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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:58 am

Leopards claim fourth straight, topping UNE 61-49

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Senior forward John-Michael Fragnoli scored a game-high 19 points to lead Wentworth Institute of Technology to a 61-49 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's basketball victory over the University of New England on Tuesday evening (Feb. 3) at the Harold Alfond Forum.

The Leopards' fourth consecutive win puts WIT at 10-10 overall, and now 8-5 in CCC action. Big Blue falls to 5-15 on the year, 3-10 in league play.

Senior Ray Bessette added 13 points for Wentworth, which shot 41 percent from the floor as a team and overcame 23 turnovers. First-year Jason Ganley tallied nine points and a game-best five rebounds, as the Leopards controlled the boards by a 36-24 margin. Senior Nico Donato contributed eight points and four steals.

The Nor'easters were paced by a season-high 17 points from first-year Drew Coveney, and sophomore CJ Autry chipped in with 12. First-year Gavin Dibble recorded all of his six points and four steals in the 2nd half.

Wentworth came out of halftime holding a 28-25 edge, and UNE pulled within one early in the closing period, but back-to-back treys by Bessette and first-year Cesar Fulcar had the gap up at eight (37-29) at the 14:32 mark.

The Leopards managed to maintain the advantage through to the finish, allowing the hosts to get as close as four (39-35) before extending to the 12-point final cushion.

Big Blue connected on just 28 percent of its shots during the last 20 minutes, and made only 1-of-9 from deep. The Nor'easters were also hampered by 23 turnovers in the contest.

WIT, which led by as many as seven (21-14) during the opening stanza, returns home to face Eastern Nazarene College (10-2 CCC) on Saturday (3 p.m.).

The Nor'easters head for Salve Regina University (2-11 CCC) the same day and time.
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Re: UNE basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:08 am

Nor'easters roar back to stun Seahawks, 89-78

NEWPORT, R.I. -- The University of New England Nor'easters erased an 18-point first-half deficit to rally for an 89-78 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's basketball win over Salve Regina University on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 7) at the Rodgers Recreation Center.

The victory gives the Nor'easters (6-15, 4-10 CCC) a sweep of the season series with Salve Regina (5-16, 2-12).

Drew Coveney and Devin Thompson each scored 22 points to account for nearly half of Big Blue's offensive output. Coveney poured in 18 points after halftime, finishing the contest 6 of 8 from the floor and 8 of 10 from the free throw line on his way to a career-best point total. He added five steals and four assists. Thompson nailed three 3-pointers to go with seven rebounds, three steals and a trio of assists.

Gavin Dibble came off the bench to score nine points, while reserves Andy Kalu and Sam Thomas chipped in eight.

Barrett Hanlon had a big day for Salve Regina, finishing with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Nicholas Bates had 12 points and eight boards, and Chris O'Keefe and Eric MacKinnon scored 11 points apiece.

The Seahawks jumped all over UNE early, racing out to a 22-6 lead just 7:03 into the contest. Salve would continue to build to its lead, pushing the advantage to 18 (31-13).

The Nor'easters chipped away at the deficit, closing the gap to 12 (36-24) with 3:36 remaining in the half before reeling off 11 of the final 13 points of the stanza to get within three (38-35) at intermission.

UNE drew even (39-39) in the opening minutes of the second half before a free throw from Adam Quinlan and consecutive treys by MacKinnon gave Salve a 46-39 lead.

The Nor'easters rallied to tie the score at 51 with 12:27 on the clock, then fell behind again as the Seahawks tallied the next six points. Back-to-back three-pointers by Thompson and Coveney produced the game's fourth tie, and UNE then took the lead (64-61) for good on a three-ball by Kalu with 7:12 left. Coveney would score 10 points the rest of the way.

Big Blue converted 16 of 18 free throw attempts over the final 5:17 to help secure the win.

