Nationally ranked Champlain (Vt.) Community College lost its second straight game on a weekend visit to Western New York Sunday, suffering a 78-68 defeat at Niagara County CC. Champlain was beaten Saturday at Erie CC.
Rickie Latham (Seneca) scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half as NCCC (4-0) erased a 41-29 deficit. The 6-foot-3 Latham also had nine rebounds. Durran Williams had 18 points and eight boards for NCCC. John Walker (McKinley) added 12 points.
It was NCCC's first win over Champlain since 1977. The teams have met every year since the mid 1980s. Champlain dropped to 6-2.
Darcel Williams (Traditional), scored 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in leading ECC over Junior College of Albany, 85-66. Mojo Reimeris had 21 point for ECC (4-2, 2-0). Robert Willis (Seneca) had 12 for Albany (4-3, 0-2).
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Kawana Gwinn of champion Muskingum (Ohio) College was selected Most Valuable Player of the Betty Abgott Invitational Tournament after the Muskies defeated host Buffalo State, 71-63 in the final.
Gwinn and Wrenn Lonek of Muskingum, Tina Williams and Karynne Helmer of Buffalo State and Carrie Stevens of D'Youville made the all-tournament team.
Renee Witt had 14 points and nine rebounds for Buffalo State in the title game. Stevens scored 19, but D'Youville bowed to Alfred, 53-32, in the consolation game.
Nicole Stevens (Grover Cleveland) scored 25 points and had nine rebounds as ECC (3-1) defeated Mercyhurst, 54-52.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Bob Maxwell, the winningest coach in University of Buffalo history, announced his retirement after 18 years. He will remain with the university as coordinator of facilities for the Divison of Athletics. Maxwell's team finished the season Saturday at 10-23, only the fifth losing campaign in his tenure. His record at UB was 409-285-8.