Women’s Basketball

TAVERNIER, FLA. — UMass-Boston outscored Maine Maritime 13-4 in the second overtime to escape with a 69-60 win in the first game of the Key Largo Classic Sunday. The Mariners fell to 3-4 while the Beacons improved to 8-2.

MMA returns to action Monday against an opponent to be determined.

Mary Badeen, making her MMMA debut, netted a team-high 17 points and added 11 rebounds to record her first collegiate double-double. Courtney DuFour and Alexis Bennett added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Mariners while Leah Jackson and Bekah Campbell pulled down 11 and 10 rebounds.

Four players reached double figures for the Beacons led by Olivia Murphy’s game-high 20. Lauren Perra (16 points), Kirsten Morrison (14) and Teresa Pina (11) also hit double digits for UMB. Morrison added 24 rebounds, and Murphy pulled down 15 boards, to earn double-doubles.

Murphy’s layup to begin the second overtime gave the Beacons the lead for good, 58-56, and sparked the Beacons’ 13-4 scoring run.

Trailing 51-47 in the opening two minutes of the first overtime, the Mariners answered with a three from Badeen and a free throw by Jackson to even the game with 3:27 left. A jumper from Bennett put MMA ahead 53-51, with three minutes left, but the Beacons responded with three straight points to go ahead 54-53 with 1:04 remaining. Bennett sank a pair of free throws, and Badeen one, to give the Mariners a 56-54 lead with 30 seconds left before Murphy made a layup 10 seconds later to even the game and send it into another period.

The Mariners saw a five point halftime deficit, 25-20, inflate to 13 with 15:56 left in the game, 36-23. MMA answered with a 20-7 scoring run over the next 12 minutes — which started with a Badeen free throw and ended with a Campbell layup — to even the game at 43-43 with 3:02 left. The Beacons went ahead 45-43, with 46 seconds left, before four straight points from Badeen gave the Mariners a 47-45 advantage with 31 seconds left in the game. Pina tied the game for the ninth time with a layup with 17 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

USM 76, Dominican 53

SALEM, Mass. – Junior forward Nash Biliew (Portland, Maine) scored a game-high and career-high 19 points to lead the No. 16 University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 76-53 win over the Dominican University Stars in the third game of the Salem State Holiday Classic Sunday afternoon at the O’Keefe Center in Salem, Mass.

With the win, Southern Maine remains undefeated and improves its record to 11-0. The Stars are still in search of their first win of the season and fall to 0-12. In the third game in the series, and first since the 1982 season, between the two schools all-time, Southern Maine now has a 3-0 record against the Stars.

Biliew was 8-for-10 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line en route to her game-high 19 points. Junior guard Erin McNamara (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) added a career-high 17 points on an outstanding 7-for-11 effort from the field, including a 3-for-4 mark from three-point range. Biliew, who was named to the All-Tournament team, and McNamara were the only two Huskies in double figures as 10 players scored at least two points for the Huskies.

Senior forward Laura Knieps (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) led the Stars with 18 points on a 7-for-11 effort from the field. Junior guard Katie Budz (Orland Park, Ill./Providence Catholic) added 1 points and seven assists.

Despite the lopsided final, the feisty Stars were surprisingly game for the challenge and trailed the Huskies by just five points 47-42 midway through the second half. Behind five first half three-pointers, Dominican trailed USM 35-32 at the half, led by 11 first half points from Knieps, including a 3-for-4 mark from three-point territory.

The Huskies struck first in the second half, as Biliew scored the basket and got the hard for a traditional three-point play to give USM a modest 38-32 lead before Knieps converted a layup to pull her team to within four, 38-34, with 18:44 to play and to set the tone of play for the next seven minutes. Although the Huskies never trailed the Stars in the second, they were unable to gain more than an eight-point edge as both teams exchanged baskets. Four consecutive points from USM senior forward Jordan Grant(Concord, N.H.) gave the Huskies a 42-34 lead with 16:26 to play, but Knieps continued to carry her team with four straight points of her own for a 42-38 USM lead with 14:24 on the clock.

After five points from McNamara on a three and a driving layup to bookend a layup from Budz, USM led by seven, 47-40, before the Stars again made it a two-possession game, 47-42 following a jumper from freshman Allie Tapanes (Winfield, Ill./West Chicago). However, it was as close as the Stars would get as the Huskies tore off an 18-1 run over the next five and a half minutes to grab a 65-43 lead with 6:01 to play and sew up the victory.

