Vermont remains hottest in heated America East race

From Staff And Wire Reports / February 19, 2012
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Four McGlynn scored 20 points to lead five Vermont players in double figures as the Catamounts beat Niagara, 92-70, yesterday in Burlington, Vt., for their 10th straight win.

The win was out of conference, but it kept the Catamounts hot going into their final two America East games (at Binghamton, hosting UMBC).

At 12-2 in the conference, Vermont (19-10 overall) holds the keys to securing a league title. Stony Brook is also 12-2 in America East play, having split two games with Vermont. Vermont holds the tiebreaker for the better record against the conference’s third-place team, which currently is Boston University.

Against Niagara (12-17), Vermont’s Matt Glass had 19 points, Clancy Rugg 15, Luke Apfeld 14, and Brendan Bald 11.

McGlynn connected on six 3-pointers while Rugg grabbed 12 boards to lead the hosts to a 42-22 rebounding advantage.

Stony Brook 76, Northeastern 69 - Dave Coley scored 21 points to lead the Seawolves past the host Huskies.

Tommy Brenton added 13 points and Dallis Joyner 10 points and 10 rebounds for Stony Brook (18-8), which got back on track after losing to Vermont last Sunday.

The game was tied at 35 at the break, and Northeastern went ahead, 62-53, with just under six minutes left. However, the Seawolves put together a strong late run, as Brenton scored 5 points in a 17-3 spree to take the lead for good.

Joel Smith had 20 points to lead the Huskies (12-15, 8-8).

UNH 72, Towson 58 - In Durham, N.H., Chandler Rhoads and Ferg Myrick scored 19 points apiece, Patrick Konan chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds, and the Wildcats (11-15) defeated the Tigers (1-28) for their fourth straight win.

Marist 77, Maine 71 - Chavaughn Lewis led four players in double figures with 24 points for the Red Foxes (11-16) in a win over the Black Bears (11-14).

Gerald McLemore scored 20 points to pace the Black Bears in their fourth straight loss.

Holy Cross 54, Bucknell 52 - Justin Burrell scored 15 points and the Crusaders (13-13, 7-5 Patriot) knocked off the Bison (20-8, 10-2) in Worcester.

St. Francis (Pa.) 76, Bryant 61 - Kameron Ritter scored 14 points to lead the Red Flash (6-21, 5-11 Northeast) over the visiting Bulldogs, snapping a seven-game losing streak. Alex Francis scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Bryant (2-26, 1-15), which lost its 13 straight.

St. Francis (N.Y.) 58, Sacred Heart 56 - Travis Nichols put back the winner for the host Terriers (15-12, 12-4 NEC), beating the Pioneers (12-16, 7-9) despite 21 points and 10 rebounds for Shane Gibson.

Robert Morris 68, Central Conn. 60 - The Colonials (21-8, 12-4 NEC) defeated the host Blue Devils (11-5, 8-8), withstanding 32 points from freshman Kyle Vinales.

Long Island 99, Quinnipiac 89 - Ike Azotam scored 22 points for the Bobcats (15-12, 8-8 NEC), but it wasn’t enough against the host Blackbirds (21-7, 15-1). St. Bonaventure 81, URI 61 - Andrew Nicholson scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Bonnies (15-10, 8-5 Atlantic 10) handed the Rams (5-24, 2-12) their fifth consecutive loss. Mike Powell led Rhode Island with 20 points.

Milwaukee 67, Fairfield 63 - Paris Gulley scored 19 points as the Panthers (17-12) held off the visiting Stags (16-11).

Albertus Magnus 75, St. Joseph’s (Maine) 62 - The Falcons (24-1, 18-0) set a program record for wins and became the only Great Northeast Athletic Conference team to finish with a perfect regular-season conference record. Ray Askew led the hosts, ranked 20th in Division 3, with 22 points and five rebounds.

Franklin Pierce 74, UMass-Lowell 71 - Sophomore Ellis Cooper hit the winning 3-pointer with one second left to cap a 23-point, nine-rebound effort, and the host Ravens (19-6, 15-6 Northeast-10) clipped the River Hawks (16-9, 12-9).

Merrimack 62, Southern N.H. 59 - The host Warriors (15-10, 12-9 NE-10) held off the Penmen (12-14, 8-13) behind Mike Clifford’s 13 points and 16 rebounds.

Becker 87, Mitchell 49 - In New London, Conn., Terrance Favors scored a game-high 16 points to pace the 21-4 Hawks to their 15th straight win and an undefeated regular-season record in the NECC (16-0).

Salve Regina 68, Roger Williams 52 - The visiting Seahawks (17-8, 15-3) were led by Isiah Pringle’s 27 points and will go into the Commonwealth Coast tournament as the top seed.

Salem St. 93, Worcester St. 87 - The Vikings (18-7, 10-2 MASAC) needed two OTs and 28 points from Brian Clark to outlast the host Lancers (8-17, 5-7).

NESCAC quarterfinals - Amherst (23-2), the top-ranked team in Division 3, cruised by visiting Hamilton (15-10) behind Aaron Toomey’s 21 points in an 86-66 win . . . Middlebury beat Williams (17-8) for its 23d straight win, 73-61. The Panthers (23-2), ranked fourth in Division 3, hit 18 of 20 free throws in the final six minutes to hold on . . . Wesleyan won its first conference tournament game in nearly nine years, beating Bowdoin (17-8) in Middletown, Conn., 78-59. Shasha Brown had 21 points, keying a first-half run that put the Cardinals (20-5) in control . . . John Squires had 25 points and 13 boards and Bates used an 18-3 run in the second half to lead the Bobcats (13-12) past Tufts (16-9) in Medford, 57-54.

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