The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram » College Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:52:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 College football: Washington wins Pac-12 title Sat, 03 Dec 2016 04:32:13 +0000 SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Taylor Rapp returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown and Myles Gaskin ran for 159 yards to help No. 4 Washington strengthen its case for a playoff berth with a 41-10 victory over No. 9 Colorado in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night.

The Huskies (12-1, No. 4 CFP) broke open a close game when Rapp intercepted Sefo Liufau’s passes on the first two drives of the second half for a touchdown and to set up a field goal that made it 24-7.

Washington rolled from there to its first conference title since 2000 with a performance likely to keep the Huskies in the top four when the College Football Playoff bids are handed out Sunday.

It was a rough day for Colorado (10-3, No. 8 CFP) and Liufau, who was knocked out of the game after injuring his right leg on a sack on the Buffaloes’ first drive of the game. He returned to start the second half and threw three interceptions, including one on the first play from scrimmage that Rapp returned 35 yards for a score.

Liufau threw another interception on the ensuing drive and Colorado could never recover. Even a circus kick return in the third quarter couldn’t help the Buffaloes. Anthony Julmisse returned a kick to near midfield and fumbled. Phillip Lindsay scooped it up and ran down to the 2, but Colorado was held to a field goal.

From the opening kickoff that went out of bounds, little went right for the Buffaloes, who were unable to cap an impressive turnaround season with a conference title. Liufau’s injury didn’t help the cause. Steven Montez went 5 of 12 for 60 yards in the first half and was unable to generate any consistent offense, and Liufau was even worse when he returned. He threw as many interceptions in the third quarter as he had all season and was just 2 of 12 for 12 yards after going back into the game.

Washington quarterback Jake Browning also struggled, but it didn’t matter as the Huskies dominated the game with 265 yards on the ground behind Gaskin and Lavon Coleman (101 yards). Browning was 9 of 24 for 118 yards but did throw two TDs. His second touchdown was far from his prettiest throw of the season. With a defender draped all over him, Browning threw a ball up from grabs that John Ross caught one-handed in front of Chidobe Awuzie and ran in 19 yards for the score.

Browning’s 42 TDs are one shy of Jared Goff’s Pac-12 record.

(13) WESTERN MICHIGAN 29, OHIO 23: Robert Spillane intercepted a pass with 51 seconds remaining, and the Broncos (13-0, No. 17 CFP) held off Ohio (9-4) to win the Mid-American Conference championship, in Detroit.

Western Michigan led 23-7 at halftime, but Ohio rallied and had the ball in WMU territory in the final minute when Spillane intercepted Greg Windham’s pass over the middle. Spillane immediately took a knee at his own 30, then was mobbed by his teammates as a Ford Field crowd full of Broncos fans roared.

Ohio didn’t do much on offense until the final quarter, but the Bobcats still came achingly close to their first MAC title since 1968.

Instead, WMU became the first undefeated team to win the MAC title game since Marshall in 1999. The question is whether the Broncos have done enough to make it to the Cotton Bowl as the top-ranked team not among the five power conferences that get an automatic bid to a New Year’s Six bowl.

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Friday’s college roundup: Maine women fall short against Clemson Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:47:44 +0000 CLEMSON, S.C. — Victoria Cardaci and Nelly Perry each hit a pair of 3-pointers as Clemson opened the fourth quarter with a 17-5 run to pull away for a 69-61 win over Maine in a women’s basketball game Friday afternoon.

Maine (3-5) was within four points of the unbeaten Tigers (8-0) after three quarters, trailing 47-43, but Cardaci and Perry helped Clemson quickly stretch its lead to 16.

Sigi Koizar led Maine with 21 points, including 5 of 11 from 3-point range. No one else reached double figures for the Black Bears.

Maine held a 20-16 lead at the end of the first quarter and increased its margin to 25-18 on a Julie Brosseau free throw, but Clemson ended the half on an 11-4 run to forge a 29-29 tie.

There were four lead changes in the third quarter. Maine’s last lead was 41-39 after a 3-pointer by Koizar.

Aliyah Collier paced the Tigers after intermission, scoring 11 of her 13 points in the second half. Perry finished with 21 points and six assists, while Danielle Edwards added 20 points.

Maine’s next two games at home at the Cross Insurance Center, against Northeastern on Wednesday night and Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon.


COLBY 2, BOWDOIN 1: The Mules (4-1-0, 3-0-0) scored twice in a two-minute span in the third period to defeat the Polar Bears (3-3, 1-2 NESCAC) in Brunswick.

Bowdoin took a 1-0 lead on Cody Todesco’s unassisted short-handed goal with 17 seconds remaining in the second period.

Colby tied it just 33 seconds into the third period on an unassisted power-play goal by Kienan Scott. Less than two minutes later, Cam MacDonald scored the winning goal, assisted by Kevin Doherty.

Colby goalie Andrew Tucci stopped 41 shots, while Peter Cronin recorded 34 saves for Bowdoin.

The rivals meet again Saturday night at Colby’s Alfond Rink.

NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE 4, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Brett Kilar made 16 saves as the Pilgrims (6-3, 3-2 New England Hockey Conference) shut out the Huskies (5-5, 2-4) in Gorham.

New England College got an even-strength goal from Carlos Fornaris and a power-play goal from William Riise in a span of 4:11 early in the second period and carried a 2-0 lead into the second intermission.

Andreas Zollner added a power-play goal midway through the third period, assisted by Patrick DeBlois. Shawn Watson capped the scoring with an empty-net goal.

Kyle Shapiro stopped 22 shots for Southern Maine.


HAMILTON 3, COLBY 0: Megan Ahern recorded two goals and an assist – all in the first period – and the Continentals (2-2, 2-1 NESCAC) rolled to a win over the Mules (0-4-1, 0-2-1) in Waterville.

Sarah Fisher opened the scoring 5:34 into the game, assisted by Ahern and Katie Parkman. Ahern scored on a power play at 12:09, with Emily Williams and Teagan Blackwell picking up assists, then added an unassisted tally just 4:25 later.

Colby goalie Hannah Insuik turned aside 30 shots, while Sam Walther had 16 saves in the shutout.

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UNH rolls past Maine men’s hockey Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:13:29 +0000 DURHAM, N.H. — New Hampshire and Maine may not be making a lot of noise in college hockey these days, but when they get together, it does get loud.

UNH, buoyed by a boisterous, soldout Whittemore Center crowd of 6,501, skated by the Black Bears 5-1 on Friday night.

Maine took a 1-0 first-period lead but then folded, giving up two power-play goals in the second – cashing in on four Maine penalties – and three even-strength scores in the third.

“We started off well and then the penalties,” Maine Coach Red Gendron said. “We’ve got to be a lot smarter than that. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that UNH had a 20 percent power play (20 of 94), and it might be wise not to take penalties against them unnecessarily.”

The Black Bears still haven’t won a game out of their home state and dropped to 5-8-3, 1-5-1 in Hockey East. UNH is 7-6-2, 4-1-1 – although all of those wins have come against low teams in the league standings.

“Us and Maine have both been a little quiet the last couple of years,” UNH Coach Dick Umile said. “You forget the records when you play this game. This is as good a crowd as we’ve had of late.”

Tyler Kelleher scored both power-play goals and added an assist. There are better opponents in Hockey East but Kelleher, a senior, couldn’t wait for the Black Bears.

“When the schedule comes out in the summer, these are the first games you look for,” Kelleher said. “This is the most exciting weekend of the year.”

The teams meet again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Orono.

“It will be crazy (Saturday) night,” Umile said.

It was crazy Friday, but Maine quieted the home crowd briefly, taking a 1-0 first-period lead on its first of two power plays.

Mitchell Fossier sent a puck in from the right circle. It deflected off a defenseman’s skate and went in at 13:08. Eric Schurhamer and Patrick Holway assisted. Fossier, a freshman, is tied for the team lead in goals with seven.

In the second period, the Wildcats took advantage of four Maine penalties to notch two goals by Kelleher. He has 27 points in 15 games.

“A couple of goals by a great player,” Gendron said.

At 5:21, Chase Pearson went off for interference. Kelleher plays one of the points on the power play. He skated to his right, into the high shot and fired through traffic, scoring at 6:23 for a 1-1 game.

At 14:28, Stephen Cochrane was called for interference. Kelleher showed how dangerous he is – and how incapable Maine was to stop him. Skating to his left along the red line with the puck on his backhand, Kelleher went by three Black Bears. He skated past Cam Brown at the red line, cut toward the left circle, passing Blaine Brown, then looped around Sam Becker at the bottom of the circle.

“Kind of just instinct,” Kelleher said. “I saw the defenseman was flat-footed, so I could get around him. The goalie tried to poke-check it and I got past him.”

Umile watched with awe.

“You just don’t teach that,” he said.

UNH broke it open in the third. The Wildcats outshot Maine only 28-24. UNH goalie Danny Tirone made 27 saves. Rob McGovern of Maine made 21 saves on 25 shots. Matt Morris replaced him and stopped 2 of 3 shots.

Saturday night’s game will be televised by Fox College Sports and WPME. Maine and UNH also will meet Dec. 30 in a nonconference game in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Florida’s offense must find a way, and in a hurry Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:00:26 +0000 ATLANTA — Talk about a mismatch. Alabama’s defense is the best in the nation. Florida’s offense looks like one of the worst.

They’ll face off Saturday in the Southeastern Conference championship game with the top-ranked Crimson Tide (12-0, 8-0 SEC) heavily favored to lock up its third straight trip to the College Football Playoff with a win over the No. 15 Gators (8-3, 6-2).

Alabama hasn’t given up a defensive touchdown in 17 quarters, which covers its November schedule. The Tide leads the nation in three major categories, giving up the fewest points, rushing yards and total yards.

“When we go out there Saturday, we just try to dominate,” defensive lineman Jonathan Allen said. “Just do your job and just dominate the opposing offense. That’s the legacy.”

Florida will get a jarring reminder of its high-scoring legacy when former coach Steve Spurrier helps with the coin toss.

These Gators are a long way from the Fun ‘n’ Gun days.

Over its last 10 quarters, Florida has one offensive touchdown – a 98-yard pass from Austin Appleby to Tyrie Cleveland that sparked an SEC East-clinching win over LSU. The Gators rank No. 114 nationally in total yards, ahead of only six other Power Five schools, and haven’t shown much ability to move the ball running or passing.

Now this offensively challenged team must contend with the stingiest defense in the land.

Coach Jim McElwain joked it might be best to skip the filmwork just so his players wouldn’t see what they’re up against.

Then he turned serious.

“The thing you point out is really how close you are from a consistency standpoint,” McElwain said, doing his best to put a positive spin on such a dire predicament. “We had our opportunities last couple games, yet the mindset of finishing is something we have to do.”

Good luck with that against the Tide, which has given up 10 points or less in eight games.

“Obviously with these guys that we’re playing, the thing that really stands out is how short the explosive play reel is when you look at it,” McElwain said. “They don’t give a lot of big plays up. You’ve got to go earn it.”

Under Coach Nick Saban, Alabama has earned the right to be called one of college football’s greatest dynasties. Since the beginning of the 2008 season, the Tide is 110-12 with four national championships.

Saban has won five national titles, one shy of the record held by Bear Bryant.

Of course, Saban is merely focused on the next one. “Can’t really fall in love with what we’ve done in the past,” he said.

Some things to watch for:

HURTS BLOSSOMS: While defense is always the name of the game at Alabama, the development of freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts has been a major part of the Tide’s success. He took over the starting job in Week 2 and gave the offense a dual threat, throwing for 2,454 yards and 21 touchdowns, and running for 840 yards and 12 TDs. Saban is most impressed with his maturity. “He has a resiliency to come back and focus on the next play,” the coach said.

LOCKDOWN CORNERS: Hurts will have to contend with two of the country’s best cornerbacks. Teez Tabor has four interceptions, Quincy Wilson has three, and both have returned a pick for a touchdown. If the Gators are to have any chance, it’s likely that either Tabor and Wilson will have to come up with a game-changing play.

KIFFIN’S FUTURE: There’s plenty of speculation about how much longer Lane Kiffin will be Alabama’s offensive coordinator. He’s been mentioned for head coach openings at Oregon and Houston, and LSU’s new coach, Ed Orgeron, reportedly wants him as his offensive coordinator. “I know nothing about it,” Saban said. “He’s never mentioned it to me. I’m sure he would if there was something out there.”

DAVIS RETURNS: Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis, the team’s defensive leader and second-leading tackler, returned to practice after missing three games with ankle injuries. He’s a senior and Georgia native who desperately wants to play in the title game. “If you can give the team one play, whatever that play might be, that’s what it’s all about,” McElwain said.

STORIED RIVALS: It’s only appropriate that Alabama and Florida meet in the SEC’s 25th championship game. They played in the first threes, and this will be their ninth meeting overall for the title. In a nod to the inaugural game in 1992, the coin toss will be conducted by Spurrier, former Alabama coach Gene Stallings and Roy Kramer, the SEC commissioner then.

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Supporting LGBTQ rights is part of UMaine strategy in game at Duke Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:09:49 +0000 The fallout began soon after North Carolina’s controversial measure curbing anti-discrimination protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people became law in March.

Several corporations canceled plans for expansion in the state after House Bill 2 passed. Entertainers such as Bruce Springsteen canceled concerts. The NBA, NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference all pulled some of their cornerstone events.

Some colleges, including Albany and Vermont, pulled out of scheduled games in North Carolina.

The University of Maine has opted for a different approach.

Maine’s men’s basketball team will play Duke at the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the first meeting between the schools. Maine will receive $85,000 from Duke to play in the game, the money benefiting the Black Bears’ basketball program.

Bob Walsh, the UMaine men’s basketball coach, still believes an up-tempo style is best for his team but says his players need to get stronger as they prepare for next season.

Bob Walsh, the UMaine men’s basketball coach: “We talked about everything. The question was, how we can use it as a learning experience for our guys and to educate them?”

Maine officials, including President Susan Hunter and athletic director Karlton Creech, have weighed the national reaction to the controversy in their discussions on whether to play at Duke – a final meeting taking place as recently as Monday – but decided to go ahead. They intend to use the event as an educational experience for their student-athletes, while also showing support for North Carolina’s LGBTQ community.

“The North Carolina law is completely at odds with our belief in equality and inclusion, and not in keeping with our commitment to equal opportunity as a right for all,” Hunter said in a statement released by the university.

“If we want to make a statement and stand up for what we believe in as an institution, we have to be part of the discussion around these important societal issues. Duke University shares this commitment and we stand with them in solidarity. … Perhaps more importantly, (it) engages our students in thinking about and confronting injustice in any form.”

For the basketball team, it is an opportunity to play against one of the nation’s elite programs – even though the game appears to be a mismatch. The fifth-ranked Blue Devils have won five national championships and have appeared in 12 Final Fours under coach Mike Krzyzewski. Maine has never qualified for the NCAA tournament.

None of that matters to Maine coach Bob Walsh.

“These are the games the kids are really excited about playing,” he said. “It’s the highest level of college basketball and it forces us to prepare at a high level. But now there’s a little more to it than just playing a basketball game.”

Maine flew down Friday and its players plan to meet with a student group called Duke Athlete Ally, which advocates for social justice and inclusion. On game day, the Black Bears will wear T-shirts with an America East rainbow logo, symbolizing the conference’s commitment to inclusion. Upon returning to Orono, the Black Bears plan to meet with the school’s LGBTQ Services to share their experience.

“I think that this is going to be good for us,” said Marko Pirovic, a senior on the basketball team who reached out to Duke to meet with a student group.

“We want to let them know the support they have from the University of Maine athletes. It’s an opportunity to show people that we are standing up against the law.”

On March 23, the North Carolina General Assembly passed HB2 – formally titled the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act – sweeping away many anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. As part of it, people must use public restrooms that corresponded to the gender on their birth certificate.

The outrage was immediate, with Krzyzewski – one of the state’s most visible residents – saying, “It’s an embarrassing bill.”

‘Duke has said this is a repugnant law and that is what the University of Maine would say, too. Boycotting is one way to stand up to it. Another type of pressure is to go stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Duke and show our support.’

— Robert Dana, UMaine vice president for student affairs

The NBA moved its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, to New Orleans. The NCAA and ACC followed by pulling postseason tournaments out of North Carolina.

The University of Albany had to pull out of a men’s basketball game at Duke – and field hockey games at Duke and North Carolina – because the state of New York banned all non-essential state travel to North Carolina in protest of House Bill 2. Vermont canceled a women’s basketball game at North Carolina. In a statement, the school said its decision came because the law “is contrary to our values as an athletic department and university.”

UMaine officials saw all this. But they still decided to play, signing a contract with Duke on June 21. There were many factors to consider. Of course, there was the guaranteed money – $85,000, the same amount that Maine receives for playing at Virginia Tech and Buffalo this season – which goes a long way to helping a program. The game will be televised on ESPN2, providing a great deal of exposure for recruiting.

But both Walsh and Creech knew there had to be more to it. “We talked about everything,” said Walsh. “The question was, how we can use it as a learning experience for our guys and to educate them?”

They contacted America East, which in August became the first NCAA Division I conference to partner with the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program. The league has been a partner with the You Can Play Project – which promotes inclusion for all athletes regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity – since 2012.

America East provided the jerseys with the AE rainbow logo that Maine will wear in warm-ups.

The league also put Maine in touch with Chris Mosier, a transgender athlete who is a member of the U.S. national team in the duathlon, a competition involving running and cycling. Mosier, who is a vice president of program development for the You Can Play Project, competed in a national championship in North Carolina in May because he said he wanted to show that “I am not going to be stopped by this bill.”

On Thursday, he spoke via Skype with the Maine basketball team about being transgender and how to promote inclusion through sports. While he applauds those who have chosen to boycott North Carolina, Mosier said Maine’s decision to play has lasting benefits as well.

UMaine men's basketball team taking part in Skype discussion Thursday with Chris Mosier, a transgender athlete and member of the U.S. national team in the duathlon.

The UMaine men’s basketball team takes part in a Skype discussion Thursday with Chris Mosier, a transgender athlete and member of the U.S. national team in the duathlon. Photo courtesy of Matt O’Brien

“I think the great thing about this is that it is helping make the players better citizens,” Mosier said in a phone interview. “By them showing up and taking the opportunity to educate themselves, they are doing it the right way. It’s just a great opportunity for them to grow as people.”

Jay Bilas, the ESPN college basketball analyst and a lawyer who lives in Charlotte, has been an outspoken critic of the law. “It’s a sad, sorry episode for the state,” he said.

While Bilas has supported some of the boycotts, he acknowledged, “It’s not possible for everyone to do that, even if they want to. There are other considerations.

“I applaud (Maine) for what they are trying to do. They are coming to Duke to play a game, and it’s an important game for them. But for them to take the steps they are taking speaks well of them and the social consciousness they have, to seek social justice far beyond their state’s borders.”

The boycotts have been economically painful for North Carolina. According to a mid-September story in Business Insider, North Carolina had lost nearly $400 billion dollars because of HB2.

This is the T-shirt that University of Maine men's basketball players will wear at Duke University this weekend, symbolizing the America East conference’s commitment to inclusion.

This is the T-shirt that University of Maine men’s basketball players will wear at Duke University this weekend, symbolizing the America East Conference’s commitment to inclusion.

Opponents of the law, such as Shane Windmeyer, applaud the boycotts, but also realize there are other ways to show disapproval.

Windmeyer is executive director and founder of Campus Pride, a nation-wide organization based in Charlotte that creates safer and more inclusive LGBTQ communities on college campuses.

He said boycotts are effective, but only to a degree. “It’s one thing to boycott the state,” he said. “But if you have a headache, you don’t chop off your head. You treat the headache.”

Windmeyer said simply wearing a rainbow patch on a T-shirt wouldn’t be enough to justify coming to Duke, a private institution which he said has always been a very progressive campus. But if Maine’s visit is to support the LGBTQ community in North Carolina and promote inclusion, he said, “that’s a very smart and right thing to do.”

Dan Lebowitz, the executive director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University, said that boycotts provide a strong statement, and that once the NBA – “the most socially conscious sports entity on the planet,” he said – pulled its All-Star Game out of Charlotte, other leagues quickly followed suit.

But every case is different, Lebowitz said. “For a place like Maine to play at a place like Duke, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s a profile raiser.”

And, he said, “They are using the platform to make a socially conscious statement. Rather than look at a boycott, like everyone else, they are going to make the most of this opportunity athletically while also making a social statement. I commend Maine for doing it. It’s a statement for the program and the university.”

Reaction on the Maine campus appears to be muted. The student newspaper, The Maine Campus, has not editorialized on the subject. Creech, the athletic director, said the school has not received any negative feedback over its decision.

The campus’ LGBTQ Services deferred questions for this story to Robert Dana, the vice president for student affairs at UMaine.

“Duke has said this is a repugnant law and that is what the University of Maine would say, too,” Dana said. “Boycotting is one way to stand up to it. Another type of pressure is to go stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Duke and show our support.”

Pirovic, the Maine senior, said he would have understood if the university had pulled out of this game. But he said they can make a bigger impact by going.

“I think it will mean a lot to them, and to us, to know that even though we’re in Maine, we’re there to support them,” he said.

And he’s looking forward to playing on Duke’s home court.

“It’s good for our guys to experience the next level,” he said. “I know it’s something I’m going to remember the rest of my life.”


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College roundup: St. Joseph’s breezes in women’s basketball Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:36:07 +0000 BOSTON — Regan McFerran sank a layup three seconds into the game Thursday night, starting a 21-point run that helped St. Joseph’s College to a 72-36 victory against Lasell in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s basketball opener.

Kelsi McNamara led the Monks (4-1) with 16 points. Julia Champagne and Abbie Eastman added 13 each, and Emily Benway scored 10.

The Monks led 26-3 after the first period, 42-9 at the half and by as much as 41 points in the second half against the Lasers (2-4).

