NH College Roundup: Bakolas scores 12, unbeaten Bentley beats SNHU
The former Manchester Central standout scored 12 points and dished out four assists to lead nationally top-ranked and unbeaten Bentley University to a 95-55 Division II women’s basketball win against host Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday.
The Falcons have been ranked No. 1 all year in the USA Today Sports/WBCA Division II poll.
In 22 minutes, Bakolas was 4-for-6 from the field. She connected on two three-point shots and scored all 12 of her points in the first half.
Teammate Lauren Battista went over the 1,900-point mark in her career with a game-high 16 points.
SNHU was led by junior Brooke Springfield of Jaffrey with 11 points.
The Falcons improved to 24-0 and 19-0 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 7-17 and 5-14 in the league.St. Anselm 62, Merrimack 49: In North Andover, Mass., Tori Lehr tallied 19 points and Briana Jones added 18 for the Hawks, who improved to 14-10 overall and 10-9 in the Northeast-10.Stonehill 81, Franklin Pierce 67: In Easton, Mass., sophomore Dyamond Gardner posted a double-double to lead the way for Franklin Pierce with 16 points and a game-high ten rebounds.
St. Anselm 90, Merrimack 82: In North Andover, Mass., all five starters for the Hawks finished the game scoring in double digits. Mike McCahey was 10 of 18 from the field and finished with 25 points and seven rebounds. Dino Mallios had 20 points and eight assists and Roy Mabrey collected 16 points and five boards. John Nielson netted 12 points and Chris Santo had 11 points and 11 boards.
SNHU 81, Bentley 62: In Manchester, Rodney Sanders scored 21 points and Aleksandar Dobrovic tallied 13 to lead the Penmen, now 9-9 in the NE-10.
Franklin Pierce 76, Stonehill 73: In Easton, Mass., Paul Beckens connected on a three-pointer with 1:30 left to give the Ravens the lead for good at 72-69. Free throws in the final 17 seconds from Ellis Cooper and Ryen Vilmont allowed the Ravens (19-5) to escape a potential upset loss to 7-17 Stonehill. Cooper had 20 points and Vilmont had 16.
SNHU 5, Franklin Pierce 4: At Winchendon, Mass., Jay Sylvia’s power play goal with one second left lifted the Penmen past the Ravens in NE-10 play. SNHU got third-period power play goals from Jim Gabrione, Nick Riccio and Sylvia to raise their record to 15-8-1 overall. Goalie Tyler Holske turned back 18 shots for the win.