Late 3-pointer rallies Miami past Boston College

Miami guard Anthony Lawrence II, center, goes to the basket against Boston College forward Nik Popovic, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Coral Gables, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP)
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Miami guard Anthony Lawrence II drives into the middle against three BC defenders.

 The final shot was designed for a teammate but Lonnie Walker IV had different ideas.

  And Miami’s heralded freshman guard delivered. Walker’s 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining capped a 14-point comeback and lifted Miami over Boston College, 79-78, Saturday afternoon in Coral Gables, Fla.

 ‘‘I knew there were a few seconds left, I knew I definitely wanted to take the last shot,’’ Walker said. ‘‘That’s just how I am. I want to be the guy that takes the final shot and I believe in myself more than anyone else.’’


 The play out of the timeout was set for Miami’s D.J. Vasiljevic to take the tying- or game-leading attempt with additional time. Vasiljevic didn’t have the open look. Walker retrieved the ball, dribbled toward the top of the key and launched the trey above the outstretched hands of Eagles 6-foot-10-inch forward Luka Kraljevic.

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 Walker finished with 14 points and sealed the comeback for Miami (20-8, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference).

 ‘‘When I had it, I realized I had a big [guarding],’’ Walker said. ‘‘Usually bigs are nervous guarding guards so a simple step back definitely caught him off guard, created a little bit of space. Off of that space, I got into my rhythm and game from there.’’

 The Eagles (16-13, 6-10) couldn’t attempt a game-winning shot as Jerome Robinson failed to retrieve the length-of-the-court inbounds pass.

 Chris Lykes scored 11 of his 15 points in the final four minutes for Miami. Dewan Huell scored 16 points and Anthony Lawrence II was the Hurricanes’ fourth double-digit scorer with 13 points.


 The Hurricanes capitalized from errant free throws by the Eagles, who shot 14 of 25, including three crucial misses in the final minute. Nik Popovic failed to convert on his two attempts with 38 seconds left and Kraljevic split his two free throws with 18 seconds remaining.

 ‘‘We just lost our composure, didn’t make free throws,’’ Eagles coach Jim Christian said. ‘‘We were the leading free throw shooting team in the league two games ago. Offensively, we were really good all game long until the last two minutes.’’

 Robinson’s two free throws with 6:16 remaining gave the Eagles their largest lead at 67-53.

 Robinson scored a game-high 30 points and Popovic and Ky Bowman finished with 17 and 15 points, respectively, for BC.

 Jordan Chatman’s 5 points in a 10-2 run midway through the second half keyed the Eagles to their first double-digit lead. His two free throws with 9:52 remaining closed the surge and gave BC a 60-48 advantage.


 ‘‘That was a terrific come-from-behind victory,’’ Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. ‘‘We had a very hard time guarding them. They are really a good offensive team. But I loved that we never gave up. We kept battling and eventually somehow went on a roll.

 ‘‘It looked very bad for us with six minutes to go but the guys did not hang their heads.’’

Northeastern 81, Elon 59 — Vasa Pusica tied his career high with 31 points and the visiting Huskies scored 21 of the final 27 points to win a share of the Colonial Athletic Association title.

Northeastern (21-9, 14-4) won seven in a row to tie College of Charleston, which swept the season series against the Huskies, atop the conference standings.

Bolden Brace threw down a dunk to cap a 6-0 spurt that gave Northeastern a 56-47 lead midway through the second half.

Tyler Seibring hit a jumper to pull Elon (14-15, 6-10) within 7, but Pusica converted a 3-point play and Shawn Occeus hit a 3-pointer and, after Seibring hit another jumper, Pusica made a three to push the lead to 69-55 with 4:21 to play. The Huskies closed on a 12-4 run, including seven-straight points by Pusica to cap the scoring.

Occeus had 13 points while Brace and Donnell Gresham scored 11 apiece for Northeastern.

George Mason 78, UMass 76 — C.J. Anderson scored 21 points and the visiting Minutemen (11-18, 4-12 Atlantic 10) overcame a 16-point halftime deficit before falling to the Patriots (14-15, 8-8) in overtime.

  Otis Livingston II had 7 of his 22 points in overtime and assisted on Ian Boyd’s winning basket for George Mason.