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 61, NEW HAMPSIRE TI 52: Jennifer Conrad had 24 points and 12 rebounds to power Southern Maine CC (9-0, 4-0 Yankee Small College) past the Lynx (7-4, 4-2) in Concord, New Hampshire.

Hannah Heald added 14 points and eight rebounds for the SeaWolves, who used a 25-6 run to open a 42-23 lead early in the third quarter.

(2) CONNECTICUT 91, (15) DEPAUL 46: Kia Nurse scored a career-high 33 points and UConn (6-0) routed DePaul (5-2) at Storrs, Connecticut, for its 81st straight victory.

(3) SOUTH CAROLINA 76, (14) TEXAS 67: A’ja Wilson scored a career-best 31 points and had 12 rebounds to help NoSouth Carolina (6-0) beat Texas (2-3) at Austin, Texas.

(4) BAYLOR 79, ALILENE CHRISTIAN 34: Nina Davis scored 18 points and Baylor (8-1) stretched its home winning streak to 46 games, beating Abilene Christian (3-4) at Waco, Texas.


COLBY 75, MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY 54: Sean Gilmore scored eight points, and Maximilian Steiner added a 2-pointer and a 3-pointer during a 21-4 run as the Mules (4-2) opened a 69-45 lead with 3:49 left against the Mariners (1-4) at Waterville.

Patrick Stewart paced Colby with 18 points. Steiner finished with 15 and Gilmore 13. Brendan Newcomb led Maine Maritime with 18.

NEW HAMPSHIRE TI 72, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 56: Javan Parkinson netted seven points and Joe Simpson six as the Lynx (9-2, 3-1 Yankee Small College) closed the first half with a 20-6 run to open a 33-26 lead against SMCC (8-2, 3-1) at Concord, New Hampshire.

Dylan Silvestri dropped in 11 for and Chase Soares 10 for the SeaWolves.

(8) GONZAGA 97, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 63: Josh Perkins and Silas Melson had 15 points apiece as Gonzaga (7-0) beat Mississippi Valley State (0-9) at Spokane, Washington.

CINCINNATI 55, (19) IOWA STATE 54: Jacob Evans III made two free throws with 20 seconds left in overtime and Cincinnati (6-1) upset Iowa State (5-2) at Ames, Iowa, the Cyclones’ second straight loss.

(20) SOUTH CAROLINA 68, VERMONT 50: P.J. Dozier had a career-high 21 points and South Carolina improved to 7-0 for a second straight season with a victory against Vermont (6-3) at Columbia, South Carolina.

(24) FLORIDA 91, NORTH FLORIDA 60: Chris Chiozza had 16 points and nine assists, and Justin Leon added 13 points as Florida (7-1) handled North Florida (3-6) at Jacksonville, Florida.


UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 8, SUFFOLK 0: Trevor Fleurent, who started the game with three goals on the season, upped that total to seven before the end of the first period as the Nor’easters (4-3-1, 4-2-1 Commonealth Coast) opened a 5-0 lead against Suffolk (3-6-2, 1-5-1) at Biddeford.

Fleurent opened the scoring just 30 seconds into the game, then sandwiched a pair of goals around one by Samuel Michaud before added his final goal with 37 seconds remaining in the period.

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College football games to watch Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:32:26 +0000 No. 9 Colorado (10-2) vs. No. 4 Washington (11-1)

Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Television: FOX

Of note: The Buffaloes and Huskies are looking for their first conference championships since the early 2000s. Washington last won at least a piece of a conference crown when the league had 10 members back in 2000, with the Huskies last winning it outright in 1991. Colorado, meanwhile, is looking for its first conference title since 2001, when the Buffaloes were still part of the Big 12. The game features two of the best running backs in the Pac-12, with Washington’s Myles Gaskin and Colorado’s Phillip Lindsay each surpassing the 1,000-yard plateau this season.

No. 11 Oklahoma State (9-2) at No. 7 Oklahoma (9-2)

When: 12:30 p.m. Saturday

Television: FOX

Of note: This is the de facto Big 12 championship game, with the winner claiming the conference title. Oklahoma is riding a 15-game winning streak in the Big 12 dating to last season and an eight-game overall winning streak after opening the season 1-2. Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield has been tremendous in the Big 12 this season, accounting for 2,722 yards of total offense, 34 touchdowns and six interceptions. Oklahoma State has won seven consecutive conference games and if not for a controversial call against Central Michigan, the Cowboys would be considered a serious playoff contender.

No. 1 Alabama (12-0) vs. No. 15 Florida (8-3)

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Television: CBS

Of note: The Crimson Tide and Gators have made 23 appearances combined in the SEC title game. This is the ninth time they have squared off in championship tilt, winning four games apiece. Alabama enters the game as a three touchdown favorite. This is the largest spread in the championship series between the Gators and Tide – the favorite has gone 6-2. Alabama features the best defense in the country led by Jonathan Allen, who has been one of the most dominant defensive linemen in college football, recording 52 tackles and 11.5 sacks for the Crimson Tide. Florida is battling injury issues and tepid play on offense, but its secondary has the potential to cause problems for Tide freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts.

No. 3 Clemson (11-1) vs. No. 19 Virginia Tech (9-3)

Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Television: ABC

Of note: Clemson is looking to win back-to-back ACC titles for the first time in 28 years (1987-88). A win should clinch a spot in the College Football Playoff semifinals for the Tigers. Virginia Tech, meanwhile, is making its sixth appearance in the conference title game and its first since 2011. The Hokies are second behind Florida State (4) with three title game wins, while Clemson is in third with two. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is coming off an exceptional November, during which he delivered 1,400 yards of total offense, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. Virginia Tech dual-threat quarterback Jerod Evans, meanwhile, has been a strong leader for the Hokies offense.

No. 6 Wisconsin (10-2) vs. No. 8 Penn State (10-2)

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Television: FOX

Of note: Wisconsin is making its fourth appearance in the Big Ten championship game, having won in 2011 and 2012. Penn State is making its first appearance in the conference title game, with the Nittany Lions looking for their first outright league championship since 1994. The title tilt features two of the best running backs in the conference in Wisconsin’s Corey Clement (1,140 yards, 13 TDs) and Penn State’s Saquon Barkley (1,219, 15). Barkley was hampered by an ankle injury during the regular-season finale, but he should be ready for Saturday.

– By Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel

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Wednesday’s college roundup: UNE women win in Boston Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:02:02 +0000 BOSTON — The 24th-ranked University of New England women’s basketball team had six players in double figures and rolled to a 95-42 victory Wednesday night over Wentworth in a Commonwealth Coast Conference opener.

Jocelyn Chaput came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points, while Olivia Allrich had 11 points and 18 rebounds for the Nor’easters (3-2), who outrebounded Wentworth, 54-24.

Sam MacDonald had 15 points, knocking down three 3-pointers, and Sadie Nelson and Lindsey Howland had 13 apiece. Howland also had seven rebounds and five assists. Kristie McNall put in 12.

(1) NOTRE DAME 73, IOWA 58: Brianna Turner scored 15 points, Arike Ogunbowale added 14 points and the visiting Irish (7-0) beat Iowa (5-3) at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Lindsay Allen added 11 points for the Irish. They had 42 points in the paint and scored 21 points off 23 Hawkeyes’ turnovers.

(8) FLORIDA STATE 75, MINNESOTA 61: Nicole Ekhomu scored 16 points and Ivey Slaughter had 14 points and 10 rebounds to help Florida State (7-1) beat the host Gophers (4-3) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.


WENTWORTH 44, UNE 40: Ben Kizel made the go-ahead free throw with 28 seconds left and the Beavers (2-2, 1-0 CCC) held on to beat the Nor’easters (1-5, 0-1) in Boston.

Trailing 40-39 with just under 30 seconds left, Kizel was fouled by Nor’easter forward Sam Thomas. After Kizel made both free throws UNE had a chance to take the lead, but Drew Coveney missed a layup with 13 seconds left. Matt Vartanian made three free throws in the final 10 seconds to seal the win for Wentworth. Sam Knollmeyer scored a game-high 12 points for Wentworth to go along with seven rebounds. Thomas had eight points and eight rebounds to lead the Nor’easters.

BABSON 87, BATES 53: Nick Comenale scored a game-high 20 points, knocking down four 3-pointers as the No. 2 ranked Beavers (7-0) cruised over the Bobcats (3-2) at Babson Park in Massachusetts.

Malcom Delpeche and Max Hummel were the only scorers to reach double figures for Bates, each scoring 10 points. Delpeche also had six rebounds and five blocks.

(13) INDIANA 76, (3) NORTH CAROLINA 67: O.G. Anunoby scored 16 points, James Blackmon Jr. had 14 and Robert Johnson added 11, leading Indiana (5-1) past North Carolina (7-1) at Bloomington, Indiana.

(7) VIRGINIA 63, OHIO STATE 61: London Perrantes scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and Virginia overcame a sloppy performance to rally at Ohio State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

(9) BAYLOR 79, SAM HOUSTON STATE 45: Reserve King McClure scored 14 points and Baylor remained unbeaten with a victory at Waco, Texas.

(14) LOUISVILLE 71, (15) PURDUE 64: Ray Spalding and Mangok Mathiang each scored 11 points to help Louisville win at home in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

(16) ARIZONA 85, TEXAS SOUTHERN 63: Lauri Markkanen scored 19 points, helping host Arizona bounce back from its first loss of the season.

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UMaine routed in men’s basketball Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:44:46 +0000 BANGOR — The University of Maine men’s basketball team lost another game Wednesday night, which brings up an interesting question:

If the Black Bears cannot beat the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State, what are they going to do against the Duke Blue Devils?

Maine played little to no defense Wednesday night as Central Connecticut cruised to an 82-61 victory in front of an estimated crowd of 200 at the Cross Insurance Center.

Andrew Fleming, the 6-foot-7 freshman from Oxford Hills High, paced Maine with 20 points and eight rebounds.

The Black Bears (2-5) begin preparations for Saturday’s game against No. 5 Duke (7-1) at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina

Cameron will be louder than Cross Insurance Center – where the biggest cheers came from the Central Connecticut bench – and the competition will be significantly better.

“I just thought it was a terrible performance,” Maine Coach Bob Walsh said. “It was really brutal offensively and defensively.

“I have to do a better job of making sure what we do every day (in practice) translates to the game. I don’t know why there’s a disconnect there.”

Central Connecticut (2-3) came to Bangor on a three-game losing streak and little success against the Black Bears. Maine led this series 10-3 with the Blue Devils’ last win in 1986.

“We were two teams striving for a win,” said first-year Central Connecticut coach Donyell Marshall, the former UConn All-American, NBA player and Maine Red Claws assistant coach (2011-12).

“We played the way we wanted to play. We got easier shots today.”

Maine couldn’t stop Central Connecticut, which shot 59 percent. The Blue Devils passed inside on Maine’s man-to-man defense. When the Black Bears went zone, Central Connecticut drove in and kicked out the basketball for open 3-pointers (10 of 14)

“We felt Maine lacked defensively,” said Blue Devils forward Mustafa Jones, one of the six players in double figures. “Their defensive intensity wasn’t up to par.”

Walsh agreed.

“We didn’t guard them the whole game,” he said. “They got the shots they wanted on almost every possession.”

If there was any consolation, it was watching Fleming muscle his way inside. As Walsh tried to find a working combination of players, he kept Fleming out there (team-leading 32 minutes).

“He gets better every day,” Walsh said. “I think he’s getting more comfortable every day with how good he is and how good he can be.

“We didn’t take him out (because) he competes at a high level and it really matters to him. You can tell by the way he plays. I’m really proud of him.”

Fleming was in no mood to gloat about his best scoring performance as a collegian. His quick adjustment comes from “just doing what the coaches want me to do and be aggressive,” he said.

“I’m learning from others and just trying to come ready to play every day.”

Offensively, the Black Bears hit some 3-pointers (4 of 16) and a few jumpers but mainly relied on Fleming.

He hit 8 of 13 from the field and 4 of 7 free throws.

“He was a good scorer and a pretty aggressive player,” said Jones, who is also 6-7 and sometimes guarded Fleming, as did 6-8 senior Tafari Whittingham.

Central Connecticut took a 41-24 halftime lead. With 13:30 left in the game, Fleming slammed down a put-back, closing to 50-38.

The Blue Devils responded with a 3-pointer. Maine never got closer than 12 points.

Maine will be back at practice Thursday, then early Friday before flying to North Carolina.

Are the Black Bears ready for Duke? Walsh is searching for a lineup.

“I still haven’t figured out who we should have out there and how to make it work,” he said.

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Commentary: Hiring a former Maine administrator is the wrong thing at the wrong time Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:45:43 +0000 In the next couple weeks, Ian McCaw’s lawyers are scheduled to respond to a lawsuit by a woman named Jasmin Hernandez.

In the suit, Hernandez alleges McCaw, as the athletic director at Baylor, knew a football player named Tevin Elliott had been accused several times of committing sexual assault. She alleges McCaw failed to protect Hernandez before Elliot raped her and showed willful indifference afterward.

Barring a settlement, a jury will determine what culpability McCaw had in both Hernandez’s rape and in an atmosphere that enabled a shocking number of alleged assaults by Baylor football players.

McCaw also worked for the University of Maine from 1986-92, rising from assistant director of sports information to director of sports information, then becoming an assistant athletic director for external affairs.

In the early stages of this litigation, with the ink barely dry on McCaw’s Baylor severance agreement, he landed a new job: Monday afternoon, Liberty University hired McCaw to be its athletic director.

Liberty and its president, Jerry Falwell Jr., hired a man in the midst of ongoing litigation relating to the high-profile disgrace that forced him from his old job. McCaw ran the athletic program in which law firm Pepper Hamilton, tabbed by the school to perform an independent investigation, found “a failure to identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player, to take action in response to reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, and to take action in response to a report of dating violence.”


Evidently that didn’t disqualify McCaw from landing the same position at Liberty.

Fifty-three percent of the roughly 15,000 students who attend Liberty University are women. How were they supposed to feel when they woke up Tuesday? How should their parents feel?

Liberty’s news release announcing McCaw’s hire touted Baylor’s five national titles, 58 Big 12 championships and six consecutive bowl games for the football team under his watch.

For the women on Liberty’s campus – or for the parents whose daughters are there – is that competitive history supposed to matter more than the reason McCaw had to leave Baylor?

“If I had a daughter at Liberty University, I would certainly be concerned,” said Alexander Zalkin, Hernandez’s lawyer.

“It almost speaks to this general culture of apathy at universities to this issue. The reason we’re in this mess to begin with is, universities did not take this issue of sexual assault seriously. You have this athletic director who is either incompetent to the way he supervised his program, or worse, I would argue, turned a blind eye. It baffles me that another university would trust him to run their athletic department at this point.”


The hiring of McCaw sent a chilling message to athletic department employees and female students, not only at Baylor but across the country. American colleges have a sexual assault problem.

The Department of Education has more than 200 open cases into potential mishandling of sexual assault on campuses. The immediate recycling of McCaw underscores the attitudes that let it persist.

The NCAA cannot prevent a school from hiring or firing anyone, but it can make hiring a coach or administrator prohibitive. It can slap a “show cause” penalty on coaches, assistants or even, in rare cases, athletic directors. For a set period, the NCAA violations the coach incurred travel with the coach to any job he or she takes, unless the school can show cause for why it shouldn’t.

McCaw has received no punishment from the NCAA, which does not comment on pending or potential cases. It is rare, but not unprecedented, for athletic directors to be punished.

The most high-profile athletic director to be slapped with a show-cause penalty was Keith Tribble of Central Florida, whom the NCAA found to be at the center of significant recruiting violations.


McCaw’s rapid resurfacing is particularly nauseating. Falwell excused any role McCaw played in the scandal. He told the Lynchburg News & Advance, “I think (McCaw) was a good man in a place where bad things were going on and decided to remove himself from that atmosphere.”

The release also included this remarkably tone-deaf sentence: “Those in Waco who knew McCaw’s Baylor track record were quick to endorse the choice, even though they wished he had opted to stay at Baylor.”

The release quoted a former athletic director and a member of the Baylor board. Funnily enough, it did not include the opinion of Baylor Board of Regents member J. Cary Gray, who told the Wall Street Journal, “There was a cultural issue there that was putting winning football games above everything else, including our values. We did not have a caring community when it came to these women who reported that they were assaulted. And that is not OK.”

Anyone who knows even the barest details of the Baylor scandal cannot help but be horrified. Yet in the statement announcing McCaw’s hiring, Falwell said, “You look at what Baylor was able to do during his tenure, it fits perfectly with where we see our sports programs going. This is an exciting time for us.”

McCaw’s legal culpability in the scandal – if he has any – has yet to be determined.

But knowing what is alleged to have taken place in the athletic department he presided over, and then hearing Falwell’s endorsement, what are the women on Liberty’s campus – what is anyone anywhere – supposed to think?

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College roundup: Bowdoin defeats USM in men’s basketball Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:10:43 +0000 BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin College had four players score in double figures Tuesday night in an 86-79 victory against the University of Southern Maine in a nonconference men’s basketball game at Morrell Gymnasium.

Bowdoin (3-2) scored the first eight points and led 42-33 at halftime.

USM opened the second half with a 30-19 run, taking its first lead at 63-61 on a Zach Leal layup with 9:57 to play.

The Polar Bears regained the lead for good on a pair of Tim Ahn free throws, and 3-pointers from Jack Simonds and Liam Farley.

ST. JOSEPH’S 61, ANNA MARIA 54: The Monks (2-3, 1-0 Great Northeast Athletic) closed on an 8-1 run to beat the Amcats (0-6, 0-1) at Paxton, Massachusetts.

St. Joseph’s led 25-24 at halftime before 10 lead changes and four ties in the second half.

(2) VILLANOVA 82, PENNSYLVANIA 57: Kris Jenkins hit six 3s and scored 22 points, and Josh Hart had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead Villanova (7-0) past Penn (2-3) at Philadelphia.

(4) KANSAS 91, LONG BEACH STATE 61: Lagerald Vick scored a career-high 23 points on near-perfect shooting, Svi Mykhailiuk had 14 and Kansas (6-1) rolled over Long Beach State (1-8) at Lawrence, Kansas.

(7) XAVIER 85, NORTH DAKOTA STATE 55: Trevon Bluiett scored 15 of his 23 points during a dominant first half, and the Musketeers (7-0) defeated North Dakota State (5-3) at Cincinnati.

(10) CREIGHTON 93, BUFFALO 72: Marcus Foster scored 22 points, Justin Patton had season highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds and Creighton (7-0) pulled away in the second half to beat Buffalo (4-3) at Omaha, Nebraska.

(17) WISCONSIN 77, (22) SYRACUSE 60: Ethan Happ had 24 points and 13 rebounds, zone-busting guard Bronson Koenig scored 20 points and Wisconsin (6-2) beat Syracuse (4-2) at Madison, Wisconsin.

VALPARAISO 65, (21) RHODE ISLAND 62: Alec Peters scored 27 points to help Valparaiso (7-1) knock off visiting Rhode Island (5-2).


UMASS-BOSTON 55, COLBY 49: Reserve Alecia Quinones had a game-high 20 points, including her team’s first seven points in the third quarter, as the Breakers (3-2) edged the Mules (3-2) at Waterville.

(2) CONNECTICUT 80, CHATTANOOGA 43: Napheesa Collier scored 23 points at Hartford, Connecticut, to lead UConn (5-0) to its 80th consecutive win, a rout of Chattanooga (3-6).


MAINE 3, DARTMOUTH 2: Tereza Vanisova had a pair of first-period goals as the Black Bears (4-12-1) beat the Big Green (2-6) at Orono.

Vanisova opened the scoring at 2:26 before Kennedy Ottenbreit answered just 4:56 later.

Vanisova’s second goal of the period came with 1:21 left as the Black Bears took a 2-1 lead.

Lydia Murray extended Maine’s lead with a short-handed goal at 4:35 of the second period, Emma Korbs cut the deficit to 3-2 with 6:57 to play in the second period.

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College football: Big Ten remains in best position for the playoffs Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:47:37 +0000 The Big Ten continued to dominate the top of the latest College Football Playoff rankings, with Ohio State in position to earn a semifinal bid despite not playing in the league title game.

Teams have one more weekend to win over the selection committee as they compete for spots in the semifinals and elite New Year’s Six bowl games.

Alabama (12-0) remained at the top of the rankings for the fifth consecutive week, and Ohio State (11-1) was right behind. The Buckeyes are coming off an impressive 30-27 double-overtime win over Michigan.

Clemson (11-1) and Washington (11-1) rounded out the top fours, with the Tigers and Huskies set to play in the ACC and Pac-12 championship games, respectively, this weekend.

Michigan (10-2) dropped two spots to No. 5 just ahead of Big Ten counterpart Wisconsin (10-2) at No. 6. The Badgers will face No. 7 Penn State (10-2) in the Big Ten title game Saturday.

If Penn State wins the Big Ten championship, it seems unlikely the Nittany Lions will oust Ohio State from the No. 2 spot.

“They are not close in the eyes of the committee,” Playoff selection committee chair Kirby Hocutt said on ESPN when asked to compare No. 2 Ohio State and No. 7 Penn State.

Hocutt went on to say the gap between No. 4 and No. 5 is tight.

“I would say the separation at Washington at No. 4 and Michigan at No. 5 is extremely small,” he said. “We’ve said there is a lot to like about Washington over the course of this year … but the strength of schedule has been a concern and continues to be a concern for us.”

MICHIGAN STATE: Defensive back Demetrious Cox was cited for misdemeanor assault.

CLEMSON: Coach Dabo Swinney is upset that alleged racial slurs by his players took the focus off his team’s 56-7 victory over South Carolina.

Swinney said he talked with his players and they called the allegation “absolutely false.”

