Salem State Men’s Basketball Wins
SALEM – Tyreik McCauley’s (Worcester, Mass.) jumper with one second remaining broke a 77-77 tie and propelled Salem State to a stunning 79-77 victory over Gordon College on Tuesday evening at Twohig Gymnasium. Jaren Yang (San Francisco, Calif.) tied the game for the Fighting Scots with a three-pointer after two-previous attempts to tie in their final possession missed the mark. Following a throw-in from underneath Gordon’s basket, McCauley picked up the loose ball and calmly drained the winning shot from just inside the three-point arc. The Vikings improve to 3-1 on the season while the Fighting Scots slip to 1-1.
Gordon College took a 37-35 lead at the half behind the shooting of Eric Demers (Acushnet, Mass.), who had 15 first half points on 6-of-10 (60%) shooting from the field. Shaquan Murray (Boston, Mass.), who finished with a game-high 26 points and Alex Santos (Lawrence, Mass.), combined for 18 opening half points to keep the Vikings within striking distance.
Salem State gradually built an 11-point lead late in the second half after the game had been tied at 55-all with 11:42 remaining. Leading 58-57, Murray scored eight straight points, giving the Vikings a 63-59 lead before a 9-2 run by Salem State, put the Vikings up comfortably, 72-61 with 5:06 left.
Following a three-pointer by Santos, the Fighting Scots rallied over the final three minutes, erasing a 10-point deficit with a 12-2 spurt as the Vikings turned the ball over four times and went scoreless over their next seven possessions, setting the stage for the dramatic ending.
McCauley, went a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, and 2-for-2 from the free throw line in the second half and finished with 14 points. Santos and Drew Healy (Lowell, Mass.) also notched 14 points with Healy adding 10 rebounds.
Demers led Gordon with 17 points while Yang finished with 11. Garrison Duvivier (Brockton, Mass.) and Josh Ribero (Attleboro, Mass.) both contributed 10 points while Duvivier topped the Fighting Scots with a game-high 17 rebounds.
Women’s College Basketball – Gordon Tops SSU
SALEM – Meghan Foley (Malden, Mass) led the Gordon College Fighting Scots to a 72-58 victory over Salem State on Tuesday night at Twohig Gymnasium. Foley scored 22 points, shooting 50% from the field, while going 9-for-12 from the line. Gordon evens their record at 2-2 while the Vikings remain winless at 0-4.
Salem State trailed 31-24 at the half. Despite just shooting 10-39 (25.6%) over the first two periods, Gordon managed to build a 13-point lead with 6:49 remaining in the second. However, Salem State managed to cut into the deficit after a free throw and three quick layups by Gianna Moschella (Peabody, Mass.), Tyra Scott (Methuen, Mass.) and Katie McDonnell (Swansea, Mass.) made the score 26-20. Gordon recovered, and following two free throws by Foley which pushed the margin to nine, the Fighting Scots settled for a seven-point halftime advantage. Jes Brown(Saugus, Mass) led the Vikings in the first-half with six points.
Salem State Men’s Ice Hockey Wins on the Road
GORHAM, Maine — Senior Mackenzie Cook (Reading, Mass.) scored a pair of goals and senior goalie Jason Pucciarelli (Newmarket, Ont.) stopped 43 shots as the visiting Salem State University Vikings defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 5-3, in a non-conference men’s ice hockey game Tuesday evening at the USM Ice Arena.
The win snapped a four-game losing skid for the Vikings, and improved their overall record to 3-4-0. The Huskies dropped their second straight game to slip to 1-5-1 overall. Southern Maine is back in action on Saturday (4:00 p.m.) playing at the University of New England. Salem State will host Endicott College on Sunday (2:00 p.m.).
Salem State Women’s Ice Hockey
SALEM – Salem State’s Isabelle Woodward (Ottawa, Ontario) made 39 saves her counterpart University of New England goalie Caty Flagg (Methuen, Mass.) made 37 saves as the Vikings and Nor’Easters skated to a 1-1 tie at Rockett Arena on Tuesday evening. Salem State now stands at 0-5-2 while the University of New England goes to 1-2-4.
Endicott Women’s Basketball Wins
BEVERLY — The Endicott women’s basketball team hosted Keene State in McDonald Gymnasium on Tuesday evening and came away with a 70-40 victory.
The Gulls jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter as they outscored the Owls 16-2 in the first 10 minutes of play.
Endicott continued to build that lead and went into halftime up 32-12.
The third and fourth quarters continued much like the first two, as the Gulls went on to a convincing 70-40 win.
Emily Pratt (Gardner, Mass.) led all scorers for Endicott with 16 points, while Gabriella Coppola (Watertown, Mass.) and Hannah Kiernan (Wenham, Mass.) were close behind with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Endicott (2-1, 0-0 CCC) opens Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play at Nichols on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.
Keene State (0-4, 0-0 LEC) hosts Rensselaer at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27.
More Honors For Endicott Men’s Basketball Player Keith Brown
BEVERLY – Endicott sophomore guard Keith Brown (Pelham, N.H.) has been named the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Division III Men’s Basketball National Player of the Week. Brown is the first student-athlete in program history to earn this honor since it has been awarded (2014-15 season).
Brown averaged 41.5 points in the Gulls’ (2-0) two opening-week victories. Competing at the Babson Invitational, Brown scored 38 points (13-of-26 FG, 2-of-2 FT, 10-of-19 3FG) as Endicott defeated Regis 75-70 on Saturday. His 10 three-pointers set a team record and are tied for the most in a Division III game this season. Brown also totaled six rebounds, two steals and a block in the game.
Then, on Sunday against defending National Champion Babson (No. 7, d3hoops.com), he scored 45 points (15-of-25 FG, 5-of-5 FT, 10-of-15 3FG) – just two short of the Endicott single-game record – as the Gulls registered a 90-80 victory.
Selected MVP of the tournament, Brown finished the weekend averaging 41.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 0.5 blocks. He shot 54.9 percent (28-of-51) from the field, 58.8 percent (20-of-34) from three-point range and a perfect 100 percent (7-of-7) from the foul line.
For his efforts, Brown was also named the Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Week.