The Nor'easters shot 56.5 percent (13 of 23) from the floor and 82.1 percent (23 of 28) at the line in the second half.

Next up for UNE is a 5:30 p.m. road game at Gordon College on Wednesday.
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Re: UNE basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:33 am

Gordon grinds out win over UNE with late push

WENHAM, Mass. -- Gordon College out-scored the University of New England by a 15-6 margin over the final 6:03 to come away with a 59-51 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's basketball victory on Wednesday evening (Feb. 11) at the Bennett Center.

Earning a split in the season series, the Fighting Scots improve to 10-12 on the year and 7-8 in CCC games. The Nor'easters drop back to 6-16 overall and 4-11 in league outings.

Jaren Yang paced the hosts with 15 points, while Dylan Marshall contributed 12 and Dominic Paradis added 11 more. Hans Miersma finished with eight points, 12 boards, and six blocks. Gordon totaled a 45-30 advantage in the rebounding department.

For UNE, Devin Thompson tallied 20 points and five rebounds. Jean-Luc Parker chipped in with eight points.

After trading the initial four baskets (4-4), Thompson canned three treys to help the Nor'easters to a 14-4 cushion with 6:38 gone.

Big Blue was still up by seven (25-18) before a 10-0 spurt by the Fighting Scots swung the lead to Gordon. Three free throws from UNE in the final minutes of the period had things knotted at 28-28 entering the 2nd half.

GC went in front by six (38-32) until a deep connection from Thompson made it even at 41-all approaching the midway mark of the frame.

A pair of free throws by Parker gave the Nor'easters a 45-44 edge, but after more than a minute of scoreless action, Paradis drained a jumper to put the Fighting Scots ahead for good.

Another hoop by Paradis made it 50-47 with 4:13 left, and it wasn't until the 1:22 mark that Marshall nailed a three-pointer to double the margin. Yang converted 6-of-6 at the charity stripe in the closing 30 seconds to seal it.

UNE returns home to entertain Nichols College (14-1 CCC) on Saturday at 3 p.m.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:55 am

Nor'easters edge Curry; secure CCC tourney spot

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Junior Devin Thompson scored a game-high 22 points as the University of New England narrowly defeated Curry College, 68-65, on Tuesday evening (Feb. 17) in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's basketball action at the Harold Alfond Forum.

The victory gives the Nor'easters (7-17, 5-12 CCC) a place in the league postseason championship for the first time since the 2009-10 season. UNE will conclude the regular season on Saturday at Roger Williams University (6-11 CCC), before the eight-team tournament begins next Tuesday.

Thompson nailed 4-of-7 from downtown and made all eight of his free throws to pace Big Blue, while first-year Evrim Ozkan totaled 15 points and six rebounds. Sophomore CJ Autry contributed nine points and a team-best 11 boards, and first-year Drew Coveney also had nine points to go with four steals.

For Curry (5-19, 3-14 CCC), sophomore Paul Preziosi tallied 16 before halftime and finished with 18, with classmate James Pina adding 14. Junior Danny Brooks went for 11 points, nine rebounds, and five steals. Senior Antonio Jones was held more than eight points below his league-leading scoring average, ending with 10.

The Colonels connected on 8-of-16 shots from long range in the contest, but only made 54 percent (13 of 24) at the charity stripe, where UNE (24 of 32) had an 11-point advantage.

In a game that featured 13 lead-changes, the final one came 10:17 left in the 2nd half as part of a 7-0 run by the Nor'easters that turned around a 45-41 deficit. Sophomore Jean-Luc Parker put the hosts in front for good with a three-point play on a fastbreak.

Big Blue built a cushion as large as eight on three occasions in the last 52 seconds, including 68-60 after two freebies by Thompson at the 0:30 mark.

Brooks came right back for Curry, driving in for a layup plus one to make it 68-63. A turnover on the inbounds pass gave possession to the visitors, and Brooks dropped in a jumper to cut the margin to three (68-65) with 19 seconds remaining.

