Amherst wins NESCAC tourney title in men’s basketball

Amherst survived an eventful final minute in the championship game of the men’s NESCAC tournament, edging visiting Williams, 74-73, for its second consecutive title and automatic berth in the NCAA Division 3 tournament. The Ephs had a chance to win on the game’s final possession, but the Lord Jeffs’ Allen Williamson rejected a driving attempt by Taylor Epley to preserve the victory.

The sixth-ranked Lord Jeffs (23-4) defeated No. 15 Williams (23-4) three times this season. The Ephs are hoping for an at-large NCAA bid when the pairings are announced Monday.

Michael Mayer’s tip-in with 1:06 remaining pulled Williams to within 72-71. After both teams recorded a steal, Williamson (team-high 17 points) hit a pair of free throws with 25 seconds remaining to give Amherst a 74-71 lead.

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Epley’s layup made it a 1-point game with 14 seconds left, and Williams quickly fouled the Jeffs’ Aaron Toomey, a 91.6 percent free throw shooter on the season. But Toomey missed the front end of a one-and-one, setting up the Ephs’ last possession and Williamson’s clinching rejection.

NEWMAC final— Tourney MVP Ryan Kolb had 29 points as host WPI turned back Springfield, 79-72, in overtime to win its first conference tournament since 2006. The Engineers will take a school-record 25 wins into the NCAA Division 3 tournament.

Ohio State 68, Michigan State 60 — Aaron Craft provided a career-high 21 points for the No. 18 Buckeyes (20-7, 10-5 Big Ten) in a home win over the fourth-ranked Spartans (22-6, 11-4), who have dropped two straight.

Michigan 71, Illinois 58 — Trey Burke’s 26-point, eight-assist effort powered the No. 7 Wolverines (23-4, 10-4 Big Ten) at home and helped end a five-game win streak by the Illini (20-9, 7-8).

Pittsburgh 63, St. John’s 47 — At New York, the No. 20 Panthers blew past the Red Storm in the second half and Tray Woodall finished with 25 points.

Notre Dame 62, Cincinnati 41 — The No. 25 Fighting Irish (22-6, 10-5 Big East) routed the Bearcats (19-9, 7-8) in South Bend, Ind., with balanced scoring, led by Jerian Grant’s 13 points.

Stony Brook 69, Maine 53 — The visiting Seawolves (21-6, 12-2) clinched a share of the America East regular-season title as Tommy Brenton racked up 13 points, 20 boards, and 7 assists. Maine dropped to 11-17, 6-9.

Bucknell 74, Holy Cross 57 — Mike Muscala scored 10 of his 25 points during a second-half burst by the host Bison (23-5, 10-2 Patriot) that buried the Crusaders (11-16, 3-9).

La Salle 72, Rhode Island 65 — The host Rams (8-18, 3-10) led by as many as 7 in the second half before falling to the Explorers (19-7, 9-4). Xavier Munford had 18 points for URI.

Women’s basketball

Northeastern 67, UNC Wilmington 52 — Kashaia Cannon scored her 1,000th career point and finished with 16 to pace the Huskies (15-10, 8-6 Colonial Athletic) on the road. Cannon is the 16th player in program history to reach the milestone.

Clemson 64, BC 61 — Kerri Shields became BC’s all-time leader in 3-pointers with 240, but that was the highlight for the Eagles (10-17, 4-12 ACC) at Conte Forum. The Tigers improved to 9-18, 5-11.

Duquesne 53, UMass 44 — At Amherst, the Minutewomen (3-24, 1-11 Atlantic 10) had 29 turnovers in a loss to the Dukes (20-6, 9-3). Jasmine Watson had 10 points, the only UMass player in double figures.

Notre Dame 84, DePaul 56 — At Chicago, Skylar Diggins had her second career triple-double for the second-ranked Fighting Irish (25-1, 13-0 Big East), tallying 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Stanford 74, Oregon 50Chiney Ogwumike scored 27 points, grabbed a school-record 24 rebounds, and set a program record with her 52d double-double as the No. 4 Cardinal (26-2, 15-1 Pac-12) cruised at home.

Duke 75, Maryland 59 — Elizabeth Williams had 16 points for the fifth-ranked Blue Devils (26-1, 16-0), who clinched their fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. The No. 8 Terrapins (22-5, 13-3) were just 3 of 18 from 3-point range at home.

California 58, Oregon State 56 — Layshia Clarendon (26 points) and the No. 6 Golden Bears (25-2, 15-1 Pac-12) rallied from 17 points down at home to win their 13th game in a row.

Penn State 68, Michigan 57 — Maggie Lucas scored 21 points as the No. 7 Lady Lions (23-3, 12-1) prevailed at home to lock up at least a share of their second straight Big Ten regular-season title.

LSU 77, Kentucky 72 — The host Tigers (17-10, 8-6 SEC) knocked off the No. 8 Wildcats (23-4, 11-3) with Jeanne Kenney hitting all five of her 3-point tries en route to 22 points.

Vanderbilt 61, Texas A&M 51 — Tiffany Clarke scored 22 of her 30 points after the break to help the Commodores (18-9, 8-6 SEC) topple the 10th-ranked Aggies (21-7, 11-3) in Nashville.

NESCAC final — Marcia Voigt scored all but 2 of her 21 points in the second half to drive host Amherst (26-1) past Williams, 53-38, for its fourth consecutive tourney title and a spot in the NCAA Division 3 tournament.

NEWMAC final — Top-seeded Babson (25-2) picked up its fifth straight tourney title and NCAA Division 3 tournament berth by beating visiting Wellesley, 66-55. Babson’s Sarah Collins had a career-high 32 points.

Women’s hockey

BU 4, UConn 2 — The fourth-ranked Terriers (23-5-3, 18-2-1) clinched the Hockey East regular-season title behind two goals and an assist from Sarah Lefort in Storrs, Conn.

BC 4, Vermont 0 — At Burlington, Vt., Melissa Bizzari scored twice for the No. 2 Eagles (25-5-3, 17-2-2 Hockey East) in their regular-season finale.

Northeastern 4, Providence 3 — After breaking out to a 4-0 lead, the No. 10 Huskies (21-10-2, 13-7-1 Hockey East) held on at home thanks to 36 saves by Chloe Desjardins.