McNamara kick started the run with a three as five different players contributed to the decisive run, including six points from senior forward Meredith Reid (York, Maine). The Huskies had things working on both ends of the floor during that stretch forcing the Stars to commit nine of their 27 turnovers while limiting them to a 0-for-5 effort from the field. Dominican never got closer than 17 points the rest of the way as the Huskies closed out the game.

The Huskies finished the game shooting 45.0 percent (27-for-60) from the field and 89.5 percent from the free throw line (17-for-19). The Huskies scored 31 of their 75 points off of Dominican turnovers and outscored the Stars’ bench 26-10. Dominican shot 44.4 percent (20-for-45) from the floor.

Southern Maine hosts University of New England on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.). Dominican travels to Lakeland College on Saturday (2:00 p.m.).

Bowdoin 58, Clark 53

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team defeated Clark 58-53 in the championship game of the 2012 Bowdoin Holiday Invitational at Morrell Gymnasium on Sunday.

Bowdoin was paced by three players in double figures, including 11 from Tournament MVP Kaitlin Donahoe, who also dished out four assists and collected five rebounds. The Polar Bears have won four of their last five games and improve to 5-4 with the win. Clark falls to 7-3 with the setback.

Kirsten Prue scored 13 points, including 4-of-5 from three-point range, to also earn All-Tournament honors for Bowdoin. Emily Reilly led Clark with 16 points and was the Cougars’ representative on the All-Tournament squad while Regis’ Claire Ramonas and Clarkson’s Ashley Loggins were also named. Regis defeated Clarkson 56-44 in the consolation game earlier on Sunday.

Bowdoin held Clark to just 16% shooting in the opening half and used an 11-2 surge late in the period to take a 27-21 edge at intermission. Reilly hit a three-pointer to close the gap to 27-24 immediately after the break, but Bowdoin replied with a 10-0 run, sparked by consecutive three-pointers from Megan Phelps and Prue, to extend its lead to 13 points, 37-24, with 16:20 to go.

Clark could get no closer than eight points until an 8-0 run trimmed the Bowdoin lead to 47-40 with under four minutes to go. The Cougars had a chance to cut into the lead further, but Bowdoin forced a turnover and pushed the lead back to double digits on another Prue trifecta with 2:01 to go. Clark hit a pair of three-pointers in the final minute to close the final gap to five points.

Bowdoin held a 45-35 edge on the glass and held the Cougars to just 24% shooting for the contest.

Phelps led Bowdoin with 14 points and nine rebounds in Sunday’s win. For the weekend, Donahoe averaged 15.5 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals. Prue finished with a 15.0 points per game average and nailed 9-15 from long range in the two games.

USM 75, D’Youville 55

SALEM, Mass. – Senior forward Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) led all scorers with a game-high 22 points and sophomore forward Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley) recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the 16th-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 75-55 win over the D’Youville College Spartans in the first game of the Salem State Holiday Classic hosted by Salem State University at the O’Keefe Center in Salem, Mass.

With the win, Southern Maine remains undefeated at 10-0. The loss is the second straight for the Spartans who fall to 3-6 on the season.

Grant was 8-for-12 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds in 24 minutes of action as all 15 Huskies played. Knight was an outstanding 7-for-9 in 27 minutes of action and earned game-high honors with 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Junior forward Nash Biliew (Portland, Maine) had nine points and eight rebounds in 14 minutes off of the bench. None of the Huskies’ starters played more than 27 minutes.

Sophomore guard Bridget Andrews (Amherst, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) led the Spartans with 14 points on 4-for-7 shooting including a trio of threes. Freshman forward Alexis Smith (Hamburg, N.Y.) added 11 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard Shannon Dougherty (West Seneca, N.Y.) added 11 points.

Despite suffering some shooting woes early in the game, Southern Maine used a strong defensive effort to force the Spartans into 27 turnovers, including 18 in the first half. With both teams struggling to put the ball in the basket and Southern Maine holding a modest 11-6 lead with 11:49 to play, the Huskies used a 9-2 run over the next six minutes to take control of the game. Knight had four points in the run, while Grant added three for the 20-8 lead with 6:39 to play. The Spartans committed seven of their 18 first-half turnovers during the stretch. The Huskies retained a comfortable margin the rest of the way and took a 27-10 lead at the break.

