Local colleges: Williams men, women each eliminated from NESCAC Tournament
MEDFORD >> The season ended for the Williams College men's basketball team Saturday, but the Ephs didn't go down without a fight.
After trailing by 19 points with eight minutes left in the game, Williams cut Tufts' lead to four with 36 seconds left, but got no closer as the third-seeded Jumbos (20-5) beat No. 6 Williams 77-71 in the NESCAC Tournament quarterfinals.
The Ephs (15-10) never led in the game, but when Dan Aronowitz hit a 3-point basket with 36 seconds to play, it was 73-69. But the Jumbos went 4 for 4 from the line in the final 30 seconds to lock up the win and advance to the semifinals.
Aronowitz had a game-high 32 points while Bobby Casey added 10. Four of five Tufts starters scored in double figures. Vincent Pace had 16.
NESCAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
BRUNSWICK, MAINE >> The Williams women ran out of steam in the fourth quarter, as third-seeded Bowdoin beat the No. 6 Ephs 73-50 in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Tournament.
Williams (17-8) trailed 55-46 after three quarters, but the Polar Bears (20-5) outscored the Ephs 18-4 in the final 10 minutes to win going away.
Four of Bowdoin's five starters scored in double figures. Lauren Petit and Shannon Brady had 16 points each. For the Ephs, Lauren McCall had a game and season-high 22 points and Oge Uwanaka — playing in her final game — had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Williams was 17-5 when it lost senior center Katie Litman to an ankle injury. The Ephs lost their final three games.
BRIDGEWATER 82, MCLA WOMEN 53
NORTH ADAMS >> The MCLA women lost their regular-season finale on Saturday, but still found themselves with one more home game.
That's because the Trailblazers (13-12, 4-8) earned the fourth-seed in the MASCAC Tournament. MCLA will host fifth-seeded Salem State Tuesday at 6 p.m. The winner faces top-seed Westfield State on Thursday.
In the game, the Trailblazers were outscored 31-16 in the third quarter as the visiting Bears (12-12, 9-3) broke open a tight game.
Jennifer Whyte came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points for Bridgewater. Kayla Hotaling had 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead MCLA, while Karina Mattera added 11 points.
BRIDGEWATER 78, MCLA MEN 75
NORTH ADAMS >> In the second game of the MASCAC doubleheader, Paul Maurice made two foul shots with 1:08 left, cutting Bridgewater's lead to three. But the Trailblazers (6-19, 2-10) could not catch the Bears.
Khalil Paul and Paul Maurice, playing in their final games at North Adams, combined to 41 points. Paul had 25, 20 in the second half, while Maurice had 16 points.
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