Staff Report

WATERVILLE — Levi Barnes of Skowhegan scored 22 of his team-high 24 points in the second half, helping the Thomas College men’s basketball team take an 86-83 win over New England College in North Atlantic Conference play on Saturday afternoon.

The teams traded the lead 13 times in the second half. Thomas (8-11, 8-4) took the lead for good with 4:48 to play with a pair of free throws by Eric Westbrooks. Stanley Greene, Jr. scored 18 points for the Terriers, while Garen Manzo and Adam Carlsen each scored 13.

Dezron Wilson led NEC (6-13, 3-9) with 29 points.

COLBY 70, TRINITY 67, OT: A day after knocking off defending national champion Amherst, Colby earned another big New England Small College Athletic Conference win in Waterville.

Colby (11-8, 3-4) led by nine points at the half, but Trinity (11-9, 3-4) rallied to get close. Colby appeared to have the game in hand after Patrick Stewart nailed a 3-point shot with 3.8 seconds left to give the Mules a 56-55 lead. Trinity was then called for a technical foul after calling a timeout with none remaining, though the Bantams disputed they had called time. Stewart nailed both technical free throws for a 58-55 margin.

Trinity tried a long pass to mid-court that went out of bounds with 1.6 seconds to play. Colby, though, threw the ball away on the inbounds play to Trinity’s Hart Gliedman, who nailed an off-balance, falling over 3-point shot from about 35 feet out at the buzzer.

In overtime, Chris Hudnut scored four of his game-high 21 points for Colby,

Stewart and Ryan Jann each scored 12 points for the Mules. Gliedman led the Bantams with 15 points.

COLBY-SAWYER 73, UMF 67: Zach Bean scored 17 points to lead the Chargers to the NAC win in Farmington.

Colby-Sawyer (10-8, 9-3) led 40-27 at the half, but the Beavers (8-10, 6-6) cut the deficit to three points, 66-63, when Maranacook grad Ben Johnson made a layup with 38 seconds to play. From there, Colby-Sawyer made seven free throws to ice the win.

Andrew Dickey led UMF with 25 points and eight rebounds, while Johnson scored 14 points and grabbed eight boards.

MAINE 83, UMBC 80: Xavier Pollard and Zarko Valjarevic scored 18 points each as Maine held on for the America East victory.

Maine (5-16, 3-6) held a commanding 56-36 lead at the half, UMBC (7-15, 3-6), led by Chase Plumber with 23 points, started the second period with a 30-9 run to take the lead 66-65 with 8:12 remaining. The Black Bears regained the lead, but UMBC made five free throws to close the gap to 81-80 with 55 seconds remaining. Troy Reid-Knight sealed the victory with two free throws in the final 11 seconds. The Retrievers missed two 3-point attempts in the final five seconds.

Rodney Elliot added 21 points for UMBC.

Women’s basketball

MAINE 61, UMBC 48: The Black Bears matched a school-record with 14 3-pointers to take the America East win in Baltimore.

Liz Wood led Maine (11-11, 5-4) with 15 points, eight rebounds and five steals. The Black Bears shot 14 for 41 from 3-point range, matching a record for makes set against Vermont in 1999. The 41 attempts is a new team record.

Sara Tarbert led UMBC (2-19, 1-8) with 22 points.

NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE 72, THOMAS 39: Taylor Burgess scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Pilgrims to the NAC win in Waterville.

Kayla Lawlor added 15 points for NEC (10-9, 6-6), which pulled away with a 13-0 run in the first half.

Gardiner graduate Katie McAllister led Thomas (3-15, 3-9) with 18 points and eight rebounds.

TRINITY 67, COLBY 58: Hannah Brickley dominated inside with a game-high 28 points and eight rebounds to lead the Bantams to the NESCAC win in Waterville.

Brickley was 12-for-18 from the field and had five offensive rebounds for Trinity (11-8, 4-3). Moriah Sweeney added seven points and eight rebounds for the Bantams.

Desi Smith led Colby (6-14, 0-7) with 17 points and four assists. Cony grad Mia Diplock added 14 points while Hall-Dale’s Carylanne Wolfington finished with 11 points and four assists.

