John Papale came off the bench to score 19 points and Boston University edged Army, 71-70, on Wednesday night in West Point, N.Y., earning the Terriers a share of the Patriot League title in their inaugural season.
Maurice Watson, Jr. had 16 points and Travis Robinson added 11 for BU (21-9, 14-3), which can clinch the title outright by beating Holy Cross in its regular-season finale on Saturday.
The Terriers equaled the most conference wins in a season with 14 and will be looking for their first conference title in 10 years on Saturday. Second-place American, a game behind the Terriers, finishes Saturday against Bucknell.
Army led, 33-23, at the break but BU used a 13-4 run midway through the second half — sparked by a Papale 3-pointer — to go up, 58-53, with 7:30 to play. The Black Knights tied it at the 2-minute mark, 66-66, on back-to-back buckets by Kyle Wilson.
But BU went ahead, 71-68, behind Papale and Watson, who combined to go 4 of 4 from the line. Dylan Cox sank a layup to get Army within 1, but the Terriers held on.
The Black Knights (13-15, 9-8) were led by Kevin Ferguson with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
UConn 61, South Florida 56 — Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright shrugged off slow starts to lead an 18-0 second-run that helped the No. 21 Huskies (22-6, 10-5 American Athletic Conference) rally past the host Bulls (12-16, 3-12).
Napier scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. Boatright delivered 11 of 14 during the game-changing surge that turned a 9-point deficit into a 47-38 lead for UConn.
Holy Cross 65, Loyola 52 — Malcolm Miller scored 20 points and added eight boards and the visiting Crusaders (18-11, 12-5) broke the game open in the second half to get past the Greyhounds (10-18, 5-12) and clinch the third seed in the Patriot League tournament.
Arizona 87, California 59 — Nick Johnson scored 22 points, Kaleb Tarczewski added 16, and the No. 3 Wildcats (26-2, 13-2 Pac-12) avenged an earlier loss to the Bears (18-10, 9-6) by rolling to the home win.
Villanova 67, Butler 48 — Darrun Hilliard and James Bell scored 11 points each to help the No. 8 Wildcats (25-3, 13-2 Big East) overcome a cold-shooting start to rout the visiting Bulldogs (12-16, 2-14).
Villanova needed almost the first 10 minutes of the game to score 10 points, missed eight of its first nine 3-point attempts, and didn’t have a player reach double digits in scoring until midway through the second half.
Virginia 65, Miami 40 — London Perrantes scored a career-high 15 points and the No. 12 Cavaliers (24-5, 15-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened the second half with a 16-5 run and rolled past the visiting Hurricanes for their 12th consecutive win (14-14, 5-10).
Iowa State 83, West Virginia 66 — Georges Niang scored 24 points, DeAndre Kane had 17 and 11 rebounds, and the No. 15 Cyclones (22-5, 10-5 Big 12) beat the visiting Mountaineers for their seventh win in eight games.
Michigan 77, Purdue 76 — Glenn Robinson III got a late bank shot to roll in as time expired in overtime, rallying the No. 16 Wolverines (20-7, 12-3 Big Ten) to a road win over the Boilermakers (15-13, 5-10). Michigan trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half, 13 at halftime, and never led until the opening basket of overtime.
North Carolina 85, N.C. State 84 — Marcus Paige hit a driving basket with 0.9 seconds left to cap a career night — he scored 35 points, 31 after halftime — and help the No. 19 Tar Heels (21-7, 11-4 ACC) beat the host Wolfpack in overtime for their 10th straight win.
North Carolina needed every bit of Paige’s production to outlast N.C. State and league-leading scorer T.J. Warren, who had a career-high 36 points in a losing effort.
Texas 74, Baylor 69 — Cameron Ridley had 20 points and 10 rebounds and made a big defensive play with a block in the final minute as the No. 24 Longhorns (21-7, 10-5 Big 12) held on to beat the visiting Bears (18-10, 6-9).
Holy Cross 59, Loyola (Md.) 49 — Brisje Malone scored 18 points and Raquel Scott added 9 points and 15 rebounds as the host Crusasders (18-10, 10-7 Patriot) built a 16-point halftime lead and breezed past the Greyhounds (5-23, 2-15).
Army 75, BU 48 — Jen Hazlett posted 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead the visiting Black Knights (21-7, 13-4 Patriot) to a rout of the Terriers (11-19, 6-11). Melissa Gallo had 10 points, the only BU player in double figures.
Maine 84, UMass-Lowell 65 — Liz Wood had 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists to lead the host Black Bears (15-13, 9-6 America East) past the River Hawks (5-22, 4-12), who got a career-high 31 points from junior guard Shannon Samuels.