BANGOR — The University of Maine at Farmington’s second straight upset bid fell a few points short Saturday as the Beavers lost to Husson University in the North Atlantic Conference men’s basketball championship game.
The sixth-seeded Beavers (13-14) upset No. 2 Castleton State on Friday night and traded baskets throughout the game with the top-ranked Eagles (25-2). Maranacook graduate and UMF senior Ben Johnson cut the lead to 92-89 when he hit a short jumper with 21 seconds left. The Beavres had a chance to tie the game but mised and Husson put it away from the foul line.
Johnson finished with 28 points and 20 rebounds while teammate Garret Clemmer added 23 points, Andrew Dickey 12 points and Pet Sumner 10. Sam Leaf dished out 12 assist for the Beavers. Trevon Butler led the Eagles with 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Phil Leighton added 18 points, Aaron Willis 14 and Donte Cottonham 11.
MAINE 66, UNH 62: The Black Bears secured the No. 4 seed in this week’s America East tournament with the victory in Durham, N.H. Ashleigh Roberts led the Black Bears with 17 points and nine rebounds while teammate Liz Wood added 16 points and seven rebounds. Maine connected on 11 of 18 three-point attempts. Kelsey Hogan led the wildcats (18-11, 12-4 AE) with 21 points. Maine (16-13, 10-6) will play No. 5 Hartford in the opening round of the America East tournament Friday night in Albany, N.Y.
COLBY 14, TRINITY 4: Austin Sayre scored six goals and added two assists in the season opener for both teams in Waterville. Derek Youngman added five goals and two assists while John Grimaldi had two goals and Peter Willauer one.
COLBY 3, AMHERST 2: Brianne Wheeler made 43 saves to lead the No. 7 Mules to an upset over No. 2 Lord Jeffs in New England Small College Atheltic Conference quarterfinal playof action in Amherst, Mas.
Jess Barkley scored the game-winner with 1:18 left in the third period. Megan Fortier scored Colby’s other two goals.
Colby (10-13-2) plays rival Bowdoin in a semifinal game Saturday at Williams College.
WILLIAMS 7, COLBY 3: The Ephs ended the Mules season with the NESCAC quarterfinal win in Williamstown, Mass.
Ben Chwick, Robert McCormick and Kai Frankville scored for Colby while goalie Sam Parker made 34 saves. Williams is 15-7-3 while Colby finishes at 11-11-3.
IOWA 13, MAINE 12: Iowa scored two runs inthe bottom of the ninth to pull out the win at the Stetson Invitational in DeLand, Fla. Kyle Silva belted a grand slam in the second inning for the Black Bears, while Colin Gay finished with four hits.
Iowa is 8-1, Maine is 1-7.
Also Saturday: Cony graduate Mackenzie Dufour scored eight points and had six assists to help St. Joseph’s College defeat Norwich for the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference championship. Dufour was named to the all-tournament team.