New England NCAA football scores: September 17

New England NCAA football scores: September 17

American International 37, Assumption 27
Bridgewater State 10, Plymouth State 7
Brown 21, Stony Brook, 20
Bryant 26, Sacred Heart 6
Buffalo State 82, Western Connecticut State 17
Central Connecticut State 28, Wagner 24
Curry 44, U.S. Coast Guard 21
Dartmouth 37, Colgate 20
Duke 20, BC 19
Endicott 58, Fitchburg State 7
Hartwick 37, Norwich 14
Holy Cross 30, Harvard 22
Maine 31, Albany 15
Maine Maritime 21, UMass Dartmouth 13
Massachusetts 36, Rhode Island 27
Mass Maritime 51, MIT 13
Merrimack 63, Pace 7
RPI 51, Castleton 21
Salve Regina 28, Framingham State 13
Springfield 63, Husson 19
Southern Connecticut State 59, Saint Anselm, 34
William & Mary 13, New Haven 10
WPI 31, Becker 3
Yale 37, Georgetown 27

Marcus Smart will get start for Celtics for injured Isaiah Thomas

Marcus Smart will get start for Celtics for injured Isaiah Thomas

As expected, Marcus Smart will get the start for the Boston Celtics tonight against the Orlando Magic in place of the injured Isaiah Thomas. 

Thomas, who leads the Celtics (12-9) in scoring (26.0) and assists (6.2) this season, suffered a right groin injury in Boston’s 107-106 loss at Houston on Monday.

Head coach Brad Stevens explained his decision a few minutes ago.

“He’s started a lot of games here in the past as a point guard,” Stevens told reporters. “He’s basically our sixth starter. It wasn’t one that I had to think a ton about.”

Starting Smart also allows second-year guard Terry Rozier to continue in his role coming off the bench. 

Whether he’s starting or coming off the bench, Smart’s production has been consistent. 

In the five games he has started this season, he has averaged 10.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. 

His numbers off the bench are almost identical with Smart averaging 9.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists as a reserve. 

Stevens also mentioned that Amir Johnson would be back in the starting lineup in place of Jonas Jerebko. Earlier in the day, Stevens told reporters the decision to start Jerebko on Monday was strictly because of the matchup with Houston. 

“We have to be able to be flexible in doing that,” Stevens said. “Houston plays four guards. We didn’t feel like we could defend them unless we switch one through four. I thought he (Jerebko) did a pretty good job. This (Orlando) team is different than Houston other than both are super-hot.”

Orlando (10-12) has won four of its last five games in part because of its size, strength and versatility along the frontline which includes Serge Ibaka, Bismack Biyombo and Nikola Vucevic who now comes off the bench. 

And while the Celtics have benefited heavily from the play of their guards, obviously that plan will be amended tonight with Thomas out. 

“He (Thomas) generates a lot in the open offense what we call flow, spread offense,” Stevens said. “So some of those type of things you may not generate at the same rate. But certainly there are other ways that we’ll look to play when he’s not in the game normally, or when we’re trying to play through bigs in the post. You have different ways to play within all your schemes. Hopefully we can play to each other’s strengths and go from there.”