As Boston University heads into its holiday break, the Terriers hope they’ve left behind for good their disastrous start to the season.
D.J. Irving scored 23 points and sophomore forward Malik Thomas came off the bench to score all 17 of his points in the second half to the lead the surging Terriers past Cornell, 70-57, Saturday at Case Gym.
Thomas made all five of his 3-point attempts and also hit a pair of free throws for BU (5-6), which has won five of six games after losing its first five.
Down by 2 points with 8:38 to play, Irving scored three baskets in a row to kick off a 13-0 run and put the Terriers ahead to stay.
Devin Cherry led Cornell (4-9) with 16 points, while Errick Peck and Dwight Tarwater added 12 apiece. Tarwater’s tip-in midway through the first half gave Cornell its biggest lead, 30-22, and his third and final 3-pointer with four seconds left sent the Big Red into intermission with a 35-30 advantage.
Bryant 79, Dartmouth 66 — Frankie Dobbs scored 19 points and the Bulldogs used a strong second half to beat the Big Green in Smithfield, R.I.
Corey Maynard finished with 15 points for Bryant (6-4) and Alex Francis pitched in with 13. Tied at 31 early in the second half, Bryant went on a 13-0 run that was capped by Shane McLaughlin’s 3-point play with 12:46 left in the game.
Connor Boehm scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Dartmouth (2-8), which has lost five straight.
Vermont 76, Fairleigh Dickinson 62 — Luke Apfeld scored a career-high 26 points and Brian Voelkel had his third double-double in four games, lifting the host Catamounts past the Knights.
Voelkel had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists for Vermont (7-4), which has won three of its last four games. The Catamounts’ reserves outscored their counterparts, 21-0.
Melquan Bolding led the Knights (4-6) with 20 points.
Rhode Island 65, Georgia St. 60 — Nikola Malesevic had 22 points and nine rebounds and Xavier Munford added 17 points to lift the host Rams (4-7) past the Panthers.
R.J. Hunter finished with 23 points for Georgia State (5-7), which has lost three consecutive games. Manny Atkins and Devonta White each added 14 points.
Maine 84, Fla. Gulf Coast 78 — Justin Edwards amassed 27 points and 11 rebounds and Alasdair Fraser chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds to help the host Black Bears (4-8) edge the Eagles and snap a three-game losing streak.
Sherwood Brown scored 17 points for Florida Gulf Coast (8-5), which had won six of its past eight games.
Fairfield 60, Saint Joseph’s 57 — Derek Needham scored 24 points, including the winning 3-pointer with 16 seconds left, and the visiting Stags (8-5) beat the Hawks for the first time since the 1977-78 season, a span of 10 games. The win stretched Fairfield’s winning streak to four games.
Ronald Roberts Jr. had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Saint Joseph’s (5-4).
La Salle 100, Sacred Heart 71 — Ramon Galloway led six players in double figures with 22 points and the host Explorers set a season-high for points in a blowout of the Pioneers.
La Salle (8-2) shot 54 percent (34 of 63) from the field, including 9 of 21 from 3-point range. Shane Gibson led Sacred Heart (2-8) with 19 points.
Hartford 56, Marist 46 — Nate Sikma finished with 15 points and eight rebounds and the host Hawks (7-5) held off the Red Foxes (4-8) for their third win in four games.