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No substitute for UMass’s Vinson in victory

Staff and Wire Reports / December 12, 2009

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Freshman swingman Terrell Vinson came off the bench to score 20 points and grab 11 rebounds in 28 minutes as the University of Massachusetts pounded Grambling, 81-58, last night at the Mullins Center in Amherst.

Gary Correia and Sampson Carter chipped in 11 points apiece for the Minutemen (5-5), while the Tigers (1-5) got 11 points each from three players.

Playing without top scorer Ricky Harris, who suffered a right ankle sprain in Thursday’s practice, the Minutemen (5-5) used a strong inside game to win their fourth straight at home.

UMass outrebounded the Tigers, 55-30, scored 56 points in the paint, and scored 28 second-chance points, compared with 4 by Grambling (1-5).

Sacred Heart 76, Hartford 65 - Corey Hassan had 29 points and the Pioneers (5-3) outscored the Hawks, 10-0, down the stretch for the win in Hartford.

Tennessee 75, Middle Tennessee 54 - J.P. Prince scored a season-high 17 points as the ninth-ranked Volunteers (7-1) rolled in Nashville.

Women’s basketball
Providence 72, UMass 54 - Chelsea Marandola poured in 17 points as the Friars (8-2) raced to a 42-23 halftime lead on the road. Kristina Danella totaled 17 points and eight rebounds for the Minutewomen (5-6).

Franklin Pierce 77, Stonehill 66 - Johannah Leedham scored a game-high 24 points and added 9 assists, 6 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 4 steals as the Ravens (7-0), ranked No. 2 nationally in Division 2, held off the 21st-ranked Skyhawks (8-4) in Rindge, N.H.

Babson 68, WPI 58 - Sarah Collins and Michelle Kenel scored 12 points apiece to guide the host Beavers to their seventh win in eight games.

Men’s hockey
UNH 4, Providence 3 - Phil DeSimone, Blake Kessel, Bobby Butler, and Paul Thompson each notched a goal and an assist as the 19th-ranked Wildcats (8-7-3, 8-2-2 Hockey East) edged the Friars (7-8-1, 2-6-1) in Providence.

UMass-Lowell 4, Princeton 1 - Riley Wetmore contributed a goal and an assist and Carter Hutton made 29 saves as the River Hawks (10-5-1) handled the Tigers (2-5-0) in Lowell.

Colby 4, Bowdoin 2 - The White Mules (5-2) handed the 10th-ranked Polar Bears their first loss, as Cody McKinney stopped 36 shots in Waterville, Maine.

Men’s soccer
College Cup - Top-ranked Akron eliminated North Carolina on penalty kicks in the semifinals in Cary, N.C., advancing to play another team from the Atlantic Coast Conference, second-seeded Virginia, in tomorrow’s championship game.

The Zips and Tar Heels played to a scoreless draw through regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods before Blair Gavin’s shot into the lower left-hand corner of the net allowed unbeaten Akron to advance. The result goes down as a tie, leaving Akron (23-0-1) deadlocked with Indiana’s 1997 team for the NCAA record for most consecutive wins in a season.

In the earlier semifinal, Brian Ownby scored in the third minute of overtime to advance the Cavaliers (18-3-3) with a 2-1 victory. Ownby ran down the middle of the field to control a long feed from Jonathan Villanueva, split two defenders, and popped the ball over goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald for the game-ending goal.

Villanova 14, William & Mary 13 - The Wildcats rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit - getting some help from a call that was overturned by instant replay - to beat the visiting Tribe in the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals.

The second-ranked Wildcats advanced to play the winner of today’s semifinal between Appalachian State and No. 1 Montana next weekend in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Trailing 13-7 late in the third quarter, Villanova embarked on a time-consuming drive that appeared to end when a third-and-7 pass play fell incomplete. The play was overturned by replay, giving Villanova first-and-goal at the 6, and quarterback Chris Whitney scored from a yard out on fourth down with 10:57 left to take the lead.

Villanova hadn’t scored until there was about nine minutes left in the third quarter, when wide receiver Matt Szczur scored on a 62-yard run out of the Wildcat formation.