Northeastern outlasts UNCW in overtime

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: Shamorie Ponds #2 of the St. John's Red Storm drives against Marvin Bagley III #35 of the Duke Blue Devils at Madison Square Garden on February 3, 2018 in New York City. St. John's won 81-77. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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St. John’s star Shamorie Ponds drives on Marvin Bagley III during the Redmen’s upset of fourth-ranked Duke. Ponds scored 33 points.

Tomas Murphy scored 8 of his career-high 21 points in overtime to push the Northeastern men’s basketball team past UNC Wilmington, 107-100, on Saturday at Matthews Arena.

It was the most points the Huskies (15-9, 8-4 Colonial Athletic) have scored since putting up 102 against Cal State Northridge in 2005.

Murphy didn’t miss a shot in the extra period, making a layup, four free throws, and a dunk that gave Northeastern a 7-point lead with 55 seconds remaining.


Vasa Pusica scored 24 points to lead the Huskies.

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Anthony Green added 16 points and Donnell Gresham Jr. had 14. Murphy, a 6-foot-8-inch freshman forward, was 8 of 11 from the field.

Ty Taylor II scored 27 points for UNCW (7-17, 4-8). Trailing, 89-86, with 2.7 seconds left, the Seahawks drove the length of the floor and Taylor hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime.

Jordon Talley added 20 points, and Devontae Cacok had 18 points and 17 rebounds.

UMass 86, Dayton 82 — Luwane Pipkins drilled a controversial 3-pointer in the final minute of the second overtime and Unique McLean added a late jumper as the Minutemen (11-13, 4-7 Atlantic 10) held off the Flyers (10-12, 4-6) in Amherst, snapping a five-game losing streak.


Pipkins (28 points) came up with a loose ball after a scramble and launched his shot as the shot clock expired. Officials counted the trey, but photos show the ball on Pipkins’s fingers as the shot clock hit zero.

Josh Cunningham had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Dayton, and Trey Landers added 22 points.

C.J. Anderson added 17 points and Carl Pierre and Malik Hines contributed 15 and 14 points, respectively, for UMass, while McLean pulled down 11 rebounds.

Cunningham scored at the basket twice to get the Flyers even at 81-81 with 1:29 to play, but Pipkins hit from deep with :55 left. Cunningham hit the second of two free throws seconds later to get Dayton within 2, but McLean made it a two-possession lead with :12 left.

Cunningham dunked with 1:32 left in regulation to tie the game for the Flyers at 69-69 and force an overtime. His two free throws with :24 left tied it at 77-77 and forced the second overtime. He finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds.


Harvard 76, Cornell 73 — Chris Lewis scored 17 points and Seth Towns added 15 as the Crimson (10-11, 5-1 Ivy) defeated the Big Red (8-11, 2-4) in Ithaca, N.Y.

Stone Gettings had 32 points and 10 rebounds for Cornell.

Harvard, the preseason Ivy League favorite, remains a game back of unbeaten conference leader Penn.

Stone Gettings hit two free throws with 4:43 to put the Big Red up by four, 66-62, but Lewis made two free throws and Danilo Djuricic hit a 3 with 3:09 left to put Harvard in front, 67-66.

Jack Gordon got Cornell even with the first of two free throws, but Towns drilled a 3 with 2:25 remaining and from there Justin Bassey, Christian Juzang and Corey Johnson each hit a pair of free throws to preserve the win.

Lehigh 80, BU 75 — Caleb Bennett scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds, and the Mountain Hawks (10-13, 5-7 Patriot) edged the Terriers (12-11, 8-4) in Bethlehem, Pa.

Bennett was 8 of 13 from the field, including three from distance, and hit all four of his free throws for Lehigh.

Kahron Ross added 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists and Pat Andree chipped in 10 points.

Bennett sank a pair of 3-pointers as part of a 20-6 surge midway through the first half that gave the Mountain Hawks a 32-22 lead with five minutes to go and they were up 40-31 at halftime.

The Terriers fought back in the second half to take a 75-72 advantage with just under two minutes to play. Bennett and Ross replied with back-to-back jumpers for a 76-75 Lehigh lead with 1:04 left and Boston failed to score the rest of the way.

Tyler Scanlon scored 24 points, with 4 rebounds and 5 assists for BU.

Virginia 59, Syracuse 44 — De'Andre Hunter scored 15 points, Kyle Guy added 14, and the No. 2 Cavaliers (22-1, 11-0 ACC) smothered the Orange (15-8, 4-6) in Syracuse, N.Y.

