Keith Rendleman notched his fifth straight double-double as UNC Wilmington knocked off Colonial Athletic Association-leading Northeastern, 73-67, Saturday night in Wilmington, N.C.
The Huskies (17-10, 12-3) have dropped consecutive games for the first time since mid-December.
Northeastern’s Joel Smith, the reigning CAA Player of the Week, returned from the ankle injury that sidelined him against Delaware Wednesday. He played only 16 minutes and missed all five of his shots, accruing no points.
It was NU’s first conference road loss in eight games and only its second road loss this season.
“Northeastern runs a very good half-court offense and we wanted to try different things to take them out of it,” said third-year Seahawks coach Buzz Peterson. “We tried to give them different looks. We took the lead with about eight minutes left and I thought we did a good job of finishing the game.”
Rendleman scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his 16th double-double this season as the Seahawks (10-16, 5-9) snapped a two-game skid and avenged a 68-64 loss to Northeastern on Jan. 5.
The lead changed hands four times in the second half, with Rendleman’s 3-point play giving Wilmington a 59-58 advantage with 3:08 left. The points came amid an 11-1 Seahawks run that built a 67-59 lead.
Quincy Ford paced the Huskies with 23 points and nine rebounds.
Providence 71, Notre Dame 54 — Kadeem Batts scored 20 points and Vincent Council had 11 assists to become the school’s career leader, carrying the resurgent Friars over the No. 21 Irish in Providence.
Bryce Cotton, the Big East scoring leader, had 19 points and LaDontae Henton 13 for the Friars (14-11, 6-7). Providence has won four straight, including a victory over then-No. 17 Cincinnati on Feb. 6.
Council also had 11 rebounds and seven points. His 671 assists surpassed the 662 of Ernie DiGregorio from 1970-73. Council needs two assists to match the Big East record of 426 set by Syracuse’s Sherman Douglas from 1985-89.
Jack Cooley led Notre Dame with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Tom Knight and Garrick Sherman each scored 11.
It was just the second loss in seven games for the Irish (20-6, 8-5).
Villanova 70, UConn 61 — Ryan Arcidiacono scored 25 points and the Wildcats (16-10, 7-6 Big East) grabbed 20 offensive rebounds to topple the Huskies in Hartford.
Omar Calhoun scored 16 points to lead the Huskies (17-7, 7-5), who came into the game having won five of six, including an emotional upset of Syracuse Wednesday.
But Villanova held UConn’s guard tandem of Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright to just 6 points. The pair had been averaging just less than 33 points per game.
Rhode Island 67, Duquesne 62 — Nikola Malesevic scored 19 points and the visiting Rams (8-16, 3-8 Atlantic 10 Conference) won their second straight since snapping a six-game skid.
Maine 64, Binghamton 60 — Zarko Valjarevic scored 25 points and the Black Bears (11-15, 6-7 America East) beat the host Bearcats (3-23, 1-12) for their third straight win.
Albany 75, Hartford 49 — Jacob Iati and Mike Black combined for 32 points and the senior guards led the Great Danes (19-8, 8-5 America East) past the visiting Hawks (14-12, 7-6).
Penn 67, Dartmouth 57 — Jamal Lewis and Henry Brooks scored 14 points apiece and the Quakers (6-18, 3-4 Ivy) overcame a 13-point, second-half deficit to defeat the host Big Green (6-16, 2-6).
Yale 75, Columbia 56 — Justin Sears and Brandon Sherrod came off the bench to score 10 points apiece as the Bulldogs (10-15, 4-4 Ivy) dominated the first half in a win over the visiting Lions (10-12, 2-6).
Cornell 69, Brown 66 — Johnathan Gray scored 10 of his 18 points during a key first-half run that led to a 40-29 lead at intermission to carry the Big Red (13-12, 5-3 Ivy) past the Bears (9-13, 3-5) in Providence.
Quinnipiac 71, Saint Francis (Pa.) 55 — Ike Azotam scored 17 points and Zaid Hearst had 16 as the host Bobcats (12-13, 8-5) parlayed a 49-23 edge on the boards into a Northeast Conference victory over the Red Flash (3-22, 3-11).
Mount St. Mary's 89, Central Conn. 80 — Rashad Whack scored 22 points and Julian Norfleet added 21 as the host Mountaineers (12-13, 7-7 Northeast) completed a season sweep of the Blue Devils (10-14, 6-7), who received a 24-point effort by Kyle Vinales.
Robert Morris 68, Sacred Heart 63 — Karvel Anderson scored 13 points and Anthony Myers-Pate added 11 to send the visiting Colonials (18-9, 10-4 Northeast) to victory over the Pioneers (9-15, 7-6).
Wagner 89, Bryant 75 — Latif Rivers scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures, and the Seahawks (15-10, 9-5 Northeast) rolled over the Bulldogs (16-8, 9-4) despite 21 points from Joe O’Shea.
NESCAC quarterfinals — Ben Ferris scored 24 points and Tufts (17-8) went on a 21-4 run over the final eight minutes to beat Bowdoin, 82-71, in Medford. In the semifinals, the Jumbos will face top-seeded Amherst (23-2), which rolled over visiting Colby, 83-52 . . . Joey Kizel reeled off 20 points and Peter Lynch had 12 points and eight rebounds to spark Middlebury (22-2) past visiting Wesleyan, 61-49 . . . Taylor Epley went on a 10-point tear early in the second half to ignite host Williams (22-3) to an 88-79 victory over Bates.