COLBY-SAWYER 65, UMF 56: The Chargers shot 10 for 28 from 3-point range to take the NAC win in Farmington.

Jessica Shenkel led Colby-Sawyer (10-9, 9-3) with 15 points and five rebounds to pace the Chargers offensively, while Kelsey Cahill charted 13 points with a team-high seven boards and seven steals,

Lindsay Ranquist led UMF (7-12, 6-6) 13 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Kennadi Grover came off the bench to score 12 points for the Beavers.

Women’s ice hockey

TRINITY 5, COLBY 1: The Bantams scored three goals in the first period to take the NESCAC win in Hartford, Conn.

Shannon Farrell scored a pair of goals for Trinity (9-5-3). Alexa Pujol made 27 saves for the win.

Jackie Tavella scored for Colby (5-9-2). Brianne Wheeler made 26 saves for the Mules.

NORDIC

MEN: John Dixon became the third Colby male skier under head coach Tracey Cote to take second place in an event after earning runner-up honors in classic sprint racing at the University of Vermont Carnival at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt.

Dixon had a time of 3 minutes, 7.5 seconds over 1.2 kilometers to finish just behind University of Vermont’s Jorgen Grav (3:06.3). Dixon joins Nick Kline and Wyatt Fereday as second-place finishers in a carnival.

Dixon’s finish helped the Mules finish in a tie for third place in the team standings with Williams College and Laval University. Jefferson Tucker was 19th for the Colby men in 3:17.6.

WOMEN: The Mules finished sixth in the team standings behind a 14th-place finish from first-year Olivia Amber (3:58.8). Sarah Brockett was 22nd in 4:03.0 and Amy Bianco took 24th in 4:03.4. The Mules had five skiers in the top 28, with Lizzie Anderson taking 27th and Emma Donohoe 28th.

Also on Saturday: Skowhegan’s Amanda Johnson scored 15 points, with four rebounds and two assists, to help the Husson women’s basketball team take a 96-27 win over Green Mountain College… Mt. Blue grad Gabby Foy scored 15 points for Central Maine Community College in a win over Vermont Tech… Maranacook graduate Kyle Boucher had 14 points and 12 rebounds but Maine Maritime lost 104-68 to Castleton in men’s basketball action.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

MESSALONSKEE 49, BREWER 34: Kelsey Mayo scored 25 points to lead the Eagles to a win over the Witches.

Sophie Holmes added six points for Messalonskee (11-6).

Meg Davis and Courtney Pearson each scored eight points for Brewer (2-14).

HALL-DALE 73, MT. ABRAM 14: Thea Sweet scored 17 points to lead the Bulldogs to the MVC win in Farmingdale.

Nicole Pelletier added 13 points for Hall-Dale (10-7) while Allison Crockett and Molly French each scored nine.

Mt. Abram is now 2-15.

KENTS HILL 37, NORTH HAVEN 28: Ashley Doyle scored 24 points to lead the Class C Huskies to the win over Class D North Haven. Faith Forsythe added six points for Kents Hill (8-4) while Jasmine Brown paced North Haven (2-14) with 15 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL

MESSALONSKEE 71, BREWER 58: Jordon Holmes scored 30 points to go with four assists and four steals as the Eagles took the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A win in Orono.

Nick Mayo had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Messalonskee (12-5). Ryan Erskine had five steals and five assists.

Brendan Newcomb led Brewer (3-13) with 17 points.

BOYS ICE HOCKEY

LAWRENCE/SKOWHEGAN 5, HOULTON/HODGDON 1: Cody Martin scored four goals to lead Lawrence/Skowhegan to a win over Houlton/Hodgdon at Sukee Arena in Winslow.

Adam Littlefield also had a goal for Lawrence/Skowhegan (8-5). Chase Nelson had five assists, while Anthony Paul had two assists.

Lawrence/Skowhegan goalie Kyle McLain had 21 saves.

Lucas Grant had the lone goal for Houlton/Hodgdon (1-13).