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Wright, Harvard top Vermont

Crimson ride defense to seventh win in row

Staff And Wire Reports / December 2, 2011
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Harvard used its shut-down defense to beat Vermont, 55-48, last night in Burlington, Vt., helping the Crimson improve to 7-0.

The Catamounts shot only 35.3 percent from the floor and Harvard held an opponent under 49 points for the fourth game in a row.

Keith Wright scored 13 points and had eight rebounds and Laurent Rivard added 12 points off the bench for Harvard. Ahead, 16-14, midway through the first half, Harvard went on a 14-4 run, capped by Christian Webster’s 3-pointer to take a 30-20 lead.

Vermont (4-3) used an 11-0 run to get to 39-37 with 12:02 left in the game but Rivard’s 3-pointer sparked an 8-0 burst by Harvard that sealed the win. Four McGlynn led the Catamounts with 15 points.

Harvard’s 7-0 start is the best by an Ivy League team since Princeton opened the 1997-98 season with the same mark. The Crimson can move to 8-0 for the first time since 1984-85 when they host Seattle Sunday.

Kentucky 81, St. John’s 59 - Freshman Anthony Davis scored 15 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and had 8 of a school-record 18 blocks in the No. 1 Wildcats’ rout of the visiting Red Storm.

Terrence Jones added 26 points and nine rebounds for Kentucky (7-0), which heads into a showdown with No. 5 North Carolina Saturday on a high note after a stalwart defensive performance. Davis finished one block short of tying the individual mark of nine set by Sam Bowie in 1981 and matched by Andre Riddick in 1993.

God’sgift Achiuwa scored 18 points for the Red Storm (4-4).

Georgetown 57, Alabama 55 - Hollis Thompson hit a long 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to lift the Hoyas (6-1) to an upset of No. 12 Crimson Tide (7-1) , ending Alabama’s 24-game home winning streak.

Providence 76, South Carolina 67 - LaDontae Henton had 18 points and Vincent Council and Gerard Coleman had 16 points each as the Friars (6-2) pulled away late to defeat the Gamecocks (2-5) in Columbia, S.C.

Providence used a 14-4 run late in the second half that featured a 4-point play from Bryce Cotton to take control.

Central Conn. St. 83, Bryant 51 - Ken Horton scored 32 points to pace the Blue Devils (4-2, 1-0 Northeast) to the easy win over the Bulldogs. Alex Francis, Corey Maynard, and Frankie Dobbs all scored 12 points for Bryant (1-6, 0-1), which was playing its first home game of the season.

Sacred Heart 65, Quinnipiac 55 - Shane Gibson scored 21 points and the visiting Pioneers (5-3, 1-0 NEC) cruised past the Bobcats (2-4, 0-1). Ike Azotam, a sophomore forward from Boston, had 18 points and 16 rebounds to lead Quinnipiac.

Women’s basketball

Duke 64, Purdue 53 - Haley Peters scored 14 points and the No. 7 Blue Devils (5-1) dominated the Boilermakers, 50-32, on the boards en route to the ACC-Big Ten Challenge win. Duke extended its school-record winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium to 27.

Miami 76, Michigan St. 60 - Morgan Stroman scored 20 points in a near-perfect shooting night to lead the No. 9 Hurricanes (6-1) past the host Spartans (5-3) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Northeastern 78, Vermont 62 - Christine Huber scored a career-high 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, helping the host Huskies (1-6) top the Catamounts (6-2) for their first victory of the season.

George Mason 55, UMass 52 - Jasmine Watson and Shakia Robinson each scored 14 points but the host Patriots (5-1) hung on to hand the Minutewomen (1-6) their sixth straight loss. Taleia Moton scored 32 points for George Mason.

Men’s hockey

Yale 5, Brown 3 - Brian O’Neill scored twice and the No. 14 Bulldogs (6-3-1, 4-1-0 ECAC) erased a 3-2 deficit by tallying three times in the third period to beat the visiting Bears (3-6-1, 2-3-0) and end a two-game losing streak.

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