College – Press Herald Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:28:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Saturday’s college roundup: Bowdoin falls to Amherst Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:44:12 +0000 AMHERST, Mass. — Josh Chery put in the winning layup with five seconds remaining, and top-seeded Amherst survived with a 71-70 victory over No. 8 Bowdoin on Saturday in a NESCAC men’s basketball quarterfinal.

Bowdoin (15-9) led by as many as 10 points early in the first half but Amherst (17-8) roared back to take a 37-36 halftime lead.

The Polar Bears opened the second half on a 10-0 run but the Mammoths pulled even at 58-58 with 4:38 left.

Jack Simonds scored a game-high 25 points for Bowdoin.

ST. JOSEPH’S 84, NORWICH 68: Darian Berry scored 30 points while making 7 of 10 3-point attempts, and the Monks (16-9, 11-5 GNAC) got past Norwich (10-15, 7-9) in their regular-season finale at Standish.

Quinn Richardson-Newton added 12 points for St. Joseph’s.

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 111, UNE 89: Reserve EJ Day scored 24 points to lead seven players in double figures, and the Golden Bears (11-14, 7-11 Commonwealth Coast) pulled away from the University of New England (12-13, 10-8) at Springfield, Massachusetts.

Daron Hoges Jr. led UNE with 15 points on five 3-pointers.

EASTERN CONNECTICUT 89, SOUTHERN MAINE 42: Jacob Collins had 16 points to lead five Warriors (21-3, 12-1 Little East) in double figures as they cruised past the Huskies (5-19, 3-10) in a season finale in Willimantic, Connecticut.

Southern Maine finished as the Little East seventh seed and will play at No. 2 Keene State in the conference quarterfinals.

(2) MICHIGAN STATE 65, NORTHWESTERN 60: Cassius Winston scored 17 points, and the Spartans (26-3, 14-2 Big Ten) erased a 27-point deficit to beat Northwestern (15-13, 6-9) at Rosemont, Illinois, and extend their winning streak to 10.

(3) VILLANOVA 95, (4) XAVIER 79: Mikal Bridges led an early 3-point shooting spurt that put Villanova in control, and the Wildcats (24-3, 11-3) beat Xavier (24-4, 12-3) at Cincinnati in a showdown for Big East lead.

SOUTH CAROLINA 84, (10) AUBURN 75: Frank Booker scored 19 points, and host South Carolina (14-13, 5-9 SEC) built a 26-point lead before holding on to defeat Auburn (23-4, 11-3), ending the Gamecocks’ six-game losing streak.

ARKANSAS 94, (21) TEXAS A&M 75: Jaylen Barford scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the host Razorbacks (19-8, 8-6 SEC) past Texas A&M (17-10, 6-8) for their fourth straight win.


ST. JOSEPH’S 80, NORWICH 48: Kelsi McNamara had 15 of her game-high 20 points in the first quarter, and the Monks (24-1, 16-0 GNAC) rolled past the Cadets (10-14, 7-9) at Standish to close the regular season with a 23rd straight victory.

Emily Benway added 17 points for St. Joseph’s, while Julia Champagne chipped in with 11.

BOWDOIN 77, WILLIAMS 35: The No. 2 Polar Bears (22-1) took a 22-4 first-quarter lead and rolled to past the seventh-seeded Ephs (12-13) in a NESCAC quarterfinal at Brunswick.

Kate Kerrigan had 16 points, five rebounds and four assists for Bowdoin, which faces No. 3 Tufts in a semifinal Saturday at Amherst, Massachusetts.

UM-AUGUSTA 65, SMCC 52: Caitlin LaFountain had 14 points for the second-seeded Moose (22-4) in their victory over third-seeded Southern Maine CC (19-9) in a Yankee Small College Conference semifinal at Concord, New Hampshire.

Amanda Brett had 14 points and 10 boards for the Seawolves.

EASTERN CONNECTICUT 62, SOUTHERN MAINE 54: Kristen Curley had 15 points and five rebounds for the Huskies (13-12, 9-5 Little East) in a loss to Eastern Connecticut (10-14, 7-6) in their season finale at Willimantic, Connecticut.

Southern Maine will be the third seed in the Little East tournament and will host No. 6 Keene State on Tuesday night.

UNE 61, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 54: Olivia Shaw had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the Nor’easters (20-5, 16-2 CCC) closed on an 11-0 run get past the Golden Bears (16-9, 12-6) at Springfield, Massachusetts.

Sam MacDonald added 15 points for UNE, which clinched the top seed in the CCC tournament and will host No. 8 Eastern Nazarene on Tuesday night.

(3) BAYLOR 88, KANSAS 51: Kristy Wallace scored 26 points, Kalani Brown added 20 and Baylor (25-1, 15-0 Big 12) beat Kansas (12-14, 2-13) at Waco, Texas.

(6) TEXAS 77, (21) OKLAHOMA STATE 62: Brooke McCarty scored 17 points to help the Longhorns (22-4, 13-2 Big 12) win at Oklahoma State (18-8, 9-6) for their seventh straight victory.


BOSTON COLLEGE 5, MAINE 0: Casey Fitzgerald and Logan Hutsko each had a goal and an assist as the Eagles (15-13-3, 15-5 Hockey East) dominated the Black Bears (16-11-4, 10-8-3) at Orono.

Joe Woll made 33 saves for the shutout. Jeremy Swayman and Rob McGovern combined to stop 28 shots for Maine.

COLBY 3, TUFTS 0: Nick O’Connor, Thomas Stahlhuth and Mario Benicky provided goals, Sean Lawrence turned 30 shots, and the Mules (12-10-2, 9-7-2 NESCAC) shut out the Jumbos (5-15-4, 4-11-3) at Malden, Massachusetts.

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 7, BOWDOIN 3: Paul Capozzi scored twice, and the Camels (10-10-4, 9-5-6 NESCAC) used four second-period goals to beat the Polar Bears (8-16-0, 5-13-0) at New London, Connecticut.

Cody Todesco had a goal and an assist for Bowdoin.

UNE 6, WENTWORTH 3: Jeff Eppright scored and had two assists, and the third-seeded Nor’easters (19-4-3) jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead in a win over the sixth-seeded Leopards (9-14-3) in a Commonwealth Coast quarterfinal at Biddeford.

UNE plays No. 2 Endicott in the semifinals Saturday.


BOSTON COLLEGE 3, MAINE 1: Erin Connolly, Caitrin Lonergan and Ryan Little scored for the Eagles (28-3-3, 19-2-3 Hockey East) as they cruised past the Black Bears (17-12-5, 11-9-4) at Orono. Brittany Kucera scored for Maine.

PLYMOUTH STATE 3, UNE 2: Sydney Linnick scored 13:15 into overtime, and the fourth-seeded Panthers (8-13-4) slipped past the No. 5 Nor’easters (9-9-7) in an NEHC quarterfinal game at Plymouth, New Hampshire. Katie Babineau and Carly Perreault scored for UNE.

BOWDOIN 4, TRINITY 1: The Polar Bears (12-8-3, 6-7-3 NESCAC) scored the final four goals to close their season with a victory over the Bantams (7-16-1, 3-12-1) at Brunswick.

Julie Dachille, Brooke Solomon, Tala Glass and Julia Surgenor provided the scoring.

COLBY 2, ENDICOTT 1: Carly Thomas scored 4:40 into overtime to lift the Mules (8-12-4) over the Gulls (18-5-2) at Waterville. Colby’s Natalie Maus and Endicott’s Maggie Leyo traded second-period goals.

CASTLETON 5, SOUTHERN MAINE 2: Aimee Briand had a goal and two assists as the Spartans (13-12-1) defeated the Huskies (8-17-1) in an NEHC quarterfinal at Rutland, Vermont.

Amanda Piknick scored both Southern Maine goals.


TEXAS TECH SWEEPS MAINE: The Red Raiders (3-0) had 13 hits and drew 10 walks as they rolled to a 12-1 win over the Black Bears (0-3) in the first game of a doubleheader at Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the second game 12-5.

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Friday’s college roundup: SMCC men advance to basketball semifinals Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:48:34 +0000 CONCORD, N.H. — Anderson Kavutse’s jumper with 1:25 left to play gave Southern Maine Community College the lead and started an 8-2 run that resulted in an 82-77 win over UMaine-Machias Friday in the Yankee Small College Conference quarterfinals.

Dylan Silvestri scored 17 points and Ryan Cloutieradded 16 to led SMCC (18-9, 11-5). Gregory Trinidad added 14 and Jacobee Burpee 12.

Dante Ramos scored 19 for the Clippers (11-19, 10-6).

SMCC advances to the semifinals at 4 p.m. Saturday against New Hampshire Technical Institute.

ST. BONAVENTURE 77, (16) RHODE ISLAND 74: Matt Mobley scored 26 points and grabbed a key rebound with 4.2 seconds left as the Bonnies (20-6, 10-4 Atlantic 10) upset the Rams (21-3, 13-1 A-10), who had their 16-game winning streak snapped.


TUFTS 4, BOWDOIN 2: Charley Borek broke a 2-2 tie with 4:56 left in regulation and the Jumbos (4-14-4, 3-10-3 NESCAC) added an empty-net goal in the final seconds to beat the Polar Bears (8-14, 5-11) in Medford, Massachusetts.

Matthew Lison and Ronnie Lestan scored for Bowdoin.

COLBY 2, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 2: Colby (11-10-2, 8-7-2 NESCAC) rallied from a two-goal deficit on goals by Phil Klitirinos and Justin Grillo to tie the Camels (9-10-4, 8-5-4) in New London, Connecticut.


BOSTON COLLEGE 5, MAINE 0: Five players scored for the Eagles (27-3-3, 18-2-3 WHEA) as they defeated the Black Bears (17-11-5, 11-8-4) in Orono.

Toni Ann Miano and Daryl Watts each had a goal and two assists for Boston College. Caitrin Lonegran, Makenna Newkirk and Delaney Belinskas also scored.

Katie Burt had 30 saves for Boston College; Carly Jackson stopped 21 shots for Maine.

BOWDOIN 3, TRINITY 0: Julie Dachille had a hat trick and the Polar Bears (11-8-3, 5-8-3 NESCAC) defeated the Bantams (7-15-1, 3-11-1) in Brunswick.

Dachille scored twice in the first 8:35 of the first period, and added her third goal with 1:35 remaining in the game.

Kerri St. Denis made 27 saves for Bowdoin; Sydney Belinskas stopped 21 shots for Trinity.


TEXAS TECH 4, MAINE 2: Texas Tech first baseman Cameron Warren took the throw from Michael Davis to finish a game-ending double play and complete the Red Raiders’ season-opening win in Lubbock, Texas.

Cody Farhat hit a two-run single through the shortstop hole and scored on Grant Little’s double off the top of the right-field wall for a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third.

The Black Bears pulled to within 3-1 when Brandon Vicens scored on Jeremy Pena’s fifth-inning groundout, only to have the Red Raiders get the run back in the bottom of the inning on Josh Jung’s homer to right.

Maine added a run in the eighth when Pena scored on Hernan Sardinas’ fielder’s choice.

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Thursday’s college roundup: UMaine men fall short against Hartford Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:36:50 +0000 WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — J. R. Lynch hit a pair of free throws with 5.5 seconds to play, helping Hartford beat the University of Maine 67-63 in a men’s basketball game Thursday night.

The game was tied at 36 at halftime and neither team led by more than four points through the second half.

Trailing 63-61 with 51 seconds left, Maine (6-22, 3-10 America East) had a chance to take the lead, but Celio Araujo’s 3-point shot rattled out.

Aaron Calixte had 24 points for Maine.

Jason Dunne led Hartford (15-11, 8-4 America East) with 19 points.

HOUSTON 67, (5) CINCINNATI 62: Corey Davis Jr. and Devin Davis each scored 16 points, and the host Cougars (20-5, 10-3 American Athletic) topped the Bearcats (23-3, 12-1) to snap the nation’s longest winning streak at 16 games.

Rob Gray chipped in with 13 points and Armoni Brooks added 12 as the Cougars earned their second win this season over a top-10 team after beating then-No. 7 Wichita State on Jan. 20.

WISCONSIN 57, (6) PURDUE 53: Ethan Happ had 21 points as the Badgers (12-16, 5-10 Big Ten) won at home against the Boilermakers (23-5, 12-3).


SOUTHERN MAINE CC 53, VERMONT TECH 34: The third-seeded Seawolves (19-8) opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run, paced by Jordan Farquharson, as they grabbed control and pulled away from the Knights (8-22) in a Yankee Small College Conference Elite Eight quarterfinal at Concord, New Hampshire.

Amanda Brett led SMCC with 12 points, and Farquharson and Grace Kariotis each finished with 10.

Olivia Reynolds and Madlyn Leggett led Vermont Tech with eight points apiece.

The Seawolves will meet second-seeded Maine-Augusta in a semifinal at 2 p.m. Saturday.

(4) LOUISVILLE 87, BOSTON COLLEGE 52: Asia Durr scored 16 points to lead the Cardinals (26-2, 12-1 ACC) over the Eagles (7-9, 2-11) in Boston.

(5) NOTRE DAME 83, VIRGINIA 69: Arike Ogunbowale scored 27 points, and the visiting Irish (24-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened with a 20-2 run and cruised past the Cavaliers (16-10, 9-4) for their ninth straight win.

(8) SOUTH CAROLINA 77, (20) GEORGIA 65: Tyasha Harris scored 20 points, A’Ja Wilson added a double-double and the Gamecocks topped the host Bulldogs (21-5, 9-4).

PURDUE 75, (10) MARYLAND 65: Dominique Oden made two straight 3-pointers late in the game, and the visiting Boilermakers (17-10, 8-5 Big Ten) ended a seven-game winning streak for the Terrapins (22-4, 11-2).

(24) BELMONT 95, EASTERN KENTUCKY 62: Darby Maggard and Kylee Smith combined for 49 points, 33 in the first half when the host Bruins (25-3, 15-0 Ohio Valley Conference) made 11 3-pointers in beating the Colonels (8-16, 5-10) in Nashville, Tennessee.

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UNE men’s hockey team enters league playoffs off its best season Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:52:14 +0000 The University of New England men’s hockey team, coming off the best season in program history, will begin a quest Saturday for its first NCAA tournament berth.

UNE (18-4-3, 11-4-3 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference) will host a league quarterfinal against Wentworth (9-13-3, 7-8-3) at 7 p.m. UNE is seeded third in the conference tournament, Wentworth sixth.

The winner of the league playoffs gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

“This is a very skilled group,” said Coach Kevin Swallow, whose team is ranked No. 7 in the USCHO Division III poll.

Swallow’s arrival to the Biddeford campus in 2015 began the team’s emergence into a winner. The program began in 2007 with two seasons at the pre-varsity level. It jumped into Division III in 2009 and six straight losing seasons followed, losing in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament each year.

In Swallow’s first year, UNE finished 14-10-3, including a quarterfinal win.

Last season the Nor’easters were 15-10-2, coming within one game of reaching the NCAAs. They lost in the conference championship game 5-4 to Endicott, the winning goal coming with 8.7 seconds left.

“We’ve improved every single year,” said junior Brady Fleurent. “We’re more comfortable with each other and we’re playing better team defense.”

Fleurent, like he did last year, leads the nation in points (45) and assists (32).

And yes, it seems like there’s always a Fleurent performing in Biddeford.

His father, Steve, played at UNE (when it was called St. Francis College). Steve Fleurent had three sons play for both Biddeford High and UNE, Tyler graduating in 2013 and Trevor last year.

Saturday will feature a reunion of the Fleurents with Trevor home on break from his professional team in Norway (during the Olympics).

Last year, Trevor and Brady played on the same line with dynamic results. Brady is still shining with linemate Ryan Bloom, a sophomore from Northville, Michigan. Bloom is second in the nation in points (43) and 10th in goals (17).

“He and Trevor play a lot alike,” Brady Fleurent said. “They’re both shooters. I like to pass the puck. We’ve been playing together now for two years and have some really good chemistry.”

The chemistry is coming for the whole team, which is mostly underclassmen (10 freshmen and 10 sophomores, along with four juniors and two seniors).

“They’ve matured a lot, developed a lot,” Swallow said. “The fact that we have a young team, they’re just excited to go out there and play every night.”

UNE began the season 2-3-1, including two losses to Salve Regina, which is ranked No. 5 in the nation and seeded first in the CCC.

From there the Nor’easters went on a 15-game unbeaten streak (14-0-1), beating in-state rivals Bowdoin (twice), Colby (twice) and the University of Southern Maine.

The streak was stopped by a 5-3 loss to Curry on Feb. 2.

During the season, UNE swept Wentworth but the games were close, 6-4 and 6-5.

“They’re a physical team,” Fleurent said. “It’s not going to be easy. It’s playoff hockey and you never know in the playoffs.”

UNE knows about upsets. The Nor’easters were seeded fifth last year before knocking off the Nos. 4 and 2 seeds to reach the final.

Wentworth is coached by Jay Pecora, a former University of Southern Maine assistant and a co-founder of the Portland Junior Pirates.

Swallow also has Maine connections. He began his collegiate career with Dartmouth, then transferred to the University of Maine for two seasons (2008-10). Swallow became a head coach in 2012 at Nichols College. In three seasons, he guided Nichols to two conference titles and two appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament.

His overall six-year record is now 102-44-15.

Swallow has recruited players from across the country, and Canada and England, but there are seven Maine players. Besides Fleurent, the roster features Alden Weller (Falmouth), Jason Harmon (Limington), Ian Rodden (Berwick), Neil Maietta (South Portland), Payton Porter (Houlton) and Samuel Michaud (South Portland).

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: @KevinThomasPPH

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Wednesday’s college roundup: UMaine slips past UNH in OT, 4-3 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:40:08 +0000 DURHAM, N.H. — Mitchell Fossier scored 4:39 into overtime Wednesday night to lift Maine to a 4-3 Hockey East win over New Hampshire.

Maine (16-11-4, 10-8-3 Hockey East) played its fourth consecutive overtime game, and the sixth in the last eight games. The win ended a two-game losing streak.

New Hampshire (10-14-6, 5-10-5) took a 3-1 lead on Anthony Wyse’s goal with 8:46 left in the second period.

Maine rallied in the third period on goals by Cedrix Lacroix and Fossier.

Jeremy Swayman had 37 saves for Maine, and Danny Tirone stopped 39 shots for New Hampshire.


UMAINE 70, UMASS-LOWELL 65: Tanesha Sutton made three free throws down the stretch as the Black Bears (18-9, 11-3 AE) went 6 for 6 from the line in the final 54 seconds to top UMass-Lowell (4-22, 1-12) in Bangor.

Blanca Millan made a pair of free throws in the final seconds with Dor Saar adding another one for Maine.

Sutton’s 19 points and nine rebounds led Maine. Millan added 14 and Parise Rossignol 13. Brianna Rudolph’s 21 points led the River Hawks.

UMASS-BOSTON 71, SOUTHERN MAINE 68: The Beacons’ Joie Grassi broke a 45-45 tie on a 3-pointer with a minute left in the third quarter, and UMass-Boston (21-2, 11-2 LEC) maintained a sliver of a lead the rest of the way to edge the Huskies (13-11, 9-4) in Gorham.

Grassi finished with 24 points. Kristen Curley scored 25 points for Southern Maine.

(22) SOUTH FLORIDA 64, SMU 54: Maria Jespersen scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her 14th double-double and the host Bulls (21-5, 10-2 American) beat the Mustangs (10-16, 4-9) for their sixth straight win.


UMASS-BOSTON 58, SOUTHERN MAINE 53: Charles Mitchell hit the go-ahead jumper and Michael Boyd added a field goal as UMass-Boston (14-10, 8-5 LEC) scored the final four points of the first half to take a 32-29 lead over the Huskies (5-19, 3-10) in Gorham.

PROVIDENCE 76, (3) VILLANOVA 71: Kyron Cartwright scored 17 points and the host Friars (17-9, 8-5 Big East) withstood several late surges to stun the Wildcats (23-3, 10-3).

FLORIDA STATE 81, (11) CLEMSON 79: Phil Cofer scored 17 points as the host Seminoles (18-8, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half to defeat the Tigers (20-5, 9-4) in overtime.

The Seminoles didn’t take their first lead until 1:05 remained in overtime.

(12) DUKE 74, VIRGINIA TECH 52: Grayson Allen scored 25 points and matched a career high with seven 3-pointers, helping the host Blue Devils (21-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) top the Hokies (18-8, 7-6).

(22) MICHIGAN 74, IOWA 59: Duncan Robinson scored 18 points to help the Wolverines (21-7, 10-5 Big Ten) win at home against the Hawkeyes (12-16, 3-12).

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Tuesday’s college roundup: St. Joe’s women basketball keep streak alive Wed, 14 Feb 2018 03:39:56 +0000 STANDISH — Kelsi McNamara scored 19 points and Julia Champagne had 14 points and 11 rebounds as St. Joseph’s won its 22nd straight women’s basketball game on Tuesday night, 69-42 over Lasell.

McNamara scored nine points in the second quarter, all on 3-pointers, as the Monks (23-1, 15-0 GNAC) took a 37-22 lead at halftime.

St. Joseph’s held Lasell (4-18, 2-12) scoreless for the opening 4:14 of the fourth quarter to push its lead to 27.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 69, CURRY 49: The Nor’easters closed the first half on an 11-4 run to take a 30-25 lead to halftime and cruised to a win in their regular-season finale, downing the Colonels at Biddeford.

Olivia Shaw and Ashley Coneys each had 12 points to lead UNE (19-5, 15-2 Commonwealth Coast), which closed the year with a six-game winning streak, Jocelyn Chaput had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Sam MacDonald chipped in with 11 points.

Emily Irwin had 16 points for Curry (11-13, 7-10).

(3) BAYLOR 87, OKLAHOMA STATE 45: Kalani Brown scored 20 points and added 23 rebounds and Dekeiya Cohen totaled 20 points and 11 rebounds to help the visiting Lady Bears (24-1, 14-0 Big 12) top the Cowgirls (18-7, 9-5) for their 21st straight win.


ST. JOSEPH’S 76, LASELL 56: Ian Mileikis scored 19 of his 23 points after halftime, Darian Berry added 22 and the Monks (15-9, 10-5 GNAC) closed the game on a 25-11 run to beat the Lasers (11-13, 9-6) in Standish.

St. Joseph’s opened the second half on a 12-0 run after trailing 33-30 to take a 42-33 lead.

Mileikis scored 10 points over the final 8:39 after Lasell cut the lead to 51-45.

Jae Johns added 12 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 135, CURRY 99: Matt Hobbs and Ryan Matthews each had 19 points to lead the Nor’easters (12-12, 10-7 Commonwealth Coast) as they jumped to a 66-43 halftime lead and cruised by the Colonels (1-23, 1-16) at Biddeford.

