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Warriors end skid at eight

Patrick Watson made 37 saves to earn his first career shutout and Merrimack surprised No. 16 Massachusetts, 3-0, to end an eight-game losing streak last night in North Andover.

Justin Bonitatibus, Ryan Sullivan, and Mickey Rego scored for Merrimack (2-12-1, 2-8 Hockey East), but Watson made the difference.

UMass (7-4-2, 4-3-1) outshot the Warriors, 37-19, but couldn't crack Watson, who also assisted on Rego's third-period goal. UMass failed to score on two five-on-three advantages.

Men's basketball
Rhode Island 72, Brown 68 -- Jimmy Baron's career-high 28 points, including eight 3-pointers, led the host Rams (5-4) past the Bears (3-6).

Brown's Damon Huffman also had a career-high with 30 points and eight 3-pointers. The 3-point shooting by Baron and Huffman was one short of a record at their respective schools.

LSU 64, Texas A&M 52 -- Glen Davis scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the No. 9 Tigers beat the sixth-ranked Aggies in Baton Rouge, La.

The first loss of the season for the Aggies (7-1) also came against their first ranked opponent. Texas A&M had not lost since being eliminated by LSU in the second round of last season's NCAA Tournament.

Tasmin Mitchell added 15 points and nine rebounds for LSU (5-1), which led throughout the second half.

Oklahoma St. 72, Syracuse 68 -- Mario Boggan had 21 points and eight rebounds and the No. 22 Cowboys remained unbeaten by holding off a furious rally by the No. 21 Orange in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

The Cowboys (10-0) kept Sean Sutton's record as a head coach perfect despite blowing almost all of a 13-point lead over the final 3:45.

Syracuse freshman Paul Harris almost made his Madison Square Garden a memorable one as he led the comeback by the Orange (7-2), scoring 9 of his 11 points over the final 3:45.

Marquette 65, Delaware St. 48 -- Jerel McNeal scored 16 points to help the No. 17 Golden Eagles top the Hornets in Milwaukee.

Xavier 88, Detroit 55 -- Josh Duncan scored 25 points and led a 3-point flurry that swept the No. 24 Musketeers past the visiting Titans.

At 7-1, Xavier is off to its best start in 10 years and back in the Top 25 for the first time in more than three years. Brandon Cotton scored 19 points for Detroit (2-6), which went 7 minutes without scoring during the first half.

Brandeis 66, Clark 51 -- Kevin Olson scored 22 points and Steve DeLuca added 13 points and 11 rebounds, helping the host Judges improve to 9-0 for just the third time in school history.

The Judges' 9-0 start matches the mark of the 1972-73 team, and trails only the 1957-58 team, which opened the season with 10 straight wins.

Matt McLaughlin's 10 points led Clark (3-2).

Women's basketball
George Mason 67, NU 61 -- The Patriots held off the Huskies at Solomon Court in the teams' Colonial Athletic Conference opener, handing NU its sixth straight loss.

George Mason (3-2) jumped out to a 44-24 halftime lead before the Huskies (0-6) rallied to cut the deficit to 1 with less than two minutes to go. But Mason's Lateisha Wade hit four straight free throws down the stretch to perserve the lead.

NU guard Shaleyse Smallwood netted a game-high 15 points.

Tennessee 85, Tenn.-Martin 29 -- Candace Parker scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the No. 6 Lady Vols (7-1) respond to their first loss by routing the Skyhawks in Knoxville.

Minnesota 74, Nebraska 65 -- Brittany McCoy made tie-breaking free throws with 1:44 left and the visiting Gophers (8-2) held the No. 25 Cornhuskers (6-2) without a field goal the last 3:52.

New Mexico 76, Arizona 63 -- Julie Briody scored 25 points and Katie Montgomery added 18 to help the No. 23 Lobos (6-2) beat the Wildcats in Tucson.

Tufts 61, Salem St. 43 -- Libby Park had 15 points, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the Jumbos (4-1) over the host Vikings (5-1), who entered the game ranked 18th nationally in the poll.

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