Some South Carolina players said the Tigers used the slurs in a scuffle during warmups Saturday night.

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Women’s basketball: Bowdoin beats Southern Maine Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:09:48 +0000 BRUNSWICK — There have been some storied women’s basketball games between Bowdoin College and the University of Southern Maine.

Tuesday night was not one of them.

Bowdoin finished the first quarter with a 14-0 run and just kept going, routing the Huskies 85-40 at Morrell Gymnasium.

Bowdoin (4-0) is a national power, ranked 14th in the latest WBCA Division III poll. USM (1-5) is rebuilding with no seniors and seven freshmen. The contrast was evident, and Bowdoin enjoyed its most lopsided victory over the Huskies.

“I think we’re looking to get used to each other,” USM Coach Samantha Allen said. “It’s a whole new team. We’re just trying to get organized.

“It’s good to go against a team like Bowdoin. This has always been a fun nonconference game – maybe not-so-fun today.”

These two programs have tussled often. USM leads the series 31-17, although the Polar Bears have won 14 of the last 21 meetings. USM last won in the fall of 2012. They have faced off four times in the NCAA tournament, the latest in 2012, a Bowdoin victory.

The Polar Bears appear headed for another NCAA berth. If so, it will be their 16th in the last 17 years.

“It’s a super special team this year,” said starting senior guard Sydney Hancock from Casco and Lake Region High. “I’m really excited.”

The Bowdoin roster numbers 16. Everyone played Tuesday. Reserve forward Ally Silfen led with 12 points, one of the five Polar Bears in double figures. No one played more than 18 minutes, no one less than six.

“Our depth is one of our huge strengths,” Hancock said. “We can keep bringing in fresh bodies. We don’t have any drop-off when our subs come in.”

Bowdoin Coach Adrienne Shibles, in her ninth year, agrees.

“I think (the depth) will become more critical as we get into the season,” Shibles said. “Foul trouble is something I worried a lot about in the past. Now it’s next person (in). It’s a great strength we have.”

And that depth is loaded with local talent. Bowdoin actually has more Mainers (seven) than USM (five).

“I love having a contingent of Mainers,” Shibles said.

Besides Hancock, two other starters are from Maine – junior forward Lydia Caputi (Brunswick) and sophomore center Cordelia Stewart (Bangor).

Coming off the bench are senior center Emily Campbell (York), junior guard Hannah Cooke (Portland), sophomore guard Hannah Graham (Presque Isle) and freshman forward Maddie Hasson (South Portland).

Stewart and Hasson both scored 10 points. Hasson, 5-foot-11, is averaging eight points a game.

“It’s definitely a big adjustment, a lot faster, a lot more physical,” Hasson said. “But it’s been a good adjustment with the help of the team and some hard practices.

“Competing against each other has made the games a lot easier.”

Bowdoin has cruised so far, averaging 88 points. Junior guard Kate Kerrigan, who had three 3-pointers Tuesday, leads with a 10.5 average.

The last two Bowdoin teams have totaled 47 wins, reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 both times. Is this team better?

“They’re hard to compare,” Hancock said. “I’m excited to see where we go.”

How Bowdoin fares in its conference will be a good benchmark. The NESCAC features the nation’s top two ranked teams, Tufts and Amherst.

USM, meanwhile, opens Little East Conference play Saturday against Eastern Connecticut.

“This year is mostly about figuring out our identity,” Allen said. “They’re a fantastic group … they have moments of brilliance and moments we definitely need to work on.”

Junior Emily Nicholson and freshman Mychaela Harton led USM with seven points apiece.

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Monday’s college roundup: Bates women hold on for basketball win over UNE Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:52:21 +0000 LEWISTON — Nina Davenport scored a game-high 22 points to go along with 13 rebounds and four assists, as Bates held off the University of New England for a 60-57 women’s basketball win at Lewiston on Monday.

Bernadette Connors, who scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, gave Bates (2-1) a 53-45 lead with 5:59 left with a 3-pointer.

The Nor’easters (3-2) fought back with a 12-4 run to make it 59-57 with 14 seconds left on a pair of free throws by Sam MacDonald. UNE had a chance to tie, or take the lead with a 3-pointer, but turned the ball over with nine seconds left.

Alicia Brown led four double-digit scorers for New England with 14 points. Ashley Coneys added 11, while MacDonald and Sadie Nelson each had 10.

NOTRE DAME AND UConn still sit atop The Associated Press women’s basketball poll while Colorado, Auburn and Texas A&M all entered the Top 25 for the first time this season.

The Irish remain No. 1 with the Huskies right behind them. Notre Dame received 16 first place ballots with UConn getting 14. Third-ranked South Carolina garnered the other three from a 33-member national media panel on Monday.

Baylor and Maryland each moved up one spot to round out the first five teams.

Mississippi State, Louisville, Florida State, Ohio State and UCLA are the next five teams.

Colorado entered at No. 21 with Auburn No. 23. It’s the Tigers first ranking since 2009. Texas A&M came in at No. 25.

Arizona State, Michigan State and Gonzaga all fell out.


DARTMOUTH 4, MAINE 0: Christina Rombaut had a goal and an assist as the Big Green (2-5-0) cruised to a win over the Black Bears (3-12-1) at Alfond Arena in Orono.

Dartmouth took a 1-0 lead 8:46 into the first period on a goal by Brooke Ahbe on passes from Eleni Tebano and Rombaut. Rose Falzone and Bailee Brekke each added goals in the second in a span of five minutes, and Rombaut scored 14:59 into the third to complete the scoring.

Maine generated 31 shots on net but could not break through against Dartmouth goalie Robyn Chemago.

Carly Jackson stopped 30 shots for Maine.


(1) KENTUCKY 115, ARIZONA STATE 65: Freshman De’Aaron Fox posted the second triple-double in school history with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead a dominating effort at Paradise Islands, Bahamas.

Fellow rookie Malik Monk scored 23 points for the Wildcats (7-0), who dominated an undersized team and quickly turned the game into a romping display of their athleticism and ability to run in transition.

Kentucky led by double figures roughly 6 minutes in, led 58-30 by halftime and scored the first 12 points after the break to go up 40 with 15 minutes left.

Sam Cunliffe scored 14 points for the Sun Devils (4-3), who shot just 34 percent while the Wildcats scored 21 points off turnovers.

(25) WEST VIRGINIA 108, MANHATTAN 61: Esa Ahamad scored 19 points in the final game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Morgantown, West Virginia.

The Mountaineers (5-1) forced a school-record 40 turnovers, surpassing the 34 by VMI in 2014-15.

Nathan Adrian had 15 points for West Virginia, while Daxter Miles Jr. added 11 and James Long chipped in with 10.

Zavier Peart led the Jaspers (2-4) with 11 points.

KENTUCKY AND Villanova remain the top two teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll while Baylor made the week’s biggest jump, from No. 20 to ninth.

Kentucky (6-0) received 40 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel while Villanova was No. 1 on 20 ballots.

North Carolina (7-0), which moved up one place to third after winning the Maui Invitational, got four No. 1 votes.

Kansas, Duke and Virginia all moved up one place to fourth through sixth. Xavier moved up two places to seventh and Gonzaga went up three spots to eighth.

Baylor (6-0) got the other first-place vote and was followed in the Top 10 by Creighton.

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Twins lift Bates men’s basketball past UNE Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:33:21 +0000 BIDDEFORD — The University of New England men’s basketball team was seeing double Monday night against Bates College.

Senior twin brothers Marcus and Malcolm Delpeche each had a double-double as the Bobcats beat the Nor’easters 71-68 at Harold Alfond Forum.

Marcus (6-foot, 7 inches) and Malcolm (6-8) used their size on both ends of the floor to play a key role for Bates (3-1). Marcus had 10 points and 14 rebounds, and Malcolm finished with 12 points and 10 boards.

“They impact the game in so many ways,” said Bates Coach Jon Furbush. “Even when they don’t score the ball, they draw so much attention away from our shooters to get some space on the perimeter. They did a really great job tonight. Those types of guys only come around once every 10 or 20 years at best, so we’re just going to keep riding them.”

UNE (1-4) had a chance to take the lead late in the game. With Bates clinging to a one-point lead with 21.6 seconds left, UNE missed a shot and players from both teams dived on top of the ball. A jump ball was called and Bates was awarded possession.

Max Hummel was fouled on the next play and knocked down both free throws to push the Bates’ lead to three, 71-68. The Bobcats played tough defense and the Nor’easters’ Drew Coveney missed a 3-pointer at the end of the game.

Hummel finished with a game-high 22 points.

“We executed in the last two minutes like I hoped we would for 40 minutes,” said Furbush. “Better late than never. I was really happy with how well we started communicating, switching when we had to, and we got the stops when we had to get them.”

The Bobcats took a one-point lead at the half when Jerome Darling (10 points) was fouled taking a 3-pointer at the buzzer. He made all three free throws to give Bates a 38-37 lead.

Hummel paced the attack early for Bates, scoring 11 points in the first half. Malcolm Delpeche chipped in with six points, four rebounds and three blocks.

“(The Delpeche brothers are) long and physical, so just even the idea of them being there gets other people thinking about them,” UNE Coach Ed Silva said. “If you’re going to try and get into the paint or you want to post up, you’re going to second guess it because they’re there.”

Coveney and Jean-Luc Parker helped UNE get back into the game late in the first half. Parker scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half, and Coveney had five points and five assists.

Coveney finished with 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

“He’s a tough matchup,” said Furbush. “He can really shoot it, he drives so well, and he’s strong around the basket. He’s a hell of a player.”

UNE scored the first nine points of the second half with Parker, CJ Autry and Drew Washington all hitting 3-pointers.

The Bobcats slowly chipped away at the lead and went ahead on a pair of free throws by Tom Coyne with 11 minutes left.

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Men’s basketball: USM edges St. Joseph’s Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:00:31 +0000 GORHAM — Led by dynamic seniors Zach Leal and James Starks III, the University of Southern Maine men’s basketball team slipped past visiting St. Joseph’s College for a 74-72 win Sunday night.

With the victory, the Huskies earned the Costello Cup, which honors Dr. Richard Costello, a former USM coach and athletic director who was the only coach in NCAA history to win at least 200 games in both men’s and women’s basketball.

St. Joseph’s leads the all-time Costello Cup series, 16-12.

Leal, a senior captain, scored 23 points and was in sync with Starks despite limited court time together. Starks, also a senior, played his first three years at Shenandoah University in Virginia before transferring to USM.

“When things weren’t going our way, we went to what we do best, and that’s just attack the hoop,” said Leal. “We work really well together in transition and always seem to be able to find each other. We’re learning from each other and we’re just hoping to keep fine-tuning by the end of year.”

Added Starks: “We’re just some hoopers. If you’re a baller, you connect with other ballers. He likes to go out there and do the same things I do. He likes to run; I like to run. He likes to shoot; I like to shoot. When you’re out there with someone who has a high basketball IQ, it makes it easy to just click.”

Starks, who anchored the rebounding efforts for the Huskies (3-2) on both ends of the floor, grabbed 17 rebounds to go with his 17 points as the only player for either team to tally a double-double.

“He’s done a great job, just a fantastic job,” said USM Coach Karl Henrickson. “He’s been able to put what he can do well with our system. He’s extremely coachable. He’s a grown man so to speak, and I think that makes a difference.”

The Huskies took a 37-33 lead into the locker room at halftime, after leading by as many as 10 points. It was 28-18 after a layup by Starks, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Darian Berry and Andrew Ruffen pulled St. Joseph’s (1-3) back to within four.

Berry scored 11 of his team-high 19 points before the break.

The Monks fell behind on the opening possession of the night and didn’t take their first lead until Keiayvin Hayes sent a laser of a pass from midcourt to Quinn Richardson-Newton under the hoop for an easy lay-in and a 51-50 lead with 12:20 remaining.

From there, the lead changed 13 more times until USM went ahead for good with just under two minutes remaining. The Monks had a chance to win it at the end, but Berry missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

USM also got 13 points from Jacob Littlefield.

Ian Mileikis scored 14 points – all in the second half – for the Monks, while Marc Corey added 13. Richardson-Newton and Aaron Hall each grabbed 10 rebounds.

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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: Slow start doesn’t stop UMaine women Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:00:58 +0000 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The University of Maine women’s basketball team managed just four points in the first quarter but recovered to earn a 49-39 win over the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga on Sunday.

The Black Bears (3-4) got within a point, 22-21, at halftime by outscoring the Mocs 17-11 in the second quarter. They took the lead in the second half and outscored the Mocs 28-17.

Sigi Koizar scored nine of her game-high 13 points in the second half for the Black Bears. Laia Sole added 12 points and Blanca Millan added 10 for Maine.

Lakelyn Bouldin led the Mocs (3-5) with 11 points, while Jasmine Joyner added 10 points and 16 rebounds.

BOWDOIN 88, MIT 56: Abigail Kelly had 18 points and six rebounds off the bench and the Polar Bears (3-0) forced 19 turnovers as they defeated the Engineers (3-1) in Brunswick.

Taylor V’Dovec led the Engineers with 18 points.

Kate Kerrigan had 15 points and four steals for Bowdoin.

SAINT JOSEPH’S 67, SOUTHERN MAINE 63: Emily Benway scored 22 points off the bench and the Monks (3-1) held off a late rally to defeat the Huskies (1-4) in Gorham.

The Huskies went on a 22-6 run and tied the game 60-60 on a 3-pointer by Kayla Stacy with 2:04 left. Benway put the Monks up for good, 65-63, with a layup with 26 seconds left.

Regan McFerran added 14 points for St. Joseph’s.

Emily Nicholson scored 16 points and made four 3-pointers for Southern Maine. Stacy finished with 15.

COLBY 59, UMAINE-FORT KENT 41: Haley Driscoll had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the Mules (3-1) over the Bengals (8-1) in Waterville.

Ainsley Burns added 12 points for Colby, which finished the first half on a 9-0 run to take a 25-19 lead.

Bianca Gutierrez scored 12 points on four 3-pointers for UMaine-Fort Kent.


BABSON 78, BOWDOIN 74: Joey Flannery scored 28 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Beavers (6-0) over the Polar Bears (2-2) in Babson Park, Massachusetts.

Jack Simonds scored 28 points for Bowdoin, including 15 in the first half to help the Polar Bears take a 40-39 lead.

Liam Farley finished with 15 points, including three 3-pointers.

CLARKSON 77, COLBY 59: Derek Hart recorded a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double to lead the Golden Knights (3-3) over the Mules (3-2) in the consolation game of the Hamiltion Invitational in Clinton, New York.

Patrick Stewart led the Mules with 17 points and six rebounds.

Clarkson guard Liam Ellis finished with 19 points, shooting 6-8 from the field and 4-5 from long range.


BOWDOIN 8, BECKER 3: The Polar Bears (3-2) scored six goals in the first period as they cruised past the Hawks (2-8) in the Bowdoin-Colby Face-Off Classic in Waterville.

Christian Capello scored twice in the first period, while Matt Sullivan, Max Ginsberg, Spencer Antunez and Brendan Conroy all scored once for Bowdoin.

John Dutney scored in the first for Becker and added a goal in the second. Thomas Dunleavy and Cullen Geary both scored for Bowdoin in the third.

Hawks goalie Jared Levine recorded 39 saves. Mark Schiller stopped 34 shots for the Polar Bears.

GENESEO 4, COLBY 3: Conlon Keenan scored in overtime as the Knights (6-1-1) beat the Mules in the Face-Off Classic.

Pat Condon and Stephen Collins scored in the first period as Geneseo took a 2-0 lead. Nick O’Connor scored in the second, and Geoff Sullivan and Mario Benicky in the third as Colby took a 3-2 lead.

Condon scored again with 25 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

SOUTHERN MAINE 2, TRINITY 1: Cody Braga scored a power-play goal in the second period to lift the Huskies (5-4) over the Bantams (3-2) in Hartford, Connecticut.

Tyler Mathieu scored in the first period to give Southern Maine a 1-0 lead.

Trinity tied it later in the first period on a goal by Barclay Gammill.

Alex Morin stopped 18 shots for Trinity, while Kyle Shapiro had 47 saves for the Huskies.


SALEM STATE 3, UNE 2: The Vikings (1-5-0) scored three goals in the second period as they defeated the Nor’easters (3-5-1) in Salem, Massachusetts.

Kerryann Goode scored twice in the second and Kylie Currier once for Salem State.

Annie Mullin scored in the first period and Tatum Gieti in the third for UNE.

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Top 25 football: Penn State advances to Big Ten title game Sun, 27 Nov 2016 04:50:39 +0000 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Trace McSorley completed 17 of 23 passes for 376 yards and four touchdowns Saturday, and No. 8 Penn State beat Michigan State 45-12 to win the Big Ten East.

Penn State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) edged No. 2 Ohio State for the East title, setting up a conference championship game against West winner Wisconsin next week in Indianapolis. The Nittany Lions beat the Buckeyes 24-20 at home Oct. 22.

McSorley set a single-season school record for total offense and sparked the Nittany Lions with multiple deep passes in the second half when Penn State outscored Michigan State, 35-0.

He threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin down the sideline on Penn State’s first second-half possession and followed it with a 45-yarder to Mike Gesicki on the next drive. Godwin got loose down the middle minutes later and McSorley hit him in stride for 59 yards to give Penn State a 31-12 lead and cap a 21-point third quarter.

(1) ALABAMA 30, (16) AUBURN 12: Jalen Hurts rebounded from two early interceptions to pass for 286 yards and the defense did the rest for Alabama (12-0, 8-0 Southeastern) against Auburn (8-4, 5-3) at Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The Crimson Tide led just 13-9 at halftime, dominating the stat sheet but only taking over the scoreboard in the second half. The defense pushed its string of quarters without allowing a touchdown to 14-plus.

(4) CLEMSON 56, SOUTH CAROLINA 7: Deshaun Watson tied his career high with six touchdown passes, three to Mike Williams, and Clemson (11-1) took another strong step to the College Football Playoff by beating visiting South Carolina (6-6).

If the Tigers don’t stumble against Virginia Tech next week in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, they’ll be off to college football’s final four for a second straight season.

(5) WISCONSIN 31, MINNESOTA 17: Corey Clement ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, a big-play defense pitched a second-half shutout, and Wisconsin (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) beat Minnesota (8-4, 5-4) at Madison, Wisconsin, for its 13th straight win in the annual border rivalry.

The Badgers triumphantly lifted Paul Bunyan’s Axe again, the trophy that goes to the victor in the most-played rivalry in major college football.

(9) COLORADO 27, (21) UTAH 22: Colorado (11-2, 8-1) won the Pac-12 South title by beating Utah (8-2, 5-4) at Boulder, Colorado, thanks to a senior-laden defense that forced two huge fumbles by Utes star running back Joe Williams.

Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie also had a touchdown-saving tackle after a 93-yard kickoff return.

The Buffaloes will face sixth-ranked Washington in the conference championship game next weekend.

KENTUCKY 41, (11) LOUISVILLE 38: Austin MacGinnis’ 47-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining gave visiting Kentucky (7-5) an upset of Louisville (9-3) and helped the Wildcats win the Governor’s Cup for the first time since 2010.

(12) SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 45, NOTRE DAME 27: Adoree Jackson returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns, and also caught a scoring pass to propel Southern California (9-3) to its eighth consecutive victory, over Notre Dame (4-8) at Los Angeles in the 88th edition of their famed intersectional rivalry.

(19) WEST VIRGINIA 49, IOWA STATE 19: Skyler Howard threw for 330 yards and tied a career high with five touchdowns, and West Virginia (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) rolled past Iowa State (3-9, 2-7) for a victory at Ames, Iowa.

VANDERBILT 45, (24) TENNESSEE 34: Kyle Shurmur threw for a career-high 416 yards, and Vanderbilt (6-6, 3-5 Southeastern) scored the final 21 points to upset Tennessee (8-4, 4-4) at Nashville, Tennessee.

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Saturday’s Top 25 basketball roundup: Duke wins fourth straight Sun, 27 Nov 2016 03:22:54 +0000 DURHAM, N.C. — Grayson Allen scored all 21 of his points in the first half, and No. 6 Duke beat Appalachian State 93-58 on Saturday.

Luke Kennard added 18 points and Amile Jefferson and Frank Jackson each had 15 for the Blue Devils (6-1).

They will bring a four-game winning streak into their visit from No. 24 Michigan State on Tuesday night.

Kelvin Robinson scored 12 points for the Mountaineers (2-3), who average 89 points but for the first time were held to fewer than 70.

Allen, who has been playing through a right foot injury suffered in last week’s loss to No. 5 Kansas, appeared to tweak that foot or ankle when he went down while going for a rebound with about 12 minutes to play and Duke leading by 35. He stayed on the bench for the rest of the game.

(7) VIRGINIA 63, PROVIDENCE 52: London Perrantes and Darius Thompson scored 11 points each and Virginia beat Providence to win the Emerald Coast Classic at Niceville, Florida.

Virginia (6-0) entered the game leading the nation in scoring defense, giving up only 39.2 points per game. Providence (4-2) topped the season-high 51 that UNC Greensboro scored against the Cavaliers, but had trouble penetrating their tight defense.

(9) XAVIER 64, NORTHERN IOWA 42: J.P. Macura scored 18 points, Xavier’s defense dug in during a dominant first half, and the Musketeers (6-0) beat the Panthers (3-2) for the second time in six days at Cincinnati.

The Musketeers beat Northern Iowa 67-59 for the championship of the Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando last Sunday.

(12) CREIGHTON 82, LOYOLA 52: Justin Patton made all eight of his shots and scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, and the Bluejays (6-0) shot 74 percent after halftime to break away from Loyola (2-4) in Omaha, Nebraska.

(17) PURDUE 79, NJIT 68: Caleb Swanigan had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and freshman guard Carsen Edwards added 19 points as the Boilermakers (5-1) beat the Highlanders (3-4) in West Lafayette, Indiana.