In the second half, USM nearly doubled its lead in the opening three minutes with a 12-2 run, including five straight points from senior guard Nicole Garland (Portland, Maine/Deering). The Huskies were never threatened the rest of the way and led by as many as 26 points, 57-31, with 10:46 to play.

Southern Maine scored 23 of its 75 points off of Spartan turnovers. The Huskies also outrebounded D’Youville decisively 46-32, including a 25-6 edge on the offensive glass, accounting for 26 second-chance points.

Bowdoin 66, Clarkson 35

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Kaitlin Donahoe scored a game-high 20 points with nine assists and four steals to lead the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team to a 66-35 win over Clarkson in the opening round of the 2012 Bowdoin Holiday Invitational Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium.

Kirsten Prue added 17 points, including five three-pointers, for the Polar Bears, who improve to 4-4 and will play in the championship game Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Ashley Loggins scored a team-best 19 points with 11 rebounds in 40 minutes of play for the Golden Knights, who will play in the third-place game tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

Both teams struggled from the field in the opening ten minutes, with the visitors managing to hold an 8-2 advantage following a Loggins lay-in with 10:15 remaining in the first half. Keyed by consecutive three-pointers from Kaitlin Donahoe, Kirsten Prue and Megan Phelps, the Polar Bears warmed and went on a 21-4 run over the next seven minutes to take a 23-12 advantage with under three minutes left in the stanza. The Golden Knights were able to hold Bowdoin scoreless over the final three minutes and scored the final four points of the half to make it 23-16 at intermission.

Bowdoin put the contest out of reach early in the second half, opening the period on a 17-4 run, forcing ten points off of Golden Knight turnovers to take a 40-20 lead. The Polar Bears shot 47% from the field in the second half, extending their lead to 31 points at the final buzzer.

The Polar Bears held a 43-38 edge on the glass and held Clarkson to 27% shooting for the game. Bowdoin scored 20 points off of 26 Clarkson turnovers and had 17 bench points compared to just two for the visitors, who only had six players active for the game.

Men’s Basketball

Husson 80, Delaware Valley 73

Washington, D.C. – The Husson men’s basketball team won the opening game of the CUA-Holiday Inn College Park Classic on Saturday afternoon, beating Delaware Valley 80-73. Husson improves to 4-3 on the season, while Delaware Valley falls to 5-5.

Marc Zaharchuk (Richmond, ME) was the big scorer for the Eagles with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Eric Modica(Kittery, ME) contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds for Husson, and Aaron Willis (New York, NY) scored 10 points and 4 rebounds of his own. Jay Donovan put away 28 points for the Aggies, and Jeremy Beckett added 16 points and 17 rebounds.

The first half went back and forth—Husson went up 3-0, Delaware Valley responded with a seven point run, and the teams stayed within a few points of each other for the rest of the half. The score at halftime was 35-35.

The second half remained close. The Eagles went ahead 48-47 with 12:48 left in the half off a Jacob Moore(Hampden, ME) three, and they would never lose the lead again. However, the Aggies wouldn’t go away and fought back to 76-73 with 19 seconds left in the game. Willis made two free throws with 17 seconds left, and Zaharchuk put the game away with two more foul shots to put the game away with nine seconds remaining.

With the win, Husson advances to the championship game at 4:00 PM on Sunday, December 30 where they will face the host, Catholic University, who beat Denison 77-35 this afternoon. Delaware Valley will face Denison in the 2:00 PM consolation match.

Salem State 86, UMPI 75

Salem, Mass. — Andrew White (Medford, MA) hit two layups within a span of 15 seconds late in the second half to give Salem State the lead for good and propel the Vikings to a hard-fought 86-75 victory over UMaine Presque Isle Saturday night in the opening round of the 2012 Salem State Holiday Classic. The Vikings erased a seven-point second half deficit and improved to 6-4 on the season. The Owls fell to 6-5.

UMaine Presque Isle trailed by four at halftime, but came out on fire in the second half, as the Owls used a 14-3 run in the first three minutes to take their largest lead, 51-44. Michael Warner (Jr./Norwich, UK) and Claude Louis (Jr./Union, NJ) each hit three-pointers to key the surge and give the Owls their first advantage since scoring the first basket of the game.

