College roundup: CMCC women and men each blow out Hampshire

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AUBURN — The Central Maine Community College women’s basketball team routed Hampshire 93-16 on Saturday.

The Mustangs held the Black Sheep to eight points in each half.

Natalie Thurber paced CMCC’s offense with 17 points to go along with five steals, four rebounds and three assists. She accomplished that in only 11 minutes on the court.

Brianna Mulherin, an Oak Hill High School graduate, put up 14 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Jane Lester also scored in double figures, tallying 10 points in 12 minutes.

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The Mustangs (5-1, 3-0) were without Jordan Reynolds and Kristina Blais, and 2016-17 USCAA All-American Brooke Reynolds only played 13 minutes, all in the first half (four points, five steals, three rebounds).

All 13 Mustangs who suited up played double-digit minutes.

Hampshire, which only had five players, was led by Cori Cannavino, who had 12 points and 11 boards.

Men’s basketball

CMCC 97, Hampshire 52

AUBURN — Levi Lapham and Zavier Roman led the CMCC men’s basketball team to a 97-52 win over Hampshire on Saturday.

Lapham led the Mustangs (6-0, 3-0) with 16 points, while Roman contributed 15. Freddy Webb also scored in double figures, making 3 of 5 from 3-point range and finishing with 11 points.

Leavitt Area High School graduate Jack Sylvester pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds, and Kenny Hunyh dished out a team-high six assists.

Malik Ford poured in 20 points and yanked down 17 rebounds to lead Hampshire (0-3).

Men’s cross country

Bates fifth at regionals

GORHAM — The Bates College men’s cross country team placed fifth out of 54 teams at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships on Saturday.

The fifth-place showing is the Bobcats’ best since 2013. It also is potentially high enough to earn one of 16 at-large berths into next Saturday’s NCAA Championships in Illinois.

Bobcats seniors Stephen Rowe and Zach Magin earned All-New England honors by finishing 30th and 32nd, respectively, out of 370 runners.

MIT placed first, followed by Amherst, Middlebury and Williams.

Women’s cross country

Bates’ Cook takes fourth

GORHAM — The Bates College women’s cross country team earned itself hope for an NCAA Championships berth by placing fifth at the Division III New England Regionals on Saturday at Gorham Country Club.

Bobcats senior Katherine Cook placed fourth overall. Cook completed the 6-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 44.7 seconds for 16th-ranked Bates, earning All-New England honors and guaranteeing herself an individual invitation to the NCAA meet in Illinois next Saturday.

Junior Ayden Eickhoff (29th place) and freshman Abby Hamilton (35th) also garnered All-New England honors.

MIT won the team championship. Tufts was second, Williams third and Middlebury fourth.

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