Drew Muniz had 15 points for UNE, and Alex Kravchuk contributed 11.

John Coleman had 16 points to lead Curry.

(7) TEXAS TECH 88, (23) OKLAHOMA 78: Keenan Evans scored 26 points and the host Red Raiders (22-4, 10-3 Big 12) topped the Sooners (16-9, 6-7) for their seventh straight win.

(13) KANSAS 83, IOWA STATE 77: Udoka Azubuike scored 19 points and the visiting Jayhawks (20-6, 9-4 Big 12) bounced back from a loss at Baylor to beat the Cyclones (13-12, 4-9).

MISSOURI 62, (21) TEXAS A&M 58: Kassius Robertson scored 16 points and the Tigers (18-8, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) defeated the visiting Aggies (17-9, 6-7).


ENDICOTT 4, BOWDOIN 2: Meaghan Farragher and Jade Meier scored first-period goals and Courtney Walpole and Ashlie Jones added goals in the second as the Gulls (18-4-2, CCC 8-2-2) cruised to a three-goal lead over the Polar Bears (10-8-3, NESCAC 4-7-3) at Beverly, Massachusetts.

Alyssa Peterson finished with 21 saves in the win.

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Monday’s college roundup: Pinson helps Heels top Irish in men’s basketball Tue, 13 Feb 2018 03:28:43 +0000 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Theo Pinson scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime to go with 10 rebounds, helping No. 14 North Carolina pull away late to beat Notre Dame 83-66 on Monday night.

Joel Berry II added 21 points for the Tar Heels (20-7, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who closed a tough stretch with their third game in five days. The first two were emotional rivalry wins, the first coming at home against Duke and Saturday’s coming at North Carolina State.

POLL: Virginia has climbed to No. 1 in the AP men’s basketball poll for the first time in more than 35 years.

The Cavaliers earned 30 of 65 first-place votes in Monday’s latest poll to outdistance No. 2 Michigan State. Virginia had suffered an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech, part of an upset-filled week that saw the top three teams lose.

SOUTH CAROLINA: The SEC fined Coach Frank Martin $25,000 for comments about an official that issued him a technical foul during a home loss to Florida.

MISSISSIPPI: Coach Andy Kennedy and the school are parting ways after 12 seasons.

Kennedy announced Monday his decision to step down as head coach, effective at the end of the season.

The decision came two days after Ole Miss (11-14, 4-8 SEC) lost at LSU to extend its losing streak to five.


NORTHEASTERN 5, BOSTON UNIVERSITY 2: Adam Gaudette scored twice and Cayden Primeau made 37 saves as the Huskies won the Beanpot for the first time since 1988 in Boston.

Harvard beat Boston College 5-4 in overtime in the consolation game.


(1) UCONN 69, (4) LOUISVILLE 58: Katie Lou Samuelson scored 26 points and the Huskies (25-0) used an early run to beat the Cardinals (25-2) in Storrs, Connecticut.

Napheesa Collier added 14 points, and Gabby Williams had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Huskies, who won their 76th consecutive home game and ended Louisville’s 13-game road winning streak.

POLL: Belmont is in the AP Top 25 for the first time in school history. The Bruins (24-3) entered The Associated Press poll at No. 24.

While it’s Belmont’s first appearance in the poll, the top five remain unchanged with UConn leading the way as the unanimous choice from the 32-member national media panel.

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Sunday’s college roundup: Maine’s streak snapped by Stony Brook Mon, 12 Feb 2018 02:23:16 +0000 STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Shania Johnson recorded 23 points and nine assists, and Cheyenne Clark scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half as Stony Brook ended Maine eight-game winning streak with a 76-68 victory in an America East women’s basketball game Sunday.

The Seawolves (15-11, 7-6 America East) took control with a 12-0 run in the second quarter, opening a 31-18 lead. Maine (17-9, 10-3) cut the deficit to seven by halftime, but Stony Brook stretched its advantage to 19 points in the third quarter.

Blanca Millan finished with 21 points, and Dor Saar added a career-high 14 points and four steals for the Black Bears.

(2) MISSISSIPPI STATE 74, KENTUCKY 55: Victoria Vivians scored 23 points and Teaira McCowan had 21 points and 16 rebounds to help the Bulldogs (26-0, 12-0 SEC) end an 11-game losing streak against the visiting Wildcats (12-14, 4-8).

(5) NOTRE DAME 85, GEORGIA TECH 69: Arike Ogunbowale overcame a first-half scoreless drought of nearly 17 minutes to finish with 27 points, leading the Irish (23-2, 11-1 Atlantic Coast) past the Yellow Jackets (15-11, 4-9 ACC) in South Bend, Indiana.

(7) SOUTH CAROLINA 64, FLORIDA 57: A’ja Wilson scored 22 points and the Gamecocks (20-5, 9-3 SEC) erased a 10-point first-half deficit against the Gators (10-15, 2-10) in Columbia, South Carolina.

(8) UCLA 71, (25) ARIZONA STATE 63: Jordin Canada scored 16 points and Lajahna Drummer added 15 to lead the Bruins (21-4, 12-2 Pac-12) to a win over the Sun Devils (17-9, 8-6) in Los Angeles.

(9) OREGON 90, WASHINGTON STATE 79: Ruthy Hebard scored 29 points, hitting all 12 of her field-goal attempts, and the Ducks (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12) shot 80 percent in the first half and 62 percent for the game in a win over the Cougars (10-16, 3-11) in Pullman, Washington.

(10) MARYLAND 72, RUTGERS 54: Eleanna Christinaki scored 18 points as the Terrapins (22-3, 11-1 Big Ten) defeated the Scarlet Knights (18-9, 6-7) in Piscataway, New Jersey.


STONY BROOK 64, MAINE 61: Akwasi Yeboah scored the go-ahead basket with 44 seconds left and Tyrell Sturdivant added three free throws as the Seawolves (10-16, 5-7 America East) edged the Black Bears (6-21, 3-9) in Bangor.

Aaron Calixte had 19 points and six assists for Maine. Isaiah White added 14 points and Ilker Er scored 11.

Both teams shot under 40 percent, but Stony Brook made 11 of 29 3-pointers as it beat the Black Bears for the 16th consecutive time.

Maine built an eight-point lead before a 12-1 run gave the Seahawks a 50-47 edge with 8:25 to go. There were five lead changes and two ties after that.

(6) CINCINNATI 76, SMU 51: Kyle Washington had 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Bearcats (23-2, 12-0 American Athletics) stretched their winning streak to 16 with a victory over the Mustangs (15-10, 5-7) in Dallas.

(9) DUKE 80, GEORGIA TECH 69: Grayson Allen scored 23 points and the Blue Devils (20-5, 8-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a two-game losing streak with a win over the Yellow Jackets (11-14, 4-8) in Atlanta.

(20) MICHIGAN 83, WISCONSIN 72: Moe Wagner scored 20 points and added 11 rebounds, and the Wolverines (20-7, 9-5 Big Ten) rode a hot-shooting first half to beat the Badgers (11-16, 4-10) in Madison, Wisconsin.


PROVIDENCE 2, MAINE 1: Maureen Murphy scored late in the third period to force overtime, then got the winner as the Friars (15-11-7, 11-7-5 Hockey East) defeated the Black Bears (17-10-5, 11-7-4) at Providence, Rhode Island.

Catherine Tufts broke a scoreless deadlock seven minutes into the third period.

Madison Myers stopped 29 shots for Providence, while Carly Jackson made 26 saves for Maine.


TRINITY 4, BOWDOIN 3: Anthony Sabitsky scored In overtime to lift the Bantams (14-4-2, 12-2-1 NESCAC) over the Polar Bears (8-13, 5-10) at Brunswick.

Keenan Murray opened the scoring for Bowdoin, but Griffyn Martin, Tyler Whitney and Ryan Pfeffer scored consecutive goals to give Trinity a 3-1 lead. Pat Geary and Spencer Antunez scored in the third period to force overtime.

Alex Morin made 20 saves for Trinity, while Peter Cronin stopped 29 shots for Bowdoin.

WESLEYAN 3, COLBY 3: Justin Grillo scored twice as Colby (11-10-1, 8-7-1 NESCAC) rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the third period to tie the Cardinals (11-6-5, 7-5-4) at Waterville.

Goals by Grillo and J.P. Schuhlen just 32 seconds apart cut the deficit to 3-2 early in the third, and Grillo tied it at 4:29.

Tyler Kobryn, Cam McCusker and Walker Harris scored for Wesleyan, which got 49 saves from Tim Sestak.

Sean Lawrence made 30 saves for the Mules.

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Saturday’s college roundup: St. Joseph’s women’s basketball streak hits 21 Sun, 11 Feb 2018 01:22:23 +0000 NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Julia Champagne scored 10 of her 15 points in the first quarter as the St. Joseph’s women’s basketball team jumped out to a 15-point lead and cruised to its 21st straight victory, beating Albertus Magnus 74-39 on Saturday.

Kelsi McNamara had 18 points, while Emily Benway added 13 and Regan McFerran 10 for St. Joseph’s (22-1, 14-0 Great Northeast Athletic Conference).

Jill Johnson had 10 points for Albertus Magnus (15-7, 9-5).

BOWDOIN 88, WESLEYAN 51: Kate Kerrigan and Hannah Graham each scored 13 points as the Polar Bears (23-1, 9-1 NESCAC) cruised past the Cardinals (16-7, 5-5) in New London, Connecticut.

Taylor Choate had 12 points, Abby Kelly 11 points and Maddie Hasson 10 for Bowdoin.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 64, SALVE REGINA 37: Ashley Coneys scored 15 points points as the Nor’easters (18-5, 14-2 Commonwealth Coast Conference) beat the Seahawks (12-10, 9-7) in Biddeford.

Sam McDonald added 14 points for UNE, Jocelyn Chaput had 11 points and Olivia Shaw had nine points and 14 rebounds.

SOUTHERN MAINE 56, RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 49: Kimberly Howrigan and Miranda Nicely each scored 16 points as the Huskies (13-10, 9-3 Little East) beat the Anchormen (7-14, 1-10) at Providence, Rhode Island.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 77, VERMONT TECH 60: Alicia Ruth had 20 points, including six 3-pointers, as the Seawolves (18-7, 12-3 Yankee Small College) used an 18-10 advantage in the third quarter to pull away from the Knights (7-20, 5-11) in South Portland.

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 63, COLBY 44: Mairead Hynes had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Camels (15-8, 4-6 NESCAC) past the Mules (10-14, 3-7) at New London, Connecticut.

Katie McCrum scored 15 points for Colby.


MAINE 1, PROVIDENCE 1: Catherine Tufts scored in the first period and the Black Bears (17-9-5, 11-6-4 Hockey East) tied the Friars (14-11-7, 10-7-5) in Providence, Rhode Island.

BOWDOIN 5, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 4: Julie Dachille had a hat trick and the Polar Bears (10-7-3, 4-7-3 NESCAC) beat the Camels (14-4-4, 9-2-3) at New London, Connecticut.

CASTLETON 4, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Alexis Kalm stopped 11 shots and the Spartans (12-12-1, 8-5-1) shut out the Huskies (8-16-1, 4-9-1) at Gorham.

MIDDLEBURY 7, COLBY 2: Katarina Shuchuk scored a pair of goals as the Panthers (17-4-2, 13-1-1 NESCAC) beat the Mules (7-13-4, 2-11-4) at Waterville.

NORWICH 6, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 0: Adrieanna Rossini had two goals and two assists, while Laurie King stopped 16 shots as the Cadets (21-1-3, 14-0-0 New England Hockey) beat the Nor’easters (9-9-7, 4-5-5) at Biddeford.


SOUTHERN MAINE CC 71, VERMONT TECH 68: Jacobee Burpee and Gregory Trinidad each hit a free throw in the final 18 seconds and the Seawolves (17-8, 14-4 Yankee Small College) beat the Knights (16-10, 11-5) at South Portland.

ALBERTUS MAGNUS 86, ST. JOSEPH’S 73: Jaqhawn Walters had 25 points and 12 rebounds as the Falcons (18-4, 15-0 Great Northeast Athletic) beat the Monks (14-9, 9-5) at New Haven, Connecticut.

Darian Berry scored 25 points for St. Joseph’s, while Jack Casale had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Aaron Hall had 14 points and Ian Mileikis added 11.

COLBY 77, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 70: The Mules (11-13, 2-8 NESCAC) opened the second half with an 11-4 run and beat the Camels (6-17, 0-10) at Waterville.

RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 61, SOUTHERN MAINE 56: Grant Gillis got eight of his 12 points in the second half as the Anchormen (6-16, 3-8 Little East) rallied past the Huskies (5-18, 3-9) at Providence, Rhode Island.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 111, SALVE REGINA 94: The Nor’easters (11-12, 9-7 Commonwealth Coast) used a 20-8 run midway through the second half, capped by a Drew Coveney 3-pointer with 6:59 to play, to pull way from the Seahawks (9-14, 6-10) in Biddeford.

WESLEYAN 74, BOWDOIN 65: Nathan Krill scored 24 points as the Cardinals (19-5, 7-3 NESCAC) beat the Polar Bears (15-8, 4-6) in Brunswick.

VIRGINIA TECH 61, (2) VIRGINIA 60: Kerry Blackshear Jr. scored on a putback with 5.8 seconds left in overtime and Virginia Tech (18-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast) won at Charlottesville, Virginia, to spoil an opportunity for Virginia (23-2, 12-1) to climb to No. 1.


UNE 4, ENDICOTT 4: Ryan Bloom scored twice, including the tying goal 15:20 into the third, and the Nor’easters (19-4-2, 11-4-2 Commonwealth Coast) rallied from a 4-1 hole to tie the Seagulls (17-6-2, 13-6) at Beverly, Massachusetts.

UMASS-BOSTON 7, SOUTHERN MAINE 2: Colin Larkin had two goals and an assist as the Beacons (16-9, 11-7 NEHC) beat the Huskies (3-18-4, 3-12-3) in Boston.

BOWDOIN 4, WESLEYAN 3: Ronnie Lestan scored and had an assist, and Cody Todesco, Spencer Antunez, and Bradley Ingersoll each added a goal to lift the Polar Bears (8-13, 5-10 NESCAC) over the Cardinals (11-6-4, 7-5-3) in a comeback win at Brunswick.

COLBY 3, TRINITY 0: Nick O’Connor scored both of his goals in the third period and added an assist as the Mules (12-10, 9-7 NESCAC) beat the Bantams (15-5-2, 12-3-1) at Waterville.

CORRECTION: This file was updated on March 12 at 8:05 p.m. to show that Jack Casale had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the St. Joseph’s men’s basketball team.

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Friday’s college roundup: Providence scores in OT to edge UMaine on hockey, 3-2 Sat, 10 Feb 2018 03:58:14 +0000 PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Scott Conway scored with 48.6 seconds left in overtime Friday night to give Providence a 3-2 men’s Hockey East win over the University of Maine.

Jeremy Swayman finished with 39 saves for the Black Bears (15-11-4, 9-8-3), who got goals from Chase Pearson and Ryan Smith.

Vimal Sukumaran and Jacob Bryson also scored for Providence (18-9-4, 11-6-4) and Hayden Hawkey stopped 31 shots.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 4, ENDICOTT 2: Adam Canepa opened the scoring with a short-handed goal 13:32 into the second period, and Derek Mecrones added a power-play goal three minutes later to give the Nor’easters (17-4-2, 10-4-2 Commonwealth Coast Conference) a win over Endicott (17-4-2, 13-3) in Biddeford.

The Gulls (17-4-2, 13-3 Commonwealth Coast Conference) stayed close, pulling within a goal when Logan Day put away a power-play goal 1:47 into the third period.

Ryan Bloom temporarily restored a two-goal lead for UNE (17-4-2, 10-4-2) at 13:46, scoring UNE’s second short-handed goal of the game. But Day added his second power-play goal a minute later to make it a one-goal game again.

Brady Fleurent clinched the win with an empty-netter with 14 seconds to play.

BABSON 7, SOUTHERN MAINE 3: Bobby Hall and Josh Casper scored in the opening 5:20 of the game to give the Beavers (13-8-3, 11-4-2 NEHC) a quick 2-0 lead in a victory over Southern Maine (3-17-4, 3-11-3) in Babson Park, Massachusetts.


BATES 65, TRINITY 48: Nick Lynch scored a game-high 16 points with 13 rebounds, including seven points during a 16-0 second-half run, as the Bobcats (12-12, 4-6 NESCAC) beat the Bantams (15-8, 4-5) at Alumni Gym in Lewiston.

Trinity tied the game at 39 after a layup from Nick Seretta, but the Bobcats scored 16 straight over a 6-minute span to take a 55-39 lead with 3:24 left.

BOWDOIN 77, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 60: Five players reached double figures for the Polar Bears (15-7, 4-5 NESCAC), who opened the second half with a 19-4 run to beat the Camels (6-16, 0-9) in Brunswick.

David Reynolds scored 19 points and hit a pair of 3-pointers during the opening run as Bowdoin took a 57-43 lead with 13:58 left.

WESLEYAN 87, COLBY 71: Nathan Krill had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Wesleyan (18-5, 6-3 NESCAC), which rebounded from a six-point halftime deficit to a victory over the Mules (10-13, 1-8) at Waterville.

Colby’s Matt Hanna and Wallace Tucker each had 16 points and Sam Jefferson 14.

(18) RHODE ISLAND 72, DAVIDSON 59: Cyril Langevine scored a career-high 14 points and added eight rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench to help the Rams (20-3, 12-0 Atlantic 10) top the visiting Wildcats (13-10, 8-4) and tie a school record with their 15th win in a row.

Jarvis Garrett scored 17 for the Rams, who last won 15 straight in 1939-40.


BOWDOIN 80, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 63: Abby Kelly scored a game-high 26 points off the bench, Cordelia Stewart added 17 and the fifth-ranked Polar Bears (22-1, 8-1 NESCAC) rolled past the Camels (14-8, 3-6) at New London, Connecticut.

Kelly scored 13 in the second quarter as the Polar bears jumped to a 44-31 lead at halftime.

TRINITY 70, BATES 50: Becky Reifler’s 3-pointer started a 6-0 run that allowed the Bantams (15-8, 3-6) to stretch a five-point lead to 48-37 with 3 minutes left in the third quarter against Bates (7-17, 1-9) in Hartford, Connecticut.

Peace Kabari led Trinity with 19 points.

WESLEYAN 74, COLBY 62: Olivia Gorman scored 21 points, Tara Berger added 15 and the Owls (16-6, 5-4 NESCAC) closed the game on a 19-8 run to beat the Mules (10-13, 3-6) at Middletown, Connecticut.

Haley Driscoll scored 26 points for Colby..


NORWICH 7, SOUTHERN MAINE 2: Amanda Conway and Bryn Labbe registered two goals apiece as Norwich (20-1-2, 13-0) remained perfect in the New England Hockey Conference with a win against the Huskies (8-15-1, 4-8-1) in Gorham.

Adrieana Rossini added a goal and an assist for the Cadets, and Nicole Goebel and Alyssa Hulst also scored.

Shannon Colbert and Jensen Hamblett scored for USM, with Julia Ormsby setting up both scores.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 3, CASTLETON 1: Jessie Scott scored twice as the Nor’easters (9-8-7, 4-4-5 NEHC) beat the Spartans (11-12-1, 7-5-1) at Harold Alfond Forum in Biddeford.

Carly Perreault added a goal 12:45 into the second period to give UNE a 3-0 lead.

Caty Flagg stopped 35 shots for the Nor’easters.

MIDDLEBURY 2, COLBY 0: Ellie Barney broke a scoreless tie 6:39 into the second period from Haley Lafontaine and the Panthers (16-4-2, 12-1-1 NESCAC) beat the Mules (7-12-4, 2-10-4) in Waterville.

Lafontaine scored on an empty-netter with 3 seconds left in the third.

Cierra San Roman made 35 saves for Colby.

BOWDOIN 1, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 1: Brigit Bergin scored the tying goal for the Polar Bears (9-7-3, 3-7-3 NESCAC) with 11:19 left in regulation as they withstood the Camels (14-3-4, 9-1-4) at New London, Connecticut.

Brooke Solomon assisted on Bergin’s power-play goal. Erin Healy had given Connecticut College the lead two minutes into the second period, converting an assist from Mairi Anthony.

Kerri St. Denis had 33 saves for Bowdoin, 14 in the third period. Bailey Mertz stopped 21 for the Camels.

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Thursday’s college roundup: UMaine women win eighth straight Fri, 09 Feb 2018 03:35:43 +0000 BANGOR — Julie Brousseau had 19 points as the University of Maine women’s basketball team won its eighth straight Thursday night, 77-46 over the University of New Hampshire at the Cross Insurance Center

The Black Bears (17-8, 10-2 America East) opened the game on a 7-0 run and were never threatened.

Blanca Millan had 16 points for Maine and Fanny Wadling chipped in with 15 points.

Olivia Healy led New Hampshire (15-10, 6-6) with 15 points.

SOUTHERN MAINE 67, PLYMOUTH STATE 60: The Huskies (12-10, 8-3 LEC) went on a 25-11 run in the third quarter and defeated the Panthers (6-16, 2-9) in Gorham.

Kristen Curley scored 22 points for Southern Maine, adding seven assists and four rebounds. Miranda Nicely recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Brittany Roche scored 18 points for Plymouth State.

(2) MISSISSIPPI STATE 98, FLORIDA 50: Roshunda Johnson scored 22 points and the visiting Bulldogs (25-0, 11-0 Southeastern Conference) trounced the Gators (10-14, 2-9).

(7) SOUTH CAROLINA 79, ALABAMA 66: A’ja Wilson scored 21 points to lead the visiting Gamecocks (19-5, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) over the Crimson Tide (14-10, 4-7).

(10) MARYLAND 76, MICHIGAN STATE 68: Kaila Charles had 19 points and 11 rebounds to help the visiting Terps (21-3, 10-1 Big Ten) top the Spartans (14-11, 4-8) for their sixth straight win.


NEW HAMPSHIRE 71, MAINE 56: The Wildcats (10-15, 6-5 America East) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit, holding a 47-22 second-half scoring advantage over the Black Bears (6-20, 3-8) to win in Durham, New Hampshire.

Tanner Leissner scored 21 points to lead New Hampshire.

Maine shot 7 of 21 from the field with seven turnovers in the second half. Aaron Calixte scored 16 points.

SOUTHERN MAINE 71, PLYMOUTH STATE 67: Donne Agossou had 16 points to lead five players in double figures as the Huskies (4-17, 2-8 Little East) outlasted a late charge from the Panthers (9-12, 1-9) at Gorham.

USM led by as many as nine in the second half, but Plymouth State pulled to within 67-65 on Mike Osgood’s layup with 12 seconds to play in regulation.