SOUTH CAROLINA 64, (18) SYRACUSE 50: Sindarius Thornwell scored 16 points and the Gamecocks (6-0) never trailed in their win over the Orange (4-1) in New York.


(1) NOTRE DAME 92, TCU 59: Arike Ogunbowale scored 19 points as the Irish (6-0) pulled away for a win over the TCU (4-1) in South Bend, Indiana.

The Irish used a 17-3 run to finish the third quarter to put away the pesky Horned Frogs.

(5) BAYLOR 104, (18) DEPAUL 72: Alexis Prince scored 19 points and Baylor (6-1) used a huge third-quarter run to ease past DePaul (4-1) in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase at Estero, Florida.

(6) MARYLAND 79, WASHINGTON STATE 69: Brionna Jones had 20 points and a career-high 20 rebounds and Maryland (6-0) struggled before pulling away late in the fourth quarter to beat Washington State (4-2) at Las Vegas.

(8) OHIO STATE 77, (11) SYRACUSE 72: Kelsey Mitchell scored 24 points and the Buckeyes (5-1) wasted a 15-point second-half lead before holding off Syracuse (4-2) in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase.

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College hockey: UMaine rolls by Brown, 5-1 Sun, 27 Nov 2016 02:39:38 +0000 Cedric Lacroix scored a pair of goals Saturday night to help the University of Maine men’s hockey team snap a three-game winless streak.

In front of 3,499 spectators at the Cross Insurance Arena, the Black Bears defeated Brown, 5-1.

Rob Michel, Cam Brown and Blaine Byron also scored for Maine (5-7-3). Brendan Robbins had two assists, and Eric Schurhamer, Patrick Holway, Chase Pearson, Michel and Brown contributed one each.

“We got efforts from lots of different guys so there were a lot of positives,” Coach Red Gendron said. “We had a bunch of different guys get bottom-line offense, meaning they ended up on the score sheet.”

Gendron said he expects as much from players such as Byron, who has scored seven goals this season, and Brown, who has 10 assists.

“Guys like Cedric Lacroix and Brendan Robbins, people who don’t usually put up a lot of points, had big nights,” Gendron said. “That was important.”

Sam Lafferty scored the only goal for Brown (1-8) in the second period from Ben Tegtmeyer.

Maine held a 32-29 advantage in shots.

Rob McGovern finished with 28 saves for Maine, 11 in the first period.

“I enjoy a lot more shots because it keeps you more engaged in the game,” McGovern said. “We didn’t have a great start but I thought we responded pretty well.”

In the opening 10 minutes, Brown outshot Maine 8-2 and finished the period with an 11-10 edge.

“In the first period, we weren’t chipping the puck by them,” McGovern said. “We played well after that.”

Michel opened the scoring 6:03 into the second on a five-on-three power play for his third goal of the season.

Lacroix added another goal for the Black Bears 17:45 into that period from deep on assists by Robbins and Schurhamer.

“Honestly, I didn’t have to do much work,” Lacroix said. “It was my linemate Brendan Robbins. He wheeled around the circle and I just kind of parked my butt in front of the net. It just hit my stick and went in.”

Lafferty then cut Maine’s lead to 2-1 with 30 seconds left in the period.

“If one goes in, no one hangs their head,” McGovern said. “They just go out and battle.”

The Black Bears pulled away in the final period with three goals. Lacroix scored again with 12:44 left on another Robbins assist – tapping in the puck to pull the Black Bears up 3-1.

Brown added a power-play goal a minute and a half later on assists from Pearson and Michel.

Byron capped Maine’s scoring with an empty-net goal on another power play with nine minutes remaining.

Brown goalkeeper Tim Ernst recorded 24 saves and Connor Maher had three.

Brown and Maine have met 13 times with the Black Bears leading the all-time series, 11-2.

The win was Maine’s first since Nov. 11 when it downed the UMass-Lowell, 5-2. The Black Bears then fell to the same team before an 0-1-1 two-game series against Vermont last weekend.

Maine will play next on Friday at New Hampshire.

“I think everyone contributed tonight,” Brown said.

“We needed that – we needed a big confidence boost. Hopefully we can keep that rolling into next weekend.”

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College football: UNH rolls past Lehigh in playoff opener Sun, 27 Nov 2016 01:33:16 +0000 DURHAM, N.H. — Dalton Crossan rushed 24 times for 184 yards and had three total touchdowns, and New Hampshire jumped out to a 36-7 lead in a 64-21 victory over Lehigh on Saturday in the first round of the FCS playoffs.

It was the second-most points ever scored by New Hampshire, which previously scored 70, and Lehigh allowed the most points in program history, passing a 61-28 loss to Colgate in 1997.

New Hampshire (8-4) will face No. 4 James Madison on Saturday. UNH lost at home to James Madison, 42-39, on Oct. 15.

Crossan had 15 carries in the first half for 101 yards and two touchdowns. He put New Hampshire ahead 15-0 after a 5-yard run and a 9-yard receiving touchdown. Adam Riese made it 22-0 after connecting with Neil O’Connor for 35 yards early in the second quarter.

After Lehigh (9-3) got on the board with 7:19 left in the second quarter on Dominick Bragalone’s 35-yard touchdown, New Hampshire scored two more touchdowns for a 36-7 lead. Riese had a 16-yard run and Crossan went in from the 1.

Lehigh scored on its first possession of the second half to pull to 36-21 but New Hampshire answered with Trevon Bryant’s 10-yard score.

Bryant added a 48-yard score for the longest run of his career, and his 113 yards and two TDs set career-highs. Lehigh entered with just eight turnovers on the season, but turned it over four times.

RICHMOND 39, NORTH CAROLINA A&T 10: Dejon Brissett returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown and Griffin Trau kicked four field goals to lead the Spiders (9-3) past North Carolina A&T (9-3) in an FCS playoff game at Richmond, Virginia.

Brissett’s return, the longest touchdown of the season by the Spiders, put Richmond up 14-7 in the first quarter. Trau kicked three field goals in the second quarter, giving him a team record 20 and pushing the lead to 23-7.

Trau matched the single-game record with his fourth in the third quarter.

Richmond plays at seventh-seeded North Dakota (9-2) next Saturday.

The Spiders opened the scoring on a 12-yard pass from Oluwafemi Bamiro to Denzel Keys. Bamiro was 13 of 28 with two interceptions. A&T had four turnovers and just 226 yards of total offense.

Kevin Johnson closed out the scoring for Richmond with a 32-yard pass to Brian Brown and a 7-yard run. Johnson threw for 315 yards and the Spiders had another 176 on the ground.

VILLANOVA 31, ST. FRANCIS (PA.) 21: Zach Bednarczyk threw three touchdown passes, and the Wildcats (9-3) racked up 495 yards as they rolled past St. Francis (7-5) in an FCS playoff game, delivering retiring coach Andy Talley a victory in what was likely his final home game.

Villanova, who outrushed the Red Flash 241-27, led 31-7 at the half. The Wildcats next play at South Dakota State (8-3).

BOSTON COLLEGE 17, WAKE FOREST 14: Patrick Towles threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tommy Sweeney with 8:03 remaining and Boston College (6-6, 2-6 ACC) made two late defensive stands in a victory against Wake Forest (6-6, 3-5).

The Eagles are bowl eligible for the second time in three seasons.

Wake Forest’s Mike Weaver was wide left on a 40-yard field goal attempt with 1:22 remaining. The Demon Deacons got the ball back again after a Boston College punt, but Lukas Denis’ interception clinched the outcome with 15 seconds to play.

John Wolford threw a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes to help Wake Forest (6-6, 3-5) wipe out a 10-0 deficit. Wolford threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Cam Serigne, and then a 37-yard scoring strike to Cortez Lewis, who fell into the end zone while making the catch.

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Saturday’s Maine college roundup: Maine men win home opener to snap losing streak Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:54:13 +0000 BANGOR — Austin Howard scored a career-high 19 points and was 4 for 4 from 3-point range as the University of Maine used a 22-1 second-half run to rout UM-Presque Isle 96-45 in men’s basketball on Saturday and end a three-game skid.

Ilker Er scored a career-high 15 points, Andrew Fleming added 14 and Marko Pirovic had 12 for the Black Bears (2-4), who shot 14 of 31 from beyond the arc (45.2 percent) and outrebounded the Owls 52-27.

UMPI (1-3) led 13-12 on Kevin Collins’ jumper, before Maine used a 15-2 run capped by Fleming’s dunk with 7:39 left. Maine then worked its way to a 40-20 halftime lead.

Maine started its big second-half run after a 3-pointer by Collins with 14:27 to play, and the Black Bears cruised, with Dennis Ashley, Howard, Danny Evans and Pirovic all hitting 3s.

OSWEGO ST. 67, COLBY 63: Patrick Stewart sank a pair of jumpers to give Colby (3-1) a 49-45 lead, but Oswego St. (4-1) outscored the Mules (3-1) 22-14 over the final 8:53 at Clinton, New York.

Jamir Ferebee sank a pair of free throws and Ian Schupp popped in a jumper to tie the game for the Lakers. Brian Sortino’s 3-pointer then gave Oswego the lead for good.


UMASS-BOSTON 7, COLBY 2: Maren Brown scored twice and Alli Bianchini had two assists as the Beacons (7-2) cruised to a win over the Mules (0-3-1) in Boston.

The Beacons scored three first-period goals in a span of seven minutes to take a 3-0 lead. Carly Thomas put Colby on the board a minute into the second, scoring from Lily Santonelli.

MAINE 2, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: Meghara McManus scored with 2:25 left in regulation, lifting New Hampshire (5-11-1, 4-6-1 Hockey East) to a tie with the Black Bears (3-11-1, 2-8-1) at Auburn.

Maine led 2-0 on a pair of second-period goals. Morgan Sakundiak opened the scoring 4:18 into the period with Brooke Stacey doubling the lead 2:13 later. Nicole Dunbar pulled New Hampshire within 2-1 in the second before assisting McManus on the tying goal.

BOWDOIN 3, HOLY CROSS 1: Tala Glass skated through traffic and poked the puck past goalie Tessie Salatas to give the Polar Bears (2-0-1) a 2-1 lead over the Crusaders (6-1) 10:35 into the second period in Brunswick.

Marissa Fichter stole the puck and netted a short-handed, empty-net goal from the blue line in the final seconds to stop a final threat from Holy Cross.


COLBY 8, BECKER 3: The Mules (3-0) scored four third-period goals to beat the Hawks (2-7) at the Bowdoin/Colby Face-Off Classic in Brunswick.

Cam MacDonald had a goal and two assists, while Connor Allison had a goal and an assist. The Mules led 4-2 after two periods.

WESLEYAN 2, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: George Blinick stopped 26 shots as the Cardinals (2-1) shut out the Huskies (4-4) at Middletown, Connecticut.

Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Andy Espinoza in the second period. Espinoza scored again in the third period. Vincent Lima and James Kline each had an assist.

SUNY-GENESEO 7, BOWDOIN 4: Conlan Keenan had two goals and an assist and Trevor Hills added two goals to lead the Knights (5-1-1) over the Polar Bears (2-2) in Brunswick.

Bowdoin took a 1-0 lead 45 seconds in the game on a goal by Cody Todesco. Trevor Hills, Andrew Romano and R.J. Burns then scored to give SUNY-Geneseo a 3-1 lead.

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Ohio State beats Michigan in overtime Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:24:03 +0000 COLUMBUS, Ohio — The play was 29 Lead, and it will go down in history as how Ohio State beat Michigan in one of the greatest games ever played by the Big Ten’s most storied rivals.

That’s pretty much all Buckeyes Coach Urban Meyer wanted to talk about. Everything else about the second-ranked Buckeyes’ 30-27 victory over the third-ranked Wolverines on Saturday was almost too overwhelming for Meyer to sort out so soon after it was over.

Curtis Samuel swept in for a 15-yard touchdown on 29 Lead left after Ohio State barely converted a fourth-and-1 in the second overtime, and the biggest crowd ever to watch a game in the Horseshoe began spilling onto the field in a scarlet-covered celebration that included a stirring sing-a-long to “Sweet Caroline.”

“I remember that Neil Diamond song,” Meyer said about the crazy scene, but he couldn’t recall much else. “Weird life, man.”

Very much so because it was not quite clear what else Ohio State (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) has won.

It won’t be the Big Ten.

No. 8 Penn State beat Michigan State 45-12 in State College, Pennsylvania, to clinch the East Division and a spot in the conference title game next week against No. 5 Wisconsin. Ohio State’s only loss was against Penn State, 24-21 on Oct. 22.

Still, the Buckeyes added to a resume that already impressed the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Of course, beating “The team up North,” as Michigan is called around here, is enough reason to party – and can be hard to put into perspective.

“I didn’t do a lot of thinking, honestly,” Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett said after the Buckeyes beat Michigan for a fifth straight time. “I just looked around and, man, that just happened.”

The 113th meeting of Ohio State and Michigan became the first to go to overtime. It was filled with drama, thrills and controversy. Michigan went away feeling dejected and cheated.

Facing fourth-and-1 from the 16 in the second overtime and trailing by three, Meyer decided not to try a potential game-tying field goal with Tyler Durbin, who had already missed two short ones in regulation.

Barrett kept it on fourth down and slammed into the back of his blocker, A.J. Alexander, right at the line to gain. The first-down call stood up to video review.

“That was not a first down,” Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I’m bitterly disappointed with the officiating today.”

On the next play, Samuel, who had made a swerving, change-of-direction run to set up the fourth-and-1, skipped through a lane and raced into the end zone for the win.

“Been a part of some crazy football games here,” Barrett said. “That one was No. 1.”

Harbaugh drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty earlier in the game after an offside call on Michigan (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten, No. 3 CFP). He also was angry about a pass interference call on Michigan during Ohio State’s tying drive late and a non-call on a would-be pass interference against the Buckeyes in OT.

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Texas has ‘let go’ football coach Charlie Strong Sat, 26 Nov 2016 16:47:29 +0000 AUSTIN, Texas — Charlie Strong is done at Texas.

The first black coach in the history of the proud program was “let go” on Saturday with a 16-21 record in three seasons. Strong had two years left on a guaranteed contract that pays more than $5 million per year, but was the first coach in Texas history with three consecutive losing seasons.

Reports that he would be fired swirled after a late-season loss to lowly Kansas, and school officials made it official after Friday’s 31-9 loss to TCU meant Texas would finish 5-7 without a bowl game for the second straight year.

“Charlie Strong is an outstanding leader and role model who worked hard with great integrity to move Longhorn football in the right direction,” university President Greg Fenves said in a statement on Saturday. “In the end, the results over three seasons were not there. It was not clear the future was going to be at the levels expected of Longhorn football.”

Strong’s tenure was notable at first for his disciplinarian style and “core values” code of conduct. But the losses quickly mounted and Texas struggled just to qualify for bowl games despite recruiting classes hailed as some of the nation’s best. Texas had hoped for a turnaround this season after a 2-0 start, but a three-game losing streak and a 0-2 start in the Big 12 quickly followed.

Strong was a landmark hire for Texas in 2014, an up-and-comer who had earned his shot at one of the nation’s top programs after a four-year record of 37-15 at Louisville.

His arrival on campus wasn’t just about football, but also confronting the university’s long history of segregation and racism. Until 2010, a campus dorm was named after a past leader of the Ku Klux Klan. And a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis stood in the shadow of the central campus clock tower from 1930 until student protests forced its removal in 2015.

Strong’s hiring was a social leap forward, but his short tenure was marked by turmoil, losing football and a divided fan base.

That he lasted three years showed remarkable restraint for a school that forced out Mack Brown in 2013, eight years after he won a national title, once the Longhorns came up just short of sharing the Big 12 championship.

“When I took this job three years ago, I came here to win the national championship, and I came here to change lives,” Strong said after the loss to TCU. “”I was told when I came in three years ago to build a program. The wins and losses don’t add up, but it’s more than that … (It’s) taking the program in the right direction.”

The question for Texas now is finding a new coach for a program that believes it belongs among the nation’s elite, despite a long track record of mediocrity. Multiple reports have noted Houston’s Tom Herman as a top target.

Texas has five seasons of five losses or more since 2010. Since 1986, Texas has lost at least five games 16 times, a rate of 52 percent. Only Brown’s 10-year run of 10-win seasons from 2000-2009, two Big 12 championships and that national title in 2005 went against that tide of lackluster results.

Strong grabbed national attention when he arrived and immediately announced his “core values” of team rules: honesty, treating women with respect, no guns and no drugs. Within a year, 10 players were dismissed after arrests or rules violations.

But he didn’t win enough games at a school that sits in the middle of college football’s most fertile recruiting grounds and boasts one of the wealthiest athletic programs in the country with its own ESPN-partnered television network. While some blamed Brown for leaving the program in shambles, Strong’s lineups were still peppered with future NFL talent.

Strong also made a promise he couldn’t keep. In November 2014, the Longhorns were 6-5 and already qualified for a bowl when he promised a five-loss season will “never happen again.” Two more immediately followed, and the rest of his tenure was marked by blowout losses, blown leads and excruciating finishes.

From the start, Strong struggled to win over some influential donors who liked his style but demanded more wins. Shortly after he was hired, Red McCombs, the billionaire businessman who is one of the program’s most influential donors, complained that he shouldn’t have the job.

There was administrative turmoil, too. The school president and athletic director who hired Strong were both forced out in 2015. Their successors, Fenves and Mike Perrin, rallied to offer public support. Both men made the unusual move of flying with Strong to hire offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert from Tulsa in December 2015.

Puzzling staff decisions and being slow to correct problems proved to be among his biggest shortcomings. A dubious partnership between co-offensive coordinators Shawn Watson and Joe Wickline led to a lawsuit that exposed a confusing and clunky approach to play-calling in Strong’s first season.

By 2015, Strong demoted Watson after a first-game blowout loss at Notre Dame. In 2016, Strong again shook up his staff midseason when he demoted defensive play-caller Vance Bedford after five games.

The high points included four straight wins over teams ranked No. 12 or higher in the Top 25. But that success only compounded the frustration over his losses that were too many to overcome.

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Friday’s top 25 college basketball roundup: Baylor’s rally beats Louisville Sat, 26 Nov 2016 03:18:35 +0000 PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — King McClure scored all 15 of his points in the second half and No. 20 Baylor rallied from 22 down to beat No. 10 Louisville 66-63 in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game Friday.

Johnathan Motley also had 15 points, and Terry Maston had 10 of his 12 in the second half. The Bears (6-0) shot 65 percent in the second half in a stunning reversal from a start that saw the Cardinals (5-1) shut down just about everything.

(1) KENTUCKY 111, TENNESSEE-MARTIN 76: Malik Monk scored a career-high 26 points, De’Aaron Fox added 16 and Kentucky (6-0) routed UT-Martin (5-2) at Lexington, Kentucky, for its biggest victory this season.

(5) KANSAS 95, NORTH CAROLINA ASHVILLE 57: Frank Mason III had 21 points, Udoka Azubuike added 17 in his first career start and Kansas (5-1) dunked its way to a victory over UNC Asheville (3-3) at Lawrence, Kansas.

(7) VIRGINIA 74, IOWA 41: Jerred Reuter led a well-balanced scoring offense with 14 points and Virginia (5-0) stifled Iowa (3-2) at Niceville, Florida.

TEMPLE 81, (19) WEST VIRGINIA 77: Obi Enechionyia had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead Temple (4-2) over West Virginia (4-1) in the final of the NIT Season Tip-Off at New York.

(21) IOWA STATE 73, MIAMI 56: Deonte Burton scored 21 points and Darrell Bowie keyed a second-half surge that carried Iowa State (5-0) over Miami (4-1) at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

(21) RHODE ISLAND 82, BELMONT 73: Hassan Martin scored a career-high 31 points, Jarvis Garrett added a season-high 23 and Rhode Island (5-1) beat Belmont (1-3) at Kingston, Rhode Island.

(24) MICHIGAN STATE 77, WICHITA STATE 72: Miles Bridges scored 21 points to help Michigan State (4-3) hold off Wichita State (5-2) at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

(25) FLORIDA STATE 72, ILLINOIS 61: Dwayne Bacon scored 17 points to lead Florida State (5-1) over Illinois (4-3) at New York.


(5) BAYLOR 84, KENT STATE 42: Kalani Brown scored 17 points, Lauren Cox added 15 and Baylor (5-1) had little trouble with Kent State (2-3) at Estero, Florida.

(7) MISSISSIPPI STATE 75, OREGON 63: Victoria Vivians scored 17 points and Morgan William added 14 to help Mississippi State (5-0) beat Oregon (4-1) at Honolulu.

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College football: No. 6 Washington rolls past No. 23 Washington State Sat, 26 Nov 2016 02:33:35 +0000 PULLMAN, Wash. — Jake Browning and No. 6 Washington passed its final test of the regular season thanks to one nearly perfect quarter.

Browning threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and the Huskies used a 28-point first quarter to beat No. 23 Washington State 45-17 on Friday, winning the Apple Cup for the fourth straight year and the Pac-12 North title. Washington will take its College Football Playoff hopes into the Pac-12 championship game next Friday against either Colorado or Southern California.

Browning threw all three touchdown passes in the first 15 minutes, hitting Dante Pettis on plays of 18 and 61 yards and John Ross on a 6-yarder. Browning had 243 yards passing by halftime, and even Washington State’s third-quarter rally didn’t make Washington sweat.

Washington (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12, No. 5 CFP) tied a school record with the 28-point first quarter, capitalizing on an early turnover to put Washington State (8-4, 7-2, No. 23 CFP) in a 14-point hole.

Browning completed 21 of 29 passes, becoming the third quarterback in Pac-12 history with at least 40 TD passes in a season. Ross had eight catches for 80 yards and his 16th TD catch of the season.

