NEW LONDON, New Hampshire — The Colby-Sawyer Chargers opened the second half with a 16-7 scoring run and went on to beat the Husson University Eagles 86-73 in a North Atlantic Conference semifinal Saturday.
Husson led at halftime 37-30.
Husson took a 47-46 lead on a pair of Aaron Willis free throws with 13:40 remaining, but Colby-Sawyer went on a 26-9 run and took a 72-56 lead with 5:37 left. Husson could get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
Wol Majong and Koang Thok each had 22 points for Colby-Sawyer.
Trevon Butler finished with a game-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Husson. Willis finished with 19 points and Raheem Anderson chipped in with 17 points and six rebounds. Husson finishes with a 20-7 record.
Husson shot 37.3 percent for the contest and 22.6 percent from 3-point range while Colby-Sawyer shot 48.2 percent and 47.1 percent, respectively. The Chargers held a 44-31 rebounding edge.
At Winter Haven, Florida, Maine lefthander Scott Heath scattered three runs and five hits over six innings to lift the Black Back Bears by the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 8-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Bonnies won the second game 5-4.
Heath (2-0) has notched the victories in both Maine wins this season as the Bears are now 2-8 and the Bonnies are 2-1.
Heath struck out five and Charlie Butler pitched a scoreless seventh.
Maine struck for two runs in the first inning with Kevin Stypulkowski slicing a two-run single to right.
The Bears added two more in the fourth as Stypulkowski doubled and scored on Shane Bussey’s triple. Bussey scored when Brenden Geary doubled.
Stypulkowski accounted for another run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth and the Bears added three more in the seventh, highlighted by Bussey’s two-run double.
In the second game, the Bonnies got a run in the first on Tyler Bell’s RBI double, but Maine responded with two runs on RBI singles by Brian Doran and Brett Chappell.
The Bonnies rallied with five runs in the fifth with Ted Dilts and Jonathan Diaz each hitting a two-run single.
Maine added single runs in the sixth and seventh with Geary hitting an RBI double in the sixth.
Righthander Jake Marks (0-2) suffered the loss as he allowed four runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.
At Clearwater, Florida, Alexis Bogdanovich pitched a three-hitter to give Maine an 8-0 victory over the University of Illinois-Chicago in the first of two games Sunday.
Georgia Southern beat Maine in the second game 2-1.
Bogdanovich allowed only three hits and a walk in the shutout for Maine, now 4-5.
Erika Leonard had three hits and scored twice for the Black Bears and Janelle Bouchard homered. EmJ Fogel contributed two hits.
In the second game, Bogdanovich was reached for two runs in four innings of work when Georgia Southern scored in the third on Emily Snider’s RBI single and added a run in the fourth on a double-play grounder.
Samantha Ralphs delivered an RBI double in the sixth for Maine, scoring Jessica Burk.