Grayson Waterman hit a pair of free throws to extend the lead to four points for the Huskies, Jaylen Leroy hit a bucket with a second to play for the Panthers but a loose ball foul was called on the play and Christian McCue salted the game away with a pair of free throws.

DJ Anderson had 15 points for Southern Maine, including 3 of 8 from behind the arc, and McCue, Waterman and Keenan Hendricks all chipped in with 11.

Osgood led all players with 25 points.

(21) NORTH CAROLINA 82, (9) DUKE 78: Joel Berry II scored 21 points and the host Tar Heels (18-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from 12 down in the first half to beat the Blue Devils (19-5, 7-4), who have lost two straight.


UMAINE: Forward Gaby Panagakos of Scarborough High and defender Lauren Young of Bangor High were among 11 players added to the team for the upcoming season.

Panagakos finished with 60 goals in four varsity seasons for the Red Storm, setting the single-season record with 22 in 2016.

She was a five-time State Cup champion with her club team, GPS Maine.

Young played four varsity seasons for the Rams, helping them to a state title in 2015. She was a three-time State Cup Champion with her club team, Seacoast United Mariners, and was part of the Olympic Development Program in 2015.

The Black Bears added three forwards, two midfielders, three defenders and three goalies.

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Wednesday’s college roundup: St. John’s upsets No. 1 Villanova Thu, 08 Feb 2018 02:55:28 +0000 PHILADELPHIA — St. John’s defeated another of the nation’s elite, stunning No. 1 Villanova 79-75 on Wednesday night for its second win over a top-five team this week – and first over a top-ranked team in 33 years.

Shamorie Ponds scored 26 points to spark the Red Storm (12-13, 1-11 Big East) past the Wildcats (22-2, 9-2) for their first conference win of the season.

St. John’s beat then-No. 4 Duke 81-77 on Saturday, snapping an 11-game losing streak.

(2) VIRGINIA 59, FLORIDA STATE 55: Devon Hall scored 17 points and the Cavaliers (23-1, 12-0 Atlantic Coast) rallied in the second half to beat the Seminoles (17-6, 6-6) in Tallahassee, Florida.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 82, WENTWORTH 80: Gavin Dibble made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:29 left and finished with 16 points Tuesday night as the Nor’easters (10-12, 8-7 Commonwealth Coast) beat the Leopards (13-9, 9-6) in Boston.

Jackson McCoy added 12 points and Daron Hoges Jr. scored 10.


(1) UCONN 55, CENTRAL FLORIDA 37: Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points and Azura Stevens added 12 to help the Huskies (23-0, 11-0 American Athletic) beat the Knights (16-8, 8-3) in Orlando, Florida, despite their lowest point total of the season.

(4) LOUISVILLE 65, CLEMSON 46: Asia Durr scored 15 points to lead the Cardinals (25-1, 11-1 Atlantic Coast) past the visiting Tigers (11-14, 1-11).

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 68, WENTWORTH 65: Elyssa Nicholas scored 13 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday night as the Nor’easters (17-5, 13-2 Commonwealth Coast) rallied from a 15-point deficit against the Leopards (2-20, 1-14) in Boston.

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UMaine focuses on offensive line on national signing day Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:01:53 +0000 With an offensive line that included four seniors this past season, UMaine football coach Joe Harasymiak knew where his focus had to be with this year’s recruits.

And when national signing day arrived Wednesday, the Black Bears started the process of filling those holes.

There were five offensive linemen among the 16 recruits announced by Maine, including one from Denmark and another from Florida. Maine had already signed six recruits during the early signing period in December.

“We talked about how that was a point of emphasis for us,” said Harasymiak, who will be entering his third year as head coach. “This is a big class for us. We had a lot of seniors and (are graduating) a lot of them. This is a great group of guys. It was a lot of good work from the staff. We put in a lot of work, starting with spring recruiting and summer camps, targeting the guys we thought will help us and doing a good job of keeping track of them.

“We’ve got to find guys who fit our unique situation up here … Maine is not for everyone. It takes a certain type of individual to come here.”

Maine finished 4-6 in Harasymiak’s second year, 3-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Somehow, the Black Bears convinced Tyrie Francois, a 6-foot-6, 339-pound offensive tackle, to come to Orono from Auburndale, Florida. Francois apparently visited the Maine campus during a snowstorm and frigid temperatures.

Harasymiak credited offensive coordinator Brian Picucci and offensive line coach Pat Denecke with getting Francois, a three-year starter at Auburndale, on board. It helped that Jamil Demby, who played left tackle the last four years, recently received an invitation to the NFL scouting combine.

“We just spoke (to Francois) about our culture here and what we’re trying to accomplish, the special environment we can create,” said Harasymiak.

Other recruits include: Michael Gerace, 6-4, 300 pounds, from John Carroll High School in Bel Air, Maryland; Kevin Jones, 6-7, 290, from Bishop Shanahan High in Coatesville, Pennsylvania; Vincent Schell, 6-4, 290, from Oceanside (New York) High; Matthias Staalsoe, 6-3, 295, a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, who attended the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut.

In addition, Maine’s offensive line should get a boost from Tyler Royal, a 6-3, 335 pounder who transferred from Cheyney University and is eligible to compete starting with spring football.

Other recruits who signed Wednesday include:

Wide receiver Alphonso Foray, 6-1, 196, from Northwest High in Germantown, Maryland; tight end Shawn Bowman, 6-6, 230, from Howard High School of Technology in Bear, Delaware; defensive back Darius Minor, 6-0, 170, from Orange County High in Locust Grove, Virginia; quarterback Ryan Walsh, 6-3, 200, from Northport (New York) High; kicker/punter David Gelb, 6-0, 183, from Manalapan (New Jersey) High; defensive back Dymir Cave, 6-2, 180, from Sisters of Neumann and Goretti High in Philadelphia; defensive back Donnell Henriquez, 5-10, 180, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; linebacker T.J. Jones, 6-1, 197, from Aquinas Institute in Rochester, New York; defensive end Jalik Heyward, 6-4, 230, from Hodgson Vocational Tech in Wilmington, Delaware; and running back DaeJuan Sanders, 6-0, 206, from Highland High in Blackwood, N.J.

Grant Hartley, a 6-3, 220-pound quarterback from Edward Little High, also signed with Maine. Skowhegan’s Jon Bell, a 5-10, 170-pound wide receiver/defensive back, indicated on Twitter that he will attend Maine.

While Harasymiak spoke highly of the entire recruiting class – “We did a real good job of identifying guys who fit our school,” he said – he mentioned Heyward as someone “to look out for. He was a good get. When you watch tape of him, he’s very impressive.”

Harasymiak said the Black Bears addressed all of their needs.

“We’ll keep recruiting,” he said. “Something will happen, so we’ll keep actively recruiting. I think we did a really good job. The offensive line was a need. Now we need these guys to step up.”

Seth Aumann of Marshwood High is another Mainer moving on to college. The 6-6, 325-pounder was the center and captain for the Class B champion Hawks. He also played defensive tackle. Aumann will sign on Thursday with American International College, a Division II program in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

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Tuesday’s college roundup: St. Joe’s stays hot with 73-58 men’s basketball win Wed, 07 Feb 2018 02:38:00 +0000 WESTON, Mass. — Darian Berry scored a game-high 24 points Tuesday night as St. Joseph’s topped Regis 73-58 in men’s basketball.

Berry shot 10 of 15 from the field knocking down four 3-pointers for the Monks (14-8, 9-4 GNAC), who have won two straight and 4 of 5.

Jack Casale added 17 points off the bench for the Monks.

St. Joseph’s led the Pride (11-11, 8-6) at halftime, 40-28.

(5) XAVIER 98, BUTLER 93: Trevon Bluiett scored 17 of his 26 points in the final 141/2 minutes of regulation and overtime to help the Musketeers (22-3, 10-2 Big East) edge the Bulldogs (17-8, 7-5) at Indianapolis.

Kerem Kanter added 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with 2:56 left in overtime, which started the decisive 5-0 run. The Musketeers have won seven straight and three in a row in the series.

Kelan Martin had 34 points and Sean McDermott finished with 17 to lead the Bulldogs, whose four-game winning streak was snapped.

(6) CINCINNATI 77, CENTRAL FLORIDA 40: Kyle Washington scored 13 points, Gary Clark added 12, and the Bearcats (22-2, 11-0 American Athletic) gave another dominating defensive performance in beating the visiting Knights (14-9, 5-6) for their 15th straight win.

The Bearcats dug in against a low-scoring team and extended the nation’s longest active home-court winning streak to 39 games. The Knights managed only 13 points in the first half, matching the fewest that Cincinnati has allowed in an opening half during Coach Mick Cronin’s 12 seasons.


ST. JOSEPH’S 73, SUFFOLK 45: Emily Benway had eight of her 16 points in the first half as the Monks (20-1, 12-0 GNAC) jumped to a 36-24 halftime lead, rolling to their 20th consecutive win, downing the Rams (15-6, 9-3) at Standish.

Kelsi McNamara led St. Joseph’s with 17 points, and Julia Champagne tossed in 12 points.

Jordan Hipwell and Jenni-Rose DiDecco each had nine points for Suffolk.

COLBY 72, UM-FARMINGTON 36: Haley Driscoll scored 18 points and Jackie Albanese added 14 points as the Mules (10-12) handled the Beavers (6-15) in Waterville.

Ainsley Burns had 10 points for Colby, which built a 34-12 lead in the first half, holding UMF to three points in the second quarter.

Kelsey Talarico had 13 points and Morgan Crocker finished with 10 for UMF.


UCONN: Athletic Director David Benedict said the school will fight to protect its men’s basketball program, which is the subject of an NCAA investigation and that he will evaluate the future of Coach Kevin Ollie after the season.

Benedict declined to say what the NCAA is investigating.

KENTUCKY: Kentucky suspended injured forward Tai Wynyard from team activities until further notice for an unspecified violation of team rules.

The 6-foot-10 sophomore’s discipline was confirmed by men’s basketball spokesman Eric Lindsey without specifics. Wynyard has missed the past 10 games with a disk issue.

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Blodgett headlines Class of 22 Maine Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:24:09 +0000 Cindy Blodgett took girls’ and women’s basketball to a new level in Maine.

Joe Russo has walked off the court as the winning coach in 427 games.

Now both have one thing in common: They are members of the 2018 class of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame.

Russo and Blodgett join a total of 22 men and women up for induction. There are 16 inductees in the Hall’s fifth class who will be joined by six “Legends of the Hall,” as well as one team, the 1960 Lewiston High boys’ squad.

A native of Clinton, Blodgett led Lawrence High School to an 84-4 record and four straight Class A state championships and became Maine’s all-time high school scoring leader, with 2,596 points.

She was a three-time Gatorade Player of the Year and Miss Basketball in 1994.

At the University of Maine, Blodgett scored 3,005 points and led the Black Bears to the NCAA Tournament for four consecutive seasons. She twice led the nation in scoring and broke 20 school records.

An All-American guard, Blodgett was chosen sixth overall in the WNBA draft and played for Cleveland and Sacramento. She had a stint as coach of the Maine women’s basketball team, and is now associate head coach at Boston University.

Russo, with seven regional titles and five state championships, was honored Tuesday at Cheverus High School with the announcement of his induction.

“It’s a bit overwhelming,” Russo said. “There are so many names on that list who were accomplished athletes and coaches. Just to be considered was an honor. I’m very appreciative.”

Joining Russo on Tuesday were inductee Bill Obermeyer, a star player at Gorham State Teachers College and a longtime coach at Kennebunk High School, and Jim Beaudry, a member of this year’s Legends category, and a former coach and athletic director at the University of New England who will turn 95 on Aug. 19, also induction day.

Russo played three seasons for Portland High, graduating in 1975. After playing four years at the University of Maine-Presque Isle (and later earning induction into the school’s Hall of Fame), Russo spent three years coaching the Bonny Eagle boys’ before returning to his alma mater in 1991. He guided Portland to Class A championships in 1999, 2004 and 2014, and to Class AA crowns in 2016 and 2017. The Bulldogs lost in the Class A state final in 2007 and 2015.

“Basketball has been a big part of my life,” Russo said. “My Portland teams were very good and I had a great experience up at UMPI. I met a lot of nice people at Bonny Eagle, but when the Portland job opened, it was a no-brainer. I never left Portland. I’ve been there my whole life. I’ve been very fortunate with my journey.”

“Joe has become an icon in Maine basketball,” said Tony Hamlin, the Chair of the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors. “He’s on the verge of winning perhaps another state championship. To see the kid from Munjoy Hill make the journey to the Hall of Fame is pretty impressive.”

Hamlin said that Beaudry and Obermeyer stood out for their character as much as for their skill.

“The words I use to describe Bill are class, integrity, character,” Hamlin said. “He set an example of excellence for his players. He represents all the goodness of basketball in terms of his mentoring. “Jim is a gentleman. He did things the right way. He went about his business, was understated and humble. No one affiliated with basketball in Maine has a bad word to say about him.”

The 2018 induction ceremony will be held Aug. 19 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Other inductees are: Brenda Beckwith, Paul Belanger, Jim Bessey, Sandi Carver, Dean Erickson, Peter Hamlin, Jeff Hart, Barbara Krause, Bill McAvoy, Delmont “Del” Merrill, Bill Obermeyer, Keith Ogden, Leroy Patterson and Rick Woods

In the Legends category are Jim Beaudry, Bill Fletcher, Dwight Hunter, Elwood “Bimbo” Pinkham, Thaxter Trafton and Arthur “Artie” Warren.

The honored team is the 1960 Lewiston boys, who capped an undefeated season with a Class A state title, topping Brewer, 81-64. The Blue Devils advanced to the New England Championship.

]]> 0 standout at Lawrence High and the University of Maine, Cindy Blodgett had a disappointing run as UMaine's coach, but has found a home as a coach at Boston University.Tue, 06 Feb 2018 19:11:03 +0000
College roundup: UMaine women extend winning streak Tue, 06 Feb 2018 02:57:34 +0000 BANGOR — Tanesha Sutton scored on a driving layup with 22 seconds left Monday night, giving Maine a one-point lead on the way to a 59-56 victory against Hartford in an America East women’s basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center.

Dor Saar added a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining for Maine (16-8, 9-2) before Jade Young missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Hawks (14-10, 6-5).

Julie Brosseau and Blanca Millan scored 19 each, and Saar added 11 for the Black Bears, who have a seven-game winning streak.

Darby Lee scored 24 points for Hartford.

(2) MISSISSIPPI STATE 67, (7) SOUTH CAROLINA 53: Victoria Vivians scored 20 of her 24 points in the first half to help spark a struggling offense, and the Bulldogs (24-0, 10-0 Southeastern) rallied to beat South Carolina (18-5, 7-3) at Starkville, Mississippi.

The Bulldogs ended an 11-game losing streak to the Gamecocks that included a defeat in the national championship game last season.

A 13-0 run to begin the fourth quarter was the difference. The Bulldogs turned a five-point third-quarter deficit into a lead they didn’t lose, much to the delight of the sellout crowd of 10,794 fans that was a Humphrey Coliseum record.

Blair Schaefer hit two big 3-pointers during that stretch to help flip the game in the Bulldogs’ favor.

(6) TEXAS 73, WEST VIRGINIA 55: Jatarie White had 18 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season to lead Texas (19-4, 10-2 Big 12) over West Virginia (17-7, 5-7) at Morgantown, West Virginia.

The Longhorns opened on a 7-0 run but West Virginia clawed back thanks to five first quarter 3-pointers.

Texas responded by outscoring the Mountaineers 19-7 in the second quarter to open a 37-26 lead at the half.

Both teams traded scores throughout the first 15 minutes of the second half. West Virginia cut the lead to seven with 5:16 left in the third quarter but got no closer.

(15) MISSOURI 66, FLORIDA 64: Cierra Porter scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help Missouri (18-5, 6-4 Southeastern) hold off Florida (10-13, 2-8) at Columbia, Missouri.

Sophie Cunningham, averaging 18.4 points per game, scored her final points of the game and finished with 10 on a baseline jumper to extend Missouri’s lead to 64-59.

Florida guard Funda Nakkasoglu sank a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:01 remaining to pull to 66-64. Missouri took some time off the clock after a defensive foul but Florida deflected the ball out of bounds off Cunningham’s knee at 12.1. The Gators’ offense stalled near the 3-point arc and Haley Lorenzen didn’t hit the rim on a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.

POLL: Connecticut (22-0) remained the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation by the 32-member media panel. They routed No. 7 South Carolina on Thursday, then blew out Cincinnati on Sunday.

The first five teams were unchanged with Mississippi State, Baylor, Louisville and Notre Dame following UConn.

Texas moved up two spots to sixth while UCLA, Oregon and Maryland rounded out the first 10 teams in the poll. The Ducks dropped three places after losing to then-No. 24 Stanford on Sunday night.

The 17th-ranked Cardinal made the biggest jump in the Top 25, moving up seven spots.


SYRACUSE 78, LOUISVILLE 73: Tyus Battle scored 25 points to lead visiting Syracuse (16-8, 5-6 Atlantic Coast) over Louisville (16-8, 6-5).

Syracuse never trailed in the final 28:58, snapping a two-game losing streak. But the Cardinals made it interesting down the stretch against the Orange, who had just six healthy scholarship players and played just seven.

POLL: Villanova, Virginia and Purdue are making themselves comfortable atop the AP Top 25.

The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in the latest poll, followed by the second-ranked Cavaliers and third-ranked Boilermakers. It marked the fourth straight week that they 1-2-3 in the poll while continuing extended winning streaks while avoiding the upsets that hit national powers Duke, Kansas, Arizona and Kentucky last weekend.

Villanova (22-1, 9-1 Big East) has won nine straight and hasn’t lost in the 2018 calendar year.

Virginia (22-1, 11-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 14 straight games and leads the rest of the tradition-rich league by at least three games in the loss column.

Its defense ranks No. 1 nationally and the Cavaliers are coming off a game in which they held Syracuse to 44 points – the Orange’s lowest output ever in the Carrier Dome.

AUBURN: The NCAA denied the school’s appeal of a ruling declaring center Austin Wiley ineligible for the rest of the season.

The NCAA announced on Jan. 11 that Wiley won’t be eligible until next season. The NCAA said Auburn self-reported violations involving recruiting, extra benefits and agent-related activity. Wiley is a former five-star recruit who enrolled early last season and played in 23 games as a freshman.

]]> 0 Johnson of Mississippi State heads to the basket Monday night while guarded by Bianca Jackson of South Carolina during the first half. Mississippi State won, 67-53.Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:03:12 +0000
Maine college teams pressing for top basketball seeds Mon, 05 Feb 2018 19:50:21 +0000 Four women’s basketball teams in Maine, and one men’s, are contending for the No. 1 seed in their conference playoffs, as the regular season winds down in the next few weeks.

The University of Maine moved into a first-place tie with Albany in America East, each with 12-2 records, after the Great Danes lost at New Hampshire Saturday, 74-68.

Maine is 15-8 overall and has a six-game winning streak, heading into Monday night’s home game against Hartford.

After Hartford, the Black Bears have five games remaining, ending with a Feb. 25 home game against Albany.

The America East playoffs begin March 3-4 with quarterfinals and semifinals at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. The title game will be at the top remaining seed.

Among the Division III women, Bowdoin College (21-1, 7-1) remains ranked No. 3 in the d3hoops national poll. With two games to go, the Polar Bears could finish first but will likely be the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC, with top-ranked Amherst at 22-0, 8-0.

Amherst, which beat Bowdoin 49-45 two weeks ago, knocked off Tufts 50-43 last weekend, clearing its way to the No. 1 seed.

The NESCAC quarterfinals are Feb. 17, with the final four the following weekend and the top remaining seed.

St. Joseph’s College (20-1, 12-0) remain atop the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, one game ahead of Emmanuel (15-6, 11-1). St. Joseph’s beat the Saints early in the season and don’t face them again. The Monks have four games left, including Tuesday’s home game against Suffolk. St. Joseph’s won at Suffolk two weeks ago, rallying from a 12-point deficit with six minutes to go.

The University of New England (16-5, 12-2) is tied for first with Roger Williams (18-3, 12-2) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. The two teams split their season series, but Roger Williams holds the tiebreaker should the two teams win out their four remaining games.

Both the GNAC and CCC playoffs begin Feb. 20.

The one men’s team in contention, Husson, leads the North Atlantic Conference with a 12-2 record, one game ahead of New England College, a team that has beaten Husson twice. The Eagles have four games left, the last on Feb. 17 at Thomas College.

The NAC playoffs begin Feb. 20.

]]> 0 players celebrate on the bench after a basket made by Lauren Petit (10) in the first game of their game against Tufts on Jan. 6, 2017. Bowdoin won 66-53.Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:53:00 +0000
Sunday’s college roundup: Villanova keeps rolling Sun, 04 Feb 2018 23:30:40 +0000 PHILADELPHIA — Villanova turned the site of its latest romp into the scene of a Super Bowl pep rally.

The final horn caused a celebration – not just because the Wildcats won, but to signal the Philadelphia Eagles bash ahead.

Omari Spellman hit six 3-pointers and had 26 points and 11 rebounds as No. 1 Villanova kicked off a rousing day in Philadelphia sports with a 92-76 win over Seton Hall on Sunday.

The Wildcats (22-1, 9-1 Big East) won their ninth straight game in front of a crowd dotted with green jerseys and chanting for the Eagles hours before the Super Bowl.

“I love the Eagles,” Villanova Coach Jay Wright said, “but this is way more important to me.”

Villanova’s win served as the sports appetizer for a city absolutely whipped into a frenzy, with fans lined up hours before kickoff around the block to get into sports bars to watch the Eagles play the New England Patriots.

For about 25 minutes, the Pirates (17-6, 6-4) gave the Wildcats a serious scare, leading 48-45. But back-to-back 3-pointers by Eric Paschall and Jalen Brunson started Villanova on a decisive run.

(17) OHIO STATE 75, ILLINOIS 67: Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 35 points and had 13 rebounds for the Buckeyes (20-5, 11-1 Big Ten) in a win over the Illini (12-12, 2-9) at Columbus, Ohio.

(25) ARIZONA STATE 88, WASHINGTON STATE 78: Shannon Evans II scored 23 points and Romello White added 21 as the Sun Devils (17-6, 5-6 Pac-12) beat the Cougars (9-13, 1-9) in Pullman, Washington.


(1) UCONN 106, CINCINNATI 65: Napheesa Collier scored 25 points and Kia Nurse added 23 as the Huskies (22-0, 10-0 American Athletic) earned their 150th straight win over an unranked opponent, beating the Bearcats (13-10, 5-5) in Hartford, Connecticit.

Azura Stevens had 20 points and Katie Lou Samuelson chipped in with 18 for UConn. Gabby Williams contributed her fifth double-double of the season, recording 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

(4) LOUISVILLE 84, SYRACUSE 77: Asia Durr scored 27 points, Myisha Hines-Allen added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Cardinals (24-1, 10-1 Atlantic Coast) earned their 13th straight road win.

