January 25

Maine Colleges: Bowdoin men on a roll in NESCAC basketball

Polar Bears edge Colby to improve to 15-1.

From staff reports

BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin’s Grant White made a pair of free throws with 2 seconds left, right after Colby missed a tying 3-pointer, to ensure a 64-59 victory Saturday in a New England Small College Athletic Conference men’s basketball game.

Andrew Madlinger and White sparked a 10-2 spurt with consecutive 3-pointers for a 54-46 lead with 5:50 to go. Colby pulled to within 60-57 on Chris Hudnut’s 3-pointer with 1:22 left.

Keegan Pieri hit a turnaround jumper to push the lead to 62-57 with 55 seconds to go, but Colby’s Luke Westman drove for a layup with 23 seconds left to trim the lead back to 62-59.

Bowdoin’s ensuing inbounds pass sailed out of bounds, giving the ball back to the Mules (8-8, 1-4 NESCAC) with a chance to tie the game with 17 seconds left. But Ryan Jann’s 3-point attempt rimmed out and White sank his free throws.

The frontcourt duo of John Swords and Pieri led the way for Bowdoin (15-1, 4-1); Swords finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Pieri had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

White added 11 points.

Shane Rogers (15 points) and Sam Wilson (12 points) gave the Mules 27 points off the bench.

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 86, UNE 58: Dennis Rinaldi and Musa Elsir scored 15 points apiece to pace the Golden Bears (5-11, 3-7 Commonwealth Coast) over the Nor’easters (1-16, 1-9) at Springfield, Mass.

Justin Pollard scored 15 points to lead the Nor’easters, who shot just 28 percent from the field.

ST. JOSEPH’S 69, NORWICH 46: Matt Medeiros went 7 for 10 from behind the 3-point line and finished with 23 points to lead the Monks (9-8, 8-0 GNAC) over the Cadets (4-13, 2-1) at Standish.

Leading by five points at halftime, the Monks took control with a 13-2 run.

Steve Simonds added 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Nich Jobin scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

UM-MACHIAS 78, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 63: Elias Gutierrez scored 26 points to lead the Clippers (11-6, 8-3 YSCC) over the Seawolves (16-6, 10-2) at Machias.

AC Ford added 11 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Clippers. SMCC was led by Tong Akot’s 19 points.

TUFTS 59, BATES 55: Tommy Folliard’s jumper gave the Jumbos (9-8, 1-3 NESCAC) a 54-53 lead with 1:59 left and they held on for a win over the Bobcats (9-7, 1-3) at Medford, Mass.

Graham Safford paced the Bobcats with 17 points.

WESTERN CONN. STATE 83, SOUTHERN MAINE 75: Tony Seldon scored 16 points for the Colonials (11-5, 4-3 Little East) in a victory over Southern Maine (5-12, 1-6).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BOWDOIN 73, COLBY 53: Shannon Brady scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Polar Bears (16-2, 4-1 NESCAC) as they used an 18-0 second-half run to pull away from the Mules (6-12, 0-5) at Brunswick.

The Mules were paced by Carylanne Wolfington with 12 points.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 80, UM-MACHIAS 44: Danielle McCusker scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures for the Seawolves (14-5, 10-1 YSCC) in a win over the host Clippers (5-13, 5-5).

ST. JOSEPH’S 73, NORWICH 61: Abby Young scored a career-high 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Monks (12-3, 4-0 GNAC) as they rallied for a win over the Cadets (7-8, 1-2) at Standish.

UNE 57, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 35: Kate Sawyer scored 11 points for the Nor’easters (14-2, 9-1 Commonwealth Coast) as they downed the Golden Bears (7-9, 4-6) in Springfield, Mass.

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