(14) W. MICHIGAN 55, TOLEDO 35: Corey Davis and Western Michigan wrapped up an undefeated regular season in style, routing Toledo at home to secure a berth next week in the Mid-American Conference championship game.

Davis became the career FBS leader in yards receiving, and the Broncos (12-0, 8-0, No. 21 CFP) never trailed, scoring a defensive touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and eventually breaking it open in the third quarter. WMU will face Ohio in the MAC title game in Detroit next Friday night, and it’s looking more and more like the Broncos will be playing for a spot in a major bowl.

Kareem Hunt ran for 200 yards and a TD for Toledo (9-3, 6-2).

IOWA 40, (17) NEBRASKA 10: C.J. Beathard threw three touchdown passes and host Iowa knocked the Cornhuskers out of Big Ten title contention and sending Wisconsin to the championship game.

LeShun Daniels Jr. ran for 158 yards and two scores and George Kittle caught two TD passes for the Hawkeyes (8-4, 6-3 Big Ten).

Tommy Armstrong started for Nebraska (9-3, 6-3) despite a balky hamstring and was just 13 of 35 passing for 125 yards.

MEMPHIS 48, (18) HOUSTON 44: In what might be Coach Tom Herman’s final game with Houston, Riley Ferguson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller with 19 seconds left to lift host Memphis.

Herman helped guide the Cougars (9-3, 5-3) back from a 17-point halftime deficit. Greg Ward gave Houston a 44-41 lead with 1:29 left with his fourth TD pass, a 3-yarder to Chance Allen.

But Memphis (8-4, 5-3) drove 72 yards in five plays for the winner.

AIR FORCE 27, (20) BOISE STATE 20: Air Force had a late goal-line stand, Tyler Weaver returned a blocked punt 11 yards for a touchdown and the host Falcons ended the Broncos’ bid for the Mountain West title.

Haji Dunn Jr. recovered quarterback Brett Rypien’s fumble on fourth down with around 2 minutes left to help the Falcons (9-3, 5-3) knock off Boise State (10-2, 6-2) for a third straight season.

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Matchups may be difference when Michigan meets Ohio State Sat, 26 Nov 2016 02:22:52 +0000 COLUMBUS, Ohio — The numbers strongly suggest they are two of the four or five best teams in the country, but after Saturday either No. 3 Michigan or No. 2 Ohio State will be on the outside looking in at the College Football Playoff race.

The Wolverines and Buckeyes play for the 113th time, at Ohio Stadium, and the stakes have rarely been higher, and rarely have both teams been quite so good. This will be the 11th time both teams meet ranked in the top five and only the second time they have both been in the top three of the AP poll.

Michigan (10-1) and Ohio State (10-1) are both outscoring opponents by 31 points per game. The Wolverines outgain opponents by 205.4 yards per game. The Buckeyes have outgained opponents by 214.1 per game.

Conventional wisdom is the defenses will have the upper hand.

Some of the matchups that could decide the game:

MICHIGAN’S PASS RUSH VS. OHIO STATE’S PASS PROTECTION: The Wolverines pressure quarterbacks as well as any team (36 sacks), mostly on the strength of a talented defensive line that has solid depth. DE Taco Charlton has been especially effective off the edge and DT Ryan Glasgow gets good push inside. Defensive coordinator Don Brown will mix in blitzes, often using versatile LB Jabrill Peppers.

Ohio State’s offensive line, led by center Pat Elflein, has had a good season protecting quarterback J.T. Barrett, except for one particularly poor performance in the loss at Penn State. Ohio State allowed six sacks in that game and 11 in its other 10.

What happened? Too many obvious passing downs left OTs Isaiah Prince and Jamarco Jones exposed. Avoid those and Ohio State can negate or at least mitigate what looks like an advantage for Michigan.

PEPPERS VS. BARRETT AND H-BACK CURTIS SAMUEL: What makes Peppers so valuable is his ability to be used in so many ways. At 205 pounds and with excellent speed, he’s built more like a defensive back than a linebacker.

He could be the perfect spy on Barrett, who is one of the smartest and most effective running quarterbacks in the country (722 yards rushing and eight touchdowns). Barrett is not particularly fast or elusive, but he is adept at finding space and picking his way through defenses, especially on designed running plays.

Peppers, third in the Big Ten with 15 tackles for loss, is one of the most explosive athletes in the country. Letting him lock onto Barrett could help shut down a key part of the offense.

Then again, maybe it is best to have Peppers follow Samuel? The Buckeyes’ junior is in some ways the offensive equivalent to Peppers. He lines up all over the field and Ohio State gets the ball into his hands in lots of different ways. Samuel is the only player in the country with at least 600 yards rushing (650) and receiving (790).

The best way to attack Michigan’s defense has been on the edges, and both Barrett and Samuel present good options to do just that.

Most likely Peppers will spend his game as he usually does, being asked to handle numerous assignments from series to series and down to down. But it will be fun to see how often he and Samuel cross paths.

MICHIGAN RB DE’VEON SMITH VS. OHIO STATE MLB RAEKWON MCMILLAN: Last week against Indiana, when the Wolverines’ passing game was bogged down behind backup quarterback John O’Korn, it was Smith who wore down the Hoosiers.

The status of starter Wilton Speight (left, non-throwing shoulder) is again uncertain so figure another game where Michigan will be limited in the passing game.

Smith is not a make-you-miss runner. He runs to and often through contact.

McMillan is the quarterback of Ohio State’s defense and its leading tackler (71). He has had a good – not great – junior season but this is the type of game, and Smith is the type of runner that could have him in the middle of much of the action.

WIDE RECEIVERS VS. CORNERBACKS: It would be hard to make a college football matchup this season that has four cornerbacks who have played better than Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore of Ohio State, and Jourdan Lewis and Channing Stribling of Michigan.

They have all performed at All-America levels.

Michigan seems to have the edge at wide receiver, with Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh, but both quarterbacks should expect small windows in which to throw and few deep shots available.

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College roundup: Louisville defeats Wichita State, 62-52 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 04:40:13 +0000 PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Donovan Mitchell scored 14 points Thursday, including two critical 3-pointers in the final 4½ minutes to help No. 10 Louisville beat Wichita State, 62-52.

Quentin Snider also scored 14 for the Cardinals (5-0), who locked down defensively in the first half, then turned away the Shockers’ second-half comeback.

Trailing 33-17 at the half and by 16 with about 14 minutes left, Wichita State (5-1) hit three straight 3-pointers to get back in it and twice got within six. But the Cardinals repeatedly came up with timely offensive rebounds or baskets to keep control.

Wichita State shot just 32 percent for the game while Louisville – which shot 37 percent – helped itself by making 17 of 23 free throws and taking a 46-33 rebounding advantage.

Markis McDuffie and Shaquille Morris each scored 10 for the Shockers.

(11) GONZAGA 82, QUINNIPIAC 62: Jonathan Williams and Zach Collins led a balanced offense with 13 points apiece, helping Gonzaga (5-0) pull away from Quinnipiac (0-3) at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The Bulldogs also got 10 points each from Jordan Mathews and Josh Perkins.

Gonzaga used a 12-2 spurt to open a 37-25 lead late in the first half. Silas Nelson’s basket put the Bulldogs up 48-35 with just under 15 minutes to go, and the closest Quinnipiac got after that was 10.

(19) WEST VIRGINIA 89, ILLINOIS 57: Nathan Adrian had 13 points and eight rebounds as West Virginia (4-0) beat Illinois (4-2) at New York.

Jevon Carter added 10 points, six rebounds, six steals and five assists for the Mountaineers.

(20) BAYLOR 73, (24) MICHIGAN STATE 58: Johnathan Motley scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half and Baylor (5-0)dominated after halftime to beat Michigan State (3-3) at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. added 14 points and eight rebounds, nearly all in the second half, for the Bears (5-0), who sprinted out of the break with a 12-2 run on the way to shooting 55 percent in the second half. That quickly turned a 33-30 halftime deficit into a double-digit lead.

(21) IOWA STATE 73, INDIANA STATE 71: Monte Morris scored 20 points and Iowa State (4-0) took the lead for good in the final minute before holding off Indiana State (2-2) at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Joe Thomas shrugged off a poor shooting performance to put the Cyclones ahead with a 3-pointer with 54 seconds remaining. Nazareth Mitrou-Long made 1 of 2 free throws with 7.6 seconds left, and Indiana State’s hope for an upset ended when Brenton Scott’s 3-pointer rimmed out at the buzzer.

TEMPLE 89, (25) FLORIDA STATE 86: Quinton Rose scored 26 points, including two free throws with two seconds left, to lead Temple (3-2) over Florida State (5-1) at New York.

Shizz Alston Jr. added 22 points, and Obi Enechionyia finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for the Owls.


(25) LOUISIANA STATE 54, (22) TEXAS A&M 39: Derrius Guice ran for a school-record 285 yards with four touchdowns, and Danny Etling threw for 324 yards and two scores to give short-handed LSU (7-4, 5-3 Southeastern) a victory over Texas A&M (8-4, 4-4) at College Station, Texas.

The Tigers were playing without star running back Leonard Fournette and leading tackler Kendell Beckwith because of injuries. But Guice and Etling gave the Tigers a 300-yard passer and a 200-yard rusher in the same game for the first time in school history.

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College player stands 7-foot-6 with a lot of upside Fri, 25 Nov 2016 01:57:24 +0000 ORLANDO, Fla. — A year ago, the reflection Tacko Fall was seeing wasn’t the image everyone else saw in the University of Central Florida’s raw but intriguing 7-foot-6 freshman center.

Fast forward to this season and there’s a new coaching staff, a new energy around the Knights’ program and definitely a different Fall. The shy, towering young man is getting more comfortable on the basketball court.

“I can definitely be a force in the paint,” said the engineering major from Senegal. “I feel like there’s really nobody who can guard me in the paint.”

Nobody? A bold statement, though Fall has had an impressive start this year and turned heads during last weekend’s Charleston Classic.

For the first time this season, the nation got a chance to see how much the goggle-wearing big man has improved. Fall dominated against the likes of Mississippi State, and defending national champion and third-ranked Villanova. He averaged a double-double over the three-game tournament, including 20 points and 13 rebounds in a 67-57 loss to the Wildcats in the championship game.

He caught the eye of ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, who mentioned Fall on his Twitter page.

“I see it but I can’t let it go to my head,” said Fall, who was named the American Athletic Conference player of the week Monday after averaging 17.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and three blocked shots in the first four games this season. “I still have a lot to work on. I can get a lot better.”

The attention and accolades Fall is receiving are a far cry from what life was like five years ago when he and a friend, Ange Badji, were spotted by a man named Ben Simmons in their native home of Dakar, Senegal.

Simmons helped Fall and Badji get visas to the United States.

Fall was coming from a poor background, living with his mother and little brother in a one-bedroom apartment where the basic necessities were hard to come by, including going to school.

Fall, who was 7-3 and 16 years old at the time, said his mother, who only speaks French and never has seen him play, was promised that he would be taught the game of basketball, have a chance to earn a quality education and possibly a college degree. But it didn’t happen that way when Fall and Badji landed in the U.S. in October 2012.

For the better part of a year, Fall and Badji bounced around Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Kansas and Illinois in search of charter schools.

Finally, in September 2013, they landed in Tavares, Florida, and on the doorsteps of Liberty Christian Preparatory School basically homeless. But that’s when life began to change.

Amanda Wettstein and her family took Fall and Badji into their home.

“There were some negative things and there were some positive things because when I came to Florida I met great people, my host family,” said Fall, a native French speaker who learned English quickly. “They are still there and are basically part of my family now. We talk every day. They live 45 minutes away from here. They treat me like I’m their own child.”

Wettstein and her husband took the boys in not knowing much more than their first names and that they were in need.

“Neither the school or us had information about them,” said Wettstein, whose mother-in-law is a counselor at Liberty Christian. “At the time we didn’t know anything about their journey, just that they had been in Tennessee, and were homeless and needed a place.”

The 6-5 Badji is currently attending TNG Prep Academy in Tennessee.

As for Fall, it wasn’t long before it was apparent that he was more than just a tall kid with basketball potential. He was also extremely bright.

After scoring in the 90th percentile the first time he took the SAT, Fall spent his junior and senior years playing at Liberty Christian.

He played AAU hoops in 2014 and had great success. He was invited to the NBA Top 100 and Nike Skills Academy, after which the college opportunities came pouring in. Georgetown, Harvard, Xavier and Wake Forest were among the 36 offers he received, but Central Florida and former coach Donnie Jones won out.

The Knights had something others didn’t: a location that allowed Fall, who was tired of moving, to stay close to those he was familiar with and who he felt cared about him.

After finally getting cleared to play by the NCAA just before last season, Fall was a raw freshman who showed ability as a shot blocker and post defender.

This year, with former Stanford coach and Duke All-American Johnny Dawkins at the helm at Central Florida, Fall continued to improve. Dawkins and his staff have worked with him since arriving, improving his offensive game, strength and post presence.

Dawkins said that because of how well Fall runs the floor, his touch around the basket and shot-blocking ability, the only limit to his upside is his imagination and how hard he works.

“I tell Tacko all the time: ‘Tacko you can change the game. You can revolutionize our game at your size,'” said Dawkins, whose team is off to a 4-1 start. “With that (size) and the ability to move up and down like he does on the floor, his mobility, he could revolutionize our game.”

The NBA is the logical next step for Fall, though it’s unclear when he might make that jump. But with Dawkins mentoring him, and Fall’s size and athletic ability, he will get a look by someone.

Fall believes he’s up for the challenge, and after what he’s been through, no one is counting him out.

“The ultimate goal for me is to play in the NBA,” Fall said confidently, “because I think it’s going to open so many doors for me to be able to take care of my family, help people back home and give opportunities to people back home like I was given the opportunity to help others.”

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Commentary: Michigan-Ohio State game may start to answer questions Fri, 25 Nov 2016 01:48:44 +0000 ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It seems Jim Harbaugh isn’t too interested in talking about the past.

Specifically, he doesn’t warm to questions about the time, 30 years ago, when he was playing quarterback for Michigan and guaranteed a victory over Ohio State.

Now that Harbaugh is coaching the Wolverines, how would he react if one of his players did that?

“I’ll just say I’m not into hypotheticals,” he replied. “Thanks for asking the hypothetical question, though.”

That bit of history isn’t lost on Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer, who was a graduate assistant on the Buckeyes’ staff when Harbaugh made his 1986 prediction.

“I actually remember it very well,” Meyer said.

This season, no one from either side of the rivalry has uttered any brash statements. Maybe they don’t need to – “The Game” is drawing more than enough attention on its own.

The winner between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan will go a long way to determining not only the Big Ten Conference championship but also the final four spots in the College Football Playoff.

Simply put, Saturday’s matchup at Ohio Stadium ranks as the most important rivalry in the country this season.

“Everyone knows what kind of game it is,” said Kyle Kalis, a Michigan offensive lineman. “It doesn’t need to be said.”

First things first. The Wolverines and Buckeyes must do their part to help untangle a convoluted Big Ten championship race.

They are part of a three-way tie with No. 8 Penn State in the conference’s East division. Michigan is the only team that controls its destiny with a win, but could be playing Saturday without injured quarterback Wilton Speight.

Ohio State must win and have Penn State lose. Penn State must defeat Michigan State and have Michigan lose.

Got all that?

“It is surreal to a point where if you sit down and think about it, it’s incredible,” Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley said. “But taking care of the next game is the only way we’ll have that opportunity.”

The situation is a little clearer in the West, where No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 16 Nebraska are the only teams with a shot at the title game. The Badgers will go if they defeat Minnesota.

Nebraska needs a Wisconsin loss, and will have to get past Iowa with its top two quarterbacks injured and potentially unable to play.

Remember, that’s the same Iowa team that upset Michigan two weeks ago.

“We’ll need our best defense for sure,” Nebraska Coach Mike Riley said.

Though the Big Ten jumble should be fun to watch, it really just serves as a warmup for the bigger national story.

Top-ranked Alabama continues to look like the closest thing to a lock with a chance to remain undefeated if it can take care of business against No. 13 Auburn. No. 4 Clemson has clinched a trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference title game and will end its regular season against South Carolina.

No. 5 Washington remains in the hunt but faces a challenge in No. 23 Washington State.

After that a hodgepodge of two-loss teams – including Wisconsin, Penn State, No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 9 Colorado, No. 10 Oklahoma State – could jump up the playoff rankings.

Even No. 12 USC is getting mentioned as a longshot to make the playoff with three losses if the deck gets sufficiently reshuffled.

Any sort of major change would begin with Michigan and Ohio State, and an annual meeting that dates back to 1897. The animosity is such that some Ohio State fans – as well as coaches and players – hesitate to utter their rival’s name, calling it “that school up north.”

The weather could play a factor this weekend, the forecast calling for temperatures in the mid-40s with a slight chance of precipitation in Columbus.

Inclement conditions would put an onus on the run game, which would help the Wolverines if they must go without Speight. Backup quarterback John O’Korn looked less than impressive against Indiana last week.

Defense has been key for both teams. Michigan ranks first nationally and Ohio State is fourth.

Their regular-season finale hasn’t seen this kind of hype in a long time, in part because the Buckeyes have won four straight and 12 of the last 15 in the series, not counting a 2010 victory that was vacated because of NCAA violations.

Still, Meyer dismisses any talk of imbalance.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever considered a gap,” he said, adding: “And if there is, it doesn’t matter.”

Harbaugh knows his team will face a challenge in containing Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett and said he expects a “big, healthy, fair, honest, loud, boisterous environment” inside Ohio Stadium.

Asked if this season’s matchup – with all of college football watching – might be a good thing for the Big Ten, he replied: “Probably good.”

“Is that an obvious question?” he continued. “Was I missing something there?”

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Wednesday’s college roundup: Kentucky breezes in men’s basketball Thu, 24 Nov 2016 02:40:22 +0000 LEXINGTON, Ky. — Malik Monk scored 23 points and De’Aaron Fox added 16 to propel No. 1 Kentucky to a 101-70 rout of Cleveland State on Wednesday.

With leading scorer Isaiah Briscoe sidelined by a back injury, the freshman duo picked up the slack and did it quickly, helping Kentucky (5-0) roll to a 16-2 lead that was never threatened. They combined for 31 first-half points alone, with 19 from Monk, whose 4-of-4 start from long range and 8-of-12 shooting overall helped him match his career scoring best.

Bam Adebayo added 14 points and seven rebounds while Mychal Mulder matched a career high with 13 for Kentucky, which shot a season-best 52 percent from the field in the second of three games in the Bluegrass Showcase.

Rob Edwards’ 28 points on 12-of-21 shooting led Cleveland State (1-3), which couldn’t keep up with the Wildcats on either end and trailed 56-35 at the break.

(2) VILLANOVA 63, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 47: Josh Hart had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Kris Jenkins scored 11 points and Villanova (6-0)rolled past the visiting College of Charleston (3-3).

Mikal Bridges and Eric Paschall added eight points apiece for the Wildcats.

(6) DUKE 88, WILLIAM & MARY 67: Freshman Frank Jackson scored 19 points and Duke (5-1) beat William & Mary (2-2) at Durham, North Carolina.

Grayson Allen added 17 points to help the Blue Devils win their third straight since their loss to No. 5 Kansas last week. Duke shot 50 percent and outrebounded the Tribe, 39-25.

(13) OREGON 79, CONNECTICUT 69: Chris Boucher scored 21 points, Tyler Dorsey added 19 and Oregon (4-2) beat Connecticut (2-4) at Lahaina, Hawaii.

Dylan Ennis had 15 points and Jordan Bell added 12 for Oregon, which shot 54 percent and made 9 of 21 from 3-point range.

Jalen Adams led the Huskies with 27 points.

(20) BAYLOR 71, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 63: Al Freeman scored 15 points and came up with three baskets during a critical second-half sequence to help Baylor (4-0)beat VCU (3-1) at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Jonathan Motley scored a team-high 19 points before fouling out for the Bears. Also, Manu Lecomte shook off a rough shooting game to finish with 16 points, including a hanging layup while being knocked to the ground for a three-point play to go with several key free throws in the final minute.

(24) MICHIGAN STATE 73, ST. JOHN’S 62: Freshman Miles Bridges had 22 points and a season-high 15 rebounds to help Michigan State (3-2)pull away late from St. John’s (2-2) at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Eron Harris added 14 points for the Spartans, who used a 17-4 burst midway through the second half to take control and build a 67-53 lead.

(25) SOUTH CAROLINA 61, (25) MICHIGAN 46: Sindarius Thornwell had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead South Carolina (5-0) past Michigan (4-1) at Columbia, South Carolina.

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Men’s basketball: Bowdoin pulls away in final minute Wed, 23 Nov 2016 04:44:33 +0000 BIDDEFORD — It was only natural, right?

Jack Simonds was averaging 30 points for Bowdoin College and with the game tied in the final minute Tuesday night, he was sure to get the chance to take charge.


Not right.

Instead, Coach Tom Gilbride went to freshman David Reynolds, whose shot banked in with 41 seconds left to break the tie, and the Polar Bears went on to a 60-52 victory against the University of New England in a nonconference men’s basketball game at Alfond Forum.

“David Reynolds is a freshman we have a lot of faith in,” said Gilbride. “We put him in because he’s a pretty good offensive player who can score inside and out.

“(UNE) was keying so much on Jack Simonds that I thought it might be a good chance to get (Reynolds) the ball down low. I have confidence in my guys that if they get the ball in a good one-on-one situation that they will have a good chance of scoring.”

The Nor’easters (1-3) missed their last four shots – a blocked layup and three 3-pointers – while Simonds went 4 of 4 and Reynolds 2 of 2 from the foul line in the final 22 seconds.

“We had a shot (to tie the game) but unfortunately we had a couple bad shot selections and a couple good shots we usually make that we didn’t make,” said UNE Coach Ed Silva. “At the end of the day these games are about making shots.”