Syracuse (17-7, 5-6) lost for the second straight time at home after reeling off 11 in a row.

(5) NOTRE DAME 72, (19) DUKE 54: Marina Mabrey scored 18 points, and the Fighting Irish (22-2, 10-1 Atlantic Coast) used a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to beat Duke (18-6, 7-4) for the 14th straight time, at Durham, North Carolina.

(24) STANFORD 78, (6) OREGON 65: Brittany McPhee scored 31 of her career-high 33 points in the second half to lead the Cardinal (16-8, 10-2 Pac-12) to a win over the Ducks (21-4, 10-2) in Eugene, Oregon.

Stanford, the last visitor to win in Eugene, snapped Oregon’s 14-game home winning streak.

Sabrina Ionescu led the Ducks with 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

(10) FLORIDA STATE 66, PITTSBURGH 59: A.J. Alix scored 25 points to lead the Seminoles (19-4, 7-3 Atlantic Coast) to a win at Pittsburgh (10-14, 2-9).

Florida State pulled ahead with an 8-0 run over 2:07 late in the fourth quarter to end Pitt’s upset bid.

]]> 0 guard Jalen Brunson drives past Seton Hall's Khadeen Carrington during his team's 92-76 victory Sunday in Philadelphia.Sun, 04 Feb 2018 18:38:00 +0000
Saturday’s men’s college roundup: UMaine suffers overtime loss in hockey Sun, 04 Feb 2018 02:59:10 +0000 ORONO — Sami Tavernier scored with 1:30 left in overtime Saturday night to give Merrimack a 3-2 victory against Maine in a Hockey East game at Alfond Arena.

Maine (15-10-4, 9-7-3 Hockey East) trailed 2-1 until Mitchell Fossier tipped in a pass from Patrick Holway at 12:44 of the third period.

Tim Doherty also scored for the Black Bears, at 15:02 of the first period.

Drew Vogler saved 36 shots for Merrimack (8-16-4, 5-12-2). Jeremy Swayman made 33 saves for Maine.

AMHERST 5, COLBY 1: Five players scored for the Mammoths (9-7-4, 6-4-4 NESCAC) against the Mules (10-10, 7-7) at Amherst, Massachusetts.

CASTLETON 5, SOUTHERN MAINE 1: Caleb Fizer had two goals and two assists as the Spartans (7-13-3, 3-12-1 New England Hockey) rolled past the Huskies (3-16-4, 3-10-3) at Gorham.

HAMILTON 5, BOWDOIN 3: Nick Ursitti scored twice in the second period to lead the Continentals (13-6-1, 7-6-1 NESCAC) over the Polar Bears (7-13, 4-10) at Clinton, New York.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 6, CURRY 4: Jeff Eppright broke a 4-4 tie with 1:53 left as the Nor’easters (17-4-2, 10-4-2 Commonwealth Coast) beat the Colonels (15-7-1, 9-6-1) at Milton, Massachusetts.


(2) VIRGINIA 59, SYRACUSE 44: De’Andre Hunter scored 15 points, Kyle Guy added 14 and visiting Virginia (22-1, 11-0 Atlantic Coast) smothered Syracuse (15-8, 4-6).

(3) PURDUE 78, RUTGERS 76: Vincent Edwards had 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, and Purdue (23-2, 12-0 Big Ten) held off Rutgers (12-13, 2-10) at Piscataway, New Jersey.

ST. JOHN’S 81, (4) DUKE 77: Shamorie Ponds scored 33 points and St. John’s (11-13) stunned Duke (19-4) at New York, snapping an 11-game losing streak and handing the suddenly suspect Blue Devils their second loss in eight days.

(6) XAVIER 96, GEORGETOWN 91: Trevon Bluiett had a season-high 31 points, including a four-point play that tied it late in regulation, and Xavier (21-3, 9-2 Big East) never trailed in overtime, holding on to beat Georgetown (13-9, 3-8) at Cincinnati.

OKLAHOMA STATE 84, (7) KANSAS 79: Kendall Smith scored 24 points, including the clinching free throws in the final seconds, and Oklahoma State (14-9, 4-6 Big 12) held off Kansas (18-5, 6-3) at Lawrence, Kansas.

(8) CINCINNATI 65, CONNECTICUT 57: Jacob Evans III scored 19 points to lead Cincinnati (21-2, 10-0 American Athletic) over UConn (11-12, 4-6) at Storrs, Connecticut, for its 14th straight win.

(10) TEXAS TECH 83, TEXAS CHRISTIAN 71: Jarrett Culver scored 20 points with four 3-pointers, and Texas Tech (19-4, 7-3) beat TCU (16-7, 4-6) at Fort Worth, Texas, for its fourth straight victory and a share of the Big 12 Conference lead.

(15) WEST VIRGINIA 89, KANSAS STATE 51: Sagaba Konate scored 19 points and West Virginia (17-6, 6-5 Big 12) ended a three-game losing streak, beating Kansas State (16-7, 5-5) at Morgantown, West Virginia.

(20) CLEMSON 75, WAKE FOREST 67: Gabe DeVoe scored 24 points and Clemson (19-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast) beat Wake Forest (9-14, 2-9) at Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

MISSOURI 69, (21) KENTUCKY 60: Jordan Barnett and Kassius Robertson scored 16 points each as Missouri (15-8, 5-5 Southeastern) beat Kentucky (17-6, 6-4) at Columbia, Missouri, for its first victory against the Wildcats in 11 attempts.

MAINE 81, BINGHAMTON 79: Isaiah White scored a career-high 23 points with five 3-pointers and a game-saving block, Andrew Fleming added 16 points and Maine (6-19, 3-7 America East) held off Binghamton (10-15, 1-9) in overtime at Bangor.

ST. JOSEPH’S 67, EMMANUEL 56: The Monks (13-8, 8-4 Great Northeast Athletic) opened with an 11-2 run, grabbed a 38-22 halftime lead and handled the Saints (2-19, 1-11) at Standish.

Darian Berry led the Monks with 13 points.

AMHERST 80, BATES 61: The Mammoths (14-7, 5-3 NESCAC) broke open a tie game, closing with a 22-3 run to beat the Bobcats (11-12, 3-6) at Lewiston.

MIDDLEBURY 75, COLBY 56: The sixth-ranked Panthers (18-3, 7-1 NESCAC) use a 32-6 run in the first 11:41 of the second half to put away the Mules (10-12, 1-7) at Middlebury, Vermont.

NICHOLS 116, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 85: The Bison (18-3, 12-2 Commonwealth Coast) used a 72-45 second half to beat the Nor’easters (9-12, 7-7) at Dudley, Massachusetts.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 107, COLLEGE OF ST. JOSEPH 73: Dylan Sylvestri and Timothy Dixon each had 23 points for the Seawolves (16-8) against the Fighting Saints (2-17) at South Portland.

SOUTHERN MAINE 84, UMASS- DARTMOUTH 78: Christian McCue scored 25 points, Sean Jany added 19 and the Huskies (4-17, 2-8 Little East) went 9 of 10 from the foul line over the final 51 seconds to hold off the Corsairs (11-10, 4-6) at Gorham.

WILLIAMS 72, BOWDOIN 55: The Ephs (18-4, 6-2 NESCAC) used a 15-4 run midway through the second half to pull away from the Polar Bears (14-4) at Williamstown, Massachusetts.

]]> 0 Ponds had plenty of cause to celebrate Saturday, scoring 33 points to help St. John's – which entered with an 11-game losing streak – come away with an 81-77 upset victory against fourth-ranked Duke.Sat, 03 Feb 2018 22:08:21 +0000
Saturday’s women’s roundup: UMaine basketball starts fast win over Binghamton Sun, 04 Feb 2018 00:57:44 +0000 BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Blanca Millan scored 12 of her 20 points in the first quarter as the University of Maine jumped out to a 20-7 lead and cruised to its sixth straight win, beating Binghamton 61-38 in an America East women’s basketball game on Saturday.

Tanesha Sutton had 15 points for Maine (15-8, 8-2 America East), while Julie Brosseau added 12.

Imani Watkins had 15 points and Kai Moon 10 for Binghamton (15-8, 6-4).

ST. JOSEPH’S 88, ST. JOSEPH (Conn.) 29: Kelsi McNamara had 18 points, seven rebounds and six steals in just 21 minutes as the Monks (20-1, 12-0 GNAC) stormed to their 19th consecutive win, beating the Blue Jays (8-12, 3-9) in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Emily Benway had 13 points for the Monks, Hannah Marks added 12 and Julia Champagne 10.

Melicia Mendez scored seven points for the Blue Jays.

MASS-DARTMOUTH 84, SOUTHERN MAINE 55: Nakira Examond had 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Corsairs (17-3, 10-0 Little East) beat the Huskies (11-10, 7-3) in Gorham.

Leah Douty and Alicia Kutil each scored 19 points for Mass-Dartmouth.

Emily Nicholson had 13 points, Chantel Eels had 11, and Miranda Nicely grabbed 12 rebounds for Southern Maine.

MIDDLEBURY 55, COLBY 48: The Panthers (16-6, 5-3 NESCAC) scored the final 12 points of the game, holding the Mules (9-12, 3-5) scoreless for the last 4:48 to earn a tough win in Waterville.

Sabrina Weeks and Maya Davis had 13 points apiece for Middlebury.

Katie McCrum scored 18 points, while Ainsley Burns added 12 and Haley Driscoll 10 for Colby.

AMHERST 58, BATES 31: Jackie Nagle had 12 points, seven boards and six blocks to lead the Mammoths (22-0, 8-0 NESCAC) past the Bobcats (7-16, 1-8) at Amherst, Massachusetts.

Melanie Binkhorst had a game-high 13 points for Bates and Taylor McVeigh added eight.

BOWDOIN 73, WILLIAMS 47: The third-ranked Polar Bears (21-1, 7-1 NESCAC) opened the game on an 11-1 run and were never threatened by the Ephs (11-11, 3-5) in Brunswick.

Lauren Petit scored 14 points, including four 3-pointers, for Bowdoin. Maddie Hasson added 12 points.

Gabby Martin scored 12 points and Maggie Meehan 11 for Williams.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 65, NICHOLS 36: Jocelyn Chaput scored a career-high 22 points to pace the Nor’easters (16-5, 12-2 Commonwealth Coast Conference) to a win over the Bison (3-18, 1-13) in Dudley, Massachusetts.

Ashley Coneys had 13 points and seven boards for UNE, while Olivia Shaw added nine points and 11 rebounds.

Beth Laing had 11 points and Brooke Packard nine for Nichols.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 80, COLLEGE OF ST. JOSEPH 51: The Seawolves (17-7) took a 23-15 first-quarter lead and slowly pulled away to beat the Fighting Saints (9-9) in South Portland.

Amanda Brett scored 27 points for SMCC, while Abigail Ramirez had 18 points and 17 rebounds.

Daija Black scored 12 points and Aliesha Thomas 11 for College of St. Joseph’s.

(3) BAYLOR 90, TEXAS TECH 44: Juicy Landrum had 20 points to lead five Baylor players in double figures, and the Bears (21-1, 11-0 Big 12) overwhelmed the Red Raiders (7-15, 1-10) for their 18th straight win in Lubbock, Texas.

The game was tied 6-6 halfway through the first quarter before Baylor ended the quarter with 15 straight points.


MAINE 3, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Carly Jackson made 23 saves as the Black Bears (17-9-4, 11-6-3 Hockey East) beat the Wildcats (13-11-7, 8-8-5) in Orono.

Lydia Murray had a goal and two assists for Maine, which scored a goal in all three periods. Vendula Pribylova and Alyson Matteau also scored for the Black Bears.

Ava Boutilier had 13 saves for New Hampshire.

BOWDOIN 0, HAMILTON 0: Kerri St. Denis made 19 saves for the Polar Bears (9-7-2, 3-7-2) and Sam Walther had 27 saves for the Continentals (12-6-2) as the teams skated to a scoreless tie in Brunswick.

MASS-BOSTON 1, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 0: Jane Morrisette scored with 20 seconds left to lift the Breakers (9-10-4, 8-2-2 New England Hockey) past the Nor’easters (8-8-7, 3-4-5) in Boston.

Caty Flagg stopped 46 shots for UNE, while Rachel Myette had 20 saves for UMass-Boston.

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 2, COLBY 0: The Camels (14-3-3, 9-1-2 NESCAC) scored a goal in the second and another in the third on their way to win over the Mules (7-10-4, 2-8-4) in Waterville.

Olivia Good scored from Ashley Carbone and Elena Gualtieri in the second period, and Gualtieri scored from Carbone and Good in the third.

Savannah Shaw had 32 saves for Colby, while Bailey Mertz had 16 saves for Connecticut College.

SOUTHERN MAINE 4, SALVE REGINA 1: The Huskies (8-14-1, 4-7-1 New England Hockey) scored three goals in the third period and defeated the Seahawks (3-19-1, 2-10) at Middletown, Rhode Island.

Rebecca Hasting scored 4:17 into the first period for USM, but Julia Ormsby tied it with 1:57 left in the period.

Katie Nolan, Rylie Binette and Shannon Colbert then scored for USM in the third.

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Friday’s college roundup: Bowdoin pulls away for women’s basketball victory Sat, 03 Feb 2018 03:43:39 +0000 BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin College pulled away in the fourth quarter Friday night to earn a 70-52 victory against Middlebury in a NESCAC women’s basketball game.

Sam Roy scored 13 points and Abby Kelly added 12 for the Polar Bears (20-1, 6-1), who used a 21-9 run down the stretch to clinch it.

Lydia Caputi and Cordelia Stewart added eight points apiece for Bowdoin.

Alex Huffman, Colleen Caveney and Maya Davis all scored 10 points for Middlebury (15-6, 4-3).

HAMILTON 62, BATES 53: Samantha Srinivasan scored 16 points for the Continentals (14-7, 2-5 NESCAC), who used a 20-11 fourth-quarter run to pull away from the Bobcats (7-15, 1-7) at Clinton, New York.

Freshman reserve Taylor McVeigh led the Bobcats with a career-high 15 points and six rebounds. Melanie Binkhorst and Carly Christofi added 11 points apiece.

COLBY 58, WILLIAMS 51: The Mules (9-11, 3-4 NESCAC) lost a 37-18 halftime lead before defeating Williams (11-10, 3-4) in overtime at Waterville.


MIDDLEBURY 72, BOWDOIN 70: Adisa Majors hit a jumper with five seconds left to lift the Panthers (17-3, 6-1 NESCAC) over the Polar Bears (14-6, 3-4) at Middlebury, Vermont.

Bowdoin, led by Jack Simonds with 18 points, led 67-64 with 3:03 remaining. Simonds hit a 3-pointer with 1:52 remaining to make it 70, and missed a 3-pointer with one second remaining.

HAMILTON 89, BATES 57: Kena Gilmour scored 19 points and Michael Grassey added 15 for the Continentals (18-2, 5-2 NESCAC), who used a 53-29 advantage in the second half to pull away from the Bobcats (11-11, 3-5) at Lewiston.

WILLIAMS 77, COLBY 49: Bobby Casey scored 22 points, 14 in the first half, and James Heskett added 18 as the Ephs (17-4, 5-2 NESCAC) defeated the Mules (10-11, 1-6) at Williamstown, Massachusetts.

(22) RHODE ISLAND 91, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 68: E.C. Matthews scored 18 points, Jared Terrell had 16 and Rhode Island (19-3, 11-0 Atlantic 10) beat VCU (14-9, 6-4) at Richmond, Virginia, for its 14th consecutive victory.


MAINE 2, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: Amy Schlagel tied the game for New Hampshire (13-10-7, 8-7-5 Hockey East) early in the third period against the Black Bears (16-9-4, 10-6-3) at Orono.

Julia Fedeski opened the scoring for UNH on a power play from Schlagel and Marie-Jo Pelletier 2:26 into the game, but Maine took the lead when Ebba Strandberg scored on a power play and Alyson Matteau unassisted in a 49-second span late in the second period.

MASS-BOSTON 4, SOUTHERN MAINE 3: Jane Morrisette scored from Kaleigh Beauregard with 1:04 to play in overtime as the Breakers (8-10-4, 7-2-2 New England Hockey) edged the Huskies (7-14-1, 3-7-1) at Boston.

After Julia Ormsby gave USM a lead after 3:02, Katie Barry tied it on a power play at 9:35. Katie Nolan regained the advantage for the Huskies unassisted just 18 seconds later.

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 5, COLBY 2: Lily Connolly scored after 1:17 and the Camels (14-3-3, 9-1-2 NESCAC) went on to defeat the Mules (7-10-4, 2-8-4) at Waterville.

HAMILTON 2, BOWDOIN 0: Olivia Hawes scored in the first period and Missy Segall added an empty-netter to lead the Continentals (12-6-1, 8-3 NESCAC) past the Polar Bears (9-7-1, 3-7-1 NESCAC) at Brunswick.

SALVE REGINA 2, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 1: Amanda Fantasia scored 7:13 into the third period to lift the Seahawks (3-18-1, 2-9 New England Hockey) over the Nor’easters (8-7-7, 3-3-5) at Middletown, Rhode Island.


AMHERST 4, BOWDOIN 2: Patrick Daly scored twice to lead Amherst (8-7-4, 5-4-4 NESCAC) over the Polar Bears (7-12, 4-9) at Amherst, Masschusetts.

Trailing 2-0 in the second period, Bowdoin tied it on goals by Daniel McMullan and Thomas Dunleavy. Amherst responded with two goals in a span of 1:52.

HAMILTON 4, COLBY 2: Brandon Willett scored twice to lead the Continentals (12-6-1, 6-6-1 NESCAC) over the Mules (10-9, 7-6) at Clinton, New York.

NORWICH 2, SOUTHERN MAINE 1: Jordan Hall and Connor Evangelista scored for the Cadets (16-5-1, 12-2-1 New England Hockey) in a victory over the Huskies (3-15-4, 3-9-3) at Gorham.

Tyler Mathieu scored from Tristan Dundas for USM on a power play with 1:55 remaining to play.

CURRY 5, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 3: The Nor’easters (16-4-2, 9-4-2 Commonwealth Coast)) rallied from a 2-0 deficit before the Colonels (15-6-1, 9-5-1) scored twice to break a 3-3 tie at Biddeford.

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Men’s hockey: Maine beats Merrimack in overtime Sat, 03 Feb 2018 03:34:43 +0000 ORONO — After losing three leads, the University of Maine men’s hockey team had to wait until overtime to celebrate Friday night.

Defenseman Patrick Holway’s slap shot 20 seconds into the extra period gave the Black Bears a 4-3 win over Merrimack at Alfond Arena.

Brendan Robbins scored a hat trick for Maine, but the Warriors kept coming back, tying it for the third time at 18:31 of the third period with their goalie pulled.

Robbins, a junior from Nashua, New Hampshire, scored at even strength, on a penalty shot and a short-handed goal.

Jeremy Swayman made 36 saves as the Black Bears held on for a key win.

It might be strange to think that a game against last-place Merrimack (7-16-4, 4-12-2 Hockey East) was critical, but the Black Bears are intent on climbing up in the Hockey East standings during the final month of the regular season. And for the first time in several years, Maine hopes to be a significant player once the playoffs begin.

Maine improved to 15-9-4 overall and 9-6-3 in Hockey East. The Black Bears vaulted from sixth place to fifth, still only one point behind fourth-place Boston University.

The top five teams receive a first-round bye in the playoffs, and the top four teams get home ice in the quarterfinals.

On Friday night, BU (10-7-2 in the league) beat Massachusetts 3-2, while UMass-Lowell (10-8) was idle and dropped into sixth place.

The fact that the Black Bears are scoreboard watching is a testament to their improvement. The past three years, Maine finished 10th or 11th in the league. Home ice, let alone a first-round bye, was not a thought.

This season, the Black Bears were predicted to finish near the bottom again. Maine Coach Red Gendron guaranteed that wouldn’t happen, and his players are backing him up.

The Black Bears and Warriors were locked in a back-and-forth first period until Emil Westerlund rushed up the left wing and found Robbins at the back door. Robbins stuffed it in at 18:32 of the first period.

Just 1:08 into the second, though, Swayman slipped and Marc Biega roofed a shot for a 1-1 tie.

Merrimack then went on a power play, but Robbins got a breakaway. He was hooked by Patrick Kramer, and Robbins was awarded a penalty shot. His backhand shot beat Aaron Titcomb at 3:04.

If the Black Bears had momentum, they lost it when Brady Keeper’s interference penalty gave the Warriors a 5-on-3 advantage. Brett Seney’s wrister tied it again at 4:09.

Merrimack went on its fourth power play late in the period, but Robbins began another short-handed rush. He faked a pass to Chase Pearson and scored on a wrist shot for a 3-2 lead.

The Warriors thought they tied the game with 2:19 left in regulation after Swayman was knocked out of the net by a Merrimack player. But the officials immediately ruled no goal.

Just 50 seconds later, with Titcomb pulled for an extra attacker, Ludvig Larsson scored on a rebound.

Merrimack outshot Maine, 39-28.

NOTES: Maine and Merrimack play again at 7 p.m. Saturday. Both Boston University and UMass-Lowell are off, meaning the Black Bears will have played the same number of league games as BU and one more than the River Hawks. … Of Maine’s remaining five games after Saturday, four are on the road, at Providence, New Hampshire and first-place Boston College (2). BC also comes to Orono for one game on Feb. 17.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: KevinThomasPPH

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Friday’s NHL roundup: Penguins roll over Capitals, 7-4 Sat, 03 Feb 2018 03:18:56 +0000 PITTSBURGH — Phil Kessel scored twice and picked up assist, Evgeni Malkin added two goals and two assists, and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins rolled past the Washington Capitals 7-4 on Friday night.

Bryan Rust, Carl Hagelin and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, who won their fourth straight to pull within four points of first-place Washington in the crowded Metropolitan Division. Sidney Crosby had two assists to push his scoring streak to 11 games, the longest active streak in the NHL.

Matt Murray stopped 29 shots for Pittsburgh, which won its seventh consecutive home game by jumping on the Capitals early then pulling away late.

Alex Ovechkin scored twice to push his season total to an NHL-best 32 and Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetzov also scored for the Capitals.

RED WINGS 4, HURRICANES 1: Darren Helm had a goal and two assists, Petr Mrazek stopped 36 shots and Detroit won at Raleigh, North Carolina.

Gustav Nyquist, Danny DeKeyser and Trevor Daley also scored for the Wings, who won their second straight.

SHARKS 3, BLUE JACKETS 1: Kevin Labanc had a goal and an assist, and Martin Jones stopped 28 shots to lift San Jose to a win at Columbus, Ohio.

