NU routs Delaware, advances to CAA semifinals

From left, Michigan forward Moritz Wagner, guard Jordan Poole (2) and center Jon Teske (15) celebrate after Michigan beat Purdue of the NCAA Big Ten Conference tournament championship college basketball game, Sunday, March 4, 2018, in New York. Michigan won 75-66. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Michigan players (from left) Moritz Wagner, Jordan Poole, and Jon Teske celebrate after winning the Big Ten tournament.

Vasa Pusica scored 15 points and added 10 assists and 8 rebounds and No. 2 seed Northeastern routed seventh-seeded Delaware, 74-50, in a Colonial Athletic Association Tournament quarterfinal Sunday in Charleston, S.C.

Northeastern (22-9) advances to play in a Monday semifinal against the winner of No. 2 Hofstra and sixth seed UNC Wilmington.

The Huskies led, 33-28, at halftime and used a 6-0 run to extend the margin to 11. Delaware (14-19) didn’t score in the second half until 14:58 left on Eric Carter’s jumper.


Devon Begley hit a 3-pointer before Bolden Brace made a layup and a 3-pointer, and Donnell Gresham Jr. made a pair of free throws as the lead grew to 49-31 with 12:40 remaining. Northeastern shot 27 of 52 from the field, had 18 assists, and owned a 39-24 rebounding advantage.

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Ryan Daly led the Blue Hens with 23 points and eight rebounds and Carter scored 10.

Patriot League semifinals — Stephen Brown scored 19 of his 26 points in the first half and regular-season champion Bucknell cruised past visiting Boston University, 90-59, and into the championship game. The defending champion Bison (24-9), who have won seven straight, will face second-seeded Colgate on Wednesday. Tyler Scanlon led the Terriers (15-16), who handed Bucknell its only home loss of the season on Jan. 2, with 14 points . . . In Hamilton N.Y., Will Rayman scored 22 points and the Raiders (19-12) defeated Holy Cross, 62-55. Colgate was outshot, 50 percent to 32 percent, but made 19 of 22 free throws to 8 of 9 for the Crusaders (12-19). Jehyve Floyd and Jacob Grandison scored 14 points each for Holy Cross.

Big Ten final — Zavier Simpson was a catalyst on both ends of the floor, running Michigan’s efficient offense and leading its lock-down defense, and backup big man Jon Teske scored 14 as the 15th-ranked Wolverines (28-7) beat No. 8 Purdue, 75-66, in New York to repeat as Big Ten Tournament champions, the conference’s first repeat champion since Ohio State in 2010 and ’11. Simpson finished with 10 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds and Moe Wagner led Michigan with 17 points, despite playing only 17 minutes because of foul trouble — which plagued him all tournament. That’s where Teske stepped up. The 7-foot-1-inch sophomore scored 12 points in the first half and picked up the slack guarding Purdue’s 7-2 center Isaac Haas. Simpson and Teske put an exclamation point on Michigan’s win with 6:02 left when the 6-foot Simpson drove and dished to Teske, who finished with a one-handed slam over Haas.

Missouri Valley final — In St. Louis, Donte Ingram scored 18 points, Cameron Krutwig added 11 points and nine rebounds, and Loyola-Chicago earned its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 33 years with a 65-49 victory over Illinois State. The Ramblers (28-5) have won 10 in a row and will return to the NCAAs for the first time since 1985, when they reached the Sweet 16. Milik Yarbrough and Phil Fayne led Illinois State (18-15) with 12 points each.


Atlantic Sun final — Lipscomb is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time after Garrison Mathews scored 33 points and the second-seeded Bisons wasted most of an enormous lead before recovering to beat top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast, 108-96, in Fort Myers, Fla. Kenny Cooper scored 17 for Lipscomb (23-9), which made 15 of its first 18 shots on the way to a 32-point lead late in the opening half. Zach Johnson tied an FGCU school record with 37 points, 29 coming after halftime, when the Eagles (23-11) cut the deficit to 5 in the final minutes.

Big South final — Freshman Carlik Jones swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving host Radford a 55-52 victory over Liberty in the Big South Conference championship game and its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2009. Jones had 13 points and six assists to lead the Highlanders (22-12), who’ll carry a seven-game winning streak into the NCAAs. Travis Fields Jr. added 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting from 3-point range.

Women’s basketball

Harvard 78, Columbia 59 — Freshman Jadyn Bush came off the bench to score 21 points and the Crimson (18-9, 10-4 Ivy) cruised past the host Lions (8-21, 2-12) to close out their regular season. No. 3 seed Harvard opens play in the Ivy League tournament against second-seeded Penn on Saturday in Philadelphia.

ACC final — Asia Durr scored 17 points and Sam Fuehring converted a key 3-point play in the final minute, helping No. 4 Louisville beat No. 5 Notre Dame, 74-72, in Greensboro, N.C., to win its first conference tournament title. Arica Carter finished with 16 points and hit four 3-pointers, Fuehring and Myisha Hines-Allen each finished with 15, and Durr, the ACC’s Player of the Year, hit four free throws in the final seconds to help the top-seeded Cardinals (32-2) win their first conference tournament since 1993 — when they won the Metro Tournament. Jessica Shepard had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (29-3), who failed to win the ACC Tournament for the first time since joining the league. They had won the previous four years.

Atlantic 10 final — In Richmond, Va., Brianna Cummings scored 17 points to help George Washington (19-13) win its seventh A-10 title with a 65-49 victory over Saint Joseph’s for an automatic NCAA Tournament bid.


American Athletic quarterfinals — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 21 points to lead top-ranked UConn to an 82-56 rout of Tulane in the quarterfinal round in Uncasville, Conn. The unbeaten Huskies (30-0) saw two players leave the game with injuries. Crystal Dangerfield scored 14 points before going down with a right ankle injury in the third quarter. All-American Gabby Williams also suffered what appeared to be a leg injury and left before halftime. Both players returned from the locker room to the bench, but did not re-enter the game. UConn extended its streak of 30-win seasons to 13.

Women’s hockey

Hockey East championship — McKenna Brand scored twice and Northeastern edged Connecticut, 2-1, at Matthews Arena to win its first Hockey East title. Brand scored just 28 seconds in to put NU (19-16-3) up but Morgan Wabick answered for UConn less than a minute later. Brand broke the tie with her 15th goal of the season with two minutes left in the period and Aerin Frankel (30 saves) kept UConn at bay the rest of the way. The win sends Northeastern to its second NCAA Tournament berth. Seventh-seeded UConn, which stunned top-seeded and third-ranked Boston College in the semifinals, ended its season at 16-14-9.

NCAA pairings — No. 3-ranked Boston College got a fourth seed in the Women’s NCAA Tournament, drawing fifth-ranked Ohio State for its opening-round game Saturday at Conte Forum. Hockey East tournament champion Northeastern is seeded sixth and will travel to fourth-ranked Colgate, the No. 3 seed, for its first-round game on Saturday.

Men’s hockey

Hockey East tournament — Mario Ferraro scored 2:40 into the game and UMass got goals from five players in a 5-1 rout of visiting Vermont to win the finale of the best-of-three Hockey East playoff series. The pairings for the best-of-three quarterfinal round, which begins Friday night, are set: Top seed Boston College hosts Merrimack; No. 2 seed Northeastern welcomes Massachusetts; No. 3 seed Providence hosts Maine; and fourth-seeded Boston University hosts Connecticut.