Simonds, a sophomore from Falmouth, finished with 19 points for Bowdoin (2-1), and Liam Farley added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Hugh O’Neil had a game-high 16 rebounds.

The Nor’easters had to dig out of large deficits in both halves.

UNE led only twice in the first half, the last at 9-8 on a 12-foot jumper by Jean-Luc Parker (team-high 17 points). But the Polar Bears went on a 20-3 run for its largest lead at 28-12 with 9:34 left before the break.

Seven players scored in the run, led by five points from Blake Gordon of Brunswick.

The Nor’easters chipped away for the rest of the half to trail 34-26 at intermission.

After the Polar Bears pushed the lead to 39-29 with a little less than 17 minutes remaining – the largest of the second half – neither scored during a 3½-minute span.

UNE then went on a 13-1 run. Parker’s 10-foot jump shot on the left baseline with 9:31 to play gave his team its first lead since early in the game, at 42-40.

Simonds scored seven of Bowdoin’s next 12 points before Reynolds put the Polar Bears ahead to stay.

“Tonight was the same thing (that happened) this weekend,” said Simonds.

“We built leads and (our opponents) would come back. We’re always battling, always picking each other up and trying to get the win collectively.”

Gilbride said his young team has shown resiliency through the first three games.

“When (UNE) took the lead fairly late in the game I thought we responded very well and probably played our best basketball of the game,” he said.

The Polar Bears’ victory made up for a loss last season when UNE went on a 17-4 run at the end of the game to secure a 72-70 victory.

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Maine college roundup: UMaine women fall to 2-4 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 03:48:29 +0000 COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of Maine was held to six points in the third quarter Tuesday and fell to Hampton 58-49 in a women’s basketball game at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.

Maine (2-4) led 13-7 after the first quarter but Hampton (2-4) roared to a 24-18 lead. The Black Bears rallied to a one-point halftime lead.

The Black Bears then shot 3 of 19 in the third quarter, including 0 of 7 from behind the arc.

Sigi Koizar scored a game-high 25 points for the Black Bears, Anita Kelava had seven points, while Laia Sole added six with seven rebounds.

Malia Tate-Defreitas led the Pirates with 24 points, five rebounds and four assists. Kaylah Lupoe added 12 points and 10 boards.

BOWDOIN 87, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 63: The Polar Bears (2-0) pulled away with a 16-2 run to open the second quarter and cruised past the Nor’easters (3-1) at Biddeford.

Marle Curle finished with 24 points for Bowdoin, which had 13 players scored. Reserves Rachel Norton and Emily Campbell added 11 points, and Kate Kerrigan added 10 points, six assists and four steals.

Reserve Sadie Nelson led UNE with 18 points and six boards.Alicia Brown added nine points and Olivia Shaw had eight.

COLBY 73, THOMAS 46: Ainsley Burns scored 11 of her team-high 13 points in the first half as the visiting Mules (2-1) cruised over the Terriers (3-1) in Waterville.

Katie McCrum and Paige Russell each added 10 points for Colby, which led 40-22 at halftime. McCrum had four rebounds and four assists, and Haley Driscoll contributed eight points, eight rebounds and four assists. Abby Nielsen scored 16 points with four 3-pointers to lead Thomas.

BATES 75, SOUTHERN MAINE 60: Emily Freedland scored 10 of her 15 points in the third quarter as part of a 26-8 run as the Bobcats (1-1) pulled away from the Huskies (1-3) at Lewiston.

Allie Coppola scored a game-high 17 points to go with 12 rebounds, and Nina Davenport added 14 points to go with 11 rebounds.

Emily Nicholson had seven points and seven rebounds as the Huskies took a 35-32 halftime advantage. Bates took the lead for good on a layup by Lyse Henshaw to make it 43-41 with 5:46 left in the third quarter.

SMCC 64, UMAINE-AUGUSTA 49: The Seawolves (8-0, 3-0 Yankee Small College) opened the second half on an 11-0 run and beat the Moose (5-2, 3-2) at Augusta.

Jennifer Conrad had a team-high 16 points with nine boards for SMCC, reserve Kaylah Abdul had 12 points, and Alexis Antonacci and Alicia Ruth each added 11

Jamie Plummer had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Augusta.


COLBY 83, THOMAS 70: Patrick Stewart had 19 points and five rebounds, and the visiting Mules (2-0) used a 21-7 first-half run to get by the Terriers (2-1) in Waterville.

Reserve Ronan Schwarz added 14 points, shooting 7 of 8 from the field, and Maximilian Steiner scored 13 for Colby, which led 47-32 at halftime.

BATES 81, SOUTHERN MAINE 71: Marcus Delpeche scored 16 first-half points as the Bobcats (1-1) took a 41-30 halftime lead and cruised past the Huskies (2-1) at Lewiston.

Delpeche finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds, and Malcolm Delpeche added 19 points and 11 boards for Bates.

Zach Leal led USM with 22 points, Christian McCue had 16, and James Starks chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds.

SMCC 77, UMAINE-AUGUSTA 74: Ryan Cloutier knocked down a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to lift the Seawolves (8-1, 3-0 YSCC) over the Moose (2-6, 1-4) at Augusta.

John Morgan scored 22 points for the Seawolves, who trailed 70-63 with 3:30 left. An 8-0 run capped by a layup by Cloutier gave SMCC a 71-70 lead with 1:36 to play. Dustin Simon-Bragg, who had a game-high 24, scored on consecutive possesions to give the Moose a 74-73 lead with 42 seconds left before Cloutier’s winner. Jordan Holmes added 23 points for UMaine-Augusta.

Cloutier had 18 points for SMCC, and Dylan Silvestri added 12 points and nine rebounds.


BOWDOIN 5, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 3: Cody Todesco had two goals and two assists for the Polar Bears (2-1), who scored three unanswered goals to beat the Nor’easters (3-3-1) at Brunswick.

Matthew Lison opened the scoring for Bowdoin at 10:28 of the first period. Samuel Michaud tied it on a power play 4:08 later, but Thomas Dunleavy put in a pass from Pat Geary with 3:29 to go in the period to give the Polar Bears a 2-1 lead.

Armand Uomoleale and Ian Rodden scored for the Nor’easters in the first 8:19 of the second but Todesco answered. Ricci gave Bowdoin the lead for good 1:37 into the final period and Todesco put in an empty-netter in the last minute.

SOUTHERN MAINE 4, SALEM ST. 0: Brock Padgham had a goal and two assists as the Huskies (4-3) beat the Vikings (2-4) at Salem, Massachusetts.

Southern Maine took a 1-0 lead 12:49 in the first period on a power-play goal by Blue Hayler from Padgham and Brendan Murphy. The Huskies scored twice in five minutes of the second period: Padgham from Hayler and Brett Norman, and Tristan Dundas from Patrick Magliano. Tyler Mathieu completed the scoring 6:21 into the third from Dundas and Padgham.


UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 2, SALEM STATE 1: The Nor’easters (3-4-1) scored twice in 4:41 of the second period and held of the Vikings (0-5) at Biddeford.

Gabby Crugnale opened the scoring on a power play for UNE at 4:08 from Mary Wirth and Shannon Smith, with Smith extending the lead from Tatum Gietl and Michaela McLauglin.

Sara Walsh got Salem State on the board from Madison Black with 13:48 remaining.

SOUTHERN MAINE 2, COLBY 1: The Huskies (2-5) opened a 2-0 lead early in the second period and held off the Mules (0-2-1) at Gorham.

Julia Buffalini of USM had the only goal of the first period at 17:31. Katie Couture made it 2-0 after 7:11 of the second before Delaney Flynn answered for Colby just 1:22 later.

The Mules outshot Southern Maine 10-6 in the final period.

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College football notebook: Top 4 teams unchanged Wed, 23 Nov 2016 01:48:12 +0000 Things remained unchanged at the top of this week’s College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night, but there is plenty of intrigue remaining as teams edge closer to the final postseason lineup.

The top four spots remained No. 1 Alabama (11-0), No. 2 Ohio State (9-1), No. 3 Michigan (10-1) and No. 4 Clemson (10-1), with the biggest development coming at No. 5.

Louisville’s loss to Houston last Thursday moved the Cardinals out of the playoff discussion, making way for Washington (10-1) to move up to fifth overall.

Other teams moved up a spot from last week, with No. 6 Wisconsin (9-2), No. 7 Penn State (9-2), No. 8 Oklahoma (9-2), No. 9 Colorado (9-2) and No. 10 Oklahoma State (9-2) rounding out the top 10.

Boise State moved up to No. 19, just ahead of Houston at No. 20, undefeated Western Michigan at No. 21 and Navy at No. 25.

The final poll will be revealed live on ESPN at noon Dec. 4. The top four teams qualify for the two semifinal games, which will be held at the Fiesta and Peach bowls on Dec. 31. The winners will meet in the national championship game Jan. 9 at Tampa, Florida.

The remaining games that compose the New Year’s Six access bowl games – Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton – will select the highest-ranked remaining teams that fill their criteria. The highest-ranked conference champion from the Group of 5 conferences – American, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt – also will receive a spot.

NOTRE DAME: The NCAA announced that academic misconduct orchestrated by a student athletic trainer will cost the storied program all 21 victories from the 2012-13 seasons, including the 12-0 run that vaulted the Fighting Irish into the national championship game against Alabama.

It marked just the fourth time the NCAA has cited Notre Dame for a major rules violation. The vacated games include Notre Dame’s 12 victories in 2012, their best regular season since winning their last national championship in 1988. The season finished with an embarrassing 42-14 loss to the Crimson Tide in the title game.

The school ripped the NCAA for its decision to vacate the wins and immediately said it would appeal.

According to the NCAA, the trainer was employed by the athletics department from fall 2009 through the spring of 2013 and “partially or wholly completed numerous academic assignments for football student-athletes in numerous courses” from 2011 into 2013.

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College football: Meaningful games make for a fine Thanksgiving dessert Tue, 22 Nov 2016 23:59:26 +0000 There is really no reason for a college football fan to stray from a screen after Thanksgiving dinner no matter what those stores touting Black Friday sales say. From College Football Playoff implications to divisional titles to the Hesiman Trophy to plain ol’ bragging rights, there is so much on the line this weekend.

A quick rundown of some of the clear-cut items to be decided:

Four Big Ten games have division title implications.

 Two ACC games can determine the Coastal Division.

 Both Pac-12 divisions will be decided in two games, including a North championship game.

 The Mid-American Conference and Mountain West will determine their division winners as the two conferences compete for a New Year’s Six bowl bid.

The College Football Playoff race could be thrown into chaos or fall nicely into place.

Put it this way: No. 1 Alabama plays No. 16 Auburn on Saturday and it’s not even among the five most important games being played this weekend.

That’s a good weekend.

The picks:


No. 25 Louisiana State (minus 5½) at No. 22 Texas A&M

Coach Ed Orgeron gets one more chance to prove he’s more than just a caretaker at LSU, though at this point he’s probably no more than a fallback option … LSU 27-20.


No. 6 Washington (minus 5½) at No. 23 Washington State

Rarely have both teams entered the Apple Cup with so much at stake. The winner goes to the Pac-12 championship game … WASHINGTON STATE 33-28.

Toledo (plus 9½) at No. 14 Western Michigan

The Rockets are more than capable of keeping the Broncos from rowing that boat to the Cotton Bowl … WESTERN MICHIGAN 28-24.

No. 17 Nebraska (plus 3) at Iowa

The Cornhuskers can still win the Big Ten West with a victory and Wisconsin loss … NEBRASKA 20-17.

No. 18 Houston (no line) at Memphis

Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson’s status is uncertain … HOUSTON 31-24.

No. 20 Boise State (minus 10) at Air Force

The Broncos need a victory and a Wyoming loss to win the Mountain Division of the Mountain West and keep New Year’s Six bowl hopes alive … BOISE STATE 35-28.


No. 16 Auburn (plus 17½) at No. 1 Alabama

The Iron Bowl matchip is simply always meaningful … ALABAMA 28-13.

No. 3 Michigan (plus 6½) at No. 2 Ohio State

The Wolverines win the Big Ten East with a victory. The Buckeyes need a victory and a Penn State loss to reach the conference title game, but just a victory might be good enough to get them in the playoff … OHIO STATE 21-13.

South Carolina (plus 23½) at No. 4 Clemson

An upset by the Gamecocks could crush their rivals’ playoff hopes … CLEMSON 31-17.

Minnesota (plus 14½) at No. 5 Wisconsin

The Badgers win the Big Ten West with a victory. There will be no help necessary … WISCONSIN 27-17

Michigan State (plus 13) at No. 8 Penn State

The Nittany Lions need a victory and a Michigan loss to reach the Big Ten title game as the East champ. This seems like too much too soon for Penn State …MICHIGAN STATE 24-21.

No. 21 Utah (plus 10½) at No. 9 Colorado

The Buffaloes win the Pac-12 South with a victory to continue the best turnaround season in college football … COLORADO 31-19.

Kentucky (plus 24) at No. 11 Louisville

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson could use a big game to firm up that Heisman lead before he cedes the stage to contenders moving on to championship week … LOUISVILLE 54-37.

n Notre Dame (plus 16½) at No. 12 Southern California

The Trojans have become the ultimate playoff dark horse …USC 35-14, BEST BET.

No. 13 Florida (plus 6) at No. 15 Florida State

The Seminoles have won three straight and five of the last six in the series … FLORIDA STATE 28-24.

No. 19 West Virginia (minus 7) at Iowa State

The Cyclones are taking some steps forward in their first season under Matt Campbell …IOWA STATE 33-30, UPSET SPECIAL.

No. 24 Tennessee (minus 7½) at Vanderbilt

If things fall right with some other SEC teams, the Volunteers could land in the Sugar Bowl. But they have to beat Vandy … TENNESSEE 35-24.


Oregon (minus 3) at Oregon State — @Schrock_And_Awe

Mark Helfrich’s last chance to convince Oregon to keep him, if the decision has not already been made. The Ducks have won eight straight Civil War games … OREGON STATE 35-30.

Purdue (plus 20) at Indiana — @nashman92

Must take advantage of any chance you get to mention that Indiana’s Big Ten teams play for the Old Oaken Bucket … INDIANA 45-21.

Central Florida (plus 9½) at South Florida — @biblicalex

The Bulls can still win the American Athletic Conference East with a victory in the rivalry and a Temple loss to East Carolina … South Florida 42-28.

Kansas (plus 27½) at Kansas State — @rdcramer

Wildcats coach Bill Snyder goes for victory No. 200; Jayhawks go for two consecutive wins for the first time since 2011 … KANSAS STATE 48-17.

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Three UMaine football players earn first-team all-CAA honors Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:52:05 +0000 Three University of Maine football players earned first-team all-conference honors from the Colonial Athletic Association on Tuesday, with six other players receiving third-team honors.

Sophomore wide receiver Micah Wright, senior defensive lineman Pat Ricard and senior linebacker Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga received first-team honors, with Wright also earning a second-team honor as a punt returner.

Wright, who missed the first two games of the season because of a suspension, led Maine with 44 catches, 688 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, which was second-best in the CAA. He was fifth in the CAA in receptions per game (4.89), third in receiving yards per game (76.4) and eighth in all-purpose yards (100.9). He led the CAA with an 11.1 yards per punt return, and scored on a 67-yard punt return against William & Mary.

Ricard played in all 11 games and had 50 tackles, including 15.5 for a loss, which was second in the CAA. He also ranked fifth in sacks with 5.5. For his career, he had 47.5 tackles for a loss.

Mulumba Tshimanga, who missed one game with a concussion, led Maine with 97 tackles, and was second in the CAA with 9.7 tackles per game. He had 7.0 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two pass break-ups.

The six Black Bears who received third-team honors were: senior quarterback Dan Collins, senior offensive center Max Andrews, senior offensive left tackle Jamil Demby, freshman kick returner Earnest Edwards, sophomore linebacker Sterling Sheffield and junior cornerback Najee Goode.

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College basketball: UMaine women lose to No. 3 South Carolina Tue, 22 Nov 2016 04:23:30 +0000 COLUMBIA, S.C. — A’ja Wilson had 14 points and Alaina Coates had 12 points and 14 rebounds as No. 3 South Carolina used its height advantage to blow past Maine 79-42 on Monday night in the Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge.

The 6-foot-5 Wilson and 6-4 Coates did about whatever they wanted against the undersized Black Bears (2-3). Wilson hit seven of her eight shots while Coates, who notched her second double-double of the season by halftime, hit six of seven shots.

The Gamecocks outrebounded Maine 42-27.

Julie Brosseau had 11 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead the Black Bears.

ST. JOSEPH’S 71, UM-FARMINGTON 43: Abbie Eastman’s 3-pointer with just over six minutes left in the second period started a 14-2 run that stretched the Monks’ lead to 34-20 at the half in Standish.

St. Joseph’s (2-1) followed with five 3-pointers in the third period to put the game out of reach.

Regan McFerran led the Monks with 14 points. Kelsi McNamara finished with 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the third period, while Julia Champagne added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Kelly Pomerleau had 12 points for the Beavers whiled Kennadi Grover added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

(4) LOUISVILLE 63, CHATTANOOGA 47: Mariya Moore scored nine points to surpass 1,000 in her career as the Cardinals (6-0) held Chattanooga to 30 percent shooting for a win in the Hall of Fame Challenge at Louisville, Kentucky.

DREXEL 62, (11) SYRACUSE 61: Meghan Creighton hit a career-high seven 3-pointers – including the winner with nine seconds left – as Drexel rallied from a five-point deficit with 1:23 left at Philadelphia.

Creighton scored a career-best 23 points, Sarah Curran added 14 and Bailey Greenberg scored 10 for the Dragons (3-1).


LIU BROOKLYN 71, MAINE 66: Iverson Fleming scored a game-high 26 points and went 12 for 12 at the free-throw line as the Blackbirds (4-1) held off the Black Bears (1-4) in the Steve Wright Classic at Boston University.

The Black Bears trailed by 17 with 9:21 left, but rallied to get within three at 69-66 on a 3-pointer from Dennis Ashley with 11 seconds remaining. LIU missed a shot with three seconds left but Fleming snatched the rebound, got fouled and sank both free throws.

Ilker Er led Maine with 13 points, while Wesley Myers and Ashley each added 11.

UMAINE-FARMINGTON 72, ST. JOSEPH’S 64: Isaac Witham scored a game-high 18 points and the Beavers (1-2) used a 19-4 run to open the second half to pull away from the Monks (1-2) in Standish.

Farmington led 31-23 at halftime and took its largest lead of the game on a 3-pointer from Riley Robinson giving the Beavers a 49-27 lead with 12:52 left. Bill Ruby added 15 points to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals for Farmington.

Marc Corey scored a team-high 11 points for the Monks, while Darian Berry and Andrew Ruffen each added 10 a piece.

(12) CREIGHTON 86, MISSISSIPPI 77: Marcus Foster scored 25 points as the Bluejays (5-0) had to rally in the second half in the championship game of the Paradise Jam tournament at St. Thomas.

GEORGETOWN 65, (13) OREGON 61: Rodney Pryor had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the Hoyas (1-2) withstood a furious second-half rally to hold on for a win in the first round of the Maui Invitational at Lahaina, Hawaii.

(16) WISCONSIN 74, TENNESSEE 62: Bronson Koenig scored 21 points while Nigel Hayes had 17 points and 10 rebounds as Wisconsin won at the Maui tournament in Hawaii.

The Badgers (3-1) built a big early lead then rallied after Tennessee made two runs to take the lead early in the second half. Hayes hit two 3-pointers as the Badgers pulled away to earn a spot in the second round.

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After disappointing end to 6-5 season, UMaine football looks ahead to 2017 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:50:57 +0000 ORONO — The University of Maine’s football team made great strides in Joe Harasymiak’s first fall as head coach. Now the Black Bears face a bigger challenge of keeping the momentum moving forward.

Maine finished 6-5, 5-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association, after winning a total of just eight games the previous two years.

But that’s not good enough, Harasymiak said.

“That’s got to be the expectations, that 6-5, 5-3 is not where we want to be,” he said Monday. “As more days go by I’m sure I’ll reflect more on the positive. But I’m still disappointed in Saturday and the way it ended.”

Maine’s season ended Saturday with a last-second 24-21 loss to rival New Hampshire, the Black Bears’ seventh consecutive loss to the Wildcats. Maine led at the half, then faltered in the final two quarters, its offense struggling to move and its defense unable to slow down the Wildcats.

Junior cornerback Najee Goode, one of the team’s most consistent performers all season, said the season showed “what we’re capable of, of being a very good team on all three levels. We’ve got to build on that.”

And that began Monday. The Black Bears had their final team meeting Monday afternoon, setting goals for the offseason and the 2017 season.

They’ve got some work to do.

On offense, they have to once again settle on a quarterback. Senior Dan Collins took every snap in an up-and-down year – 18 touchdown passes but also 16 interceptions – but he also showed how good this offense can be when run correctly.

Now Harasymiak and offensive coordinator Liam Coen will need to find out whether Drew Belcher (who was redshirted this year and has two years remaining), Jack Walsh (who will be a redshirt sophomore next year) or Chris Ferguson (who will be a redshirt freshman next fall) will be the guy.

“And we’ll probably recruit one or two (quarterbacks),” said Coen.

Harasymiak and Coen professed faith in the three quarterbacks on their roster, with Harasymiak noting each brings a different element to the huddle: Belcher’s running ability, Walsh’s field instincts and Ferguson’s strong arm.

Coen said the next quarterback has to be able to make the same types of big throws Collins made this year, but also cut back on the inconsistencies and interceptions that plagued the offense this year.

“In this offense, you don’t need to force the football to be successful,” he said. “It’s clock and game management, running the ball and play-action passes. In the games that we did that, we were successful.”

The competition, he said, “has already started.” He wants to see who takes the lead in the weight room, who pulls receivers together to throw in the offseason, who devours game films.

