College basketball roundup

BU streaks into tourney

Terriers top UVM for 8th straight win

Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas, last year’s Mr. Basketball in Indiana, hurt the Hoosiers with 22 points. Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas, last year’s Mr. Basketball in Indiana, hurt the Hoosiers with 22 points. (Terry Gilliam/Associated Press)
From Staff And Wire Reports / February 28, 2011

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Darryl Partin scored 23 points to lead Boston University to its eighth straight win, 66-64 in overtime yesterday at Vermont in a matchup of the top two teams in America East.

The Terriers (18-13, 12-4) were up, 57-54, in the final minute of regulation before Joey Accaoui nailed a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to force overtime.

A 3-point play by Dom Morris gave BU a 61-59 lead with 1:49 left in overtime. Matt Griffin and Patrick Hazel combined to go 3 of 4 from the free throw line in the final 42 seconds to seal it for the Terriers.

Sandro Carissimo scored 17 points and Brian Voelkel added 12 for the Catamounts (22-7, 13-3).

Hartford 62, New Hampshire 54 — Joe Zeglinski scored 22 points as the host Hawks beat the Wildcats.

The victory gives Hartford (10-19, 7-9 America East) the sixth seed in this week’s conference tournament and a berth opposite third-seeded Maine. New Hampshire (12-17, 6-10) lost its third in a row and fell to the seventh seed, which means the Wildcats will play BU.

Ohio State 82, Indiana 61 — Deshaun Thomas, last year’s Indiana Mr. Basketball, came out of a slump with 22 points to lead the No. 2 Buckeyes past the visiting Hoosiers for the sixth straight time.

William Buford added 15 points for Ohio State (27-2, 14-2 Big Ten). Verdell Jones III had 14 points for Indiana (12-17, 3-13), the only Big Ten team without a road win this season (0-10).

Louisville 62, Pittsburgh 59 — Kyle Kuric scored 12 points, including two big baskets in overtime, and the No. 16 Cardinals upset the No. 4 Panthers in Louisville.

Peyton Siva led the Cardinals (22-7, 11-5 Big East) with 14 points, while Gilbert Brown scored 20 points and Brad Wanamaker had 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists for Pittsburgh (25-4, 13-3).

Purdue 67, Michigan State 47 — JaJuan Johnson had 20 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 blocks to lead the Boilermakers over the host Spartans for their sixth straight win and into contention for the Big Ten title.

Purdue (24-5, 13-3) swept Michigan State (16-12, 8-8) for the first time since 1997.

Wisconsin 78, Northwestern 63 — Jon Leuer scored 26 points and the No. 12 Badgers beat the Wildcats, securing a 16-0 record at the Kohl Center this season.

Wisconsin (22-6, 12-4 Big Ten) has won seven of eight. Michael Thompson scored 19 points for Northwestern (16-12, 6-11).

UConn 67, Cincinnati 59 — Kemba Walker scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half and the No. 14 Huskies pulled away late to snap a two-game losing streak, beating the host Bearcats.

UConn (21-7, 9-7 Big East) hasn’t lost three in a row all season. It led for all but 29 seconds against Cincinnati (22-7, 9-7), but never by enough to get comfortable.

North Carolina 87, Maryland 76 — Tyler Zeller scored 25 points while freshman Harrison Barnes had 21 to help the No. 19 Tar Heels beat the visiting Terrapins and pull into a tie with Duke atop the ACC.

Leslie McDonald added 15 points off the bench for North Carolina (22-6, 12-2). Terrell Stoglin scored a season-high 28 points to lead Maryland (18-11, 7-7).

Xavier 66, Dayton 62 — Tu Holloway scored 26 points, hitting the biggest shots down the stretch and helping the No. 25 Musketeers beat the host Flyers and remain alone atop the Atlantic 10.

Xavier (22-6, 13-1) retained its one-game lead over Temple heading into the final week of the regular season. It has won at least a share of four straight regular-season titles. Dayton (19-10, 7-7) trailed by 11 before a late comeback tied it at 59.

NEWMAC final — Will Tashman scored 17 points and MIT missed only three shots from the field in the second half, winning the conference tournament title with a 63-52 victory at top-seeded WPI (22-5). MIT (19-8) got 13 points from Mitchell Kates and Billy Bender, winning the conference tournament for the second time in three years and clinching an automatic berth in the NCAA Division 3 tournament.

NESCAC final — Nolan Thompson led four players in double figures with 15 points as visiting Middlebury upset top-ranked Williams, winning the conference tournament final, 63-54. Ryan Sharry added 14 points and 12 rebounds, Joey Kizel had 13 points, and Jake Wolfin 12 for the Panthers (25-1), who avenged a loss to the Ephs (25-2) in last year’s conference tournament final, taking the title for the second time in three seasons. Troy Whittington led Williams with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Women Baylor 82, Oklahoma 81 — Odyssey Sims matched a school record with nine 3-pointers and had 37 points, including the go-ahead basket with 8.3 seconds left that helped the third-ranked Bears (26-2, 13-1 Big 12) beat the No. 16 Sooners (19-9, 9-5) in Norman, Okla.

Tennessee 80, LSU 60 — Angie Bjorklund scored 17 points and the No. 4 Lady Volunteers (28-2, 16-0) handled the visiting Tigers (18-12, 8-8), completing their ninth undefeated run through Southeastern Conference play.

Texas A&M 68, Texas 65 — Danielle Adams scored 26 points and the No. 5 Aggies (24-3, 12-2 Big 12) beat the host Longhorns (17-11, 6-8) for the 10th consecutive time.

Xavier 73, Temple 66 — Amber Harris had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and the No. 6 Musketeers (25-2, 14-0) beat the host Owls (22-7, 13-1) and clinched the top seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Duke 66, North Carolina 58 — Jasmine Thomas scored 17 points and the No. 9 Blue Devils (26-3, 12-2) defeated the No. 13 Tar Heels (22-7, 8-6) at home, clinching the top seed in the ACC tournament.

Georgia State 57, Northeastern 44 — Deanna Kerkhof scored 15 points, but a 15-0 run gave the host Panthers (11-17, 6-11 Colonial Athletic) an early comfortable cushion against the Huskies (8-20, 3-14).

NEWMAC final — Kathleen King scored 23 points and Nicki Wurdeman added 21, sending Babson, ranked No. 4 in the country, to its third straight conference tournament title, 74-49, over Smith (17-10). The Beavers (27-0) advance to the NCAA Division 3 tournament on a school-record win streak.

NESCAC final — Caroline Stedman scored 23 points and Jaclyn Daigneault added 19, helping Amherst repeat as conference tournament champions with a 72-37 win over visiting Bowdoin. The Lord Jeffs (26-1) handed the Polar Bears (22-5) their first loss in nine trips to the conference tournament championship game.

Northeast-10 first round — Caitlin Quinn scored 15 points, leading Saint Michael’s (16-10) to a 74-59 win over visiting UMass-Lowell (9-18), which was led by Bianca Simmons’s 15 points . . . Pace (22-7) easily advanced to the quarterfinals by smothering Saint Anselm (11-16), 58-35, behind 13 points from Brittany Huggins . . . Christine Duffy’s layup with 25 seconds left gave Southern New Hampshire (12-15) a 59-58 win at Stonehill (17-11). The Penmen advance to a quarterfinal with top-seeded Bentley tomorrow . . . Rhea Pascal’s 17 points powered American International (19-9) over visiting Merrimack (10-17), 61-51.