BANGOR, Maine — The Husson University men’s and women’s basketball teams have earned the No. 1 seeds for North Atlantic Conference tourney, which opens with quarterfinal games Tuesday night at the home courts of the higher seeded teams.
Both Husson teams received byes for the quarterfinal rounds and will serve as tourney host for the semifinal and final rounds Friday and Saturday at Newman Gym in Bangor.
The NAC champs will advance to the first round of the NCAA Division III tourney.
Quarterfinal men’s action tips off when No. 5 Castleton University (Vt.) visits No. 4 Thomas College in Waterville while No. 6 Lyndon State (Vt.) will be at No. 3 Johnson State at 6 p.m.
Husson will take on the Castleton-Thomas winner at 6 p.m. Friday while the Lyndon-Johnson winner will play No. 2 Colby-Sawyer at 8 p.m.
The semifinal winners will battle for the title at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
In the women’s tourney, fifth-ranked University of Maine-Farmington will travel to Henniker, N.H., to battle No. 4 New England College at 6 p.m. Tuesday while No. 6 Colby-Sawyer will visit No. 3 Maine Maritime Academy at 6:30 p.m. in Castine.
Second-seeded Castleton will battle the winner between MMA and Colby-Sawyer at 1 p.m. Friday, while Husson will play the UMF-NEC winner at 3 p.m.
The semifinal winners will vie in the final at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Husson men’s and women’s teams both wrapped up their regular seasons with victories on Saturday while the MMA women also notched a win.
MMA 77, Thomas 40
At Waterville, Alayne Felix scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and provided five assists and three steals to power the Mariners.
Megan McLean (6 rebounds) and Bekah Campbell (9 rebounds) tossed in 15 and 14 points, respectively, for Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (17-8, 13-5 NAC).
Katie McAllister led Thomas (3-22, 2-16 NAC) with 17 points.
Husson 75, UMF 72
At Farmington, Victoria McIntyre scored 22 points and Kenzie Worcester added 20 to lead Husson by UMF.
McIntyre also grabbed nine rebounds for Husson (19-6, 17-1 NAC) while Worcester had five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Meghan Smith poured in 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to power UMF (11-14, 9-9). Kennadi Grover chipped in with 11 points and Kelly Pomerleau added 10.
Husson 90, UM-Farmington 85
At Farmington, Eli Itkin connected for a game-high 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, to help the Eagles beat the Beavers.
Trevon Butler poured in 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for Husson University of Bangor (19-6, 15-3 NAC) and Raheem Anderson provided 18 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Nick Hilton paced a balanced effort for the University of Maine-Farmington (3-22, 3-15 NAC) with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Camire and Sean Murphy each tossed in 17 points, while Eric Berry (4 assists) and Logan Nichols chipped in with 11 points each.