Coen likes what Maine has coming back at running back – freshman Josh Mack led the team with 712 yards and six rushing touchdowns – and at wide receiver. The top six receivers return, led by sophomore Micah Wright (44 catches for 688 yards and seven touchdowns) and freshman Earnest Edwards (20 catches, 334 yards, three touchdowns). Four starters also return on the offensive line.

Mack knows he has to put the work in the weight room this year because “next year there’ll be no surprises.” Coen stressed that an offseason is about getting “bigger, stronger and faster.”

In looking at the season finale against New Hampshire, Coen said Maine’s offensive line had no push against New Hampshire’s bigger defensive line in the second half. “We need to take the next step up front and become a dominating force and run the football,” he said.

Defensively, there are three huge holes to fill – lineman Pat Ricard and Darius Greene and linebacker Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga. All were four-year starters.

Their leadership, as much as their ability, will be difficult to replace. “During offseason workouts you knew those guys were going to be there working,” said defensive coordinator Corey Hetherman. “They were the guys other guys looked up to. Now we need to find the leaders of the 2017 team.”

They are looking for young players such as Schuyler Huntington, Alejandro Oregon, Charles Mitchell, Andrew Stevens and Uchenna Egwuonwu to step in and contribute more. Defensive ends Dakota Tarbox and Connor Walsh also improved as the season went on.

Linebacking is deep too, with Sterling Sheffield, Austin Brown and Taji Lowe returning.

“We see the potential we have,” said Sheffield, who finished third in tackles with 65. “And we’re holding each other accountable, that’s a characteristic that Coach Harasymiak has instilled in this team.”

And the secondary comes back intact, led by Goode and freshman Manny Patterson at the corners. Darrius Hart, DeAndre Scott, Jason Matovu, Jeffrey DeVaughn and Sinmisola Demuren all played at the safety positions this year.

“We’ve got to (pay attention to details) to make sure we tighten everything up so we can get better,” said Goode.

The Black Bears are also putting a heavy focus on discipline this offseason. They felt they lost too many games because of undisciplined plays. Going back to last Saturday, Maine had a first-and-goal and ended up having to punt after being called for two 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalties on the same play.

“It’s going to be about the attention to detail, it’s going to be the discipline and it’s going to be pushing through,” said Hetherman. “It’s 6 a.m. on a Friday morning in February or March. Are you going to finish the workout? Are you going to finish the game? Or are we going to stay where we are?”


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Big Ten had 3 teams in top 5 of AP poll Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:26:18 +0000 The Big Ten placed three teams in the top five of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time in 56 years, setting up a No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup for Ohio State and Michigan.

Alabama was a unanimous No. 1 in the poll released Sunday.

The Buckeyes were No. 2 and Wolverines No. 3.

They meet in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday in a game with Big Ten and national championship implications.

Clemson is No. 4, and No. 5 Wisconsin gives the Big Ten three of the first five for the first time since Nov. 7, 1960, when Minnesota was No. 1, Ohio State was No. 3 and Iowa was No. 5.

Louisville dropped eight spots to No. 11 after getting trounced by Houston, which jumped in at No. 18.

TEXAS: Texas Athletic Director Mike Perrin says football coach Charlie Strong’s future with the Longhorns will be decided after the Longhorns’ next game.

Perrin called multiple reports that Texas has decided to fire Strong “rumors,” and said Strong will be evaluated after the Longhorns play TCU on Friday.

That leaves Strong with an uncertain future Monday at his weekly news conference, despite intense speculation that he’ll be dismissed.

Perrin issued his statement Sunday night.

Texas is 5-6 after losing in overtime to lowly Kansas on Saturday.

Strong is 16-20 in his three seasons and still has two years left on a guaranteed contract that pays him more than $5 million per season.

Strong has three straights seasons of six losses or more.

A team spokesman said Strong met with his assistants earlier Sunday to prepare for the upcoming game.

FCS PLAYOFFS: Five-time defending national champion North Dakota State is the No. 1 seed in the FCS playoffs.

The NCAA announced the 24-team playoff field on Sunday. The top eight seeds receive first-round byes and host second-round games. Joining the Bison in the top four are Eastern Washington at No. 2, Jacksonville State, last season’s runner-up, at No. 3 and James Madison at No. 4.

No. 5 Sam Houston State, No. 6 The Citadel, No. 7 North Dakota and No. 8 South Dakota State also have first-round byes.

North Dakota State will begin defense of its title on Dec. 3 against the winner of Cal Poly and San Diego.

Youngstown State under former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is in the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2006. The Penguins host Samford on Saturday.

Four teams from the CAA received bids to the tournament, including New Hampshire, which beat the University of Maine 24-21 on a late field goals Saturday to knock the Black Bears from contention.

Joining automatic qualifier James Madison are New Hampshire, Richmond and Villanova.

New Hampshire, making its 13th straight appearance in the tournament, opens at home against Lehigh at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Top 25 football: Second-ranked Ohio State survives upset bid Sun, 20 Nov 2016 04:34:42 +0000 EAST LANSING, Mich. — Mike Weber ran for 111 yards and a touchdown, and No. 2 Ohio State held off Michigan State 17-16 after the upset-minded Spartans missed a 2-point conversion with 4:41 remaining Saturday.

Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) moves on to next weekend’s showdown with rival Michigan, but only after withstanding a spirited challenge from a Michigan State team that derailed the Buckeyes’ national title bids in two of the previous three seasons. The Spartans (3-8, 1-7) were down 17-10 when L.J. Scott scored on a 1-yard run with 4:41 to play. Michigan State went for the lead, but Tyler O’Connor’s pass on the 2-point conversion attempt was intercepted.

(1) ALABAMA 31, CHATTANOOGA 3: Jalen Hurts passed for three touchdowns and rushed for 68 yards to help Alabama (11-0) overcome a slow start and beat FCS team Chattanooga (8-3) at Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

(4) MICHIGAN 20, INDIANA 10: De’Veon Smith ran for two touchdowns in a 3:33 span late in the third quarter, finishing with a career-high 158 yards rushing to help Michigan (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) shake off Indiana (5-6, 3-5) at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

(5) CLEMSON 35, WAKE FOREST 13: Deshaun Watson rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another score, and Clemson (10-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast) clinched a spot in the conference title game by beating Wake Forest (6-5, 3-4) at Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

(6) WISCONSIN 49, PURDUE 20: T.J. Watt returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown and Wisconsin (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) scored 35 points in the final 81/2 minutes of the first half against Purdue (3-8, 1-7) at West Lafayette, Indiana.

(7) WASHINGTON 44, ARIZONA STATE 18: Jake Browning overcame a sluggish start to throw for 338 yards and two touchdowns, and Washington (10-1, 7-1 Pac-12) routed Arizona State (5-6, 2-6) at Seattle.

OREGON 30, (11) UTAH 28: Justin Herbert hit Darren Carrington for a 17-yard touchdown pass with two seconds remaining to give Oregon (4-7, 2-6 Pac-12) an upset victory over Utah (8-3, 5-3) at Salt Lake City, putting the Utes’ hopes of a league championship in jeopardy.

(12) COLORADO 38, (20) WASHINGTON STATE 24: Sefo Liufau threw for 345 yards, rushed for 108 more and scored three touchdowns as Colorado (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) beat Washington State (8-3, 7-1) at Boulder, Colorado, in a matchup of unlikely Pac-12 division leaders.

(13) OKLAHOMA STATE 31, TEXAS CHRISTIAN 6: Mason Rudolph ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score as Oklahoma State (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) earned a Big 12 title shot by beating TCU (5-5, 3-4) at Fort Worth, Texas.

(14) WESTERN MICHIGAN 38, BUFFALO 0: Zach Terrell passed for a career-high 445 yards and four touchdowns, helping Western Michigan (11-0, 7-0 Mid-American) beat Buffalo (2-9, 1-6).

(17) FLORIDA STATE 45, SYRACUSE 14: Dalvin Cook ran for 225 yards and four touchdowns for visiting Florida State (8-3, 5-3 Atlantic Coast), which beat Syracuse (4-7, 2-5).

(19) NEBRASKA 28, MARYLAND 7: Terrell Newby ran for a career-high three touchdowns, Ryker Fyfe passed for 220 yards and a score filling in for injured starter Tommy Armstrong Jr., and Nebraska (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) defeated Maryland (5-6, 2-6) at Lincoln, Nebraska.

(21) FLORIDA 16, (16) LOUISIANA STATE 10: Derrius Guice was stuffed on a do-or-die run from the 1 in the final seconds and the Gators (8-2, 6-2 Southeastern) held off LSU (6-4, 4-3) at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to clinch the SEC’s East Division title.

(23) TEXAS A&M 23, TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO 10: Jake Hubenak threw for 248 yards and a touchdown, and Myles Garrett had 41/2 sacks to help Texas A&M (8-3) get back on track with a victory over the Roadrunners (5-6) at College Station, Texas.

WYOMING 34, (24) SAN DIEGO STATE 33: Josh Allen threw a 29-yard scoring pass to C.J. Johnson with 1:07 left, and Wyoming (8-3, 6-1 Mountain West) stopped a 2-point conversion attempt by San Diego State (9-2, 6-1) with no time left at Laramie, Wyoming.

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Top 25 basketball roundup: Duke wins, but injuries piling up Sun, 20 Nov 2016 02:54:22 +0000 UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Top-ranked Duke bounced back from its loss to Kansas by beating Penn State, but watched another player go down with an injury.

Freshman Frank Jackson led five players in double figures with 17 points and Amile Jefferson added 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils (3-1) to a 78-68 win Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.

Sophomore Chase Jeter rolled his left ankle in the first half and didn’t return.

Tony Carr had 20 points and Shep Garner added 15 to lead Penn State (2-2).

Jeter went down under the Penn State basket while going for a rebound. The 6-foot-10 sophomore was on the floor for several minutes before being helped off the court. His injury came minutes after Grayson Allen left the game, favoring the right foot he hurt in the recent loss to Kansas.

(6) INDIANA 87, LIBERTY 48: James Blackmon Jr. made five 3-pointers and had 20 points to help Indiana (3-0) rout Liberty (1-2) at Bloomington, Indiana.

(17) ST. MARY’S 61, DAYTON 57: Jock Landale scored 15 points off moves to the basket and Calvin Hermanson had 16 points from the perimeter as the Gaels (3-0) beat the Flyers (2-1) in Dayton, Ohio.

The Gaels led the whole way, pulling ahead by 20 points midway through the second half and holding off a late Dayton rally.

(21) RHODE ISLAND 76, (24) CINCINNATI 71: E.C. Matthews hit two late 3-pointers and finished with 18 points in the Rams (4-0) comeback victory over the Bearcats (2-1) in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Asville, Connecticut.


(5) LOUISVILLE 83, BOWLING GREEN 58: Asia Durr scored a career-high 34 points in less than three quarters as the Cardinals (4-0) beat the Falcons (0-3) in Louisville, Kentucky.

(7) OHIO STATE 113, LIU BROOKLYN 54: Sierra Calhoun scored 22 points and Kelsey Mitchell added 21 as the Buckeyes (3-1) routed the Blackbirds (0-3) in Columbus, Ohio.

(19) FLORIDA 83, TEMPLE 76: Eleanna Christinaki scored 13 of her 21 points and Haley Lorenzen 10 of her 19 in the fourth quarter when the Gators (3-0) rallied to beat the Owls (2-1) in Ocala, Florida.

MARQUETTE 75, (18) ARIZONA STATE 63: Natisha Hiedeman hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points and the Golden Eagles (3-0) upset the Sun Devils (2-1) in Milwaukee.

(21) WEST VIRGINIA 69, COPPIN STATE 39: Tynice Martin scored 19 points and Katrina Pardee added 17 to lead the Mountaineers (3-0) to a 69-39 win over the Eagles (0-4) in Morgantown, West Virginia.

WESTERN KENTUCKY 85, (23) INDIANA 74: Tashia Brown scored 22 of her 28 points in the second half and the Hilltoppers (2-1) upset the Hoosiers (3-1) in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Maine men’s college roundup: Maine loses 2-goal lead, ties Vermont Sun, 20 Nov 2016 01:41:17 +0000 BURLINGTON, Vt. — Derek Lodermeier had a goal and an assist, and the Vermont men’s hockey team scored two goals in the third period Saturday to come away with a 2-2 tie against Maine at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

Lodermeier set up Tom Forgione 2:03 into the third before scoring unassisted about six minutes later for the Catamounts (7-3-2, 3-2-1 Hockey East).

Brendan Robbins of Maine (4-7-3, 1-4-1) opened the scoring at 9:08 of the second period from Sam Becker and Keith Muehlbauer.

Patrick Shea made it 2-0 just over a minute later from Nolan Vesey and Chase Pearson.

Rob McGovern made 43 saves, including four in overtime for the Black Bears, who were outshot 45-26.

SOUTHERN MAINE 5, UMASS-BOSTON 2: A.J. Johnson scored two goals, Kyle Shapiro made 48 saves and Brett Norman had four assists as the Huskies (3-3, 2-3 New England Hockey) downed the Beacons (4-2, 2-2) at Boston.

Cole Klippenstein, Brendan Murphy and Cody Braga also scored for the Huskies, who were outshot, 51-12.

BOWDOIN 5, MIDDLEBURY 3: The Polar Bears (1-1) scored four goals in the third period to defeat the Panthers (0-2) at Brunswick.

The Polar Bears, down 3-1, rallied with Austin Ricci scoring twice, and Pat Geary and Chris Wallace each adding a goal.

Panthers goalie Brian Ketchabaw recorded 28 saves. Nathan Colannino stopped 20 shots for Bowdoin.

COLBY 4, WILLIAMS 1: Nick O’Connor scored twice to lead the Mules (2-0) over the Ephs (1-1) at Waterville.

Devin Albert and Phil Klitirinos also scored for Colby.


SOUTHERN MAINE 131, WHEATON 125: After 24 ties and 14 lead changes, the Huskies (2-1) defeated the Lyons (1-2) in five overtimes at Middletown, Connecticut.

James Starks led the Huskies with 30 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks.

Byron McMillian of USM sent the game to a third overtime on a 3-pointer with five seconds left to make it 104-104.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 69, VERMONT TECH 66: Michael Harmon hit a 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Seawolves (7-1) over the Knights (4-3) at South Portland.

John Morgan had 18 points and eight rebounds for SMCC. Chase Soares added eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY 102, MAINE 78: Justin Alston scored 16 points to lead the Terriers (2-1) over the Black Bears (1-2) at Boston.

Andrew Fleming led the Black Bears with 17 points and nine rebounds.

COLBY 81, FITCHBURG STATE 63: Maximilian Steiner had 12 points, 14 rebounds and five assists to lead the Mules (2-0) over the Falcons (1-2) at Waterville.

The Mules nailed 14 3-pointers, going 9 of 12 in the second half.

BATES 83, SALVE REGINA 63: Malcolm Delpeche finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bobcats (1-1) over the Seahawks (0-3) at Worcester, Massachusetts.

The Bobcats led 40-25 at the half and put the game away with a late 13-0 run.

UNE 69, UM-FARMINGTON 67: Drew Coveney hit a 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Nor’easters (1-2) over the Beavers (0-2) at Waterville.

Coveney led the Nor’easters with 19 points. His winning shot capped a comeback by the Nor’easters, who trailed by 14 points with 5:12 remaining.


WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 44, HUSSON 27: Dante Aiken rushed for 99 yards and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns at Springfield, Massachusetts, as Western New England (11-0) dropped Husson (8-2) from the NCAA Division III playoffs.

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College football roundup: Boston College shuts out UConn Sun, 20 Nov 2016 01:23:53 +0000 CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Boston College’s postseason hopes will live for another week.

Patrick Towles passed for 183 yards and a touchdown in his final home game, Davon Jones added a rushing score and Boston College defeated UConn 30-0 on Saturday.

Eagles senior linebacker Matt Milano added a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Boston College (5-6) can become bowl-eligible with a victory in its regular-season finale at Wake Forest next week.

The Huskies (3-8) started freshman Donovan Williams at quarterback for the second straight game in an attempt to jumpstart an offense that was averaging an FBS-worst 16.5 points per game. But UConn managed just 121 yards, with Williams throwing three interceptions.

NAVY 66, EAST CAROLINA 31: Will Worth rushed for 159 yards and four touchdowns and Shawn White added 150 yards and three scores as the Midshipmen (8-2, 6-1 American Athletic Conference) beat the Pirates (3-8, 1-6) to clinch a spot in the AAC championship game.

KANSAS STATE 42, BAYLOR 21: Alex Barnes rushed for four touchdowns in the second half, and the Wildcats (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) got their first road win against the Bears (6-4, 3-4) since 2002.

Baylor dropped its fourth straight after a 6-0 start.

PRINCETON 38, DARTMOUTH 21: John Lovett rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one as the Tigers (8-2, 6-1 Ivy) beat the Big Green (4-6, 1-6) to clinch a share of the Ivy League title, at Princeton, New Jersey.

PENN 42, CORNELL 20: Alek Torgerson passed for one score and ran for two more, Tre Solomon rushed for two touchdowns and the Quakers (7-3, 6-1 Ivy) converted three interceptions into TDs to beat the Big Red (4-6, 2-5) and earn a share of the Ivy League title, in Ithaca, New York.

YALE 21, HARVARD 14: Kurt Rawlings threw for two touchdowns and ran for 74 yards to help the visiting Bulldogs (3-7, 3-4 Ivy) snap a nine-year losing streak in the rivalry and deprive the Crimson (7-3, 5-2) a share of a fourth straight Ivy League title.

COLUMBIA 31, BROWN 13: Josh Wainwright had a season-high 150 yards receiving and two touchdowns as the Lions (3-7, 2-5 Ivy) beat the Bears (4-6, 3-4) in Providence, Rhode Island.

JAMES MADISON 63, ELON 14: Cole Johnson was 12 of 13 for 274 yards and two touchdowns as the Dukes (10-1, 8-0 Colonial Athletic Association) routed the Phoenix (2-9, 1-7) in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

WILLIAM & MARY 34, RICHMOND 13: Kendell Anderson carried 42 times for 219 yards – both career highs – and two touchdowns to lead the Tribe (5-6, 3-5 Colonial Athletic Association) to an upset win over the Spiders (8-3, 5-3) in Williamsburg, Virginia.

TOWSON 32, RHODE ISLAND 31: Aidan O’Neill nailed a career-best 55-yard field goal as time expired to give the Tigers (4-7, 3-5 Colonial Athletic Association) a win over the Rams (2-9, 1-7) at Kingston, Rhode Island.

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Maine women’s college roundup: Bowdoin routs Norwich in opener Sun, 20 Nov 2016 01:05:37 +0000 LEWISTON — Bowdoin hit a school-record 15 3-pointers as it opened its women’s basketball season Saturday afternoon with a 92-58 win over Norwich in the Graef Memorial Classic at Bates College.

Lauren Petit, a junior reserve guard, made 5 of 6 shots from long range and finished with 17 points. She made three of her 3-pointers in the second quarter, when the Polar Bears outscored the Cadets 35-16.

Taylor Choate added 14 points as Bowdoin’s bench accounted for 72 points. The Polar Bears forced 32 turnovers and finished with 19 steals, including six by freshman Maddie Hasson of South Portland.

Kayla Mercer scored 15 points for Norwich (1-2), making 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 79, REGIS 59: Alicia Brown scored 15 points to lead the Nor’easters (3-0) past the Pride (1-1) in the championship game of the Ramada Roundball Invitational in Biddeford.

Sadie Nelson contributed 14 points off the bench, making 3 of 4 shots from 3-point range. Jocelyn Chaput finished with 12 points and Olivia Shaw scored 11.

UNE led 10-9 after one quarter, then outscored the Pride 50-31 over the next two quarters.

Brittany Stone led Regis with 15 points and six rebounds.

SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 84, VERMONT TECH 43: Jennifer Conrad scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Seawolves (7-0, 2-0 Yankee Small College Conference) routed the Knights (1-6, 1-4) in South Portland.

Alicia Ruth added a season-high 24 points, with six 3-pointers, and Alexis Antonacci had 10 points and nine assists.

SAGE 59, SOUTHERN MAINE 57: Macie Holmes scored 15 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 30 seconds left, as the Gators (1-1) edged the Huskies (0-2) in the Cardinal Classic at Middletown, Connecticut.

Emily Nicholson scored 14 points and Kimberly Howrigan had 12 points for USM.

MAINE MARITIME 64, COLBY 44: Alayne Felix scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Mariners (2-1) over the Mules (1-1) in Castine.

The Mariners shot 8 for 13 in the first quarter and built an 18-2 advantage.

Jackie Albanese scored 15 points for Colby.


BOWDOIN 2, COLBY 2: Cassidy Holzer and Mikayla McLaughlin scored third-period goals as Colby rallied for a tie against Bowdoin in a season opener in Waterville.

Bowdoin led 1-0 after one period on a goal by Katie Leininger. Brigit Bergin made it 2-0 in the second period.

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UMaine football notebook: Future looks promising for Black Bears Sun, 20 Nov 2016 00:23:40 +0000 ORONO — If anything, there was a certain symmetry to the University of Maine football season.

The Black Bears opened Sept. 1 with a 24-21 loss to Connecticut on a 37-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining.

The Black Bears finished Saturday with a 24-21 loss to New Hampshire on a 21-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining.

In between, the Black Bears won six games and lost three others in Joe Harasymiak’s first season as head coach replacing Jack Cosgrove.

It was too soon for Harasymiak to reflect on the season after the loss, but sophomore wide receiver Micah Wright, who caught two touchdown passes from Dan Collins on Saturday (giving him seven for the season), said he likes the direction the program is taking.

Maine finished 3-8 in 2015, including a 3-5 record in the Colonial Athletic Association. Saturday’s loss dropped Maine to 6-5 overall, 5-3 in the CAA.

