February 16

Maine Colleges: Albany beats Maine in men’s basketball

Black Bears fall to 5-20 overall.

From staff and wire reports

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.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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.

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