The Sharks’ first two goals came on power plays, with Labanc getting a wide-open look at the net with a five-on-three advantage in the second period. Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for San Jose, which snapped a four-game losing streak.


SABRES: The NHL suspended forward Johan Larsson two games for cross checking Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck in the face.

The league’s department of player safety issued the ruling after conducting a hearing with Larsson on Friday, a day after Buffalo’s 4-2 loss to the Panthers.

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Thursday’s college roundup: UConn women stop defending champs, 83-58 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 03:24:15 +0000 COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kia Nurse scored 23 points and Katie Lou Samuelson added 20 as No. 1 UConn powered past defending national champion South Carolina 83-58 on Thursday night.

The Huskies opened things up early to lead 53-24 at the half on their way to a 21-0 start for the fourth time in five seasons. They extended their NCAA mark with their 48th straight road win and, if anyone needed more evidence, marked themselves the clear favorite for another NCAA title.

No. 7 South Carolina (18-4) fell to 0-6 against UConn.

(4) LOUISVILLE 77, VIRGINIA 41: Asia Durr scored 21 points and the visiting Cardinals (23-1, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) broke open a tight game with 16 consecutive points in the third quarter against the Cavaliers (15-8, 8-2).

(5) NOTRE DAME 94, NORTH CAROLINA 62: Marina Mabrey scored a season-high 25 points and fellow guard Arike Ogunbowale added 24 as the Irish (21-2, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the visiting Tar Heels (14-8, 4-5 ACC) for their sixth straight victory.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 65, (10) FLORIDA STATE 56: Akela Maize scored eight of her 18 points in the final five minutes as the Wolfpack (18-5, 7-3 ACC) upset the visiting Seminoles (18-4, 6-3).

(19) DUKE 77, GEORGIA TECH 59: Lexie Brown scored 24 points as the Blue Devils (18-5, 7-3 ACC) tied the school record with their 30th straight regular-season home win, topping the Yellowjackets (13-10, 2-8).

NHTI 73, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 47: Melissa Martel scored 17 points with nine rebounds and five steals, Riselly Deoleo added 15 points and the Lynx (18-5, 10-4 YSCC) downed the Seawolves (16-7, 11-3) in Concord, New Hampshire.

Amanda Brett scored 22 points for the Seawolves.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 85, NICHOLS 57: Olivia Shaw scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Nor’easters (15-5, 11-2 CCC) cruised past the Bison (3-17, 1-12) at Biddeford.

Jocelyn Chaput and Ashley Coneys each had 15 points for the Nor’easters.


JOHNSON & WALES (R.I.) 64, ST. JOSEPH’S 63: Randall Ferdinand scored the go-ahead layup with seven seconds left as the Wildcats (12-8, 9-2 GNAC) rallied past the Monks (12-8, 7-4) in Providence, Rhode Island.

Ian Mileikis had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds for the Monks but missed the front end of a one-and-one.

Aaron Hall scored 12 points to lead the Monks.

NHTI 98, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 92: Aubrey Stephens scored 23 points and J’Quavious Thurmond finished with 19 to lead the Lynx (17-4, 12-1 YSCC) past the Seawolves (15-7, 10-3) at Concord, New Hampshire.

Dylan Silvestri was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points and Gregory Trinidad added 20 for SMCC.

(1) VILLANOVA 98, CREIGHTON 78: Mikal Bridges scored 21 points and Jalen Brunson had 19 to lead the host Wildcats (21-1, 8-1 Big East) over the Bluejays (17-6, 7-4) for their eighth straight win.

TEMPLE 81, (16) WICHITA STATE 79: Obi Enechionyia hit two free throws with 18.1 seconds left in overtime and the Owls (12-10, 4-6 American Athletic Conference) topped the visiting Shockers (17-5, 7-3).

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Women’s basketball: St. Joseph’s sets school record with 18th straight win Fri, 02 Feb 2018 02:26:55 +0000 STANDISH — They high-fived their opponents after the game, collected their gear and walked off the court.

No big celebration for the St. Joseph College women’s basketball players, despite the milestone of their 66-45 win Thursday night over Regis.

This was the 18th straight victory for the Monks, a school record, and the third-best current streak in NCAA Division III.

“It’s a big win because it was our next game,” said forward Emily Benway, who contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds. “Honestly, we don’t (think about the streak). We know what’s in front of us. We know we have to win games to get where we want to be.”

The Monks are 19-1 overall, 11-0 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference after shooting down a contender in Regis (12-8, 10-2).

With five games remaining in the regular season, the Monks are on track for the top seed in the conference tournament. And should the wins keep coming, they will challenge the school record for victories (25) set in 1989-90.

But forget about getting the Monks to talk about that, if the current streak is a hush-hush topic.

“(The streak) was in the back of our minds, but that’s not what’s important to us,” said junior guard Julia Champagne, who also scored 14 points. “At halftime we made some adjustments and took it to them.”

Regis, with its 1-3-1 zone defense, kept it close for a half, trailing 27-22. But the Monks went on a 10-0 run in the third quarter and eventually opened a 50-34 lead.

“We really attacked and got some good looks,” St. Joseph Coach Mike McDevitt said.

Guard Kelsi McNamara had 12 points, seven rounds and six assists.

“Kelsi will drive and take the (defender) and get me a wide-open shot,” said Champagne, who hit 4 of 7 3-pointers.

But the offense was only the frosting for this win.

St. Joseph’s man-to-man defense was suffocating. Regis’ 6-foot-1 senior Brittany Stone was averaging 19 points a game. She scored 14, but half of those came in the fourth quarter when the Monks were comfortably ahead.

“She has very strong post moves and I just had to stay between her and the basket,” said the 5-foot-10 Benway, who covered Stone well, as did 5-9 Brianne Maloney and 5-9 Regan McFerran.

Stone shot 6 of 9, but her teammates hit only 10 of 40.

“They definitely packed it in. We weren’t able to hit shots, and they controlled the boards,” said Regis Coach Angela Santa Fe, a former standout player for the University of Southern Maine (Class of 2011).

Stone also had 13 rebounds, but that was half of Regis’ total.

The Monks outrebounded the Pride, 48-26.

NOTES: This is Regis’ first season in the GNAC after the Pride won five straight New England Collegiate Conference titles. Santa Fe is in her fifth season as head coach, and is 103-30 … Santa Fe was not the only Regis coach making a homecoming. Pride assistant Sarah Assante was a stellar point guard for St. Joseph’s, graduating in 2015.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: KevinThomasPPH

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UMaine goalie named Hockey East Rookie of the Month Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:28:43 +0000 University of Maine freshman men’s hockey goalie Jeremy Swayman was named the Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month on Thursday.

Swayman went 4-2-2 with a 2.34 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in January, highlighted by his first career shutout with a 31-save effort in a 3-0 win against Boston University on Jan. 6.

On Monday, Swayman picked up his fifth weekly honor of the season when he was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week after leading Maine (14-9-4, 8-6-3 in Hockey East) to a weekend sweep of Massachusetts. Swayman made 28 saves each night in a pair of 3-2 wins in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Swayman’s .927 save percentage is fifth in the nation and first in Hockey East.

Maine freshman Chase Pearson was the Player of the Month runner-up after leading Maine in scoring with five goals and six assists.

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Wednesday’s college roundup: UMaine women win fifth straight Thu, 01 Feb 2018 03:06:41 +0000 LOWELL, Mass. — Blanca Millan had 18 of her game-high 22 in the first half Wednesday as the University of Maine women’s basketball team won its fifth straight, 69-51 over UMass-Lowell.

Parise Rossingnol scored all of her 11 points in the third quarter for Maine (14-8, 7-2 America East).

Kayla Gibbs led UMass-Lowell with 15 points (3-19, 0-9).

(3) BAYLOR 77, (23) OKLAHOMA STATE 64: Lauren Cox scored 23 points and had nine rebounds as the host Lady Bears (20-1, 10-0 Big 12) topped the Cowgirls (15-6, 6-4).


MASS-LOWELL 88, MAINE 64: Jahad Thomas had 19 points to lead six players in double figures for the River Hawks (9-13, 3-6 America East), who used a 16-4 run in the span of 4:30 early in the first half to grab control and easily beat the Black Bears (5-19, 2-7) at Bangor.

Aaron Calixte led UMaine with 20 points, and Andrew Fleming added 12.

Maine played without Ilker Er, who was unavailable due to a foot injury.

(2) VIRGINIA 74, LOUISVILLE 64: Kyle Guy scored 22 points and the host Cavaliers (21-1, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) held off the hot-shooting Cardinals (16-6, 6-3) to win their 13th straight.

Ty Jerome added 16 points and Devon Hall 12 for the Cavaliers. Virginia’s start is its best in ACC play since the 1980-81 team won its first 12 games.

Ray Spalding scored 16 points for the Cardinals.

(5) MICHIGAN STATE 76, PENN STATE 68: Miles Bridges had 23 points and nine rebounds, helping the Spartans (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) come back from a double-digit deficit to beat the visiting Nittany Lions (15-9, 5-6).

The Spartans rallied to win after trailing by 12 with 15:23 left after coming back from 13-point deficit to win their previous game at Maryland.

Cassius Winston made a go-ahead layup midway through the second half and Michigan State led by as much as 15.

(8) CINCINNATI 80, HOUSTON 70: Jacob Evans III scored 18 points, hitting the pivotal shots during a rally from an 18-point deficit, as the Bearcats (20-2, 9-0 American Athletic) extended the nation’s longest home-court winning streak to 38 by beating the Cougars (16-5, 6-3).

IOWA STATE 93, (15) WEST VIRGINIA 77: Donovan Jackson scored 25 points and the host Cyclones (12-9, 3-6 Big 12) upset the Mountaineers (16-6, 5-4).

Cameron Lard scored 18 points for the Cyclones, who took advantage of the absence of West Virginia’s Daxter Miles Jr. (illness).

(18) TENNESSEE 84, LSU 61: James Daniel III scored 17 points off the bench to continue his recent surge as the host Vols (16-5, 6-3 SEC) trounced the Tigers (12-9, 3-6) for their fourth consecutive victory.

With nine games remaining in the regular season, Tennessee already has matched its 2016-17 win total. Tennessee went 16-16 last year and failed to earn an NCAA tournament or NIT bid for a third straight season.

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Tuesday’s college roundup: USM men end basketball losing streak Wed, 31 Jan 2018 03:42:57 +0000 GORHAM — The University of Southern Maine held on down the stretch Tuesday night to top Colby in men’s basketball, 92-87.

The Mules (10-10) went on a late 13-3 run, but the Huskies (3-17) prevailed to end a three-game losing streak.

Grayson Waterman scored 27 points to lead Southern Maine, and Christian McCue added 24 points.

Sam Jefferson scored 27 points for Colby, connecting on six 3-pointers.

ST. JOSEPH’S 76, MOUNT IDA 70: Darian Berry scored 21 points, hitting five 3-pointers, Ian Mileikis added 14 and the Monks (12-7, 7-3 GNAC) held off the Mustangs (9-11, 3-8) in Newton, Massachusetts.

Jack Casale added 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench for St. Joseph’s, which opened the second half on a 10-2 run to take a 51-33 lead.

Jae Johns chipped in with 11 points.

BATES 76, UM-FARMINGTON 67: The Bobcats (11-10) started the second half on a 29-12 run and defeated the Beavers (7-12) in Farmington.

Max Hummel scored 28 points to lead Bates, with 23 coming after halftime. Tom Coyne added 13 points off the bench.

Riley Robinson scored 21 points for Farmington.

UNE 105, EASTERN NAZARENE 96: The Nor’easters (9-11, 7-6 CCC) used a 34-17 run in the second half to pull away and defeat the Lions (7-13, 3-10) in Biddeford.

The UNE bench led the way, scoring 68 points. Drew Buniz scored 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers.

Josh Rice scored 20 points for Eastern Nazarene.

(17) OHIO STATE 71, INDIANA 56: Jae’Sean Tate scored 16 points and the host Buckeyes (19-5, 10-1 Big Ten) took control early in cruising past the Hoosiers (12-11, 5-6).

Kaleb Wesson added 14 points and Keita Bates-Diop had 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Buckeyes bounced back from last week’s buzzer-beater loss to Penn State that dropped them three places in the AP Top 25 poll.

(20) CLEMSON 82, (19) NORTH CAROLINA 78: Marcquise Reed had 20 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer as the host Tigers (18-4, 7-3 ACC) ended a 10-game losing streak to the Tar Heels (16-7, 5-5) .

(22) RHODE ISLAND 85, UMASS 83: Jeff Dowtin had 19 points and 10 assists, and the Rams (18-3, 10-0 Atlantic 10) escaped with a win over the host Minutemen (10-13, 3-7), who botched an intentional missed free throw in the final seconds.

The Rams led by three with 1.8 seconds left when UMass’ Luwane Pipkins went to the free-throw line. Pipkins made the first shot and missed the second on purpose, but he was called for a lane violation while grabbing the rebound.

Rhode Island has won 13 straight games.

Jared Terrell led the Rams with 21 points and fueled a 21-2 run in the first half.

GEORGIA 72, (23) FLORIDA 60: Yante Maten scored 20 points and the host Bulldogs (13-8, 4-5 SEC) recovered after blowing a halftime lead to beat the Gators (15-7, 6-3).

Georgia had lost three straight and 5 of 6.

The Gators recovered after trailing 37-32 at halftime to lead 48-43.


UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 63, EASTERN NAZARENE 50: Olivia Shaw scored 13 of her game-high 23 points in the third quarter to go along with 15 rebounds as the Nor’easters (14-5, 10-2) downed the Lions (10-10, 4-9) at Harold Alfond Forum in Biddeford.

Trailing by four at halftime, UNE outscored Eastern Nazarene 27-12 in the third quarter to take a 52-41 lead heading into the fourth.

Sam MacDondald added 13 for the Nor’easters. Ashley Coneys scored 10.

SOUTHERN MAINE 48, COLBY 44: Chantel Eels scored 14 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots to lead the Huskies (11-9) over the Mules (8-11).

Colby missed a 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining that would have tied the game, and Alexa Srolovitz made a free throw for Southern Maine on the next possession to clinch the game.

Haley Driscoll led Colby with 13 points.

ST. JOSEPH’S 58, LASELL 38: Kelsi McNamara scored 16 points with six assists to lead the Monks (18-1, 10-0 GNAC) over the Lasers (3-14, 1-9) in Auburndale, Massachusetts.

Hannah Marks added 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists for St. Joseph’s, which led 31-18 at the half.

Morgan Church scored 14 points for Lasell, connecting on two 3-pointers.


COLBY 5, SOUTHERN MAINE 1: The Mules (10-8) scored three times in the opening 10:29 to beat the Huskies (3-14-4) in a nonconference game in Waterville.

Cam MacDonald scored both of his goals in a span of 2:20 after Joe Schuler opened the scoring for Colby less than five minutes into the first.

Nick O’Connor and Michael Rudolf each added goals for the Mules.

Mark Tomaschek scored 15:26 into the second for Southern Maine.


COLBY 8, POST 0: Seven players scored for the Mules (8-8-4) as they defeated the Eagles (2-21-2) in Waterville.

Carly Thomas scored twice to lead the Mules, who led 4-0 after the first period.

Anna Cosentino, Tess Dupre, Taylor Lundberg, Lauren Klein, Brooke Gary and Lucy Dembeck each added a goal.


AWARDS: Two Mainers have been named to the Fastpitch News Preseason NCAA Division III All-America softball second team.

Elizabeth Walker, a sophomore from Falmouth who plays first base and outfield at the University of Maine-Farmington, batted .429 with an .831 slugging percentage last spring. She had more extra-base hits (eight doubles, four triples, five homers) than singles (16) in 29 games.

Bri Brochu, a sophomore infielder from Gardiner at Husson University, batted a team-high .509 .634 in 112 at-bats last spring.

Brochu also stole 12 bases and drove in 16 runs. She struck out six times in 38 games.

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Two Mainers earn D-III preseason softball honors Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:59:50 +0000 Two Mainers have been named to the Fastpitch News Preseason NCAA Division III All-America softball second team.

Elizabeth Walker, a sophomore from Falmouth who plays first base and outfield at the University of Maine-Farmington, batted .429 with an .831 slugging percentage last spring. She had more extrabase hits (eight doubles, four triples, five homers) than singles (16) in 29 games.

Bri Brochu, a sophomore infielder from Gardiner at Husson University, batted a team-high .509 .634 in 112 at-bats last spring. Brochu also stole 12 bases and drove in 16 runs. She struck out only six times in 38 games.

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Monday’s college roundup: Ski race detoured when bears’ den discovered Tue, 30 Jan 2018 03:02:23 +0000 Let sleeping bears lie, even if there is a Nordic ski championship to be settled.

Halfway through Saturday’s Chummy Broomhall Cup, the collegiate Maine state championship, a bear den was discovered near the race course in Presque Isle, with a mother bear and her two cubs inside.

The men’s race had already been run when the sleeping bears were spotted.

“The men likely skied right by the den, but saw it on their cool down,” Colby Coach Tracey Cote said in a press release on the Mules’ website.

“They changed the course for the women. That’s the first time that’s ever happened to me at a race.”

The women’s race was delayed 30 minutes as the course was rerouted. It shortened the length somewhat. Bates sophomore Kaelyn Woods of New Gloucester won the women’s race in 23:10.3.

Colby junior Zane Fields of Woodstock, Vermont, won the men’s race in 23:38.3 over the 10-kilometer course.

Colby won the overall team competition, followed by Bowdoin, Bates, UMaine-Presque Island and UMaine-Farmington.


MAINE: Jamil Demby, a 6-5, 335-pound offensive lineman, accepted an invitation to the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis from Feb. 27 to March 5.

Demby will be grouped with the other offensive linemen and will join the running backs, place-kickers and special teams the first day of on-field workouts on Friday, March 2.

Demby is first Black Bear to compete at the NFL Combine since Kendall James in 2014.


MAINE: Black Bears goalie Jeremy Swayman continues to pile on the Hockey East awards, receiving his second straight “Defensive Player of the Week” honor.

Swayman made 28 saves in each game last weekend in a two-game sweep of the University of Massachusetts, both by 3-2 scores.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND: The Nor’easters moved up three spots, to No. 6, in the U.S. College Hockey Online national Division III poll, released Monday.

UNE defeated Becker 7-3 Saturday, setting a school record for wins. The Nor’easters are 16-3-2, 9-3-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. UNE is riding a 15-game unbeaten streak (14-0-1).


(4) DUKE 88, NOTRE DAME 66: Freshman Gary Trent Jr. had 22 points and tied a season high with 10 rebounds, and the Blue Devils (19-3, 7-3 ACC) beat the Fighting Irish (13-9, 3-6) in Durham, North Carolina.

(24) MICHIGAN 58, NORTHWESTERN 47: Charles Matthews scored 14 points, and the Wolverines (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten) outlasted the Wildcats (13-10, 4-6) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

POLL: No. 2 Virginia received 17 of 65 first-place votes from a media panel in the AP Top 25 released. Villanova remained No. 1 for the fourth straight week, receiving 47 first-place votes.


POLL: UConn (20-0) is once again the unanimous No. 1 team, receiving all 32 votes from the national media panel. UConn cruised to easy wins over Memphis and Tulane. Next up is a trip to South Carolina on Thursday to face the No. 7 Gamecocks.

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College roundup: Maine women win again in basketball Mon, 29 Jan 2018 02:34:58 +0000 BANGOR — The University of Maine took early control Sunday and went on to a 69-36 victory against Maryland-Baltimore County in an America East women’s basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center.

The Black Bears (13-8, 6-2) opened a 36-16 halftime lead and cruised past the Retrievers (2-19, 1-7) for their fourth straight win. Maine is second in the league behind Albany, which is 8-1.

This was the fewest points allowed by Maine since holding Rider to 35 points in November 2005.

The Black Bears have trailed for a total of 2 minutes, 29 seconds in their winning streak.

(2) MISSISSIPPI STATE 66, MISSISSIPPI 49: Victoria Vivians scored 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting to lead Mississippi State (22-0, 8-0 Southeastern) over Mississippi (11-10, 1-7) at Oxford, Mississippi.

(3) BAYLOR 83, (20) WEST VIRGINIA 72: Kristy Wallace scored 25 points and Baylor (19-1, 9-0 Big 12) rallied in the second half to beat West Virginia (17-5, 5-5) at Morgantown, West Virginia.

(4) LOUISVILLE 89, WAKE FOREST 52: Asia Durr regained her shooting touch, scoring 26 points to lead Louisville (22-1, 8-1 Atlantic Coast) over visiting Wake Forest (10-12, 2-7).

(5) NOTRE DAME 100, (8) FLORIDA STATE 69: Kathryn Westbeld had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Notre Dame (20-2, 8-1 Atlantic Coast) beat Florida State (18-3, 6-2) at Tallahassee, Florida.

(7) OREGON 84, UTAH 68: Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in her ninth career triple-double, Maite Cazorla scored 21 points and was 5 of 5 from 3-point range, and Oregon (20-3, 9-1 Pac-12) pulled away from Utah (14-7, 5-5) at Salt Lake City.

(9) SOUTH CAROLINA 64, (11) MISSOURI 54: A’ja Wilson had 15 points, hitting the go-ahead basket with 4:13 left, and South Carolina (18-3, 7-2 Southeastern) outlasted Missouri (17-4, 5-3) at Columbia, South Carolina.

LOUISIANA STATE 70, (10) TENNESSEE 59: Chloe Jackson scored 21 points and LSU(13-6, 5-3 Southeastern) took control in the third quarter to beat Tennessee (17-4, 5-3) at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

(13) UCLA 79, WASHINGTON STATE 70: Jordin Canada scored 18 points as UCLA(17-4, 8-2 Pac-12) held off Washington State (9-13, 2-8) at Pullman, Washington.


(1) VILLANOVA 85, MARQUETTE 82: Jalen Brunson scored 31 points despite leaving briefly with a left ankle injury, Donte DiVincenzo added 23 and Villanova (20-1, 7-1 Big East) avoided another upset in Milwaukee by beating Marquette (13-8, 4-5).

(3) PURDUE 74, INDIANA 67: Isaac Haas matched his career high with 26 points, Vincent Edwards added 19 and Purdue (21-2, 10-0 Big Ten) held off Indiana (12-10, 5-5) at Bloomington, Indiana.

(6) MICHIGAN STATE 74, MARYLAND 68: Joshua Langford scored 19 points and led a second-half surge that carried Michigan State (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten) past Maryland (15-6, 4-6) at College Park, Maryland, giving Coach Tom Izzo his seventh straight 20-win season.


COLBY 6, FITCHBURG STATE 2: Colby (9-8) scored five goals in the first period and went on to defeat the Falcons (10-6-3) at Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

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Saturday’s men’s roundup: Maine hockey sweeps UMass Sun, 28 Jan 2018 03:31:23 +0000 AMHERST, Mass. — Chase Pearson scored a pair of goals to lead the University of Maine men’s hockey team to a 3-2 win over the University of Massachusetts on Saturday night.

