Huskies garner win with scoring depth

Senior Deanna Kerkhof’s 24 points, including an 8-for-8 effort from the free throw line, led five players in double figures as the Northeastern women’s basketball team beat Hofstra, 88-81, Wednesday night at Solomon Court.

The Huskies (17-11, 10-7 Colonial) clinched the fourth seed in the upcoming league tournament and will face the Pride (13-16, 9-9), which is locked into the fifth seed, again in the first round.

Kashaia Cannon and Christine Huber added 14 points and five rebounds apiece in the victory.

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Jewel Tunstull contributed 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks, and Amencie Mercier had 10 points and eight assists.

Hofstra got a 21-point, 17-rebound effort from Shante Evans.

Men’s basketball

South Florida 65, UConn 51 — Martino Brock scored 18 points and Victor Rudd had 17 to pace the Bulls (12-17, 3-14 Big East) past the Huskies (19-10, 9-8) in Tampa, Fla.

UConn got 23 points from DeAndre Daniels.

Lafayette 77, Holy Cross 54 — Seth Hinrichs scored 20 points and Tony Johnson added 19 as the Leopards (18-14) defeated the Crusaders (12-18) in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League tournament at Easton, Pa.

Dave Dudzinski posted game highs of 22 points and eight rebounds for No. 7 Holy Cross.

Mount St. Mary’s 75, Bryant 69 — Rashad Whack scored 19 points and the fifth-seeded Mountaineers (17-13) won their eighth straight, rallying from an 8-point second-half deficit to defeat the No. 4 seed Bulldogs (19-11) in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference tournament.

Alex Francis led Bryant with 25 points.

Long Island 91, Quinnipiac 83 — C.J. Garner scored 30 points and the No. 3 seed Blackbirds (18-13) rallied to topple the sixth seed Bobcats (15-16) in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference tournament at New York.

Ousmane Drame led Quinnipiac with 23 points off the bench.

Wagner 72, Central Conn. 50 — Jonathon Williams had 20 points to lead the No. 2 seed Seahawks (19-11) past the No. 7 Blue Devils (13-17) in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference tournament at New York.

Kyle Vinales led the Central Conn. with 23 points.

Saint Joseph’s 81, URI 44 — C.J. Aiken scored 15 points and Ronald Roberts had 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks (17-11, 8-7 Atlantic-10) beat the Rams (8-20, 3-12) in Philadelphia.

Nikola Malesevic and Andre Malone led URI with 10 points each.

Men’s hockey

Bowdoin 5, UMass-Dartmouth 2 — Jay Livermore and John McGinnis each had a goal and an assist as the No. 5 Polar Bears (23-3-2) beat the Corsairs (12-8-7) in the first round of the NCAA Division 3 tournament in Brunswick, Maine.

Evangelos Stefanou and Casey Skolnik scored for UMass-Dartmouth.

Steve Messina made 20 saves in the win, and Ryan Williams made 51 in defeat.

Bowdoin will play at No. 7 Utica in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Babson 6, Wentworth 1 — Troy Starrett and Jay Haseley scored two goals apiece and the 10th-ranked Beavers (18-6-5) beat the No. 15 Leopards (16-9-3) in first round of the NCAA Division 3 tournament in Wellesley.

Babson plays at No. 2 Norwich in the quarterfinals Saturday night at 7.