Salem State, which led by as many as 11 in the first half, chipped away, and back-to-back buckets by Jamal McCollum (Boston, MA) and Tavone Wynder (Boston, MA) put the Vikings back on top, 58-57 with 10 minutes left. The lead changed hands five times over the next seven minutes, before White scored on a runner in the paint to give the Vikings the lead for good, 72-71 with 2:59 remaining. After a Warner miss at the other end, White corralled the rebound and raced coast-to-coast for another bucket and a three-point lead.

Brian Ortiz (Salem, MA) hit a pair of jumpers and a free throw down the stretch, as UMaine Presque Isle was unable to get any closer. Wynder’s three-point play with 30 seconds remaining put the Vikings ahead by eight, and clinched the victory.

White and Wynder each finished with 17 points to lead Salem State, making 13 of the 23 combined shots they took. Justin Nieves (Lawrence, MA) finished with 14 points, while Nate Simpson (Lowell, MA) added 13 and a team-high 8 rebounds. The Vikings won despite shooting just 58% from the free throw line, although the SSU defense forced 26 turnovers by the Owls.

UMaine Preque Isle was led by Patrick Manifold (Sr./Great Yarmouth, UK) who finished with a game-high 18 points on 8-11 shooting, to go along with 10 rebounds. Aaron Hutchins (Jr./East Millinocket, ME) added 15 points, Brad Trask (Sr./Easton, ME) had 14, and Louis finished with 12. The Owls’ hit 8-20 three-pointers, but took 15 fewer shots than the Vikings.

In the first game, Jack Grodahl’s (Portland, OR) three-pointer in overtime propelled Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to a thrilling 81-75 victory over Southern Maine in opener of the 2012 Salem State Holiday Classic. The Stags improved to 7-4 on the season. The Huskies fell to 6-4.

Salem State 93, Southern Maine 83

SALEM, Mass. – Senior Nate Simpson (Lowell, Mass.) had a team-high 18 points and an outstanding game-high 24 rebound to lead the Salem State University Vikings to an 93-83 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in the final game of the Salem State Holiday Classic Sunday afternoon at the O’Keefe Center in Salem, Mass.

The win is the third straight for the Vikings who improve to 7-4 overall. Southern Maine drops its third straight game to dip to 6-5 overall.

Simpson was 6-for-16 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free throw line to lead four Vikings in double-figures and grabbed seven offensive boards within his game-high total to lead the Vikings to a 56-39 edge on the glass. Senior Justin Nieves (Lawrence, Mass.) added 17 points, sophomore Brian Ortiz (Salem, Mass.) tossed in 16 and senior Tavone Wynder (Boston, Mass./Newton South) added 10 points, six rebounds and a team-high three assists.

Southern Maine junior Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) led all scorers with 21 points on an 8-for-14 effort from the floor. Sullivan added a team-high seven rebounds and had four steals. Senior Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) tossed in 15 points, six rebounds and a game-high five assists while junior James Odneal(Pontiac, Mich.) added 12 points. Freshman guard Cole Libby(Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) added 12 points off of the bench.

In a closely contested game, the Vikings held a narrow 56-54 lead over the Huskies following a jumper from Libby. However, Ortiz responded to Libby’s jumper with a three-pointer to spur a pivotal 12-0 run to give his team a 65-54 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Vikings retained a double-digit lead until the Huskies’ Sullivan scored six points as part of an 8-0 USM run to pull the Huskies ot within a possession, 77-75, with two minutes left.

Forced to put the Vikings on the line, Salem State protected its lead making 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch to hold off the advancing Huskies for its third straight win.

St. Joseph’s 73, Becker 72

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s (6-2, 2-1 GNAC) outlasted Becker College (6-5, 2-0 NECC), 73-72, in a non-conference men’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Sunday afternoon. Junior Matthew Medeiros (Westport, Mass.) paced the Monks with 23 points in the victory.

Saint Joseph’s, which last played on December 8th, resumed the 2012-13 campaign with one of the most competitive contests in recent memory, as this afternoon’s tilt featured 26 lead changes and 13 tie scores. Neither team held a lead of more than six points and it was not until the final minute, when Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine) made all six of his free throw attempts, that the game appeared to be at hand.

