NEWTON, Mass. – Kari Simpson poured in a game-high 19 points to lead Maine-Farmington to an 81-58 win over Mt. Ida.

Keene St. 62, USM 50

KEENE, NH – Senior guard Bri Barnes scored 14 of her game-high 23 points in the first half as Keene St. dropped Southern Maine 62-50.

Bates 63, Amherst 53

LEWISTON – Bates opened the second half with a 16-2 run opening up a two-point halftime lead and turned in a 63-53 victory over Amherst in the NESCAC t.

Senior Katie Franklin paced the third-seeded Bobcats (15-9) with 15 points.

NH Tech 57, CMCC 37

SOUTH PORTLAND – Neh Hampshire Tech limited Central Maine CC to 10 field goals to ease to a 57-37 victory.

Tiffani Seams and Kerri Harris led the Mustangs with 12 and 11 points.

Men’s basketball

Amherst 72, Bates 68

AMHERST, Mass. – Andrew Olson exploded for 17 second-half points as Amherst edged Bates 72-68 in the opening round of the NESCAC tourney.

Zak Ray and Rob Stockwell controlled the game in the first half, scoring 15 points to give Bates a 34-28 lead at intermission. But Amherst used a 15-0 run to seize momentum.

Northeastern 71, Maine 61

BOSTON – Bennet Davis had 19 points and four blocks and Bobby Kelly added 17 points to lead Northeastern to a 71-61 win over Maine.

Black Bears leading scorer Kevin Reed shot 5-for-17 from the field for 14 points. He was 2-for-10 in the first half, as the Black Bears shot 28 percent.

Maine pulled to within seven points twice in the closing minutes, but Davis sank two free throws both times to ice the Northeastern win.

Chris Bruff scored 12 and Mark Socoby added 11 for Maine, which has lost four straight.

Colby 91, Middlebury 79, OT

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Drew Cohen dumped in 26 points and Nick Farrell chipped in with 22 points as Colby College downed Middlebury College in overtime,

91-79 in men’s New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal action.

After falling behind 57-43 with 13 minutes remaining, the Mules went on a 21-7 run to tie the game. Middlebury regained the lead only to have Colby (15-10) tie the game once again forcing overtime. The Mules outscored the Panthers 19-7 in the extra frame behind sharp free throw shooting. Andrew Harris paced Middlebury (15-10) with 21 points while teammate Tim Edwards added 18 in the loss.

Trinity College 77, Bowdoin College 67

HARTFORD – Junior center Russ Martin scored a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds as Trinity College downed Bowdoin College 77-67 in a men’s NESCAC quarterfinal clash.

Knotted at 29-29 at the half, Trinity (21-3) used a 20-3 run in the second half to pull away for the victory. Five Bantams reached double figures. Kyle Jackson paced the Polar Bears (15-10) with 19 points and seven rebounds. Teammate Andrew Hippert reached the 1,000 point plateau with 18 points in the loss.

St. Joseph’s 99, Fort Kent 82

STANDISH – Chad Pulkkinen reached his 1,000th career point while scoring a game-high 22 points to lift St. Joseph’s to a 99-82 win over the University of Maine at Fort Kent in men’s basketball action Saturday.

The Monks (17-6) maintained a 16-point lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half, but the Bengals (15-10) used an 8-2 run to close the gap to seven points after a 3-point play by junior Gediminas Sumyla. Sumyla led the Bengals with 21 points.

Sophomore Elbie Murphy notched his third double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Monks, while breaking the single-season steals record with his 112th theft of the season.

UMaine-Farmington 65, Mt. Ida 62

NEWTON, Mass. – Sean Fry of Jay scored 24 points to lead the University of Maine at Farmington to a 65-62 victory over Mt. Ida in men’s basketball action Saturday.

The Beavers (10-15) built a 37-32 halftime lead which included back-to-back 3-pointers from Fry and Pat Howell.

The Mustangs took a one-point lead, 62-61, with 3:44 to play, their only lead of the game. But, the Beavers paddled back with a lay-up from Matt Nichols and a pair of free throws from Matt St. John with 10 seconds remaining.

Keene 79, Southern Maine 65

KEENE, N.H. – Junior forward Nick Drouin drained 16 points to lead Keene State to a 79-63 victory over the University of Southern Maine in men’s basketball action Saturday.

Drouin netted his team-high 16 points in just 17 minutes of action and hauled down eight rebounds for the Owls (21-4), while sophomore forward Nate Anderson notched a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Junior forward Drew Coppenrath led the Huskeis (6-19) with a game-high 23 points on a solid 10-for-17 effort from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. Junior guard Josh Daniels contributed in double-figures as well, scoring 17 points and recording five rebounds.

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