GUILDERLAND, N.Y. — Peter Hooley scored 21 points, including a key 3-pointer, as Albany held on for a 74-63 win over Maine on Saturday.
After blowing a 47-27 halftime advantage, Albany (13-13, 7-6 America East) clung to a one-point lead with 7:44 to go when Hooley hit a 3-pointer that made it 60-56 and quelled the Maine rally. The Great Danes pulled away, preserving the win in the final 2 minutes by going 7 for 8 from the free throw line.
DJ Evans contributed 16 points and Gary Johnson had 11 for Albany, which snapped a two-game skid.
Maine (5-20, 3-10) opened the second half with a 16-4 burst and kept closing, drawing to within 57-56 on a pair of Shaun Lawton free throws, but couldn’t keep the pace.
Ethan Mackey led Maine with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Zarko Valjarevic added 15 points in the loss.
NICHOLS COLLEGE 90, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 63: Senior Ryan Sheehan scored 20 points in the opening seven minutes to get Nichols College (18-5, 14-2 CCC) started in a win over UNE (1-22, 1-15) at Dudley, Mass.
First-year student Brayden Morse led the Nor’easters with 14 points and seven rebounds.
RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 60, SOUTHERN MAINE 40: Tom DeCiantis scored 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds to help Rhode Island College (16-7, 10-2 LEC) defeat the Huskies (6-17, 2-10), at Gorham.
Pacing the Huskies were Sean Caddigan with 12 points and Conor Sullivan with 11.
COLBY 85, BATES 70: Patrick Stewart had 19 points and eight rebounds, Chris Hudnut scored 18 points with nine rebounds, and the Mules (14-10, 4-6 NESCAC) held off the Bobcats (11-13, 1-9) at Lewiston.
Sam Willson added 16 points and Luke Westman had 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Mules, who took a 22-19 lead midway through the first half and maintained a slim advantage until pulling away with 10-for-10 foul shooting in the final four minutes.
Billy Selmon shot 9 of 11 from 3-point range on his way to 30 points for Bates.
ST. JOSEPH’S 70, SUFFOLK 63: Nich Jobin netted 20 points and nine rebounds to lead the Monks (13-8, 12-2 GNAC) over the Rams (9-12, 6-8) at Standish. Steve Simonds added 18 points and Matt Medeiros had 12.
VERMONT TECH 85, SMCC 81: Jamal Hughes had a game-high 44 points and nine rebounds to lead the Knights (11-15, 3-10 YSCC) past the Seawolves (20-8, 13-3) at South Portland. SMCC was led by Jose Nouchanthavong with 31 points and eight rebounds.
BATES 67, COLBY 40: Meredith Kelly scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Bobcats (7-17, 1-9 NESCAC) over the Mules (8-16, 1-9) at Lewiston. Kelly became the first Bates player to score 500 points in a season on a three-pointer in the first half. Mia Diplock led Colby with 15 points.
ST. JOSEPH’S 54, SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY 50: Morgan Cahill had 14 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks to help the Monks (18-5, 8-1 GNAC) past the Rams (13-9, 6-3) at Standish. Emily Kehoe and Abbie Eastman each added seven.
SOUTHERN MAINE 64, RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 48: Guard Erin McNamara scored 18 points to pace USM (16-7) in a win over Rhode Island College (16-7) at Gorham.
Rhode Island leads the Little East Conference with a 10-2 record. The win puts the 8-4 Huskies in a tie for second place with Eastern Connecticut State, their final opponent of the season.
Rebecca Knight and Megan Pelletier each scored 14 points for USM.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 68, NICHOLS 62: Kelly Coleman scored 26 points and added seven rebounds as UNE pushed its winning streak to nine with a victory at Dudley, Mass.
Meghan Gribbin added 10 points for UNE (21-2, 15-1 Commonwealth Coast), which took control with a 23-15 stretch in the second half. Coleman started the run with a three-point play that snapped a 40-all tie with 14:41 remaining.
