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    N.E. roundup: URI slips past Vermont; Bryant stays on a roll

    Xavier Munford scored 25 points and Rhode Island used a big run to close out the first half and pull away from Vermont in a 76-66 win Saturday in Kingston, R.I.

    The Rams (2-6) posted their first victory at the Ryan Center under first-year coach Dan Hurley.

    Trailing, 20-18, with 6:09 left in the first half, Rhode Island launched a 21-4 run, with Munford scoring the first 6 points and Mike Aaman pouring in 9. The Catamounts (4-2) scored only 1 point in the final 4:31 before intermission.


    The Rams expanded the lead to 56-34 with 11:57 remaining, but the Catamounts closed the gap to 68-61 with 57 seconds left on Sandro Carissimo’s layup. Rhode Island made 6 of 10 free throws down the stretch to hold off the Catamounts.

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    Aaman scored a career-high 15 points off the bench and Andre Malone added 14 for Rhode Island. Clancy Rugg led Vermont with 16 points and Carissimo added 15.

    Bryant 70, Army 59 — Dyami Starks scored 20 points and Frankie Dobbs added 19 as the host Bulldogs (4-2) beat the Black Knights (3-3) for their fourth straight win.

    Bryant, fresh off beating Boston College for its biggest win in program history, also posted its first win in eight tries against a Patriot League opponent. Alex Francis added 17 points and Joe O’Shea 12 for the Bulldogs.

    BU 74, St. Peter’s 66 — Maurice Watson Jr. finished with 21 points, 7 assists, and 4 steals to lead the visiting Terriers (2-5).


    After BU took a 37-19 lead into intermission, St. Peter’s (3-4) opened the second half with a 33-17 run and pulled within 54-52, after Desi Washington’s 3-pointer with 7:43 left to play. But St. Peter’s got no closer and BU held on for the win.

    Travis Robinson scored 15 points and Dom Morris added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Terriers. John Papale chipped in 10 points off the bench.

    Hartford 48, Holy Cross 45 — Mark Nwakamma scored 12 points, Evan Cooper hit two free throws with seven seconds left, and the host Hawks (4-3) held on to beat the Crusaders (4-4).

    Dave Dudzinski had 13 points and 15 rebounds to lead Holy Cross.

    Providence 73, Mississippi St. 63 — Kadeem Batts scored 32 points and LaDontae Henton added 18, leading the shorthanded Friars past the visiting Bulldogs (2-5).


    Providence guard Bryce Cotton left the game with 3:54 remaining in the first half with an apparent knee injury, leaving the Friars (6-2) with just six players for the rest of the game. Coach Ed Cooley said Cotton’s status is unknown. Cotton’s exit followed a leg injury suffered early in the season by Vincent Council, who is day-to-day, and a shoulder injury that has held Kris Dunn out of the lineup.

    New Hampshire 63, Brown 50 — Ferg Myrick scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures, and the host Wildcats (3-4) got past the Bears (3-4).

    Patrick Konan scored 14 points, Chris Pelcher 11, and Jordon Bronner 10 for New Hampshire. Matt Sullivan led Brown with 18 points.

    Duquesne 87, Maine 73 — Jeremiah Jones led four players in double figures with 15 points, and the Dukes (4-3) pulled away from a halftime tie to beat the Black Bears in Pittsburgh. Justin Edwards led Maine (2-5) with 19 points.

    Dartmouth 61, Longwood 53 — Gabas Maldunas scored 19 points and the Big Green (2-3) took control in the second half to get past the Lancers (2-6) in Farmville, Va.

    Saint Anselm 87, Franklin Pierce 75 — Mike McCahey scored 25 points and Chris Santo 16 off the bench as the host Hawks (5-1, 3-1 Northeast-10) pulled away in the second half to upset the Ravens (5-1, 3-1), ranked seventh in Division 2. Eric Jean-Guillaume scored 29 points, hitting on 4 of 5 treys, for Franklin Pierce.

    Stonehill 51, St. Michael’s 47 — Adam Fazzini scored 14 points and Raheem May-Thompson added 12 as the host Skyhawks (3-2, 2-2 NE-10), ranked 23d in Division 2, held off the Knights (2-3, 1-3) despite shooting only 33.8 percent from the floor.

    UMass-Lowell 100, Merrimack 73 — Eleven of 13 players scored for the host River Hawks (5-1, 3-1 NE-10), led by Matt Welch’s 18 points, in a rout of the Warriors (2-6, 0-4).

    Assumption 55, Adelphi 52 — Tim Beinert scored 15 points and the visiting Greyhounds (7-0, 5-0 NE-10) erased a 9-point halftime deficit to beat the Panthers (2-5, 1-3).

    Southern New Hampshire 70, Bentley 60 — Phillip Tripodakis and Aleksandar Dobrovic came off the bench to combine for 22 points and eight rebounds and the host Penmen (4-2, 2-2 NE-10) held on to edge the Falcons (4-3, 2-2), who were led by Jasper Grassa’s 21 points.

    MIT 91, Newbury 76 — Will Tashman scored 22 points and added 14 rebounds and the Engineers (6-1), ranked No. 1 in Division 3, rebounded from their first loss of the season to rout the Nighthawks (2-4), who were led by Tim Young’s 25 points.

    James Burke came off the bench to score 16 points and Mitchell Kates added 15 for MIT, which lost at Rhode Island College on Thursday.

    Springfield 70, Amherst 64 — Alex Berthiaume scored 20 points and the host Pride (5-1) hit 12 3-pointers in an upset of the Lord Jeffs, the sixth-ranked team in Division 3. David Kalema led Amherst (5-1) with 22 points.

    Stevens 75, Williams 69 — Michael Mayer had 14 points and seven rebounds, but the visiting Ducks (5-0) had all five starters score in double figures in their win over the No. 23 Ephs (5-1).