“I love the future,” said Wright, who caught five passes for 121 yards on Saturday. “It all started with these guys right here (seniors Collins and Pat Ricard, who joined him at the postgame press conference.

“We’ve been through it all together, the ups and downs. I think the season didn’t end the way we wanted it to but definitely we set the footprint for the years to come.”

Wright caught touchdown passes of 45 and 29 yards for Maine, the final one helping the Black Bears make it 21-21 with 5:02 remaining.

It came on a fourth-and-8 from the New Hampshire 27. Collins threw across the field to the right pylon and Wright made a leaping catch over Isiah Perkins of New Hampshire and somehow landed in-bounds.

“Obviously it’s fourth down, you’ve got to get the ball to your best player,” said Harasymiak. “We did that. And good things happened.”

WHILE THE Wildcats still have to wait until 11 a.m. Sunday to find out if they officially made the playoffs for an astounding 13th consecutive season, Harasymiak said there’s no doubt they’ll get in.

The victory – New Hampshire’s seventh straight over Maine and 14th in 15 games – elevated the Wildcats to 7-4 overall, 6-2 in the CAA.

“For sure,” said Harasymiak. “Definitely, 6-2 in this league, that should get you in every year. No doubt about it.”

ADAM RIESE entered the game late in the first quarter when New Hampshire’s starting quarterback, Trevor Knight, suffered an injury to his right leg on a nine-yard sack by Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga, one of the three sacks Maine had, all in the first half.

Riese, a senior who started three games last year, lost the position battle to Knight, a sophomore, earlier in the season. “Toughest decision I’ve had to make in a long, long time,” said UNH Coach Sean McDonnell.

On Saturday, Riese completed 20 of 37 passes for 218 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He made several clutch completions, including a 28-yarder to Kieran Presley to Maine’s 41 on the drive that set up the winning field goal by Morgan Ellman.

“He’s handled it so, so well,” said McDonnell of Riese. “Everybody in the program knows he comes in, we can win. He showed that today.”

MAINE NATIVE Cam Shorey of Calais had five tackles for UNH. Shorey is a 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end.

Donald Goodrich of York and Cheverus High also got into the game for the Wildcats.

JALEEL REED returned to Maine’s offense for the first time since Oct. 15, when he suffered a broken left thumb against Albany. He had surgery four days later.

Reed was Maine’s leading receiver at the time with 18 catches for 321 yards and three touchdowns. He caught one pass for four yards.


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In final seconds, UNH ends UMaine’s season and playoff hopes Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:20:54 +0000 ORONO — With so much on the line, the University of Maine football team was turned back by New Hampshire again Saturday.

When Morgan Ellman kicked a 21-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining, the Wildcats did more than just defeat the Black Bears for the seventh consecutive game and bring the coveted Brice-Cowell Musket back to Durham, New Hampshire – they ended Maine’s season.

Ellman’s kick gave New Hampshire a gut-wrenching 24-21 win at Alfond Stadium and likely lifted the Wildcats into the NCAA playoffs. The teams entered the game with identical records, knowing the winner likely would get a berth and the loser would not.

The Wildcats will find out at 11 a.m. Sunday if their 7-4 overall record, 6-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association, is good enough to get in the tournament for the 13th consecutive year. The selection show will be on ESPN3.

“We should be in the playoffs,” said UNH Coach Sean McDonnell. “We’re a good team.”

Maine finished its first year under Joe Harasymiak with a 6-5 record, 5-3 in the CAA – huge improvements over the 3-8, 3-5 records of 2015.

Harasymiak said the Black Bears simply made too many mistakes.

“You can’t do that in November games. We didn’t play awful,” said Harasymiak. “You’ve got to give them credit, they executed, they played better than we did. I don’t want to take anything away from them. But I wish we could have done a couple of things better.”

Maine controlled the first half, leading 14-7 and setting a physical tone. But the second half was completely opposite.

New Hampshire put up 230 yards in the second half – compared to 160 in the first – while holding Maine to 125 yards in the second half after Maine put up 214 in the first. Much of that was on the ground, where the Wildcats outgained the Black Bears 108-20 in the second half.

“They made some adjustments,” said Dan Collins, Maine’s senior quarterback. “They kind of tempted us to throw the ball more.”

And the Black Bears couldn’t stop Dalton Crossan of UNH in the second half, when he gained 102 of his 163 rushing yards. His shifty 35-yard touchdown run with 5:31 left in the third quarter – eluding four tacklers – helped make it 14-14 entering the fourth.

“Second half we were just undisciplined, not doing our jobs,” said Pat Ricard, Maine’s senior defensive tackle. “We knew (Crossan) was a shifty guy, he makes people miss. That’s what he did.”

New Hampshire took a 21-14 lead with 12:22 left as Adam Riese – who entered in the first quarter when starting quarterback Trevor Knight was injured – threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Neil O’Connor.

Still, the Black Bears put together one final drive, capped when, on fourth-and-8 from the New Hampshire 27, Collins threw across the field to the right pylon and Micah Wright leaped over Isiah Perkins to somehow make the catch and land in-bounds for the touchdown. Brandon Briggs, who won a spot on the roster during an open tryout in late September, kicked the PAT to make it 21-21 with 5:02 remaining.

New Hampshire owned the rest of the game.

The Wildcats drove downfield, jump-started by a 28-yard completion to a wide-open Kieran Presley – his fifth catch of the year. “A blown coverage,” said Harasymiak.

With 24 seconds left and the ball at the Maine 10, O’Donnell said he started thinking field goal.

“We want to score touchdowns,” he said. “But at that point I thought, ‘Let’s put the ball in the middle of the field.’ ”

So on fourth down from the 5, Ellman and put the ball through the uprights to end Maine’s hopes.

“We just didn’t play disciplined enough,” said Harasymiak. “They did. So they won.”

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Friday’s Maine college roundup: Vermont’s second-period outburst drops UMaine Sat, 19 Nov 2016 04:25:02 +0000 BURLINGTON, Vt. — Rob Darrar scored two of Vermont’s four second-period goals, and the Catamounts beat Maine 6-2 Friday night in a Hockey East game at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

Vermont improved to 7-3-1 overall and 3-2 in Hockey East, while the Black Bears dipped to 4-7-2 and 1-4.

After a scoreless first period, Vermont’s Ross Colton scored 1:26 into the second. That was followed by goals at 6:38 and 11:02 by Darrar and a power-play goal by Rob Hamilton at the 15-minute mark. Rob Michel scored for Maine with 29 seconds left in the period.

Derek Lodermeier made it 5-1 at 6:13 of the third and Maine’s Patrick Holway got one back midway through the period.

Mario Puskarich was credited with the final goal, a short-handed empty-netter with 2:10 left.

BABSON 4, USM 2: Tommy Munichiello had two goals and the Beavers (4-1-1, 3-0 New England Hockey) scored four goals in the third period to beat Southern Maine (2-3, 1-3) at Gorham.

Brett Norman scored in the first period and Johnny Kyte added a second-period goal for the Huskies.

COLBY 2, MIDDLEBURY 1: Geoff Sullivan scored with 2:49 remaining in overtime, and the Mules topped the Panthers in a NESCAC opener at Waterville.

EJ Rauseo also scored for Colby.

WILLIAMS 4, BOWDOIN 3: Marcus Mollica had two goals, including the winner with 8:17 remaining, as the Ephs edged the Polar Bears in a NESCAC opener at Brunswick.

Matt Sullivan and Pat Geary scored in the first period to give Bowdoin a 2-0 lead.

In the second period, Max Fuld and Mollica scored consecutive goals to tie it at 2. Geary put the Polar Bears in front again with 2:52 left in the period, but David Italiano tied it 58 seconds before intermission.


CONNECTICUT 5, MAINE 3: Briana Colangelo scored two goals, and the Huskies (8-4-1, 3-2 Hockey East) defeated the Black Bears (3-11, 2-8) at Storrs, Connecticut.

Colangelo’s goals were both unassisted and gave the Huskies leads of 2-0 and 4-0.

Vendula Pribylova had two goals and Brooke Stacey also scored for Maine.

HOLY CROSS 6, USM 2: Sam Girard had two goals and two assists as the Crusaders (6-0, 4-0 NEHC) downed the Huskies (1-5, 1-4) at Worcester, Massachusetts.

Katie Couture scored both goals for the Huskies and Courtney Davis stopped 46 shots.

UNE 5, NICHOLS 1: The University of New England (2-4-1, 2-2-1 NEHC) got goals from five players in a win over the Bison (0-6, 0-4) at Harrisville, Rhode Island.

Annie Mullen and Melissa Boudreau scored in the first period, Gabby Crugnale and Abby Kinens got second-period goals and Cassandra Connolly added an unassisted goal in the third for UNE.


BOWDOIN 74, SOUTHERN VERMONT 71: Jack Simonds scored a career-high 31 points as the Polar Bears opened their season with a win over the Mountaineers (1-1) in a tournament at UMass-Dartmouth.

Liam Farley added 14 points, David Reynolds had 11 and Tim Ahn finished with 10.

Ahn sank a free throw to give Bowdoin a 72-69 lead with 25 seconds left. Rayshawn Taylor made a layup on the Mountaineers’ next possession before David Reynolds answered with two free throws.

Taylor led Southern Vermont with 18 points.

COLBY 97, PINE MANOR 96: Tyler Williams’ 3-pointer with one second left gave the Mules a win over Pine Manor (2-1) in their opener at Waterville.

Williams was one of seven Colby players with at least 10 points. Sean Gilmore led the Mules with 17. He was followed by Patrick Stewart and Ronan Schwarz with 15, Alex Dorion with 13, Joe Connelly with 11 and Williams and Maximilian Steiner with 10.

Taverick Roberson had 29 points for the Gators.

DESALES 71, BATES 70: Joseph Lococo scored 21 points, including the winning basket in overtime, as the Bulldogs (2-0) edged the Bobcats (0-1) in the Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament at Worcester, Massachusetts.

Shawn Strickland made a 3-pointer with eight seconds left for Bates’ final points and missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer following two missed free throws by Lococo.

Bates’ Marcus Delpeche (15 points) forced overtime with a 3-pointer with one second left in regulation. Malcolm Delpeche had 16 points for the Bobcats.

WESLEYAN 84, USM 63: Salim Green had 21 points to lead the Cardinals (1-0) over the Huskies (1-1) at Middletown, Connecticut.

Green scored seven points during a 21-3 run that gave Wesleyan a 74-56 lead with 6:20 remaining.

Zach Leal had 18 points, Jacob Littlefield scored 14 and Christian McCue added 11 for the Huskies.

THOMAS 69, UNE 64: Tyheem Simon scored 26 points and Zach MacKinnon chipped in 20 as the Terriers (2-0) beat the Nor’easters (0-2) at Waterville.

Simon made a 3-pointer with 13:27 left to give Thomas a 42-39 lead, and the Terriers never lost the lead the rest of the way.

Drew Coveney led UNE with 14 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Jean-Luc Park added 10 points.


UNE 83, UMAINE-FARMINGTON 46: Sadie Nelson scored 15 points and the Nor’easters (2-0) built a 52-17 first-half lead against the Beavers (0-1) at Biddeford.

Nelson had 10 points in the first half for the Nor’easters, who outscored UMF 29-7 in the second quarter.

Ashley Coneys added 12 points, Alicia Brown scored 11 and Kristie McNall had 10 for UNE.

NORWICH 55, BATES 39: Heather LeBlanc scored 11 of her 23 points in the first half as the Cadets (1-1) handled the Bobcats (0-2) in the Graef Memorial Classic at Brunswick.

Allie Coppola had 12 points and Emily Freedland scored 10 for Bates.

COLBY 59, RPI 44: Emily Davis scored 18 points as the Mules opened with a win over the Engineers (1-1) in the Mariner Classic at Castine.

Haley Driscoll added 12 points for Colby, which outscored RPI 21-11 in the fourth quarter.

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College football preview: Maine vs. UNH Sat, 19 Nov 2016 01:58:19 +0000 MAINE (6-4, 5-2 CAA) vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE (6-4, 5-2)

WHERE: Alfond Stadium, Orono

KICKOFF: 1 p.m. Saturday

ALL-TIME SERIES: New Hampshire leads, 53-43-8

LAST MEETING: Nov. 21, 2015, won by New Hampshire, 22-6

WHEN MAINE HAS THE BALL: The Black Bears and QB Dan Collins have the CAA’s second-best passing offense at 217.3 yards per game. And UNH has the league’s 10th-best passing defense, allowing 218 yards per game. But Maine has had its greatest success with a strong running game. Maine is 5-1 when gaining at least 150 rushing yards. Freshman Josh Mack has emerged as the leading rusher, with 635 yards and six TDs. Look for Maine to pound at UNH’s run defense.

WHEN NEW HAMPSHIRE HAS THE BALL: The Wildcats have one of the most balanced offenses in the CAA, ranked fifth with the run (169.8 yards) and fifth with the pass (193.6). QB Trevor Knight is a dual threat, throwing for 1,642 yards and 14 TDs while rushing for 406 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Dalton Crossan leads UNH with 842 rushing yards but suffered a concussion last week against Albany. Backup Trevon Bryant rushed for 112 yards and could be a factor. Leading receivers Malik Love and Neil O’Connor have combined for 96 catches, 1,001 yards and five TDs.

KEY STAT: 6 (defensive touchdowns this year by UNH, tops in FCS)

OUTLOOK: The longtime rivals have added incentive for this year’s matchup, as an NCAA playoff berth is probably on the line. The winner will finish 6-2 in the CAA – tied for second place – which should be enough to get in. Maine is going to have to control the clock. The Wildcats use a lot of formations and can strike from anywhere, and often get a scoring lift from their aggressive defense. Maine has to stop New Hampshire’s running game first and then hope its secondary holds up against a very talented pair of receivers. An effective pass rush would help Maine. The Wildcats have given up 28 sacks, second-most in the CAA.

OF NOTE: New Hampshire has won six in a row against Maine and 13 of the last 14. … New Hampshire has two Maine natives on its roster – senior DE Cam Shorey of Calais (31 tackles, two sacks) and junior RB Donald Goodrich of York and Cheverus High (42 rushing yards). … UNH freshman DB Prince Smith has returned an interception for a touchdown in two of the last three games. … Maine’s leading wide receiver, Micah Wright, was limited in practice this week because of a foot injury sustained last Saturday.

THEY SAID IT: “This is what you want. If we could have signed up at the beginning of the year for this (game to mean so much), we would have. It’s always a big game, but now it’s bigger. I can’t wait to get out there on Saturday.” – Maine senior quarterback Dan Collins

— Mike Lowe

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Defense has UMaine in position to make football playoffs Sat, 19 Nov 2016 01:43:29 +0000 ORONO — Three games into the football season, the University of Maine’s defense was reeling.

The Black Bears, traditionally one of the strongest defensive teams in the Colonial Athletic Association, were giving up yards and big plays at a staggering pace. There were missed tackles and assignments, leading to some unsightly statistics and three consecutive losses.

Yet Maine would not be in its current position – contending for an NCAA playoff berth – without clutch plays by its defense. The Black Bears enter Saturday’s game at Alfond Stadium against rival New Hampshire with both teams at 6-4 overall, 5-2 in the CAA. The winner is likely to earn an at-large bid to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

The Black Bears rank 11th of 12 CAA teams in pass defense (allowing 223.2 yards per game), eighth against the run (169.8), and 10th in total defense (393). But in each of Maine’s six victories – all by seven points or less – the defense has come up with a game-deciding play in the final two minutes.

“It is crazy,” said senior defensive end Pat Ricard. “I’ve played in 40-plus games since I’ve come here and this season has had the craziest endings. I just think that we’re a group that keeps fighting to the end.

“We live in the moment of those last drives and execute and cause turnovers.”

Maine Coach Joe Harasymiak said his defense is playing much better now than earlier in the season.

“The Black Hole mentality is that we’ll never quit, we’ll keep on grinding,” he said, invoking the nickname of Maine’s defense. “I think that’s what you’re seeing now, guys playing with more confidence and believing in the system.”

Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga, a senior linebacker, leads Maine with 86 tackles despite missing a game because of a concussion. He said the Black Bears learned from their early season mistakes and are now making the plays when needed.

“Sometimes you see the offense get yards and that’s normal, and you’re always going to allow big plays,” he said. “But we always find a way to make the big (defensive) play and save the game.

“Even if we don’t play our best, if you make the big play, you can forget everything else.”

For five consecutive weeks, Maine walked the tightrope of victory and defeat. Then, after its winning streak was snapped, it rebounded last week to beat Stony Brook.

Here’s how the Black Bears did it:

Oct. 1, Maine 35, Bryant 31: Safety DeAndre Scott intercepted a pass at the Bryant 46 with 1:48 remaining.

 Oct. 8, Maine 28, Delaware 21: Linebacker Austin Brown recovered a fumble and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown with 56 seconds left.

 Oct. 15, Maine 20, Albany 16: Cornerback Najee Goode knocked down a fourth-down pass from the Maine 34 with 1:43 remaining.

 Oct. 22, Maine 28, Rhode Island 21: Safety Jason Matovu intercepted a pass (that was tipped by linebacker Sterling Sheffield) in the end zone on the game’s final play.

Oct. 29, Maine 35, William & Mary 28: On second down from the Maine 30, Goode forced a fumble that Matovu recovered at the Maine 20 with 39 seconds remaining.

 Nov. 12, Maine 27, Stony Brook 21: Goode intercepted a pass at the Stony Brook 20 with 1:29 remaining.

Those frantic finishes even have some teammates on edge.

“It’s terrifying because it’s happened so many times,” said senior tight end Jeremy Salmon. “I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack at 21. It is very exciting.”

Not to the defense. Every member of the defense interviewed this week spoke of a sense of calm in the huddle before Stony Brook’s final drive.

“We were like, guys, we’ve been here before,'” said Ricard. “Let’s play fast and hard and execute and let it take care of itself.”

Maine had turned the ball over on downs at the Stony Brook 21. On first down, quarterback Pat Irwin dropped back to pass and Goode made a diving, rolling interception. “That was crazy,” said Ricard. “I got off my block and was rushing the quarterback and I saw the throw. Then, all of a sudden, Najee makes this one-handed rolling catch. I couldn’t believe it.”

Goode, who leads the team with six pass break-ups and three forced fumbles, said he simply reacted to the play.

“I tried to be aggressive on their receiver, because they really wanted to get him the ball a lot,” he said. “So I just pushed him, tried to funnel him into the linebackers and take him out of the play. Then I saw the back come out of the backfield and I jumped the pass. The quarterback made the throw, I made a play. It was pure instinct.”

Maine’s run defense has improved dramatically. After three games, the Black Bears were giving up 226.7 rushing yards per game – last in the CAA. Now, Maine is at 169.8 yards per game.

Ricard said communication among the defenders is better now. Harasymiak credits better tackling. And, Harasymiak added, Maine is getting outstanding individual efforts.

“Ultimately our best players are playing well,” he said. “The Najee Goodes, the Pat Ricards, the Darius Greenes, the Chris Mulumbas, they’re having quality games. And in a game like this (against New Hampshire) they have to step up again.”


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Thursday’s college roundup: No. 3 Louisville stunned by Houston Fri, 18 Nov 2016 04:55:27 +0000 HOUSTON — Duke Catalon scored three touchdowns, and Houston’s defense hurried and harassed Heisman favorite Lamar Jackson all night to propel the Cougars to a stunning 36-10 victory Thursday night that dashed No. 3 Louisville’s playoff hopes.

Louisville (9-2) entered the game ranked fifth in the College Football Playoff rankings, but was outdone by a Houston team that saw its own playoff hopes foiled by two losses to unranked teams after a 5-0 start.

Things went wrong quickly for the mistake-prone Cardinals when they fumbled the opening kickoff to Houston (9-2). Greg Ward threw his first touchdown pass on the next play to make it 7-0. Brandon Radcliff lost a fumble later in the first and Houston added a field goal on the ensuing drive to make it 10-0.

Jackson threw for 211 yards and a touchdown, but it didn’t come until the second half.

Houston then scored touchdowns on three straight possessions in the second quarter to push the lead to 31-0 at halftime. Catalon caught a touchdown pass, ran for another score and Houston got the third score in that span on a 50-yard pass by receiver Linell Bonner after a lateral.

Louisville opened the second half with a 12-yard touchdown pass by Jackson, but he fumbled in the red zone on the next possession to ruin a chance to close the gap.

The Cougars were in Jackson’s face constantly, sacking him a season-high 11 times and keeping him from hurting them with his feet. He ran for a season-low 33 yards after piling up 338 yards rushing combined in the last two games.

After Jackson was sacked for the 10th time he threw up his hands and two of his lineman looked to be yelling at each other about who was to blame for his latest takedown.

But the Cougars weren’t done getting after him just yet. On the next penalty he threw the ball away while under heavy pressure from Tyus Bowser and was flagged for intentional grounding, giving the Cougars a safety.

The Cardinals set a season high with 15 penalties, punted a season-high six times by halftime and the 11 sacks they allowed were more than double their previous season high. It’s the fewest points they’ve scored since a loss at North Carolina in 2011.

YALE: The university introduced its new mascot just in time for Saturday’s rivalry game with Harvard.

Handsome Dan XVIII, an Olde English bulldog, succeeds Handsome Dan XVII, who died in August after serving as mascot for nine seasons.The newest Handsome Dan was born on Sept. 23 in Maine.


UNE 8, JOHNSON & WALES 1: Brady Fleurent had four goals and an assist, and the Nor’easters (2-2-1) scored six goals in the third period against the Wildcats (2-4) at Biddeford.

Ryan Bloom added two goals and two assists, and Dustin Walsh and Armand Uomoleale also scored for UNE. Dylan Bengston had four assists.

Joe Noonan made 22 saves for the win.

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