Ephs cruise, batter Bobcats, 64-53

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Tournament MVP Meghan Stetson scored 23 points to lead Williams College to a 64-53 triumph over Bates College in the championship game of the Williams Winter Classic Wednesday afternoon.

Val Beckwith and Matia Kostakis, both all-tournament selections for Bates, led the Bobcats (7-5) with 12 points each.

Williams senior Maggie Miller, who notched a double-double in the victory with 14 points and 10 rebounds, was also an all-tournament selection.

Stetson scored 13 of her game-high 23 points in the second half as the Ephs (10-2) frustrated an attempted Bates’ rally.

Plattsburgh 86, Colby 70

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Plattsburgh state jumped out to 35-28 lead at halftime and then pulled away in the second half to take an 86-70 victory over Colby College in the consolation game of the Hall of Fame Tournament on Wednesday.

Anthony Williams led Plattsburgh with a game-high 18 points, while Travis Gorham finished with 15.

Adam Choice paced Colby with 16 points and six rebounds. Mac Simpson had 15 points, Mark Gaudet finished with nine, and Nick Farrell had seven points and five assists in the losing cause.

Middlebury 79, UNE 53

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BIDDEFORD – The Middlebury College Panthers started the second half with a 16-8 run to break open a close game en route to a 79-53 men’s basketball victory over the University of New England on Wednesday afternoon.

Evan Thompson and Matt Westman finished with 12 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring output for the Middlebury (6-3) win. Tim Edwards and Aaron Smith each added 10. The Panthers held a 52-37 advantage on the glass, and forced 21 UNE turnovers.

Isaac Stickney ended with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to notch his third consecutive double-double for the UNE (16-8) effort.

Mike Floyd, Steve Belmonte, and John Marriott added nine points apiece.

Hartford 62, Maine 60

ORONO – Bo Taylor had 15 points and Michael Turner had 12 as Hartford beat Maine 62-60 Wednesday night in America East play.

Junior Bernal, Maine’s scoring leader this season, was held to 4 points but hit a pair of free throws to bring the Black Bears to within two points with 46 seconds left.

Maine got some help when Turner missed a pair of free throws with 27 seconds on the clock but couldn’t get any points on the board. Mark Socoby missed a jumper with 4 seconds left and Reed missed a 3-pointer as the game ended.

Hartford (7-6, 1-0 America East) trailed 35-30 at the half but came from behind as shooting improved to 52.2 percent. from the field after the team hit 32 percent in the first half. The Black Bears shot 35 percent in the second half.

Maine (5-9, 0-1) was led by Reed and Chris Bruff, who had 14 point apiece. Jon Sheets had 13 points and Socoby had 11 points.

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