SMCC 88, VERMONT TECH 47: Danielle McCusker netted a team-high 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals to lead the Seawolves (18-7, 12-2 YSCC) past the Knights (10-15, 7-5) at South Portland.
TUFTS 92, BOWDOIN 55: Liz Moynihan had a game-high 20 points to lead the fifth-ranked Jumbos (21-3, 10-0 NESCAC) over the Polar Bears (20-4, 7-3) at Medford, Mass. Shannon Brady led Bowdoin with 11 points.
UMASS-BOSTON 3, USM 2: Samantha Fallon snapped a 2-all tie with eight minutes left, giving the Beacons (11-10-4, 7-8-1 ECAC East) the edge on the host Huskies (10-14-1, 7-9).
Despite tallying just 14 shots, Southern Maine twice rallied from one-goal deficits, getting goals from Bridget O’Brien at 9:44 of the first and Lynn Kozlowski at 5:38 of the third.
BOWDOIN 3, HAMILTON 1: Jessica Bowen’s power-play goal late in the second gave the Polar Bears a 2-1 lead, and Bowdoin (10-8-3, 5-5-3 NESCAC) gave Hamilton (6-13-2, 0-11-2) little chance of comeback, outshooting the Continentals 16-3 in the third period at Clinton, N.Y.
BOSTON COLLEGE 4, MAINE 1: The Eagles (22-5-3, 15-2-1 Hockey East) scored three times in the first 16 minutes of the second period and rolled past the Black Bears (5-18-5) at Orono.
Kate Leary, Haley McLean and Haley Skarupa had Boston College’s second-period tallies, and Emily Field add an empty-net goal in the third.
Kayla Kaluzny scored for Maine at 17:20 of the second.
WESLEYAN 1, COLBY 0: Scarborough’s Abigail Rutt scored at 1:30 of the second period and Corinne Rivard held the Mules (8-12-2, 4-9-1 NESCAC) at bay, stopping 36 shots to lead the Cardinals (8-10-4, 5-6-3) at Middletown, Conn.
Brianne Wheeler made 18 saves for Colby.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 4, STEVENSON 2: The Nor’easters (7-11-4) scored four times in an 11-minute span, storming back from a 2-0 deficit to down the Mustangs (8-15-1) at Reisterstown, Md.
Mary Wirth, Shannon Smith and Gabby Crugnale scored for UNE in the final 8:35 of the second period. Jenni Poulin added a goal at 2:21 of the third.
TRINITY 4, COLBY 2: John Hawkrigg scored twice for the Bantams (18-4, 13-3 NESCAC).
Nick Lanza scored both goals for host Colby (10-9-3, 7-8-1).
BOWDOIN 4, WESLEYAN 3: Matt Sullivan scored unassisted 4:44 into overtime to lift Bowdoin College (13-7-2, 8-7-1 NESCAC) over Wesleyan (11-9-2, 6-9-1) at Brunswick.
Colin Downey put the Polar Bears ahead 1:24 into the match with a power-play goal.
Wesleyan snatched the lead before the end of the period with goals from Keith Buehler and Robby Harbison.
The teams traded goals in the second period, then Erik Bertin tied it for Bowdoin with the lone goal of the third period.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE 2, NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE 1: Alex Pompeo scored a power-play goal with 7:31 remaining to put the Huskies (6-14-5, 5-11-2 ECAC East) on top of the Pilgrims (14-9-1, 10-8) at Gorham.
Jamie Osborne scored at 14:28 of the first period for USM. Winning goalie Dylan Wells stopped 25 shots for the Huskies.
UNE 5, ST. ANSELM 4: Jared Melman scored a school record four goals including the game-winner with 59 seconds remaining in overtime to lead the Nor’easters (10-14-1, 7-11-0 ECAC) past the Hawks (10-10-4, 7-7-1) at Biddeford.
MAINE 3, MIAMI 1: Heath Scott of the Black Bears (1-1) pitched seven strong innings, allowing two hits and striking out eight Hurricanes (1-1) at Coral Gables, Fla. Adam Steven went 3 for 5 for Maine.