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Maine displays its power

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Daniel Vukovic (left) uses his stick to defend against Harvard's Mike Taylor during the Great Lakes Invitational. (JERRY S. MENDOZA/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The fifth-ranked University of Maine men's hockey team scored five goals in the third period, three on the power play, and swamped Western Michigan, 8-4, yesterday in the first round of the Florida College Classic in Estero, Fla.

At 4:32 of the third period, Maine's Wes Clark tucked a shot past Bronco goaltender Riley Gill in a goalmouth collision. Bret Tyler scored twice (on his way to a hat trick) on the power play in a span of 1:37 shortly thereafter as the Black Bears (11-3-2) broke the game open, building a 6-3 cushion midway through the third.

Maine will play Cornell in the championship tonight.

Cornell 5, UNH 2 -- Raymond Sawada had a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Big Red over the Wildcats (13-3-1) in the Florida College Classic. Cornell (9-3-1) outshot UNH, 28-19.

Michigan St. 5, Harvard 2 -- Jeff Lerg made 45 saves and Bryan Lerg had two goals and an assist to lift the Spartans over the Crimson in a semifinal of the Great Lakes Invitational Tournament at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Harvard (4-10) tied the score at 2 at 8:19 of the second on Ryan Maki's power-play goal. But Michigan State (10-7-1) regained the lead on Chris Mueller's power-play score with 6:16 left in the second. Daniel Sturges scored 3:06 into the third period and Bryan Lerg added his second goal into an empty net with 1:07 left.

Colgate 5, Northeastern 2 -- The Huskies scored first on a goal by Ryan Ginand but the Raiders scored the final three goals to beat NU (4-10-2) in the first game of the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic in Storrs, Conn. Tyler Burton and Nick St. Pierre each scored a pair of goals for Colgate (8-10-2).

Ferris St. 1, UMass 1 -- The Minutemen (8-5-3) tied Ferris State (4-11-3) in the first game of the Dodge Holiday Classic, but missed the chance to play in the championship after losing the mandatory shootout, 3-1, in Minneapolis.

UMass-Lowell 1, Brown 1 -- The Riverhawks' Jason Tejchma matched Ryan Garbutt's goal for the Bears as the teams skated to an overtime standoff in Providence. Mark Sibbald made 46 saves for Brown (6-4-3) and Vinny Monaco had 21 for Lowell (3-10-5).

Lake Superior St. 2, Providence 1 -- The Lakers had a 2-0 lead after two periods and the Friars could only cut that in half with a goal by Matt Taormina at 15:34 of the third in a first-round game at the Badger Classic in Madison, Wis.

Skidmore 5, UMass-Boston 0 -- Sophomores Teddy Gowan and Pat Tyman each netted a goal and an assist and freshman D.J. Delbuono had 12 saves as the Thoroughbreds (6-1-2) shut out the host Beacons (2-7-1) to win the championship in the Codfish Bowl.

Men's basketball
UNH 65, Elon 64 -- Jermaine Anderson's layup with two seconds left lifted the Wildcats over Elon in the first round of the Kent State Classic in Kent, Ohio. UNH (3-8) led by 11 points with 3:28 left in the first half, but Elon (2-8) closed the gap to 34-27 at halftime and kept the score within 5 points throughout the second half. UNH's Blagoj Janev led all scorers with 22.

Saint Joseph's 58, BU 53 -- Ahmad Nivins had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks beat the Terriers in the third-place game of the Aeropostale Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden, their second win over BU (3-8) this season.

Brown 63, W. Illinois 59 -- Damon Huffman scored 16 second-half points to lead the Bruins over the Leathernecks (4-8) in the Flint Hills Resources Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. Huffman scored a game-high 21 points for Brown (5-7), including the game's last 6 points from the free throw line.

Florida St. 92, Providence 62 -- Jason Rich scored 17 points and Isaiah Swann added 14 as the Seminoles (12-2) tuned up for the start of their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule with a victory over the Friars (9-3) in Tampa.

Alabama 80, Lipscomb 58 -- The No. 8 Crimson Tide's Jermareo Davidson reached 1,000 career points, scoring 16 in an easy victory in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Davidson's 1,000th point came on a free throw. Mykal Riley of Alabama (12-1) led all scorers with 21, and teammate Richard Hendrix added 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Women's basketball
Maryland 92, UNC-Greensboro 57 -- The No. 1 Terrapins set a school record with 12 3-pointers and Kristi Toliver scored 16 points in a rout of the Spartans (6-5) in the first round of the Terrapin Classic. Host Maryland (14-0) extended its winning streak to 20 games, the longest in the nation.

Duke 77, Dartmouth 40 -- Stifling defense and Abby Waner's 18 points helped the No. 3 Blue Devils rout the Big Green in the Blue Sky Restaurant Group Classic in Hanover, N.H. With 10 points and three assists in the first half, Lindsey Harding of Duke (13-0) surpassed 1,000 points and 500 assists in her career.

Connecticut 62, Hartford 36 -- Kalana Greene had 14 points, a career-high 16 rebounds, and 3 steals to help the No. 5 Huskies shake off a slow start in Hartford. The Hawks (7-6) held UConn (10-0) to a season-low 62 points.

BU 77, Dayton 74 -- A pair of free throws with 17 seconds left in the game by Erica Kovach nailed down the Terriers' victory over the Flyers in the opening game of the Blue Sky Restaurant Group Classic in Hanover, N.H. Katie Meinhardt had 24 points for BU (8-4), along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

Vermont 55, NU 47 -- The Huskies' pressure defense held the Catamounts to 18 points in the first half but NU came up short in Philadelphia. Courtney Pilypaitis had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Vermont (9-3). Lucia Pablos posted 19 points and eight rebounds for NU (1-11).

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