7) at Waterville.
Desi Smith led Colby with 17 points.
AMHERST 65, BOWDOIN 57: Mary Giddins paced a balanced offense with 14 points as the Lord Jeffs (19-2, 6-1 NESCAC) held off the Polar Bears (18-3, 5-2) in Brunswick.
Sara Binkhorst scored 19 points for Bowdoin.
CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 64, BATES 56: Meredith Kelly scored 24 points but the Bobcats (7-13, 0-6 NESCAC) fell to the Camels (12-7, 4-2) at New London, Conn.
Allaina Murphy added 12 points and eight rebounds for Bates, which erased an 18-point second-half deficit before Connecticut College regained control.
UMAINE-PRESQUE ISLE 72, SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 54: Darby Toth and Amanda Hotham each scored 17 points, and Olivia McNally chipped in with 16 to lead the Owls (13-5) over the Seawolves (15-6) in South Portland.
Maria Veino led SMCC with 11 points, while Zyrah Giustra grabbed 11 rebounds.
MAINE 3, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: Audra Richards tied the game with 42 seconds left in regulation, then scored 2:53 into overtime as the Black Bears (4-16-5, 2-10-3 Hockey East) edged the Wildcats (9-15-2, 4-8-2) in Orono.
Karissa Kirkup gave Maine a 1-0 lead 21 seconds into the second period. Hannah Armstrong and Alexis Crossley scored a minute apart in the third to put the Wildcats ahead.
Meghann Treacy had 29 saves for Maine.
USM 4, ST. MICHAEL’S 2: Maggie Lane and Ally Vanidestine scored goals 40 seconds apart in the second period to lead the Huskies (10-10-1, 7-5 ECAC East) over the Purple Knights (1-15-3, 0-10-2) in South Burlington, Vt.
Lane converted the rebound of a McKenna Russell shot to tie the game, and Vanidestine put the Huskies ahead with a breakaway goal after a pass from Katie Couture.
Cassandra Sherman opened the scoring for USM in the first period. Lynn Kozlowski got a empty-net goal with 19 seconds left.
WILLIAMS 4, BOWDOIN 3: Michaela Levine’s goal midway through the third period gave the Ephs (11-6-1, 8-1-1 NESCAC) a win over the Polar Bears (8-8-2, 3-5-2) in Brunswick.
Marne Gallant, Chelsea MacNeil and Rachel Kennedy scored for Bowdoin.
TRINITY 5, COLBY 1: Shannon Farrell scored two first-period goals to lead the Bantams (10-5-3, 5-4-1 NESCAC) over the Mules (5-10-2, 3-8-1) at Hartford, Conn.
Lauren Guarente scored a power-play goal for Colby.