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Boone leads UConn to rout of Quinnipiac

Josh Boone had a career-high 22 points and eight blocks to lead Connecticut to a 123-71 rout of Quinnipiac last night in Hartford.

Boone dominated inside for the 11th-ranked Huskies (8-1), who had eight players in double figures and scored 72 points in the paint. The sophomore center also finished with 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season.

The 123 points were the most UConn has scored in the Hartford Civic Center in 251 games.

The overmatched Bobcats (4-5) became the latest in-state rival to fall to the reigning NCAA champs. The Huskies have won the last 57 meetings with in-state foes and extended their series lead over Quinnipiac to 6-0.

Northeastern 76, Iona 61 -- Shawn James recorded the first triple-double in Northeastern history with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and a school-record 11 blocks to lead the Huskies (5-5) past the Gaels at Solomon Court. Jose Juan Barea added 23 points and nine assists for Northeastern.

James, a freshman making his second career start, broke his own school record of seven blocks set against Harvard Nov. 27. He is averaging 5.6 blocks per game.

Tennessee Tech 98, Harvard 93 -- Harvard's Matt Stehle of Newton forced overtime with a putback with two-10ths of a second left in regulation, but the Golden Eagles (5-6) outscored the Crimson (4-8) in overtime in the consolation game of the Saturn Shootout at Charleston, S.C.

Tennessee Tech never trailed in the extra period, and the Golden Eagles closed the game with a 5-0 run sparked by Anthony Fisher's putback with 44 seconds left.

DePaul 60, Rhode Island 51 -- Quemont Greer scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Blue Demons (7-3) over the Rams (2-8) at Rosemont, Ill.

Trailing, 38-29, with 13:38 left, DePaul went on a 19-4 run to take the lead. Greer's layup put DePaul ahead for good and made the score 43-42 with 6:36 left.

Vermont 64, Holy Cross 59 -- Taylor Coppenrath scored 22 points as the Catamouths (5-3) beat the Crusaders (6-4) at Worcester.

Germain Mopa Njila scored 7 points in a 13-3 run that gave Vermont a 47-42 lead midway through the second half. He finished with 13 points and T.J. Sorrentine added 15 for the Catamounts.

Illinois 69, Northwestern State 51 -- Luther Head scored 18 points and shot 5 for 9 from 3-point range to lead the No. 1 Illini (13-0) past the Demons (5-7) in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.

Deron Williams added 14 points and six assists for the Illini, who never trailed in the teams' second meeting.

North Carolina 107, Cleveland State 64 -- Raymond Felton ran his streak of consecutive 3-pointers to 12 and finished with 13 points and eight assists, helping the No. 4 Tar Heels (11-1) beat the Vikings (3-5) at Chapel Hill, N.C.

Sean May had 16 points to lead six players in double figures for North Carolina, which continued a six-game homestand with another lopsided victory.

Wake Forest 98, North Carolina A&T 76 -- Justin Gray scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half to lift the No. 5 Demon Deacons (11-1) at Winston-Salem, N.C.

Eric Williams added 19 points for Wake Forest, which got an easy tuneup for the start of the Atlantic Coast Conference season. Wake Forest spent much of the game shooting around 60 percent and led by 32 points at halftime.

Syracuse 80, Hofstra 74 -- Hakim Warrick scored 29 points, Terrence Roberts had a career-high 20, and the No. 7 Orange (13-1) rallied late to beat the previously unbeaten Pride (9-1).

The score was tied six times, and Syracuse trailed for much of the game before Gerry McNamara led a 15-4 surge that put the Orange ahead by 9.

Missouri 63, Gonzaga 61 -- Jason Conley had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Tigers (7-5) survived a lengthy cold stretch at the end to hang on and upset the No. 12 Bulldogs at Columbia, Mo.

Linas Kleiza added 11 points despite foul trouble for Missouri, which scored just 2 points in the final 8 1/2 minutes.

St. John's 63, North Carolina St. 45 -- The Red Storm (6-4) led, 27-10, at halftime and pulled away by holding the Wolfpack (10-2) without a field goal for a 14-minute stretch to win the championship of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Daryll Hill had 19 points for the Red Storm and was selected the tournament's MVP, while Eugene Lawrence had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Mississippi State 71, Virginia Tech 65 -- Lawrence Roberts scored 25 points and grabbed 19 rebounds as the No. 21 Bulldogs (12-2) rallied to beat the Hokies (6-5) in the Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans. Marcus Campbell added 12 points and Winsome Frazier 11 for Mississippi State.

Albany 84, Dartmouth 73 -- Lucious Jordan and Levi Levine each had 22 points to lead the Great Danes (5-5) over the Big Green (3-7) at Albany.

Leading, 29-26, late in the opening half, Albany ran off 13 straight points to take control. Jamar Wilson, who had 11 of his 16 points in the first half, led the outburst. Jordan and Brent Wilson also connected on back-to-back 3-pointers.

Maine 90, Maine-Farmington 53 -- Mark Flavin had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Black Bears' (6-4) win over the Beavers (6-3) at Orono, Maine.

Maine turned a 46-37 halftime lead into a rout in the second half, when the Black Bears outscored the Beavers, 44-16.

Ramapo 94, Bridgewater St. 87 -- Amin Wright had 32 points and hauled in 11 rebounds in leading the Roadrunners (6-2) in the Arizona Cactus Jam Tournament at Phoenix.

Wright was 10 of 18 from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range, and was 10 of 14 from the free throw line. Matt Madiali paced the Bears (4-6) with 24 points.

Stonehill 77, Caldwell 60 -- Senior Evan Pellerin rang up his fourth double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds) of the season and junior Chris Kraus added 17 points to lead the Chieftains (7-3) at Merkert Gymnasium in Easton.

Columbia 64, Canisius 58 -- Freshman Brett Loscalzo more than doubled his career high with 19 points and the Lions (7-3) beat the Golden Griffins (1-8) in the third-place game of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.

Colgate 81, Florida Atlantic 75 -- Jon Simon had 21 points to lead the Raiders (4-8) over the Owls (1-8) at Boca Raton, Fla.

Niagara 86, Fairfield 74 -- Juan Mendez scored 34 points to lead the Purple Eagles (7-4, 2-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) over the Stags (5-5, 2-1) at Lewistorn, N.Y.

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