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Brown ends Princeton bid

Sean McGonagill scored 24 points and hot-shooting Brown beat Princeton, 80-67, Saturday in Providence to end the Tigers’ bid for the Ivy League title.

Combined with Harvard’s win over Cornell, the Crimson earned the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid. Princeton needed to beat Brown and Penn on Tuesday to force a one-game playoff with Harvard.

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Stephen Albrecht added 17 points and Matt Sullivan 13 for the Bears (13-15, 7-7), who shot 50 percent from the floor.

Ian Hummer led Princeton (16-11, 9-4) with 21 points, but the Tigers hit only 35.6 percent of their shots.

America East quarterfinals — Candon Rusin came off the bench to score 14 points as Vermont came back from a 6-point halftime deficit to defeat New Hampshire, 61-42, in Albany, N.Y. The second-seeded Catamounts (20-10), who trailed, 26-20, at halftime, used a 27-3 run to build a 49-33 lead with 7:53 remaining. Ferg Myrick scored 15 points and Patrick Konan 12 for New Hampshire (9-20) . . . Justin Edwards scored 18 points for Maine (11-19) but Sam Rowley’s layup with 19 seconds left allowed Albany (22-10) to hang on for a 50-49 win and avert the upset . . . Ryan Cook scored 24 points and Brian Neller added 20 as Maryland-Baltimore County upset Hartford, 69-62. The sixth-seeded Retrievers (8-22) shot 78.9 percent (15 of 19) in the second half. Wes Cole’s 3-pointer with 1:28 left brought the third-seeded Hawks (17-13) to within 61-59, but a 3-pointer by Neller and baskets by Adrian Satchell and Malik Garner secured UMBC’s semifinal berth against Vermont. Nate Sikma scored 17 points for Hartford . . . Anthony Jackson led four Stony Brook players in double figures with 16 points as the top-seeded Seawolves (24-6) rolled over Binghamton, 72-49.

UConn 63, Providence 59 — Ryan Boatright scored 23 points, including a key 3-point play in overtime as the host Huskies (20-10, 10-8 Big East) finished their season by beating the Friars.

Kadeem Batts had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Providence (17-13, 9-9), and Kris Dunn added 11.

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UConn is banned from the NCAA and Big East tournaments based on a low academic performance rates.

Yale 79, Penn 65 — Brandon Sherrod scored 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting to lead five players in double figures as the host Bulldogs (14-7, 8-6 Ivy) pulled away to close out the season with a win over the Quakers.

Dartmouth 64, Columbia 58 — Alex Mitola scored 21 points to lead the host Big Geen (9-19, 5-9 Ivy) over the Lions (12-16, 4-10) in the finale for both teams.

MAAC quarterfinals — Derek Needham scored 19 points and hit six free throws in the final minute to lead Fairfield (19-14) to a 43-42 win over Rider (18-14) in Springfield . . . Antoine Mason scored 21 points and top-seeded Niagara (19-12) pulled away for a 74-62 win over Siena (8-24) . . . Lamont Jones scored 33 points and Sean Armand 24 to give Iona (18-13) an 89-85 victory over Canisius (18-13).

NCAA Div. 3 second round — Joey Kizel had 22 points and James Jensen came off the bench to add 13 points and 11 rebounds as Middlebury (24-3) held on for a 67-63 win over host Cortland State (24-5). The Panthers will meet Ithaca in a Sweet 16 matchup next Saturday . . . In Amherst, Aaron Toomey scored 25 points and the Lord Jeffs (26-2) built a 26-point first-half lead and cruised to an 89-72 win over Plattsburgh State (20-9) to earn their third straight Sweet 16 appearance . . . Michael Mayer had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead host Williams (25-4) to an 89-78 win over Catholic (25-4) . . . Joe Hassell scored 18 points and Randolph-Macon (21-9) shot 59.2 percent from the field en route to a 79-68 win over WPI in Worcester and a Sweet 16 matchup against Amherst. Ryan Kolb led the Engineers (26-3) with 25 points . . . Tom DiCiantis scored 13 points and Tahrike Carter added 10 points and 11 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as Morrisville State (23-5) eliminated Rhode Island College (26-4) with a 66-61 victory.

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