After UNE missed a pair of free throws, the Colonels had one last chance to pull even, but a good look from the right wing as time expired fell short.

At the start, Preziosi had 11 points in less than seven minutes to put Curry up, 14-5. The Nor'easters eventually responded as Thompson canned two three-pointers to book-end an 8-0 spurt in a span of 1:03, sliding UNE up to a 22-20 lead.

Preziosi hit the Colonels' sixth three-pointer in the opening period to cap the scoring and make it 37-33 in favor of Curry.

UNE rattled off the initial six points of the closing stanza (39-37), only to see Pina put an 8-2 stretch on the Nor'easters to restore the CC advantage (45-41).

Big Blue nearly doubled-up the Colonels on the glass in the last 20 minutes, 25-13.

Curry wraps its season on Saturday with a home match against Salve Regina University (3-14 CCC).
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:27 pm

Hawks surge into halftime, down UNE 71-49

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Roger Williams University closed the opening period on a 10-2 run to separate from a one-point contest on the way to a 71-49 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's basketball victory in the regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 21) at the Campus Rec Center.

The Hawks (9-16, 7-11 CCC) secure the sixth seed for the upcoming CCC Championship, while the Nor'easters (7-18, 5-13 CCC) settle into the eighth seed.

Andrew Wasik led the way for RWU with 17 points, including going 5-of-8 from downtown. He and Ryan Palumbo, who had 14 points and four steals, each recorded five assists. Joe Syska tallied 12 points and corralled seven rebounds for the home team, which posted a 32-23 advantage on the glass.

Roger Williams shot 54 percent from the floor and 12-of-24 from three-point range.

UNE received 14 points from Devin Thompson, and Gavin Dibble contributed eight.

The Hawks used a 14-2 run to jump ahead (24-13) during the early portion of the 1st half. Alex Puzone and Trevor Fahmy notched nine of their combined 16 points in the stretch.

While the Nor'easters responded with 12 of the next 14 to get within one (26-25), Wasik canned consecutive treys as RWU pushed back to gain a 36-27 cushion at intermission.

Thompson pulled UNE as close as eight (40-32), but after three minutes without either side scoring, Roger Williams spent the ensuing 4:28 embarking on a 16-4 span that brought the spread to 56-36. The Hawks struck with three-pointers to jump start the run -- Wasik twice and then Puzone.

Both teams hit the road Tuesday for the opening round of the conference tournament -- RWU to Eastern Nazarene, and the Nor'easters to Nichols.
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Re: UNE basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:29 pm

Parker's 3 gives UNE stunning win over #1 Nichols

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DUDLEY, Mass. -- Jean-Luc Parker hit a three-pointer as time expired to give eighth-seeded University of New England an epic 50-49 victory over top-seeded Nichols College in a quarterfinal-round game of the 2015 Commonwealth Coast Conference Men's Basketball Championship played Tuesday evening (Feb. 24) at the Athletics Center.

The Nor'easters (8-18), making their first post-season appearance since 2010, advance to face No. 4 Wentworth Institute of Technology in one Thursday semifinal. Second-seeded Endicott College and third-seeded Eastern Nazarene College will face-off in Thursday's other game. UNE avenged a pair of regular-season losses to the Bison (20-6), including a 100-46 lopsided affair Jan. 10 in Dudley.

Devin Thompson tossed in a game-high 17 points to lead the way for the Nor'easters. He was 7 of 12 from the floor, including a 3-for-7 effort from beyond the arc. Parker was 6 of 11 on his field goal attempts and finished with 15 points. Sam Thomas came off the bench to score 10 points. He was perfect on all five of attempts from the field. CJ Autry grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds -- including 13 at the defensive end -- and Drew Coveney dished out six assists.

Irving Eggleston had a team-high 15 points for the Bison, while Matt Langadas added 11. Christian Horton chipped in eight points and eight boards.

