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Roundup: First-place NU ties its best start in CAA

Joel Smith scored 18 points and Quincy Ford had 17 as Northeastern built a 12-point halftime lead, then hung on to beat Delaware, 74-70, Saturday in Newark, Del.

The Huskies (11-7) sit atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings with a 6-0 record, matching their best league start since joining the conference in the 2005-06 season.

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Northeastern jumped out to a 45-33 halftime lead because it made 7 of 9 shots from 3-point range. NU tied a season high with 10 3-pointers made, three by Smith.

The Huskies’ lead reached 17 points in the second half before a 16-3 Delaware run made it 58-54 with 8:19 left.

Jonathan Lee scored 9 of his 14 points down the stretch to close the game out for the Huskies.

Jarvis Threatt led Delaware (8-10, 3-2) with 21 points, and Jamelle Hagins had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

BU 69, New Hampshire 59 — Dom Morris scored 18 points, Maurice Watson had 13, and the Terriers (8-10, 2-3 America East) beat the Wildcats in Durham, N.H.

Patrick Konan had a strong game for UNH (4-12, 0-4), scoring 11 points and grabbing 13 boards. The Wildcats were held to 15.8 percent shooting (3 of 19) from 3-point land.

Binghamton 57, Maine 56 — Jimmy Gray’s 3-pointer with two seconds remaining lifted the Bearcats (3-16, 1-5 America East) over the Black Bears (7-11, 2-3) and ended Binghamton’s 12-game losing streak.

Albany 56, Hartford 46 — Peter Hooley’s double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds) helped the Great Danes (16-4, 5-1 America East) beat the host Hawks. Yolonzo Moore led Hartford (10-9, 3-3) with 18 points.

Pittsburgh 69, UConn 61 — Tray Woodall and James Robinson knocked down consecutive 3-pointers to halt a Husky rally and the host Panthers (15-4, 3-3) pulled away late for the Big East victory. UConn (12-5, 2-3) used a 22-8 burst in the second half to turn a 47-33 deficit into a tie game.

Providence 69, Villanova 66 — The Friars took advantage of 16 second-half turnovers by the Wildcats (11-7, 2-3 Big East) to turn a halftime deficit into a win. Bryce Cotton led Providence (10-8, 2-4) with 24 points.

Rhode Island 82, Saint Louis 80 — Xavier Munford scored 24 points, Andre Malone had 14, including 6 in overtime, and the Rams (6-10, 1-2 Atlantic 10) upended the host Billikens (12-5, 1-2). Munford also hit the tying trey with 1:05 left in regulation.

Brown 65, Yale 51 — Sean McGonagill scored 20 points, and the Bears (7-8) used suffocating defense to top the visiting Bulldogs in both teams’ Ivy League opener. Brown held Yale (6-12) to 18.2 percent shooting (4 of 22) from 3-point range.

Holy Cross 79, American 60 — In a Patriot League contest, Jordan Stevens scored 18 points and Dave Dudzinski posted his second straight double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) to lead the Crusaders (10-8, 2-1) over the visiting Eagles (6-12, 1-2).

Bryant 82, Wagner 59 — The Bulldogs won their eighth consecutive game behind Alex Francis’s 12 points and 10 rebounds. Bryant (13-4, 6-0 Northeast) put the game out of reach for the Seahawks (9-8, 3-3) with a 25-4 run midway through the second half.

Sacred Heart 75, St. Francis (Pa.) 72 — Shane Gibson scored 14 of his game-high 23 points in the second half as the Pioneers (6-11, 4-2 Northeast) held off the host Red Flash (1-16, 1-5 ).

Mount St. Mary’s 80, Central Conn. 75 — Xavier Owens scored 18 points in 22 minutes to lead the Mountaineers (7-10, 2-4 Northeast) past the host Blue Devils. Malcolm McMillan scored a career-high 26 points for Central Connecticut (7-10, 3-3).

Robert Morris 87, Quinnipiac 75 — Russell Johnson scored 22 points to lead the Colonials (12-7, 4-2 Northeast) over the visiting Bobcats. Zaid Hearst led the way for Quinnipiac (6-12, 2-4) with 16 points.

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