LISBON FALLS – Justin Staires scored 10 of his 16 points in the first quarter as Mountain Valley jumped out to an early lead and coasted to an 86-31 victory over Lisbon in MVC basketball.

Andy Shorey powered the Falcons with 19 points. Dean McGillis knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, and Owen Jones chipped in with 11 points.

Joe Stevens hit three 3-pointers en route to 11 points for the Greyhounds (0-5), while Zach Bubar dropped in eight points and grabbed seven rebounds. Zack Moan dished out nine assists for Lisbon.

MCI 86, Oak Hill 55

PITTSFIELD – Hunter Nichols dropped in 17 points, including seven-of-eight shooting from the free-throw line, as MCI rolled to an 86-55 victory over Oak Hill in boys’ basketball.

Leading 20-12 after one quarter, MCI put the game away in the second quarter with a 23-9 run.

Benson Mensah-Bonsu added 16 points for the Huskies (4-1), and Rodney Jones had nine points.

Josh Jillson paced the Raiders (0-6) with 11 points, and Tim Levesque added 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Edward Little 45, Skowhegan 36

SKOWHEGAN – Troy Barnies poured in a game-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Edward Little remained undefeated with a 45-36 victory over Skowhegan.

Barnies scored 17 points in the second half, and energized the Eddies with a dunk in the third quarter as EL (6-0) pulled away. Ben Hartnett added eight points in the win, and Kyle Philbrook scored five points to go with six assists.

Reeve Scribner scored 16 points to lead the Indians (0-7), and Eric Thistle added six points.

Men’s basketball
Colby 78, USM 59

STANDISH – Junior guard Mike Gaudet of Bingham led all scorers with 17 points, leading Colby College to a 78-59 win over the University of Southern Maine in mens’ basketball action at the Maine Event tournament at St. Joseph’s College on Friday.

Gaudet was 6-of-8 from the field and hit three of his four 3-point attempts for the Mules (6-3).

Junior forward Drew Coppenrath led the Huskies (4-6) with 12 points and eight rebounds, and Greg Whitaker of Presque Isle was the only other USM player in double digits with 11.

St. Joe’s 73, Husson 53

STANDISH – Chad Pulkkinen of Windham poured in a game-high 21 points – including nine from beyond the arc – and Elbie Murphy added 17 points and five rebounds to lead host St. Joe’s to a 73-53 romp over Husson in Game 2 of the Maine Event Tournament on Friday.

Marcus Alexander also scored in double figures for the Monks (6-3), and Bobby Russo hauled in 10 rebounds to lead all players.

For Husson, Martin Cleveland of Portland had a team-high 19 and Jason Harvey added 10 points.

Women’s basketball
USM 61, Mount Holyoke 48

DAYTONA, Fla. – Ashley Marble of Topsfield scored 20 points and set a career high with 18 rebounds to lead the University of Southern Maine to a 61-48 win over Mount Holyoke at the Land of Magic Classic.

The win is the Huskies’ sixth straight, and put head coach Gary Fifield just two wins shy of 500 for his career.

Senior Katie Sibley of Boothbay was the only other USM player in double figures, with 15 points and six assists for the Huskies (9-1).

Joeanna Silvey led the Lyons with 17 points, while Marisa Barone added 10.

Maine 8, Western Michigan 4

ESTERO, Fla – Wes Clark and Bret Tyler had two goals each and Billy Ryan had a goal and two helpers to lead the University of Maine to an 8-4 win over Western Michigan in the teams’ opening round game at the Florida College Hockey Classic on Friday.

No. 5 Maine (11-3-2 overall) scored five times in the third period to pull away from the pesky Broncos after the teams went into the final frame knotted at three.

Keith Johnson, Mike Hamilton and Teddy Purcell also scored for the Black Bears, who had last played to a 1-1 tie with Mercyhurst at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Dec. 16.

Western Michigan got goals from Jeff Pierce, Jeff LoVecchio, Brian Bicek and Mark Letestu.

Ben Bishop was in net and took the win for Maine. Biship has been the goalie of record in all of Maine’s games this season, and is now 11-3-2 as well. Going into Friday’s game, Bishop had a 1.75 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

In the tournament’s other game, No. 12 Cornell downed No. 2 New Hampshire 5-2. Cornell will now face Maine, while New Hampshire will look to rebound against Western Michigan.

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