Pearson scored in the first and second periods as Maine took a 3-1 lead and held on for the win. The Black Bears (14-9-4, 8-6-3 Hockey East) have a 10-2-4 record in their last 16 games.

Emil Westerlund also scored for Maine, while Brady Keeper, Mitchell Fossier and Eduards Tralmaks each had an assist. Jeremy Swayman made 28 saves.

Mitchell Chaffee and John Leonard scored for Massachusetts (11-14-1, 5-10-1).

UNE 7, BECKER 3: Max Rasberg scored twice to lead the Nor’easters (16-3-2, 9-3-2 CCC) over the Hawks (4-15-1, 2-12) in Biddeford.

Tyler Seltenreich had a goal and three assists for UNE, and Rasberg added two assists. UNE owns the longest active unbeaten streak in Division III, as they are 14-0-1 in their last 15 games.

John Dutney recorded a hat trick for Becker.

HOBART 4, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Andrew Silard scored 34 seconds into the game, and the Statesmen (12-5-4, 9-3-2 NEHC) defeated the Huskies (3-13-14, 3-8-3) in Geneva, New York.

Anthony D’Aloisio recorded 32 saves for Southern Maine.


MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY 86, MAINE 74: Jarius Lyles scored 34 points, including seven 3-pointers as the Retreivers (15-8, 6-2 America East) beat the Black Bears (5-18, 2-6) in Baltimore.

Max Curran added 12 points and Joe Sherburne chipped in 11 for UMBC. Isaiah White had a career-high 22 points for Maine.

AMHERST 75, BOWDOIN 60: Michael Riopel scored 18 points, Johnny McCarthy had 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Mammoths (12-6, 5-1 NESCAC) downed the Polar Bears (14-5, 3-3) in Brunswick.

Grant Robinson added 14 for Amherst.

Liam Farley scored 13 points for Bowdoin. David Reynolds added 11.

ST. JOSEPH’S 63, REGIS 57: Ian Mileikis scored 21 points, including the go-ahead bucket with two minutes left, and the Monks (11-7, 6-3 GNAC) beat the Pride (9-9, 6-4) in Standish.

Jack Casale added 11 points off the bench for St. Joseph’s. Darian Berry chipped in with 10.

BATES 69, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 56: The Bobcats (10-10, 3-4) closed the game on a 23-5 run over the final 8:42 to beat the Camels (6-13, 0-7) at Luce Field House in New London, Connecticut.

Jeff Spellman and Max Hummel each scored 17 points for Bates.

HAMILTON 76, COLBY 67: Michael Grassey scored 18 points, Kena Gilmour added 15 and the Continentals (17-2, 4-2 NESCAC) hit 8 of 10 from the foul line in overtime to hold off the Mules (10-9, 1-5) in Waterville.

Matt Hanna scored 17 points for Colby and hit two free throws with nine seconds left in regulation, tying the game at 58 to force overtime.

Sean Gilmore added 16 for Colby. Sam Jefferson chipped in with 15.

KEENE STATE 77, SOUTHERN MAINE 74: Ty Nichols scored 27 points with seven rebounds and six assists, Dizel Wright added 18 and the Owls (14-5, 8-1 LEC) held off the Huskies (2-17, 1-8) in Gorham.

Christian McCue scored a game-high 36 points, including five 3-pointers, for the Huskies. DJ Anderson added 14.

ROGER WILLIAMS 90, UNE 83: Austin Coene had 22 points and seven steals to lead the Hawks (13-6, 7-5 CCC) over the Nor’easters (8-11, 6-6).

Daron Hoges Jr. had 24 points, including six 3-pointers, and 11 rebounds for the Nor’easters.

(2) VIRGINIA 65, (4) DUKE 63: Kyle Guy scored 17 points and hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left, and the Cavaliers (20-1, 9-0 ACC) won their 12th straight game and their first at Cameron Indoor Stadim since 1995. Duke falls to 18-3, 6-3.

(5) KANSAS 79, TEXAS A&M 68: Svi Mykhailiuk poured in 24 points and the Jayhawks (17-4) beat the Aggies (13-8) in Lawrence, Kansas.

]]> 0's Kyle Guy reacts after the second-ranked Cavaliers beat No. 4 Duke on Saturday, 65-63, in Durham, N.C. Guy hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left and finished with 17 points as Virginia won its 12th straight game and improved to 20-1.Sat, 27 Jan 2018 22:37:23 +0000
Saturday’s women’s roundup: St. Joseph’s rallies for 16th straight win in basketball Sun, 28 Jan 2018 01:07:58 +0000 BOSTON — The St. Joseph College women’s basketball team rallied from a 12-point deficit with six minutes remaining to beat Suffolk University 82-79 Saturday afternoon in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference game.

The Monks (17-1, 9-0 GNAC) extended their winning streak to 16 games, while Suffolk dropped to 14-4, 7-2.

Kelsi McNamara led St. Joseph’s with 31 points, including 7 of 12 on 3-pointers. Three of those 3-pointers came in the last six minutes. Emily Benway scored 12 for St. Joseph’s, and Hannah Marks added 11.

Marks gave the Monks their first lead, 78-77, hitting a driving jumper with 1:22 left. The Rams made two free throws, but McNamara responded with a lay-up for an 80-79 lead.

The Rams missed two free throws, rebounded, but lost the ball to Marks. She was fouled and sank two free throws for an 82-79 lead with 21 seconds left. The final 3-pointer missed.

ROGER WILLIAMS 62, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 54: Mariah Nicholas scored 18 points, Anna Walther added 14 and the Hawks (16-3, 10-2 CCC) beat the Nor’easters (13-5, 9-2) in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Olivia Shaw scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half for UNE, which took a 36-23 at halftime.

The Nor’easters led by as many as 15 early in the third but the Hawks closed the quarter on a 20-7 run to make it 45-43 heading into the fourth.

Sam MacDonald also scored 18 for the Nor’easters.

SOUTHERN MAINE 55, KEENE STATE 33: Chantel Eells had 14 points and 15 rebounds and the Huskies (10-9, 7-2 LEC) beat the Owls (3-16, 1-8) in Gorham.

Southern Maine held Keene State scoreless over the final 9:16 of the third quarter, building a 46-16 lead heading into the fourth.

Morgan Eliasen scored eight points of the bench for the Huskies.

COLBY 61, HAMILTON 52: Katie McCrum scored 14 points hitting four 3-pointers, three in the third quarter, as the Mules (8-10, 2-4 NESCAC) beat the Continentals (13-7, 1-5) in Clinton, New York.

McCrum’s third 3-pointer put Colby ahead 40-32 with 5:36 remaining in the quarter.

Haley Driscoll also scored 14 for Colby. Paige Russell added 12.

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 71, BATES 54: Mairead Hynes had 19 points and six assists to lead the Camels (12-6, 3-3 NESCAC) over the Bobcats (7-14, 1-6) in Lewiston.

Julia Middlebrook had 17 points, six assists and four steals for Bates, while Nina Davenport added 15 points and nine rebounds.

(1) UCONN 98, TULANE 45: Katie Lou Samuelson scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half to lead the Huskies (20-0, 9-0 American Athletic Conference) to a rout of the Green Wave (11-10, 3-5) and a 20-0 start to the season for the 11th time in program history, in Storrs, Connecticut.

“That’s a lot of wins for any coach, any time anywhere, any program,” said Coach Geno Auriemma. “To be able to do it as many times as we’ve done it, I hope it’s part of our culture that we’ve created here.”

Kia Nurse scored 14 for the Huskies (9-0 American Athletic Conference) and tied a career high with seven rebounds. Napheesa Collier hit all six of her shots for 13 points. Gabby Williams added 13 points and nine assists.

UConn had six players in double figures for the sixth time this season.

(12) OHIO STATE 78, MICHIGAN STATE 62: Kelsey Mitchell scored 23 points to become the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer and the Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3) ended a three-game losing streak with a win over the Spartans (15-8, 4-5) in Columbus, Ohio.

(19) OKLAHOMA STATE 80, TEXAS TECH 62: Kaylee Jensen scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Loryn Goodwin had 20 points, eight assists and five steals to help the Cowgirls (15-5, 6-3 Big 12) beat the Lady Raiders (7-14, 1-9) in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

(24) TCU 62, OKLAHOMA 58: Lauren Heard scored 12 points, including the game-tying 3-pointer, and Amber Ramirez scored all nine of her points in the final two minutes to secure the win for the Horned Frogs (15-5, 6-3 Big 12) over the Soooners (10-11, 5-5) in Fort Worth, Texas.


CONNECTICUT 4, MAINE 0: Leah Lum scored twice and Kayla Mee had two assists as the Huskies (9-11-8, 3-10-5 Hockey East) rolled past the Black Bears (16-9-3, 10-6-2) in Storrs, Connecticut.

Morgan Wabick and Natalie Snodgrass each added goals for Connecticut, which took a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Carly Jackson had 22 saves for Maine.

BOWDOIN 1, WESLEYAN 0: Maegan Sheehan scored 3:40 into the first period and the Polar Bears (9-6-1, 3-6-1 NESCAC) beat the Cardinals (5-9-4, 1-5-4) in Brunswick.

Julie Dachille and Marissa Fichter each had an assist. Kerri St. Denis stopped 19 shots for Bowdoin.

Allegra Grant had 24 saves for Wesleyan.

TRINITY 3, COLBY 2: Taylor Peracchio scored late in the third period to give the Bantams (5-13, 1-9 NESCAC) a win over the Mules (6-8-4, 2-6-4) in Hartford, Connecticut.

Kelcie Finn scored twice for Trinity.

Elizabeth Brashich and Anna Consentino scored in the third period to tie the game for Colby.

SOUTHERN MAINE 3, NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE 2: Emiliee Burris scored 1:46 into overtime as the Huskies (7-13-1, 3-6-1 NEHC) beat the Pilgrims (2-16-2, 1-7-1) in Gorham.

Shannon Colbert scored in the first period and Jill Hannigan in the second period for Southern Maine. Haley Wheeler scored in the second and Vicki Shaw in the third for NEC.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 4, PLYMOUTH STATE 1: Tatum Gietl scored the go-ahead goal 16:15 into the second period and the Nor’easters (8-6-7, 3-2-5 NEHC) beat the Panthers (6-10-4, 5-3-2) at Harold Alfond Forum in Biddeford.

Annie Mullen, Shannon Nadaeu and Katie Babineau each added goals for UNE.

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Women’s basketball: Bowdoin challenge falls short against nation’s No. 1 team Sat, 27 Jan 2018 23:16:46 +0000 AMHERST, Mass. — Bowdoin College took the lead three times in the fourth quarter but could not hold on, and Amherst came away with a 49-45 victory Saturday in a game between two of the nation’s top three Division III women’s basketball teams.

Amherst (20-0, 6-0 NESCAC), the defending national champion and ranked No. 1 this year, extended its win streak to 53.

Kate Kerrigan scored a game-high 15 points with nine rebounds and three assists for third-ranked Bowdoin (19-1, 5-1).

The win gave Amherst the inside track to hosting the conference semifinals and final.

Bowdoin stayed with Amherst in a back-and-forth game. Bowdoin led 11-9 after the first quarter and Amherst led 23-21 at halftime. In the second half, there were four ties and eight lead changes.

“That was a battle. I’m tired and I didn’t even play,” Amherst Coach G.P. Gromacki said. “Give credit to Bowdoin. They made some plays. But down the stretch our team kept their composure.”

Taylor Choate’s free throw gave Bowdoin a 37-36 lead with 8:44 left. But guard Hannah Fox answered with a jumper (Amherst, 38-37).

Lydia Caputi’s driving jumper put Bowdoin back up, but Fox hit another jumper (Amherst, 39-38).

With 4:25 remaining, Kerrigan hit Bowdoin’s only 3-pointer of the game. But Fox responded again, swishing a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Amherst led 42-41.

“That step-back 3 got this place jumping,” Gromacki said.

The Polar Bears missed their next three shots – all 3-pointers – and finished 1 of 16 from behind the arc.

Amherst went up 45-42, but Abby Kelly hit a jump shot, closing the gap to 45-44 with 2:15 left.

The Mammoths missed a 3-pointer but rebounded, and Emma McCarthy drove inside for a 47-44 lead.

The Polar Bears had two chances to tie it but missed two 3-pointers. Lauren Petit of Bowdoin was fouled grabbing a rebound and made one free throw with nine seconds left, closing to 47-45.

With the Polar Bears having to foul, McCarthy put the game out of reach with two free throws.

Fox and McCarthy paced Amherst with 14 points apiece.

Kelly added 12 points for Bowdoin and Cordelia Stewart scored eight.

Both teams have four conference games left before the league tournament. Bowdoin next plays at home Friday against Middlebury (13-5, 3-2). The Mammoths have a tough game on Friday against Tufts (18-2, 5-1).

Amherst is playing well. Gromacki is looking for more.

“The good thing for us is we haven’t hit our stride and played out best basketball,” he said.

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College roundup: UMaine rallies for men’s hockey victory Sat, 27 Jan 2018 03:44:49 +0000 AMHERST, MASS. — Cedric Lacroix scored with 5:02 remaining Friday night to give Maine a 3-2 victory against Massachusetts in a men’s Hockey East game.

Rob Michel also scored in the third period as the Black Bears (13-9-4) rallied past the Minutemen (11-13-1, 6-8-1).

After Eduards Tralmaks opened the scoring for Maine, Austin Levy and Griff Jeszka answered to give UMass a 2-1 lead by the end of the first period.

SKIDMORE 2, SOUTHERN MAINE 1: Kayser Raei scored with 6:49 left to lift the Thoroughbreds (3-16-1, 1-11-1 New England Hockey) over the Huskies (3-12-4, 3-7-3) at Saratoga Springs, New York.

After Matt Wolf put Skidmore ahead 1-0 with 2:28 left in the first period, the Huskies tied it on a power-play goal by Michael Toarmina at 4:32 of the second.


BOWDOIN 5, WESLEYAN 2: Marissa Fitcher scored twice to lead the Polar Bears (8-6-1, 2-6-1 NESCAC) over the Cardinals (5-8-4, 1-4-4) at Brunswick.

Maureen Geason, Julie Dachille and Fitcher scored in the first period and Fitcher again midway in the second.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 1, NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE 1: Annie Mullen banged home a pass through the crease from Kyra Yu late in the second period to pull the Nor’easters (7-6-7, 2-2-5 New England Hockey) even against the Pilgrims (2-16-2, 1-6-1) at Biddeford.

CONNECTICUT 2, MAINE 1: Briana Colangelo scored from Leah Lum and Theresa Knutson 1:20 into overtime as the Huskies (8-11-8, 2-10-5 Hockey East) downed the Black Bears (16-8-3, 10-5-2) at Storrs, Connecticut.

Natalie Snodgrass scored an early goal for Connecticut and Michelle Weiss tied it with 1:05 left in regulation from Lydia Murray and Brittany Kucera.

COLBY 3, TRINITY 2: Anna Cosentino scored 3:40 into overtime, her second goal of the game, as the Mules (6-7-4, 2-5-4 NESCAC) beat the Bantams (4-13, 0-9) at Hartford, Connecticut.

After Cosentino opened the scoring with 1:26 left in the first period, Trinity answered with a pair of goals in the second. Moira Mullaney tied it unassisted 2:31 into the third.

PLYMOUTH STATE 2, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Alexis Fagan broke a scoreless tie 11:57 into the third period from Amanda McPherson and Kailey Jacobs as the Panthers (6-9-4, 5-2-2 New England Hockey) beat the Huskies (6-13-1, 2-6-1) at Gorham.

Brooke Maggy scored unassisted with less than 1:30 remaining.


AMHERST 82, COLBY 77: Grant Robinson and Michael Riopel each scored 19 points as the Mammoths (11-6, 3-2 NESCAC) edged the Mules (10-8, 1-4) at Waterville.

Riopel hit a clutch 3-pointer with 2:02 left to give Amherst a 77-72 advantage after Colby cut the lead to two on a layup by Steven Daley on the previous possession.

WESLEYAN 68, BATES 50: Jordan Bonner scored 16 points, and J.R. Bascom and Austin Hutchinson each added 10 as the Cardinals (15-4, 4-2 NESCAC) handled the Bobcats (9-10, 2-4) at Middletown, Connecticut.

Bonner had 10 points in the first half, helping Wesleyan to a 37-19 lead. Jeff Spellman scored 10 points to lead Bates, and Nick Lynch added eight points and six rebounds.

BOWDOIN 72, HAMILTON 68: Liam Farley scored 20 points, 12 in the second half, as the Polar Bears (14-4, 3-2 NESCAC) came from behind to beat the Continentals (16-2, 3-2) at Brunswick.

Jack Simonds added 18 points, six rebounds and seven assists for Bowdoin, which trailed 38-33 at halftime. Peter Hoffman scored 24 points, and Joe Pucci hit four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points for Hamilton.


BOWDOIN 87, HAMILTON 54: The Polar Bears (18-0, 4-0 NESCAC) led 53-25 at the half and defeated the Continentals (13-5, 1-3) at Clinton, New York.

Abby Kelly led Bowdoin with 14 points, including 11 in the first half. Maddie Hasson finished with 13, shooting 6 of 9 from the floor.

AMHERST 46, COLBY 37: Reserve Jackie Nagle scored 12 points with nine rebounds, Madeline Eck added 10 points and the Mammoths (19-0, 5-0 NESCAC) beat the Mules (7-10, 1-4) at Amherst, Massachusetts.

WESLEYAN 47, BATES 46: The Bobcars (7-13, 1-5 NESCAC) finished on a 10-0 run but fell just short as the Cardinals (13-5, 3-3) won at Lewiston.

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UConn facing NCAA investigation Sat, 27 Jan 2018 01:39:51 +0000 STORRS, Conn. — The University of Connecticut is the target of an NCAA investigation into its men’s basketball program.

The university president, Susan Herbst, said in a statement Friday the school will cooperate in a “thorough and transparent manner reflective of the model athletic and academic institution we continually strive to be.”

The university didn’t specify allegations and said it would have no further comment, but would “address and respond appropriately as the inquiry moves forward.”

Hearst Connecticut Media, which first reported the investigation, cited unidentified sources saying the inquiry was related to recruiting.

The school said it had begun an NCAA-mandated internal review of the men’s basketball program this fall amid an FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball. The focus of the federal probe has been on arrangements made between assistant coaches, shoe companies and financial advisers.

As part of that review, UConn retained a law firm that specializes in athletics compliance. It said the firm also will assist in responding to this inquiry. The school didn’t say whether the NCAA investigation was related to issues probed by the FBI.

Coach Kevin Ollie is in his sixth season as coach and the second year of a five-year $17.9 million contract that can be voided for “just cause,” including NCAA violations.

Neither Ollie nor anyone else in the program mentioned the investigation following UConn’s 63-52 win over SMU on Thursday night.

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Thursday’s college roundup: UNE extends hockey unbeaten streak 14 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 03:40:57 +0000 WORCESTER, Mass. — Ryan Bloom scored a pair of early goals and Brady Fleurent had a six-point night as the University of New England men’s hockey team beat Becker 9-1 in Thursday night for its 10th straight win.

The Nor’easters (15-3-2, 8-3-2 Commonwealth Coast Conference) extended their unbeaten streak to 14 games.

Bloom gave UNE a 1-0 first-period lead with a power-play goal at 7:30 with an assist form Jeff Eppright and Fleurent. The Nor’easters held a 23-5 advantage in shots.

UNE extended its lead to 3-0 in the second with a pair of goals in 4:33 as Fleurent first teamed up with Bloom to feed Chris Jones at 3:16, and then sent Bloom away for his second of the game.

Quinn Robelle scored for Becker (4-14-1, 2-11-0) with 3:32 to play in the period, but Fleurent answered with a power-play goal 1:15 later.

UNE tacked on five goals in the third period.


(3) BAYLOR 81, (6) TEXAS 56: Kristy Wallace scored a career-high 27 points, big posts Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox both had double-doubles and the Lady Bears (18-1, 8-0 Big 12) won their 15th straight game by overwhelming the Longhorns (15-4, 6-2).

(4) LOUISVILLE 84, MIAMI 74: Myisha Hines-Allen had 26 points to help the visiting Cardinals (21-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounce back from their only loss of the season to beat the Hurricanes (14-7, 4-4).

(5) NOTRE DAME 87, PITTSBURGH 53: Jessica Shepard scored 28 points and the visiting Fighting Irish (19-2, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) routed the Panthers (9-12, 1-7).

(9) SOUTH CAROLINA 90, ARKANSAS 42: A’ja Wilson had 27 points in her return to the starting lineup to power the Gamecocks (17-3, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) over the visiting Razorbacks (11-10, 2-6).

(10) TENNESSEE 75, MISSISSIPPI 66: Rennia Davis matched a career high with 18 points as the host Lady Vols (17-3, 5-2 SEC) topped the Rebels (11-9, 1-6).

IOWA 103, (12) OHIO STATE 89: Megan Gustafson scored 29 points as the host Hawkeyes (16-5, 4-4 Big Ten) ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Buckeyes (16-5, 5-3).

(18) DUKE 75, BOSTON COLLEGE 50: Lexie Brown tied a school record with 14 points in the first quarter when she joined an exclusive club and finished with 19 points to lead the host Blue Devils (16-5, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) over the Eagles (6-14, 1-6).

Brown had five steals, which made her the third NCAA Division I player with at least 1,800 points, 500 assists, 200 3-pointers and 300 steals, joining Niesa Johnson (Alabama) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor).


(3) PURDUE 92, (25) MICHIGAN 88: Vincent Edwards scored 30 points, Isaac Haas added 24 and the host Boilermakers (20-2, 9-0 Big Ten) matched a school record by earning their their 16 consecutive victory, using a late charge to finally get past the Wolverines (17-6, 6-4).

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A benchmark game for Bowdoin women’s basketball Fri, 26 Jan 2018 03:07:22 +0000 Amherst College is the recent standard of excellence for Division III women’s basketball.

Ranked No. 1 with an 18-0 record, the Mammoths are defending national champions, riding a 51-game winning streak with an 81-2 record over the past 83 games.

Bowdoin gets a crack at the Mammoths at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Polar Bears are ranked No. 3 in one national poll (No. 4 in the other), also with an 18-0 record. It is Bowdoin’s best start to a season in 14 years – when the Polar Bears went 30-1, losing in the national title game.

Is this Bowdoin team that good?

“It feels great. Kind of surreal,” said senior guard Lauren Petit. “We still feel like just any other team … not like we’re one of the best teams.”