After Langadas had given Nichols a 49-47 lead on a jumper with two seconds remaining, the Nor'easters called timeout to set up the final play. Autry inbounded the ball, throwing it in the air to the opposite three-point line to Thomas, who turned and found Parker in the left corner. Parker knocked down the contested trey as the buzzer sounded, sending the Nor'easters' bench onto the court in frenzied celebration.

Trailing by 10 (36-26) in the early stages of the second frame, Nichols chipped away at the deficit and closed to within three (42-39) on a Chris Johnson layup with just under 10 minutes remaining. UNE responded with the next three points to push the margin back up to six (45-39), but then the Nor'easters would go scoreless the next 8:29 as the Bison tallied eight consecutive points to grab a 47-45 lead.

Parker converted a layup with 27 seconds left to tie the score at 47, then the Bison worked the clock down before Langadas hit what appeared as if it might be the game-winning shot with two ticks left.

Big Blue had shot a sizzling 56.5 percent (13 of 23) in the opening half, compared to 20.8 percent (5 of 24) accuracy for Nichols to build a 29-23 cushion heading into intermission. For the game, UNE's defense limited the Bison to their lowest scoring output of the season, while out-rebounding Nichols by a 38-31 margin.

"Nichols is an extremely talented, well-coached team," said UNE head coach Ed Silva. "However, tonight was a coach's dream because we executed the game plan to near perfection -- right down to the final play."

UNE lost both meetings with Wentworth during the regular season, suffering a 51-45 setback on the road Jan. 6 and a 61-49 home defeat Feb. 3. Thursday's semifinal tilt at Tansey Gymnasium is slated to tip at 7 p.m.
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Re: UNE basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:51 am

Leopards claw past UNE to reach CCC title game

BOSTON -- Cesar Fulcar and John-Michael Fragnoli combined for 41 points on 16-for-20 shooting to power fourth-seeded Wentworth Institute of Technology to a 70-61 win over eighth-seeded University of New England in the semifinal round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship Thursday evening (Feb. 26) at Tansey Gymnasium.

The Leopards advance to Saturday's title game and will travel to Beverly, Mass. to face second-seeded Endicott College, an 87-80 overtime winner over third-seeded Eastern Nazarene College.

Fulcar tossed in 21 points on a 7 of 9 effort from the floor, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. Fragnoli scored 20 on 9-for-11 accuracy. Nico Donato added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Leopards (14-13), who shot 55.1 percent (27 of 49) for the contest.

CJ Autry paced UNE (8-19) with 15 points and a game-best nine boards. He made 5 of 9 field goal attempts, including all four of his shots from three-point territory. Devin Thompson and Evrim Ozkan scored 11 points apiece. Thompson also contributed four steals and three assists. Drew Coveney played a strong floor game with six assists and four steals.

The opening 13 minutes of the contest featured 11 lead changes until the Leopards established a bit of momentum to close the half. Trailing 22-21 with 7:35 remaining, Wentworth scored nine of the next 12 points to take a 30-25 cushion into intermission. Fragnoli hit back-to-back buckets to cap an 8-0 run during that surge.

The Leopards would seize control in the early stages of the second stanza, outscoring UNE 17-5 over the initial 4:43 to build a 17-point lead (47-30). Fulcar had a pair of treys and a conventional three-point play to help ignite the run.

Big Blue chipped away and got as close as six (63-57) with just under two minutes remaining, but Wentworth made 5 of 7 at the free throw line down the stretch to help hold off the Nor'easters.

Wentworth shot 61.9 percent (13 of 21) after halftime, and out-rebounded the Nor'easters by five (36-31) for the contest. Both teams were strong with the ball, with UNE committing just seven turnovers and the Leopards 12.

Wentworth will be making its second title game appearance in the last five years. The Leopards suffered a 68-58 overtime setback to Salve Regina University in 2011.
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