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BU rallies to beat Vermont

Boston University rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit with a 47-point explosion in the second half to give the third-seeded Terriers a 67-57 victory over No. 6 Vermont in the quarterfinals of the America East Tournament yesterday at West Hartford.

Senior guard Katie Terhune led the Terriers (18-11) with 21 points as they advanced to tonight's semifinals against No. 7 Northeastern, a surprise winner over No. 2 Binghamton.

Aaron Yantzi led the Catamounts (14-13, 8-10) with a game-high 24 points.

The Terriers trailed, 20-19, with 4:17 to go in the first half, but a 13-0 run on the strength of a pair of Ashleigh Cuncic 3-pointers and 7 straight points by Katie McNamara gave Vermont a commanding 33-20 halftime lead.

BU trimmed the deficit to 4 points in the first 3:39 of the second half as junior forward Adrienne Norris and Terhune each hit 3-pointers.

Also in America East -- Joi Jefferson had 16 points and 8 rebounds, Francesca Vanin had 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Maralene Zwarich added 14 points in Northeastern's 63-53 upset of Binghamton (17-10, 12-6). Northeastern (15-14, 7-11) held a 31-19 advantage at the half, but Binghamton battled back with 50 percent shooting (14 for 28) from the field. The Huskies had nine baskets in 17 attempts, including a 3-pointer, and were 13 for 22 from the free throw line . . . Melissa Heon and Player of the Year Heather Ernest had 13 points apiece and Kim Corbitt chipped in with 12 as top-seeded Maine easily handled New Hampshire, 66-40. The Black Bears (23-6, 17-1) will face Albany, a 52-50 winner over Hartford, in the second semifinal. Maine limited the Wildcats (11-18, 6-12) to 24.1 percent shooting in the second half while shooting 61.5 percent. Maren Matthias led the Wildcats with 13 points.

Big 12 -- Stacy Stephens made a short fadeaway to seal the game with 35 seconds left as second-ranked Texas beat No. 14 Baylor, 63-59, to earn a second straight appearance in the Big 12 Tournament championship game at Dallas.

Also in Big 12 -- Maria Villarroel scored 23 points and Leah Rush added 18 as No. 19 Oklahoma used a barrage of 3-pointers to upset eighth-ranked Kansas State, 78-66, and earn the right to face Texas in the conference title game.

Men's basketball

Pacific-10 -- Josh Childress scored 17 points and second-ranked Stanford led all the way in defeating Washington State, 68-47, in the first round at Los Angeles. Stanford had lost its opening game both times since the Pac-10 revived the tournament in 2002.

Conference USA -- Armein Kirkland's short bank shot with 16.9 seconds left lifted No. 13 Cincinnati past Louisville, 64-62, in the quarterfinals at Cincinnati.

The Bearcats (22-6) overcame Francisco Garcia's career-high 28 points and one of the nation's stingiest defenses. Jason Maxiell led Cincinnati with 15 points and Kirkland had 12.

Also in Conference USA -- Izik Ohanon led a late 16-2 run that sent Saint Louis to a 72-61 victory over Memphis in the quarterfinals.

Mountain West -- Colorado State took control with an 18-3 run to start the second half and hit 10 straight free throws in the final two minutes to knock off No. 25 Air Force, 60-48, in the quarterfinals at Denver.

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