But they are. And Saturday’s game is a benchmark for the Polar Bears. Amherst has been a power the past 10 years with seven NESCAC titles, four Final Four appearances and two national titles.

If Bowdoin can win Saturday, it will be on track to host the NESCAC tournament – a competition the Polar Bears last won in 2009.

Bowdoin last beat Amherst in 2015, when the Polar Bears won both a regular-season game and conference tournament game.

Petit was a freshman coming off the bench in those games, scoring six points in one game and eight in another.

“Obviously, I was nervous but, from the experience I had, I also felt comfortable,” Petit said. “Coach does a great job of getting all her players in.”

Indeed, Adrienne Shibles loves to build depth by using as many players as possible. None of her players average more than 22 minutes a game.

“I believe in giving the freshmen valuable experience,” Shibles said.

Of course, Shibles can empty her bench often with the Polar Bears winning by 40.3 points a game, the best margin among Division III teams.

Bowdoin is impressive in other categories, ranking third in points (85.8 per game), field-goal percentage (47.8) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.41).

“I love that we have so many weapons,” Shibles said. “Anyone, on any day, could be our leading scorer.”

Much of Bowdoin’s scoring comes from its guards – 5-foot-8 Abby Kelly (12.1 average), 5-7 Kate Kerrigan (10.0), 5-8 Petit (9.4) and 5-6 Taylor Choate (9.3).

Petit (30 3-pointers) and Kelly (27) are the main outside threats.

Scoring will not be so easy on Saturday. The Mammoths are a defensive power, ranking first in scoring defense (allowing 39.1 points a game) and field-goal percentage defense (allowing 27.5 percent).

Amherst has totaled 102 blocks and 175 steals. Its frontline is led by 6-foot Emma McCarthy (9.9 points and 6.9 rebounds a game, with 33 steals and 21 blocks). The guards, 5-6 Madeline Eck and 5-7 Hannah Fox, both lead the team with 11.9 scoring averages.

“They’re solid and athletic in all their spots,” Shibles said.

Both are 4-0 in the league and have a NESCAC game to play on Friday night, with Bowdoin at Hamilton (13-5, 1-3), and Amherst hosting Colby (7-9, 1-3).

Barring an upset, Saturday will be a showdown of unbeatens.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: @KevinThomasPPH

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Wednesday’s college roundup: UMaine men end four-game skid Thu, 25 Jan 2018 03:44:52 +0000 ORONO — Aaron Calixte scored 24 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 21 seconds left, and Maine upended New Hampshire 69-68 on Wednesday night.

After a timeout with 15 seconds left, the Wildcats’ Darryl Stewart missed a 3-point attempt and Isaiah White secured the ball – and the win – with his career-high 13th rebound of the game.

Jacoby Armstrong had blocked Calixte’s layup attempt at the other end and Armstrong made a shot off the glass to put New Hampshire ahead 68-66 with 42 seconds left.

Andrew Fleming and Vernon Lowndes Jr. each scored 15 points for Maine (5-17, 2-5 America East), which snapped a four-game losing streak. Maine made all 12 of its free throws; UNH was 6 of 15.

New Hampshire (8-13, 4-3) got a career-high 19 points from John Ogwuche.

GORDON 126, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 108: Eric Demers scored 37 points as the Fighting Scots (12-6, 8-3) topped the Nor’easters UNE (8-10, 6-5 CCC) in Wenham, Massachusetts.

Daron Hoges led the Nor’easters with 16 points and Jackson McCoy scored 12 and Alex Kravchuk 10.

New England, down by nine at the half, pulled to within 65-61 on Hoges’ layup with 18 minutes left. The Scots then raced to a 43-20 run over the next 11 minutes to open a 108-81 lead with seven minutes left in the game.

UMASS-BOSTON 69, SOUTHERN MAINE 66: Michael Boyd hit the winning 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining to lift the Beacons (9-9, 3-4 Little East) over the Huskies (2-15, 1-6) in Boston.

DJ Anderson scored 17 points for Southern Maine.

SMCC 113, UM-AUGUSTA 70: Ryan Cloutier scored 19 points and the Seawolves (14-7, 9-3 YSCC) led 60-24 at halftime of a victory over the Moose (7-10, 4-7) in South Portland.

Noah Thompson scored 24 points for UM-Augusta.


UMASS-BOSTON 71, SOUTHERN MAINE 63: Katie Mathieu’s 3-pointer gave the Beacons (16-2, 8-1) a 65-63 lead with 1:48 to play in Boston. UMB then secured the Little East victory by going 6 for 6 from the line as Southern Maine (9-9, 7-2) failed to score on its final three possessions.

The Beacons’ starters scored all but two points. Joie Grassi led with 20 points.

The Huskies, with no scoring off the bench, were led by Kimberly Howrigan with 16.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 65, UM-AUGUSTA 59: Amanda Brett scored 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the Seawolves (15-6, 10-2 YSCC) over the Moose (15-3, 9-2) in South Portland.

UNE 71, GORDON 63: The Nor’easters (13-4, 9-1 CCC) went on a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter and defeated the Scots (6-12, 4-7) in Wenham, Massachusetts.

Ashley Coneys led UNE with 16 points.

(1) UCONN 93, MEMPHIS 36: Napheesa Collier scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and the top-ranked Huskies (19-0, 8-0 American Athletic Conference) routed the host Tigers (7-13, 2-5).

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Women’s basketball: UMaine’s defense steps up in 56-46 win over UNH Thu, 25 Jan 2018 03:28:22 +0000 DURHAM, N.H. — So many times at the end, the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team looked for 6-foot-2 scoring machine Carlie Pogue inside. But the Wildcats could not find her.

The University of Maine blanketed Pogue, and the rest of the Wildcats, to top UNH 56-46 Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Pogue hit an outside jumper to tie the game at 45 with 6:15 left. But neither she nor her teammates scored another basket as Maine pulled away.

This was a big win for the Black Bears, who handed UNH – the preseason America East favorite – its first home loss.

“I love this team. They compete,” Maine interim head coach Amy Vachon said.

Maine improved to 12-8 overall, 5-2 in the conference, good for a second-place tie with the Wildcats (14-6, 5-2). Defending champion Albany leads at 7-1.

Blanca Millan paced Maine with 16 points and three steals. Tanesha Sutton scored 15 and Fanny Wadling recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.

Pogue finished with 22 points, the only UNH player in double figures. The Wildcats committed 18 turnovers – a result of trying to force the ball inside, and playing without starting senior point guard Brittni Lai, who averages 10.5 points, 4.3 assists a game.

“Not having your starting point guard, who plays 40 minutes a game, definitely showed,” UNH Coach Maureen Magarity said. “We were out of sync.

“Their defense did a nice job of packing it in. They gave our post players some fits.”

To cover Pogue, the Black Bears used a series of players, from the 6-1 Wadling and 5-10 Sutton, to 6-2 Kirsten Johnson off the bench. All of them jumped in front of Pogue whenever they could.

“We can’t play behind her. She’s too good of a player,” Vachon said. “She’s stronger than our kids. We had to focus on fronting her.”

Sutton, a forward in a guard’s body, picked up four fouls, trying to stop Pogue.

“She’s always trying to post up. You relax one minute and she’s cutting by you,” Sutton said. “She’s a great player.

“This is a great win for us. Not only the W, but on the road against a veteran team.”

It also was a rematch of the America East semifinals last year, when fourth-seeded Maine upset No. 1 UNH at the Cross Insurance Arena.

“They took the championship away from us. We really wanted to beat them,” Pogue said.

“But their defense … It was frustrating. They were more aggressive.”

After the opening minutes, Maine never trailed, opening leads by as much as 11. But UNH closed to 43-39 after three quarters and tied it early in the fourth. Maine went to Millan, who hit three straight driving jump shots from the same spot, for a 51-45 lead.

Millan also made two steals in the closing minutes, securing the win.

NOTES: UNH forward Ashley Storey, a junior from Cumberland (and Greely High), is sitting out the season after shoulder surgery. Sophomore guard Sarah Clement of Falmouth (and McAuley High) sat out last season with a knee injury. She is back and has played in four games this year.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: @KevinThomasPPH

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Tuesday’s college roundup: Sooners knock off Jayhawks, 85-80 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:47:44 +0000 NORMAN, Okla. — Trae Young had 26 points and nine assists, and No. 12 Oklahoma rallied to beat No. 5 Kansas 85-80 on Tuesday night.

Young, the nation’s leader in scoring and assists, struggled with efficiency in losses to Kansas State and Oklahoma State last week. Against Kansas, he made 7 of 9 field goals and 10 of 12 free throws.

Christian James scored 15 points and Brady Manek added 14 for the Sooners (15-4, 5-3 Big 12), who won their 13th straight at home.

Svi Mykhailiuk scored 24 points for Kansas (16-4, 6-2), which had won five straight.

(1) VILLANOVA 89, PROVIDENCE 69: The Wildcats used a 22-2 run in the first half to cruise to their sixth straight win, beating Providence in Philadelphia.

Eric Paschall led six Wildcats (19-1, 6-1 Big East) in double figures with 17 points, Omari Spellman had 16 and Jalen Brunson scored 15.

The Friars’ (14-7, 5-3) record vs. No. 1 teams fell to 2-15 and they dropped to 1-3 against Top 25 teams this season.

(2) VIRGINIA 61, (18) CLEMSON 36: Devon Hall scored 14 points, Kyle Guy had 12 and Virginia (19-1, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) broke open a close game with an 18-2 run in the second half to beat Clemson (16-4, 5-3) at Charlottesville, Virginia for its 11th straight victory.

(14) TEXAS TECH 75, OKLAHOMA ST. 70: Keenan Evans scored 22 of his 26 points after halftime, and Texas Tech (16-4, 5-3 Big 12) rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Oklahoma State (13-7, 3-5) at Lubbock, Texas to avoid a third straight loss.

(22) TENNESSEE 67, VANDERBILT 62: Jordan Bowden scored 19 points, Lamonte’ Turner hit a huge 3-pointer and Tennessee (14-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) nearly blew a 20-point second-half lead before hanging on to beat Vanderbilt (7-13, 2-6) at Knoxville, Tennessee.

LASELL 89, ST. JOSEPH’S 64: Stefan Masciarelli and Tim Blair each scored 21 points as the Lasers (10-7, 5-3 GNAC) handled the Monks (7-9, 5-2) in Auburndale, Mass.

Masciarelli had 15 points in the first half when the Lasers built a 42-25 lead sparked by a 16-2 run midway through the half.

Ian Mileikis had 23 points, Darian Berry added 14 and Quinn Richardson-Newton had 10 for the Monks, who had a four-game win streak snapped.

BOWDOIN 73, PINE MANOR 67: Jack Simonds scored 18 points as the Polar Bears (13-4) beat the Gators (7-10) in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

David Reynolds added 17 for Bowdoin, which built a comfortable lead after Pine Manor got within three, 47-44, with 15:50 left. Hugh O’Neil led the Polar Bears with 13 rebounds. Pine Manor had four double-digit scorers, led by Rasheed Bell with 14.

HUSSON 83, COLBY 75: Raheem Anderson scored 33 points as the Eagles (12-4) downed the Mules (10-6) in Bangor.

The Eagles outscored the Mules 15-8 to close the first half and Anderson capped the rally with one of his five 3-pointers for a 44-33 lead. Colby got as close as three (67-64) on a pair of free throws by Wallace Tucker with 4:40 left before Husson steadily pulled away down the stretch.

Tucker finished with 24 points, while Sean Gilmore had 15 and Steven Daley had 10 for Colby.


HUSSON 55, COLBY 53: Kenzie Worcester scored 26 points, including the game-winning free throws with one second left, to lead the visiting Eagles (9-8) over the Mules (7-9) in Waterville.

Haley Driscoll made a layup with 3:29 left to put Colby ahead 53-47, and the Mules missed three layups and two 3-pointers the rest of the way to open the door for the rally.

Jackie Albanese led Colby with 12 points, followed by Driscoll and Katie McCrum with 11 each. Sarah Hancock had 10 rebounds.

(16) MICHIGAN 74, MICHIGAN STATE 48: Katelynn Flaherty had 26 points with four 3-pointers and six assists and Michigan (18-4, 7-2 Big Ten) beat short-handed Michigan State (14-7, 4-4) at Ann Arbor, Michigan, to snap a four-game skid in the series.


COLBY 2, NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE 0: Cassidy Holzer and Tay Munson scored, and Savannah Shaw stopped 17 shots as the Mules (5-7-4) shut out the Pilgrims (2-15-1) at Henniker, New Hampshire.


BOWDOIN 2, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Matthew Lison scored unassisted in the second period and Cody Todesco added an empty-netter in the final minute of the third as the Polar Bears (7-11) held off the Huskies (3-11-4) in Brunswick.

Alex Zafonte stopped 35 shots for Bowdoin, while Anthony D’Aloisio made 27 saves for the Huskies.

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Victoria Lux playing a key role for Bentley basketball Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:41:34 +0000 Victoria Lux came home to Arundel last summer following her sophomore year at Bentley University with one thought in mind: get better.

That meant getting in better shape, becoming a better shooter, becoming a better basketball player.


“Every day, twice a day,” she said of her summer workouts. “I had Sundays off, but that was it. If there was a day when I felt sore, I thought about what the coaches told me I needed to do, and that pushed me on.”

And all that work has paid off. Lux, the former Thornton Academy and McAuley star, is now the lead player on the nation’s third-ranked NCAA Division II women’s basketball team.

Bentley is 18-1, riding a 10-game winning streak, and Lux leads the Falcons in scoring (13.8 points), rebounding (9.9), offensive rebounds (3.9) and blocked shots (1.1). The 6-foot-1 junior center was this week named the Northeast-10 player of the week for the second time this season after averaging 14 points and 13 rebounds in two home wins.

Among those games was a 78-66 victory over Adelphi that gave Barbara Stevens her 1,000th career coaching victory. Lux scored 17 points with 16 rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot in that one.

“She’s had a lot of pretty good games for us,” said Stevens. “She’s always been a young woman with a tremendous amount of potential. She played alongside a two-time All-American (Jen Gemma, the school’s all-time leading scorer) her freshman and sophomore years. Now that kid has graduated and we’ve got a different look, a different style. And Victoria has really blossomed.”

The Falcons have spread the floor more, getting the ball inside to Lux and letting her go 1-on-1 when she has the opportunity.

It’s a role Lux has played almost her entire life.

“I’ve been doing it since I was a kid, always inside the paint,” said Lux. “I love it. You’ve got to be strong and know what you’re doing.”

Lux, whose older sister Vanessa played at Bentley from 2004-08, has always been a strong inside player. A three-time all-state selection, she spent her first three years of high school at McAuley (now the Maine Girls’ Academy), helping the Lions win three Class A state titles. Then she transferred to Thornton Academy for her senior year, helping the Trojans reach the Class A state title game where they lost to Lawrence.

Eric Marston, the coach at Thornton Academy, said her contributions to the team’s success went far beyond the court.

“From Day One in tryouts she was a great leader by example, vocally and physically,” he said. “She had an immediate positive impact on our team.”

Lux credits her summer workouts, either in the gym or on the road, with giving her an edge this year. She had been a steady performer for the Falcons in each of her first two years, but was told she needed to get better.

“We just told her it was time to step up and she knew that started with getting in great shape,” said Stevens.

And Lux worked harder than ever. “I knew coming in preseason I was ready and I hadn’t felt that ready in my freshman and sophomore years,” she said. “I knew it was going to be a good year for me and my team.”

The Falcons are deep. Stevens can run out 10 players and not see much of a drop-off. And that pushes everyone.

“Everyone wants to play,” said Lux. “I know every practice everyone comes out to play, it’s always go 100 percent and you have to work your hardest. It pushes me to work my hardest every day.”

Opposing teams now know how good Lux is and are trying all kinds of things to stop her: double-teams, triple-teams, zones, playing physical. But she has continued to lead the Falcons. Stevens said she has watched Lux mature each season.

“She has, every year, understood and appreciated all that it takes to be a good player, a good student and a good person,” said Stevens. “She’s such a great kid with a tremendous personality. On the court, she’s learned to focus and do what we ask her to do. She’s handling all the different forms of pressure she has seen, and that takes maturity and poise.”

The Falcons, who won the Division II national title in 2014, have lofty goals again. And Lux will play a lead role.

“I know we’re going to count on her as the season goes along and we hopefully head to the playoffs,” said Stevens. “A lot rides on her shoulders. I think she’ll be fine.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Women’s basketball: St. Joe’s routs UNE, 74-53 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:36:45 +0000 STANDISH — Early in the second half, when the University of New England still had hopes of catching up, St. Joseph’s College guard Kelsi McNamara dribbled up the court. She fired a pass to the corner, where Julia Champagne quickly dished inside to Regan McFerran.

McFerran whipped a pass, out to the other corner, where Hannah Marks popped in a 3-pointer.

And so it went.

St. Joseph’s passed and passed, and the Nor’easters could not keep up. The Monks enjoyed a 74-53 romp Monday night at the Alfond Center.

The win kept St. Joseph’s winning streak going, now at 15, two away from the school record as the Monks improved to 16-1. UNE dropped to 12-4.

It also extended the Monks’ home winning streak to 30 – their last loss to UNE in 2016.

But St. Joseph’s was thrilled to see another streak stopped. The Monks beat UNE for the first time since 2004, having lost 13 straight to the Nor’easters. In the last three years, UNE enjoyed routs of 29, 23 and 30 points.

“That stays in the back of your head,” McNamara said. “You really want to prove to them that you can play with them. This is a nice team win for us.”

St. Joseph’s offense clicked all night. The Monks are known for their 3-point shooting, but they passed inside often, with 5-foot-10 Emily Benway scoring 18 on 9-of-10 shooting.

“They (double-teamed) hard on us,” Benway said. “Kelsi and everyone else found the open player.”

Champagne also scored 18, hitting four 3-pointers and grabbing 10 rebounds. McNamara scored 14, with six assists. Marks and Brianne Maloney also had six assists.

“We like to drive and kick out,” Champagne said. “Coach always says make the other players around you better. We just moved the ball quickly and got open shots.”

St. Joseph’s recorded 22 assists on 28 field goals.

“That’s a pretty good sign of sharing the basketball,” Monks Coach Mike McDevitt said.

As a team, the Monks shot 55 percent.

“They have kids who can make tough shots, but they didn’t need to,” UNE Coach Anthony Ewing said. “They got wide-open shots. Our defense was putrid.

“We got exactly what we deserved.”

Laura Holman came off the bench to score 15 for UNE. Ashley Coneys scored 12, and Elyssa Nicholas added 11. The Nor’easters shot 31 percent.

The Monks led by as much as 10 in the first quarter, and took a 39-25 halftime lead.

UNE never threatened in the second half.

“We haven’t been playing well at all,” Ewing said. “We’re playing in a manner asking to be beat.”

The Nor’easters are still atop the Coastal Commonwealth Conference with an 8-1 league record and a one-game lead.

St. Joseph’s is 8-0 in its league, the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference, also with a one-game lead.

“Now we finish with conference games,” McDevitt said. “That’s what you’re striving for. If you finish with a higher seed, you get to host more games (in the league tournament). And we’ve been pretty good at home.”

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: @KevinThomasPPH

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College roundup: No. 2 Louisville handed first women’s basketball loss Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:11:45 +0000 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A.J. Alix made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining and Nicole Ekhomu added a free throw with 7.8 seconds left Sunday, helping No. 12 Florida State hand No. 2 Louisville its first loss of the season, 50-49.

The Seminoles (18-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) trailed 22-9 after the first quarter before rallying, taking their first lead at 37-36 in the third quarter. They won despite shooting 28 percent overall.

Arica Carter’s 3-pointer put Louisville (20-1, 6-1) ahead with 1:54 to go. Alix answered from long range, then Ekhomu made the second of two from the line.

Louisville missed one shot and committed two turnovers in the final 30 seconds before Myisha Hines-Allen hit a layup to end it.

(1) CONNECTICUT 113, TEMPLE 57: Kia Nurse scored 24 points and freshman Megan Walker added a career-best 22 to help UConn (18-0, 7-0 American Athletic) rout Temple (9-9, 1-5) at Philadelphia.

(3) MISSISSIPPI STATE 71, (6) TENNESSEE 52: Victoria Vivians had 24 points and nine rebounds as Mississippi State (20-0, 6-0 Southeastern) defeated Tennessee (16-3, 4-2) to match its best start in school history.

(5) NOTRE DAME 90, CLEMSON 37: Arike Ogunbowale and Jackie Young each scored 23 points for Notre Dame (18-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast), which shot 62 percent to rout Clemson (11-9, 1-6) at South Bend, Indiana.

(10) SOUTH CAROLINA 81, KENTUCKY 64: A’ja Wilson scored 26 points after missing two games because of an ankle injury, leading South Carolina (16-3, 5-2 Southeastern) over Kentucky (9-11, 1-5) at Lexington, Kentucky.

(11) MISSOURI 88, ARKANSAS 54: Sophie Cunningham scored 22 points to lead five players in double figures for Missouri (17-2, 5-1 Southeastern) against Arkansas (11-9, 2-5) at Columbia, Missouri.

(13) UCLA 64, STANFORD 53: Jordin Canada had 21 points and five assists, and Monique Billings scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help UCLA (15-4, 6-2 Pac-12) beat Stanford (12-8, 6-2) at Los Angeles.

NORTH CAROLINA 92, (15) DUKE 86: Paris Kea scored a career-high 36 points, including a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left that sent the game into overtime, and North Carolina (14-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) won at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to end a seven-game losing streak against Duke (15-5, 4-3).

MINNESOTA 77, (20) IOWA 72: Kenisha Bell scored 21 points, Carlie Wagner added 15, combining for six free throws in the final 25 seconds at Minneapolis, and Minnesota (16-5, 3-3 Big Ten) handed Iowa (15-5, 3-4) its third straight loss.

(21) CALIFORNIA 62, SOUTHERN CAL 59: Kristine Anigwe scored 20 points, Asha Thomas converted the go-ahead three-point play with 1:29 to play as California (14-5, 5-3 Pac-12)edged USC (13-6, 3-5) at Los Angeles.

(22) ARIZONA STATE 73, COLORADO 59: Kianna Ibis scored 24 points, Courtney Ekmark added 16 and Arizona State (14-6, 5-3 Pac-12) beat Colorado (11-8, 2-6) at Tempe, Arizona, for its eighth straight win in the series.

NEBRASKA 52, (25) RUTGERS 42: Kate Cain scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Jasmine Cincore added 11 and seven to help Nebraska (14-6, 5-2 Big Ten) beat Rutgers (17-5, 3-2) at Piscataway, New Jersey.

BOWDOIN 102, UM-PRESQUE ISLE 29: The third-ranked Polar Bears (18-0) scored the first 27 points and defeated the Owls (2-12) at Brunswick.