Becker, a program that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last winter, managed to make even the closing seconds nerve-wracking for the Royal Blue faithful. Trailing 73-69 after Simonds made a pair of freebies with five seconds remaining, junior guard Mike Russell (East Hampton, N.Y.) heaved a half-court shot that banked into the basket, creating a one-point game with just 0.2 seconds left. Following a timeout, the Monks inbounded the ball with a long pass to Jerome Diggs (Centreville, Va.) beyond mid-court to seal the victory.

Becker entered the game shooting 44% from three-point distance and employed the long-distance shooting style in the first half, when the visitors parlayed a 9-19 downtown effort into a narrow 37-36 lead at the break. Junior guard Tyler Roberson (Irvington, N.J.) was 4-7 on three-point bids and led all first-half scorers with 14 points while SJC junior forward Nicholas Jobin (Westbrook, Maine) produced 10 points and five rebounds in the opening 20 minutes.

Trailing 46-43 after Lee Brockett (Waterbury, Conn.) netted a three for the visitors at the 16:24 mark of the second stanza, the Monks put forth a 7-0 surge with the help of five points from Medeiros and a Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine) bucket to claim a 50-46 cushion with 13:54 to go.

The slight advantage would not last, as Donovin Ford-Hayes (Windsor Locks, Conn.) was fouled on a three-point shot and made all three freebies to lift the Hawks to a 54-52 edge two minutes later. The teams traded the lead seven times over the next six minutes, with the final lead change occurring when Jobin made a layup to put the Monks ahead 63-62 with 5:14 left. Medeiros hit a jumper and Diggs made a layup over the following two minutes to lift the hosts to a 67-62 lead, their largest cushion of the afternoon.

Saint Joseph’s proceeded to hold at least a share of the lead for the remainder of the contest, but the Hawks refused to go away quietly and knotted the game at 67-apiece after Roberson converted a traditional three-point play with two minutes to play.

Forced to foul, the Hawks tagged Simonds three times in the final minute and the sophomore guard essentially clinched the victory for the Monks by making all six attempts.

For the Monks, Simonds produced the first double-double of his career with 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Jobin tallied his first double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 caroms while shooting 8-9 from the field. Diggs added six points and Blodgett chipped in with five points in the victory.

For the Hawks, Roberson poured in a game-high 25 points, Brockett added 22 and Russell contributed 11 in a losing effort. The Hawks were unable to replicate their first-half three-point shooting performance, as the visitors made just three of 15 bids from downtown after the break.

Overall, Saint Joseph’s shot 53.2% (25-47) from the field, 29.4% (5-17) from beyond the arc, and 90% (18-20) from the FT line. Becker countered by shooting 41.7% (25-60) from the floor, 35.3% (12-34) from downtown and 66.7% (10-15) from the charity stripe.

The Monks held advantages in rebounds (39-23) and assists (18-15) while the Hawks won the turnover battle (16-8) and grabbed eight steals, opposed to four by the hosts, in the loss.

With the win, Saint Joseph’s improves to 2-1 in the history of the series with Becker College.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 81, USM 75 (OT)

SALEM, Mass. – Sophomore guard Jack Grodahl (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) canned his third three-pointer of the game with 1:07 remaining in overtime to propel the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags to a 81-75 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in the third game of the Salem State Holiday Classic Saturday afternoon at Salem State University’s O’Keefe Center in Salem, Mass.

The loss is the second straight heartbreaker for the Huskies who are now 6-4 on the season. USM lost on a buzzer-beater to Westfield State 80-79 prior to the break. With its seventh consecutive win, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps improves to 7-4.

Ahead by one, 72-71, Grodahl’s dagger of a three gave the Stags some breathing room in a tightly contested game. In the final moments of regulation, both teams traded three-pointers to set up the overtime period. With the game tied at 62, Stag senor Cody Mivshek (Fort Collins, Colo./Phillips Exeter) drained a three with two minutes remaining, before Southern Maine senior Sean Bergeron(Kennebunk, Maine) pulled the Huskies even with three from the top of a key with one minute remaining.

