Friday, March 7, 2014
WATERVILLE — Levi Barnes of Skowhegan scored 22 of his team-high 24 points in the second half, helping the Thomas College men’s basketball team take an 86-83 win over New England College in North Atlantic Conference play on Saturday afternoon.
The teams traded the lead 13 times in the second half. Thomas (8-11, 8-4) took the lead for good with 4:48 to play with a pair of free throws by Eric Westbrooks. Stanley Greene, Jr. scored 18 points for the Terriers, while Garen Manzo and Adam Carlsen each scored 13.
Dezron Wilson led NEC (6-13, 3-9) with 29 points.
COLBY 70, TRINITY 67, OT: A day after knocking off defending national champion Amherst, Colby earned another big New England Small College Athletic Conference win in Waterville.
Colby (11-8, 3-4) led by nine points at the half, but Trinity (11-9, 3-4) rallied to get close. Colby appeared to have the game in hand after Patrick Stewart nailed a 3-point shot with 3.8 seconds left to give the Mules a 56-55 lead. Trinity was then called for a technical foul after calling a timeout with none remaining, though the Bantams disputed they had called time. Stewart nailed both technical free throws for a 58-55 margin.
Trinity tried a long pass to mid-court that went out of bounds with 1.6 seconds to play. Colby, though, threw the ball away on the inbounds play to Trinity’s Hart Gliedman, who nailed an off-balance, falling over 3-point shot from about 35 feet out at the buzzer.
In overtime, Chris Hudnut scored four of his game-high 21 points for Colby,
Stewart and Ryan Jann each scored 12 points for the Mules. Gliedman led the Bantams with 15 points.
COLBY-SAWYER 73, UMF 67: Zach Bean scored 17 points to lead the Chargers to the NAC win in Farmington.
Colby-Sawyer (10-8, 9-3) led 40-27 at the half, but the Beavers (8-10, 6-6) cut the deficit to three points, 66-63, when Maranacook grad Ben Johnson made a layup with 38 seconds to play. From there, Colby-Sawyer made seven free throws to ice the win.
Andrew Dickey led UMF with 25 points and eight rebounds, while Johnson scored 14 points and grabbed eight boards.
MAINE 83, UMBC 80: Xavier Pollard and Zarko Valjarevic scored 18 points each as Maine held on for the America East victory.
Maine (5-16, 3-6) held a commanding 56-36 lead at the half, UMBC (7-15, 3-6), led by Chase Plumber with 23 points, started the second period with a 30-9 run to take the lead 66-65 with 8:12 remaining. The Black Bears regained the lead, but UMBC made five free throws to close the gap to 81-80 with 55 seconds remaining. Troy Reid-Knight sealed the victory with two free throws in the final 11 seconds. The Retrievers missed two 3-point attempts in the final five seconds.
Rodney Elliot added 21 points for UMBC.
MAINE 61, UMBC 48: The Black Bears matched a school-record with 14 3-pointers to take the America East win in Baltimore.
Liz Wood led Maine (11-11, 5-4) with 15 points, eight rebounds and five steals. The Black Bears shot 14 for 41 from 3-point range, matching a record for makes set against Vermont in 1999. The 41 attempts is a new team record.
Sara Tarbert led UMBC (2-19, 1-8) with 22 points.
NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE 72, THOMAS 39: Taylor Burgess scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Pilgrims to the NAC win in Waterville.
Kayla Lawlor added 15 points for NEC (10-9, 6-6), which pulled away with a 13-0 run in the first half.
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