Abby Kelly scored 16 points in 15 minutes for Bowdoin, which led 30-2 after the first quarter and 56-14 at halftime of the nonconference game.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND 68, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 47: Jada Littlejohn scored 27 points as the Knights (13-9) beat the Seawolves (14-6) in a nonconference game at Warwick, Rhode Island.


(2) VIRGINIA 59, WAKE FOREST 49: Kyle Guy scored 17 points and Virginia (18-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast) beat Wake Forest (8-11, 1-6) at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for its 10th straight win.

(23) MICHIGAN 62, RUTGERS 47: Moe Wagner scored 16 points and Duncan Robinson added 12 to lift Michigan (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) to a win over Rutgers (12-9, 2-6) at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

(25) MIAMI 86, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 81: Bruce Brown Jr. scored 19 points and Miami (14-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast)shot 58 percent to hold off North Carolina State (13-7, 3-4) at Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Saturday’s Maine men’s college roundup: UMaine hockey ties UNH again Sun, 21 Jan 2018 01:41:19 +0000 ORONO — Charlie Kelleher quickly erased Maine’s only lead, and the Black Bears settled for a 3-3 tie with New Hampshire in a Hockey East game Saturday night.

Pearson put Maine (12-9-4, 6-6-3) ahead 3-2 at 8:47 of the third period, only to have Kelleher even things back up at 10:02.

The teams also exchanged goals in each of the first two periods. Smith’s first-period goal countered an early tally by Ara Nazarian. Richard Boyd put UNH back in the lead in the second period, but Pieper tied the game for Maine late in the second.

Jeremy Swayman had 27 saves for Maine, while Danny Tirone stopped 33 shots for New Hampshire (9-11-4, 4-7-3). Both goalies had two saves during overtime.

BOWDOIN 2, MIDDLEBURY 1: Cody Todesco broke a scoreless tie, then assisted on Ronnie Lestan’s goal as the Polar Bears (6-11, 4-8 NESCAC) rode a pair of second-period goals to a victory over Middlebury in Brunswick.

Middlebury got a short-handed goal by Owen Powers 7:48 into the third.

COLBY 4, WILLIAMS 2: Kienan Scott’s goal 6:21 into the game was the first of three in the opening period for the Mules (8-8, 7-5 NESCAC), who held off Williams (10-6, 6-4) in Waterville.

Zack Hale and J.P. Schuhlen also scored in the first, and Cam MacDonald’s put in an empty-netter with 41 seconds left in the game.

UNE 6, WENTWORTH 5: Jeff Eppright had two goals and two assists, and Ryan Bloom scored twice to power the Nor’easters (14-3-2, 7-3-2 Commonwealth Coast) over Wentworth (5-11-3, 3-6-3) in Biddeford.

Eppright’s goals came late in the second and gave UNE a 5-2 lead.

BABSON 2, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Rob Devaney and Ryan Gouveia scored early in the third period, and Bryan Botcher made 33 saves as the Beavers (10-6-2, 8-3-1 New England Hockey) blanked Southern Maine (3-10-4, 3-6-3) in Babson Park, Massachusetts.


BATES 77, TUFTS 75: Nick Gilpin scored on a layup with 13 seconds remaining to lift Bates to a win at Medford, Massachusetts.

Tom Coyne hit a 3-pointer for Bates (9-9, 2-3 NESCAC) with 2:27 left to tie the game at 73. After Luke Rogers scored to put Tufts (12-5, 3-2) up by two, Gilpin made a layup to tie the game with 1:58 left.

Jeff Spellman scored 18 points for Bates. Nick Lynch had 12 points and eight rebounds.

ST. JOSEPH’S 74, ANNA MARIA 69: Darian Berry scored 19 points, Ian Mileikis had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Monks (10-6, 5-2 GNAC) used an 11-0 run in the second half to get by the Amcats (4-11, 1-5) in Standish for a fourth straight win.

Quinn Richardson-Newton’s layup started the run, putting the Monks ahead 56-55 with 10:18 left. Berry hit a 3-pointer with 7:56 left to push the lead to 65-55.

UNE 87, ENDICOTT 79: Daron Hoges Jr. scored 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers, Alex Kravchuk added 13 points and the Nor’easters (7-9, 5-4 Commonwealth Coast) rallied past the Seagulls (12-5, 7-3) at Biddeford.

UNE took the lead for good when Ryan Beatty made a jump shot with 9:43 left to put the Nor’easters ahead 59-58.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 82, WILLIAMSON 55: Gregory Trinidad scored 26 points, Ryan Cloutier had 22 and the Seawolves (13-7) beat the Mechanics (8-10) in Media, Pennsylvania.

Dylan Silvestri added 13 points and 18 rebounds.

WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE 65, SOUTHERN MAINE 56: Fenton Bradley Jr. had 15 points and 11 rebounds and the Colonials (8-7, 5-1 Little East) went on a 21-5 run midway through the second half to get past the Huskies (2-14, 1-5) at Gorham.

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Saturday’s Maine women’s college roundup: Southern Maine wins at buzzer Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:52:15 +0000 GORHAM — Kristen Curley scored 35 points, including a jumper at the buzzer, as the University of Southern Maine women’s basketball team beat Western Connecticut 79-77 on Saturday.

Southern Maine (9-8, 6-1 Little East Conference) took a 77-74 lead after a free throw from Chantel Eells with less than 30 second left, but Kaitlyn Labonte tied the game for Western Connecticut (10-8, 3-4) with a 3-pointer with 14 seconds to go.

After a Huskie timeout, Eells missed a layup but Miranda Nicely grabbed the offensive rebound and found Curley for the winning basket as time expired.

SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 65, BERKELEY (N.Y.) 51: Alicia Ruth and Amanda Brett each scored 20 points and the Seawolves (14-5, 9-2 YSCC) beat the Knights (4-7) in South Portland.

Ruth hit six 3-pointers and Brett added 15 rebounds. Jordan Farquharson added 10 points.

ST. JOSEPH’S 81, ANNA MARIA 40: Julia Champagne scored 18 points, Emily Benway had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the Monks (15-1, 8-0 GNAC) rolled past the Amcats (1-14, 0-6) in Standish.

Hannah Marks added 12 points and Kelsi McNamara added 11 points, seven assists and two steals for the Monks.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 66, ENDICOTT 63: Olivia Shaw had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Ashley Coneys added 17 and the Nor’easters (12-3, 8-1 CCC) held on to beat the Seagulls (8-8, 6-4) at Harold Alfond Forum in Biddeford.

Sam MacDonald added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Nor’easters, who took a 48-38 lead going into the fourth.

BOWDOIN 74, COLBY 33: Abby Kelly scored all 17 of her points in the first half to help the Polar Bears (17-0, 4-0 NESCAC) to a 34-13 lead on their way to a win over the Mules (7-8, 1-3) in Waterville.

Kate Kerrigan added 13 points and Taylor Choate added 12 for Bowdoin.

TUFTS 67, BATES 28: Jac Knapp scored 17 points and Melissa Baptista added 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to lead the Jumbos (16-2, 4-1 NESCAC) past the Bobcats (7-12, 1-4) in Lewiston.

Nina Davenport scored 18 for Bates.


AMHERST 4, COLBY 2: Jamie McNamara and Katie Savage each scored in the first 2:20 of the game as the Mammoths (9-5-2, 5-3-2 NESCAC) beat the Mules (4-7-4, 1-5-4) in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Jocelyn Hunyadi and Brenna Sullivan each added goals for Amherst, which led 3-1 after the first.

Cassidy Holzer and Mikayla McLaughlin each scored for Colby.

MERRIMACK 4, MAINE 2: Katelyn Rae scored four goals, including the go-ahead goal 13:49 into the second period as the Warriors (9-15-3, 4-11-2 Hockey East) beat the Black Bears (16-7-3, 10-4-2) in Orono.

Lydia Murray and Cailey Hutchison scored for the Black Bears.

MIDDLEBURY 3, BOWDOIN 0: Maddie Winslow scored 1:26 into the first and the Panthers (10-3-1, 6-1-1 NESCAC) beat the Polar Bears (7-6-1, 1-6-1) in Middlebury, Vermont.

Elizabeth Wulf and Jenna Marotta each added goals for Middlebury.

Kerri St. Denis had 16 saves for the Polar Bears.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 3, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Kyra Yu and Tatum Gietl scored in the first period as the Nor’easters (7-6-6, 2-2-4 NEHC) beat the Huskies (6-12-1, 2-5-1 NEHC) in Biddeford.

Jessie Scott added a third-period goal for UNE. Scott, Kierra Wright, Julianne Sheehan and Yu each had an assist.

Brittany Evangelista had 44 saves for Southern Maine, while Caty Flagg had nine for UNE.

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Saturday’s Top 25 basketball roundup: Villanova routs former Big East rival Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:46:11 +0000 HARTFORD, Conn. — Jalen Brunson scored 23 points and top-ranked Villanova routed former Big East rival UConn 81-61 on Saturday.

Donte DiVincenzo added 17 points for the Wildcats (18-1), who completed their nonconference schedule at 13-0.

Jalen Adams scored 19 for UConn (10-9).

(3) PURDUE 87, IOWA 64: Carsen Edwards scored 22 points and Vincent Edwards had 19 Saturday, leading the Boilermakers (19-2, 8-0 Big Ten) to their 15th straight victory with a rout of the Hawkeyes (10-11, 1-7) in Iowa City, Iowa.

OKLAHOMA STATE 83, (4) OKLAHOMA 81: Trae Young scored 48 points, but missed a deep 3 at the buzzer in overtime as the Sooners (14-4, 4-3 Big 12) fell to the Cowboys (13-6, 3-4) in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

(5) DUKE 81, PITTSBURGH 54: Freshman Wendell Carter Jr. had 21 points on 9-for-10 shooting while the visiting Blue Devils (17-2, 5-2 ACC) shot 52 percent in a win against Pittsburgh (8-12, 0-7).

(6) WEST VIRGINIA 86, TEXAS 51: Jevon Carter scored 22 points and led a big second-half run that propelled the Mountaineers (16-3, 5-2 Big 12) past the Longhorns (12-7, 3-4 Big 12) in Morgantown, West Virginia.

HOUSTON 73, (7) WICHITA STATE 59: The Shockers (15-4, 5-2 American Athletic Conference) lost their second straight game as the Cougars (15-4, 5-2) beat a Top 10 team for the first time in 22 years, in Houston.

IOWA STATE 70, (8) TEXAS TECH 52: Freshman Cameron Lard scored 18 points and the Cyclones (11-7, 2-5 Big 12) cruised past the Red Raiders (15-4, 4-3) in Ames, Iowa.

(10) KANSAS 70, BAYLOR 67: Malik Newman got seven of his 24 points in the closing minutes and the Jayhawks (16-3, 6-1 Big 12) scored the last nine points to beat the Bears (12-7, 2-5) in Lawrence, Kansas.

(11) XAVIER 73, (19) SETON HALL 64: J.P. Macura scored a season-high 27 points and Musketeers (18-3, 6-2 Big East) handed the Pirates (15-5, 4-3) their first loss at home.

(12) CINCINNATI 86, EAST CAROLINA 60: Jacob Evans and Kyle Washington each scored 17 points to propel the Bearcats (17-2, 6-0 AAC) past the Pirates (8-11, 2-6) in Highland Heights, Kentucky.

(14) ARIZONA 73, STANFORD 71: Rawle Alkins made a go-ahead layup with 38 seconds left, and the Wildcats (16-4, 6-1 Pac-12) held on for a victory over the Cardinal (11-9, 5-2) in Stanford, California.

(15) NORTH CAROLINA 80, GEORGIA TECH 66: Luke Maye had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Tar Heels (16-4, 5-2 ACC) beat the Yellow Jackets (10-9, 3-3) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


(4) BAYLOR 75, KANSAS STATE 50: Kalani Brown had 33 points and 19 rebounds, and the Bears (17-1, 7-0 Big 12) stretched their winning streak to 14 games with a victory over the Wildcats (11-8, 3-5) in Waco, Texas.

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Men’s basketball: Bowdoin holds off Colby Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:51:25 +0000 BRUNSWICK — Even with a 19-point lead and just over 10 minutes left in the game, Bowdoin men’s basketball coach Tim Gilbride knew the lead wasn’t safe. Not against a rival like Colby.

“It’s two teams that are going to keep playing right until the very end, and they shoot so well, you know it’s going to be a game of runs,” Gilbride said. “It’s more what’s happening right at the end than any leads throughout the game.”

While the Mules cut their deficit to five points in the final minute, Bowdoin held on for an 83-77 win. The victory improved Bowdoin to 12-4 overall, 2-2 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Colby dropped to 10-6, 1-3.

“I thought we ground out some stops in the last 10 minutes trying to get ourselves a chance to climb back into the game. Digging a hole always makes how well you have to play to finish it extremely challenging,” Colby Coach Damien Strahorn said.

A key for the Polar Bears was the play of sophomore David Reynolds, who scored a career-high 29 points and was 6 for 9 from 3-point range.

When Bowdoin needed a big basket, more often than not it came from Reynolds.

Colby cut the deficit to nine points with six minutes to play when Reynolds hit a 3 to make it 74-62. The Mules then closed to within 74-68 with three and a half minutes left, but Reynolds answered with a layup.

“He’s been playing pretty well all year, and probably this semester has come into his own,” Gilbride said. “Today was probably just a continuation of what he’s been doing for us. We went to him in some key times.”

The game was tied 19-19 midway through the first half before the Polar Bears went on a run to open a 46-33 lead by halftime. Bowdoin shot 51.6 percent from floor in the first half, while Colby shot 31.4 percent. Strahorn also pointed to eight first-half turnovers as crucial mistakes for the Mules.

“Offensively, we’ve been pretty good all year. I thought some of our turnovers, we were trying to do too much 1-on-1. The ball was probably being overdribbled tonight a little too much. The lack of movement to clean shots shows up in that 31 percent,” Strahorn said.

The Polar Bears continued to dominate early in the second half, and a 3-pointer from Jack Bors gave Bowdoin a 64-45 lead with 11:15 to play.

Gilbride said his team was too careless with the ball down the stretch, contributing to Colby’s rally. Bowdoin finished with 20 turnovers, while Colby had 15.

“To (Colby’s) credit, they put a lot of pressure on you up top. It’s hard for you to do what you want to do and execute as well,” Gilbride said.

Hugh O’Neil had 11 points and 11 rebound for Bowdoin, while Zavier Rucker added 13 points and five assists. Jack Simonds also scored 11 points.

Alex Dorion led Colby with 18 points off the bench, making six 3-pointers. Sam Jefferson scored 16 points.

For Bowdoin, the win avenged an 89-84 loss to Colby in a nonconference game in Waterville on Dec. 2.

“I actually think both teams have improved,” Gilbride said. “I thought we did a better job defensively in this game, especially in half court when we were set. They got some things in transition at times, and we had a couple breakdowns late.”

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Friday’s college roundup: UMaine women win fifth straight in hockey Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:47:30 +0000 ORONO — Michelle Weis scored a pair of third-period goals Friday to lift the University of Maine women’s hockey team to its fifth straight win, a 4-1 decision over Merrimack.

Lydia Murray opened the scoring for Maine (16-6-3, 10-3-2 Hockey East) with a power-play goal with 2:10 left in the first period, but Katelyn Rae tied it for Merrimack 4:44 into the second.

Brooke Stacey’s power-play goal put the Black Bears ahead 2-1 1:07 into the third period on a set up from Tereza Vanisova and Anna Zikova’s second assist of the game.

Weis scored her first goal 58 seconds later from Vanisova and Alyson Matteau and added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Lea-Kristine Demers had 32 saves for the Warriors (8-15-3, 3-11-2); Carly Jackson stopped 28 shots for Maine.

MIDDLEBURY 1, BOWDOIN 0: Madie Leidt scored 4:07 into the first from Jenna Marotta and Lin Han and the Panthers (9-3-1, 5-1-1 NESCAC) held on to beat the Polar Bears (7-5-1, 1-5-1) in Middlebury, Vermont.

Keri St. Denis made 24 saves for Bowdoin.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 3, SOUTHERN MAINE 3: Annie Mullen scored the tying goal 9:52 into the third, and the Nor’easters (6-6-6, 1-2-4 NEHC) rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the Huskies (6-11-1, 2-4-1) in Gorham.

Shannon Colbert and Julia Ormsby each scored in the opening minute of the first for the Huskies.

UNE cut into the lead on a goal from Alex Mitchell at 7:59, but Katie Nolan scored less than six minutes left to push Southern Maine’s lead to 3-1 after the first.

Marykate Drinkwater scored 15:43 into the second period for UNE to make it 3-2. Britney Evangelista had 45 saves for the Huskies.

COLBY 0, AMHERST 0: Cierra San Roman stopped 47 shots for the Mules (4-6-4, 1-4-4 NESCAC), who battled to an overtime draw against the 10th-ranked Mammoths (8-5-2, 4-3-2) at Orr Rink in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Bailey Plaman made 28 saves for Amherst.


(9) MICHIGAN STATE 85, INDIANA 57: Miles Bridges scored 22 points and Nick Ward had 18 points and 13 rebounds to help the host Spartans (17-3, 5-2 Big Ten) bounce back to top the Hoosiers (11-8, 4-3).

The Spartans had a confidence-boosting performance after going from a top-ranked team to a reeling one. They were slumping after a 16-point loss at Ohio State, an overtime win over Rutgers and an 82-72 setback to Michigan at home.


MIDDLEBURY 3, COLBY 2: Frank Cosolito scored the winning goal with less than two minutes left in the third period from Mitchell Allen to lift the Panthers (5-11, 3-7 NESCAC) over the Mules (7-9, 6-6) in Waterville.

Colby trailed 2-1, but tied the game at 8:01 of the third period on a goal from Spencer Hewson.

Sean Lawrence had 19 saves for the Mules.

SOUTHERN MAINE 3, UMASS-BOSTON 2: Cody Braga scored the winning goal 4:07 into overtime as the Huskies (3-9-4, 3-5-3 NEHC) beat the Beacons (13-5, 8-3) in Boston.

Southern Maine took a 2-1 lead midway though the second period on a goal from Brett Normal, but John Bono tied it for UMass-Boston 4:50 into the third.

Anthony D’Aloisio made 36 saves for the Huskies.

BOWDOIN 4, WILLIAMS 1: Matthew Lison scored twice to lead the Polar Bears (5-11, 3-8 NESCAC) over the Ephs (10-5, 6-3) in Brunswick.

Bradley Ingersoll and Camil Blanchet each scored for Bowdoin. Erik Wurman made 22 saves.

Roberto Cellini scored for Williams, and Stephen Morrissey stopped 36 shots.

UNE 6, WENTWORTH 4: Jeff Eppright and Derek Mecrones each scored twice to lead the Nor’easters (12-3-2, 6-3-2 CCC) over the Leopards (5-10-3, 3-5-3) in Everett, Massachusetts.

Wentworth cut the lead to 5-4 on a goal by Nate Chase 11:09 into the third period. UNE added an empty-net goal with 1:07 remaining by Jeff Eppright.

Andrew Slotnick and Brendan Donohue each scored for UNE.

Tate Sproxton stopped 32 shots for UNE and Ryan Hubbard recorded 26 saves for Wentworth.


UTAH 58, (22) ARIZONA STATE 56: Utah (13-5, 4-3 Pac-12) rallied from an 11-point deficit to start the fourth quarter and handed the Sun Devils (13-6, 4-3 Pac-12) their first home loss of the season.

Megan Huff had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Utes, who outscored the Sun Devils 26-13 in the final quarter.

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UMaine men’s hockey ties UNH Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:41:03 +0000 ORONO — It was supposed to feel like old times at Alfond Arena.

The University of Maine hockey team was celebrating its 40th anniversary Friday at Alfond Arena. The Black Bears wore their throwback uniforms with the Columbia blue trim, and they faced rival New Hampshire, with longtime coach Dick Umile behind the bench.

And, after Maine took a 2-0 lead, UNH rallied to send the game into overtime.

But the Black Bears could not create a Marcus Gustafsson moment and settled for a 2-2 tie before a crowd of 4,788.

For those unaware of Maine hockey history, it was Gustafsson who scored in overtime to beat UNH 3-2 in the 1999 NCAA championship game – the most significant game of this rivalry.

Friday was important for Maine, as the Black Bears are battling back to relevance. Maine has not finished higher than 10th in the Hockey East standings the past three years. With Friday’s tie, the Black Bears are 12-9-3 overall and 6-6-2 in Hockey East, in sixth place.

Maine has its eyes on fourth place, but UMass-Lowell and Boston University won Friday and are now four points ahead of the Black Bears, although both have played more games.

Maine had its chances against UNH (9-22-3, 4-7-2) but couldn’t hold a two-goal lead.

“It feels like a point lost, for sure,” Maine forward Mitchell Fossier said. “When we play our best, we should beat that team.”

Patrick Holway and Daniel Perez scored for Maine. Jeremy Swayman made 31 saves, including some key ones in overtime when UNH outshot the Black Bears 7-1.

Maine took a 1-0 lead 3:25 into the first period. Holway, a sophomore defenseman, got control of the puck in the high slot and wristed a shot over goalie Danny Tirone’s shoulder.

Tirone also made 31 saves.

“The first goal wasn’t a good one,” Umile said. “After that, he made some great saves. Both goalies played well.”

Swayman thwarted the Wildcats early. UNH had a 9-2 shots advantage at one point.

In the second period, Tirone stood tall until the Black Bears scored on a quick rush. Tirone stopped a shot by Cedric Lacroix, but Perez skated in for the rebound at 17:33.

UNH had one last chance in the period, with a faceoff in Maine’s end with 10 seconds left. The Wildcats won it, Max Gildon shot the puck into a scrum in front of the net, and Jason Salvaggio stuffed it in at 19:57.

“That was huge,” Umile said.

Just 1:08 into the third, UNH got a 2-on-1 opportunity after a turnover. Salvaggio made a perfect pass to Eric MacAdams at the far post, and Swayman didn’t have a chance.

After the goal, UNH got back-to-back power plays, but Maine killed them. The Black Bears, last in the league in penalty killing, was 5 for 5 Friday.

“I thought our penalty kill was great,” Maine Coach Red Gendron said. “I really didn’t like our power play (0 for 4). We didn’t do a good enough job getting pucks and bodies to the net.

“It was a heck of a battle. Each team had their spurts where they carried the play … I can’t sit here and say we played a terrible game. We didn’t … we just didn’t play good enough to win it.”

Umile, who is in his 28th and final season, is now 595-364-111 all-time. He is 43-46-8 against Maine, with so many close ones.

“Not many things change,” Umile said.

The teams play again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

NOTES: Part of the 40th anniversary celebration featured a handful of alumni appearing before the game, along with Maine’s first coach, Jack Semler. … Throughout the game, greetings from former players were played on the video board.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: KevinThomasPPH

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