Tied at 65 all, the Stags reclaimed a three-point advantage as Grodahl sank a three with just over 30 seconds to play. Bergeron missed a potential game-tying three for the Huskies, but after a missed free throw with 10 seconds left, USM retained possession and junior guard Brandon Tomah (Princeton, Maine/Calais) nailed a three for the Huskies with just 4.7 to play for a 68-68 score at the end of regulation.

Trailing by one after one of two USM free throws, in overtime, Stags’ freshman Shelby Lane (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) made a jumper and a pair of free throws to put CMS ahead by three, but Tomah countered with a runner to cut the deficit to one 72-71. Both teams traded misses before Grodahl’s three made it a two possession game. After an empty possession, the Huskies were forced to foul and CMS made 4-of-6 from the free throw line to earn the win.

Mivshek led all scorers with 17 points and added a game-high 10 rebounds. Grodahl had 13 points, while freshman forward Jason Harrington (Woodinville, Wash.) added 13 points and Lane had 11. The Huskies were led by Tomah, who had 15 points in 41 minutes. Senior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine) and junior guardConor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) added 13 each. Bergeron finished with 12 and James Odneal (Pontiac, Mich.) had 10 to go along with 8 rebounds.

Brandeis 85, Bates 68

LEWISTON, Maine — Brandeis University started the game with an 11-2 run and led wire to wire in an 85-68 defeat of Bates College in non-conference men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Alumni Gymnasium.

Bates drops to 5-7 with its second straight loss, while Brandeis rises to 9-2 with its second consecutive victory, in the Judges’ first outing since Dec. 11.

Junior guard Gabriel Moton (St. Petersburg, Fla.) led the Judges with 21 points and 12 rebounds, to go wih five assists. Junior guard Derek Retos (No. Attleboro, Mass.) added 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 5-of-5 three-point distance. Junior forward Alex Stoyle (Goffstown, N.H.) contributed 14 points, seven rebounds and a game-high six assists in the win.

Bates senior center Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine) led the Bobcats with 18 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Senior Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) and sophomore Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) scored 13 points apiece, and sophomore Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.) added 11 points off the bench. Junior Luke Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.) dished out five assists for Bates, while Brust distributed four more.

Moton scored six points in Brandeis’ initial 11-2 run, then followed four consecutive points by Bogdanovich with a 3-pointer assisted by senior center Wouter van Der Eng (Alphen aun der Rijn, Netherlands) for a 14-6 Brandeis lead. Bates turned the ball over twice and missed three straight shots while the Judges increased the lead to 22-6 with a three by junior Ben Bardtoldus (Hillsborough, N.H.), a layup by van der Eng and a three-point play by Stoyle. Matarazzo hit a three for Bates, but Retos responded with a quickly released 3-pointer from the corner, assisted by Moton, to make it 25-9 in Brandeis’ favor at the 11:26 mark. The Judges combined a 19-10 rebounding edge in the first half with 62.1 percent field-goal shooting, including 7-of-10 from three-point range, to build a lead as high as 22 points in the opening period, before settling for a 48-33 advantage at the break. Moton had 12 points in the first half, supplemented by 11 from Retos. For Bates, Bogdanovich had 10 points at the break, while Brust made 4-of-5 shots from the floor for eight points.

Brust finished the half with a jumper with five seconds remaining, then opened the second half on a similar note, working one-on-one for a baseline jumper that closed the gap to 48-35. Brandeis junior center Youri Dascy (Fall River, Mass.) made three straight buckets, followed by a pair of free throws by Stoyle (who finished 8-for-10 from the line), and Retos made threes at the 16:23 and 15:04 marks of the half for a 62-41 Brandeis lead. Selmon sent Moton to the line for two more free throws to build the lead to a game-high 23 at 64-41 with 14:15 left in the game.

Bates then outscored Brandeis 13-3 over the next five minutes, starting off the run with a corner three by sophomore Adam Philpott (Gloucester, Mass.), followed by trifectas from Selmon, Brust and Safford. Van der Eng followed Safford’s three with a layup off a nifty feed by Stoyle, but Bogdanovich cut it to 13 again with a baseline jumper.

Brandeis bumped its lead upward again, though, as Moton drove for two straight layups off of missed threes by the Bobcats. Three free throws by Stoyle, followed by a Stoyle-assisted layup by Bartoldus, put the Judges back on top by 20 at 78-58 with 5:39 left, and Bates could get no closer than 15 points the rest of the way.