UMass opened the second half with a 14-2 run and taking a 57-55 lead on Rayshawn Miller’s basket with 2:21 left. The Minutemen led, 64-61, but fouled Goanar Mar on a 3-point attempt with 0.9 seconds left and Mar made all three foul shots to force overtime.

BU 61, Army 59 — Walter Whyte completed a 3-point play with 11 seconds left to lift the visiting Terriers (14-15, 10-8) over the Black Knights (13-16, 6-12) in the Patriot League regular-season finale.

BU led by 12 at intermission, but Army stormed back with a 14-3 run sparked by an Alex King three and capped by a Jordan Fox trey that got the Black Knights within 38-37. King hit a three to give Army a 59-56 lead with 1:43 left, but the Black Knights didn’t score again.

Whyte, Javante McCoy, and Cedric Hankerson each scored 10 points for BU.

Colgate 59, Holy Cross 53 — Jacob Grandison scored 16 points and helped the visiting Crusaders (11-18, 8-10 Patriot) build a 10-point first-half lead, but the Raiders (17-12, 12-6) rallied behind Sean O’Brien, who scored 12 of his 13 points in the second half.

Vermont 69, Stony Brook 60 — Trae Bell-Haynes had 19 points, including 6 in the final four minutes, and Payton Henson added 17 points and nine rebounds to help the visiting Catamounts (24-6, 14-1 America East) drop the Seawolves (12-18, 7-9).

Bell-Haynes found Nate Rohrer for a tie-breaking layup and Henson converted a 3-point play to spark a 15-6 run over the final 5:26. Stony Brook trimmed its deficit to 61-58 with 1:48 to play, but Ernie Duncan answered with a layup before Bell-Haynes and Drew Urquhart made 6 of 6 free throws from there to seal.

Henson’s tipin with 6:54 left gave him 1,000 career points.

Providence 74, Georgetown 69 — Rodney Bullock had 19 points with five 3-pointers and the Friars (18-11, 9-7 Big East) beat the host Hoyas (15-12, 5-11) for the eighth straight time.

Men’s hockey

NU 4, New Hampshire 0 — Freshman Cayden Primeau made 28 saves in getting his fourth shutout and the 11th-ranked Huskies (21-8-5, 15-6-3) beat the host Wildcats (10-18-6, 5-14-5) to clinch second place in Hockey East, their highest finish since 2008-09.

BU 1, Vermont 1 — Alex Esposito scored 38 seconds into the third period to offset Jordan Greenway’s first-period strike and the visiting Catamounts (9-18-7, 6-12-6 Hockey East) earned a tie with the Terriers (17-13-4, 12-8-4).

Yale 2, Harvard 1 — Kevin O’Neil’s second goal, coming with 3:16 left, lifted the host Bulldogs (15-13-1, 10-11-1 ECAC) over the Crimson (13-12-4, 11-8-3), who were limited to Henry Bowlby’s third-period tally.

Women’s hockey

BU 4, Maine 1 — Rebecca Leslie scored twice and the Terriers (14-16-6) beat the host Black Bears (18-13-5) to force a deciding third game in their Hockey East quarterfinal series.

BC 6, Vermont 1 — Makenna Newkirk had two goals and an assist and the third-ranked Eagles (30-3-3) swept the visiting Catamounts (10-20-5) in their Hockey East quarterfinal series.

NU 2, New Hampshire 1 — Tori Sullivan scored both goals, including the winner 1:11 into the second period, as the host Huskies (17-16-3) swept the Wildcats (14-15-7) in their Hockey East quarterfinal series.

Colgate 6, Harvard 1 — Brooke Jovanovich scored in the first period but it was all Colgate after that as the No. 4 Raiders (31-4-1) swept the best-of-three ECAC quarterfinal series from the Crimson (13-16-2).

Women’s basketball

UConn 80, SMU 36 — There was one lead change in the top-ranked Huskies’ victory over the host Mustangs. And what a lead change it was.

 UConn (28-0, 15-0) shook a 12-6 deficit with a 43-0 run to rout SMU (10-18, 4-11) and wrap up its fifth consecutive American Athletic Conference regular-season championship.

 Katie Lou Samuelson scored 23 points to lead the Huskies, who set a program record for fewest points allowed in a quarter, the quarter format in its third NCAA season, by outscoring SMU, 32-1, in the second period to lead, 51-13.