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Roundup: MIT caps best season in win

Gets past WPI to avenge only loss

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Alex Oriakhi (14 points) gets a shot off over DePaul’s Jamee Crockett during UConn’s win over the Blue Demons.

Noel Hollingsworth scored 21 points and MIT capped the best season in school history with a 71-66 win over WPI last night in Worcester, avenging the team’s only defeat.

Will Tashman added 20 points and 12 rebounds for MIT, ranked fifth in Division 3. MIT finished the regular season 23-1, 11-1 in the NEWMAC.

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In the teams’ first meeting in Cambridge Jan. 21, WPI prevailed, 80-68, with Sam Longwell scoring 10 of his 14 points in the second half in the comeback win. Longwell had only 2 points in last night’s rematch. Marco Coppola led WPI (17-7, 7-4) with 16 points off the bench last night.

UNH 56, BU 54 - Ferg Myrick finished with 15 points and the visiting Wildcats edged the Terriers despite not scoring in the game’s final 2 1/2 minutes.

Brian Benson got a tip-in to put New Hampshire up, 56-50, with 2:43 to play, but that would be the final bucket for New Hampshire (11-14, 6-8 America East). The Terriers (14-14, 10-4) pulled back within 2 points, 56-54, on two free throws by Darryl Partin (20 points) and D.J. Irving’s layup with 44 seconds left, but missed two shots in the final seconds.

UConn 80, DePaul 54 - Shabazz Napier and Alex Oriakhi each put up double-doubles and the host Huskies (16-9, 6-7 Big East), playing their fourth straight game without ailing coach Jim Calhoun, beat the Blue Demons (11-14, 2-11).

Saint Joseph’s 80, Rhode Island 69 - Orion Outerbridge scored 19 points for the host Rams (5-22, 2-10), but the Hawks (17-10, 7-5) erased a 2-point halftime deficit to ease to the Atlantic 10 win.

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Cincinnati 81, Providence 66 - Vincent Council scored 29 points, 21 in the second half, but the visiting Friars (13-14, 2-12 Big East) were trounced by the Bearcats (18-8, 8-5).

Holy Cross 70, Lafayette 63 - Devin Brown scored 18 points and Justin Burrell added 16 and the visiting Crusaders (12-13, 6-5 Patriot) topped the Leopards (11-15, 6-5) for their third straight win.

Vermont 50, Albany 47 - Brendan Bald scored 10 points and Sandro Carissimo’s two free throws with nine seconds left sealed the win for the visiting Catamounts (17-10, 11-2 America East).

Hartford 64, Maine 50 - Nate Sikma scored 20 pointsand the host Hawks (7-19, 7-7 America East) breezed past the Black Bears (11-14, 5-9).

Fairfield 61, Saint Peter’s 38 - Rakim Sanders scored 15 points and the host Stags (16-10, 11-4 MAAC) rolled to their sixth straight win.

Missouri 83, Oklahoma St. 65 - Marcus Denmon scored 17 points to lead five teammates in double figures and the No. 3 Tigers (24-2, 11-2 Big 12) avenged an earlier defeat with a rout of the host Cowboys (12-14, 5-8).

North Carolina 73, Miami 64 - Harrison Barnes scored 23 points and the No. 8 Tar Heels (22-4, 9-2 ACC) rallied from an 8-point deficit in the second half to beat the host Hurricanes (15-9, 6-5).

New Mexico 77, San Diego St. 67 - Kendall Williams scored 21 points and Drew Gordon had 17 points and 17 rebounds as the visiting Lobos (21-4, 7-2) knocked off the No. 13 Aztecs (20-5, 6-3) to move into first place in the Mountain West Conference.

Indiana 71, Northwestern 66 - Cody Zeller scored 23 points and Verdell Jones had all 6 of his over the final 4:03 to lead the No. 18 Hoosiers (20-6, 8-6 Big Ten) past the visiting Wildcats (15-10, 5-8). The victory gave coach Tom Crean his first 20-win season in Bloomington.

Loyola Marymount 75, Saint Mary’s 60 - Drew Viney scored 17 points and the Lions (17-10, 10-4 West Coast) handed the 21st-ranked Gaels (23-4, 12-2) their first home loss in 17 games.

Notre Dame 71 Rutgers 53 - In South Bend, Ind., Jack Cooley scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half to help the No. 23 Fighting Irish (18-8, 9-3 Big East) avenge an earlier loss to the Scarlet Knights (12-14, 4-8).

Wichita St. 73, Missouri St. 58 - Garrett Stutz hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points and the host No. 24 Shockers (23-4, 14-2) earned at least a tie for the Missouri Valley Conference title.

Murray St. 75, SE Missouri St. 66 - Donte Poole scored 25 points as the visiting No. 16 Racers (25-1, 13-1) clinched their third straight Ohio Valley Conference title.

Women

Baylor 83, Oklahoma St. 51 - Brittney Griner had 28 points and 10 rebounds and the No. 1 Bears (26-0, 13-0 Big 12) remained perfect by beating the host Cowgirls (13-9, 5-8).

Duke 67, Virginia Tech 45 - Tricia Liston scored 17 points and the No. 5 Blue Devils (22-3, 13-0 ACC) blasted the visiting Cavaliers (7-19, 3-10).

BU 63, UNH 52 - Rashidat Agboola had 17 points and 14 rebounds and the visiting Terriers (20-6, 13-0) broke away from a halftime tie to beat the Wildcats (13-12, 6-7) and stay unbeaten in America East play. Alex Young (9 points) hit a pair of 3-pointers for BU, giving her a school career mark of 210.

Holy Cross 61, Lafayette 52 - Emily Parker and Brisje Malone each scored 15 points and the host Crusaders (14-12, 5-6 Patriot) got past the Leopards (8-18, 2-9).

Saint Louis 63, UMass 59 - Emilie Teuscher scored a career-high 22 points but the host Billikens (9-17, 3-8 Atlantic 10) took control with a 19-7 run to end the first half and held off the Minutewomen (6-20, 1-10), who lost their ninth straight.

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