Virginia, which beat Syracuse, 68-61, in January, has won 14 straight and is off to its best start in conference play since the days of Ralph Sampson, who led the 1980-81 team to a 12-0 start.

St. John's 81, Duke 77 — Shamorie Ponds scored 33 points and the Red Storm (11-13) stunned the No. 4 Blue Devils (19-4) at Madison Square Garden, snapping an 11-game losing streak and handing suddenly suspect Duke its second loss in eight days.

Bashir Ahmed added 19 points and Tariq Owens had 17 for St. John’s, which overcame an early 10-point deficit and fought off Duke’s heralded freshmen down the stretch in their biggest win under third-year coach Chris Mullin.

Gary Trent Jr. had 22 points to pace Duke, who perhaps got caught looking ahead to their first matchup of the season with bitter rival North Carolina on Thursday night.

Freshman sensation Marvin Bagley III scored 19 but sat out a significant chunk of the second half with four fouls.

Outhustled all afternoon, Duke was coming off an easy win over Notre Dame that followed a disappointing 65-63 loss to No. 2 Virginia at home last weekend.

Winless in 11 Big East games this season, the Red Storm improved to 11-2 in nonconference play. They led by 11 with 6½ minutes left before Duke stormed back and took a 73-72 advantage on Trent’s two free throws with 1:35 to play, its first lead since early in the second half.

It was the first meeting between the teams since Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski got his 1,000th career win with a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 25, 2015.

Cincinnati 65, UConn 57 — Jacob Evans III scored 19 points to lead the No. 8 Bearcats (21-2, 10-0 American) past the Huskies (11-12, 4-6) for their 14th straight win.

Kyle Washington added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Cincinnati, which never trailed.

Jalen Adams scored 20 points and Christian Vital added 18 for UConn, which has lost five of its last six.

Oklahoma State 84, Kansas 79 — Kendall Smith scored 24 points, including the clinching free throws in the final seconds, and the Cowboys (14-9, 4-6 Big 12) held on to upset the No. 7 Jayhawks (18-5, 7-3) in Lawrence, Kan.

Cameron McGriff added 20 points and Jeffrey Carroll had 15 for Oklahoma State, which had lost three straight. It was the third loss for Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse, its most since the 1998-99 season, and its second in conference play. They also lost to Texas Tech in the Phog.

Udoka Azubuike had 20 points and Devonte Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk scored 17 apiece for Kansas, which was celebrating 120 years of basketball by welcoming back dozens of former players and coaches.

Texas Tech 83, TCU 71 — Jarrett Culver scored 20 points as the No. 10 Red Raiders (19-4, 7-3 Big 12) beat the Horned Frogs (16-7, 4-6) in Fort Worth for their fourth straight win and a share of the conference lead with Kansas.

Keenan Evans finished with 17 points for Texas Tech, and Zhaire Smith had 12 points.

Vladimir Brodziansky led TCU with 18 points. while Desmond Bane had 13. Kenrich Williams had 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Texas 79, Oklahoma 74 — Matt Coleman scored 22 points as the Longhorns (15-8, 5-5 Big 12) rallied to knock off the No. 12 Sooners (16-6, 6-4) in Austin, Texas.

Coleman scored 14 points in the second half. His free throws down the stretch came after he missed three in a row late in an overtime loss at Texas Tech that could have helped clinch a victory. Texas closed the game on a 22-8 run.

Trae Young, the nation’s scoring leader (30.3 points per game), finished with 19 points on 7-of-22 shooting and made just two 3-pointers. He had 14 assists.

Missouri 69, Kentucky 60 — The Tigers (15-8, 5-5 SEC) had never beaten the No. 21 Wildcats (17-6, 6-4) in 10 previous attempts, but behind 16 points each from Jordan Barnett and Kassius Robertson, they finally cleared that Big Blue hurdle in Columbia, Mo.

Jontay Porter added 13 points and eight rebounds for Missouri. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 15 points for Kentucky.

Holy Cross 73, Loyola 57 — Jacob Grandison scored a career-high 21 points and the Crusaders (8-15, 5-7 Patriot) rolled over the Greyhounds (7-16, 5-7) in Baltimore.

Jehyve Floyd added 14 points for Holy Cross. Andrew Kostecka scored 14 points and Chuck Champion had 13 to lead Loyola.

Providence 77, Marquette 75 — Kyron Cartwright had 15 points and eight rebounds, and his steal with three seconds left in the game helped the Friars (15-8, 6-4 Big East) hold off the Golden Eagles (13-10, 4-7) in Milwaukee.

Alpha Diallo topped Providence with 16 points, while Isaiah Jackson added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Markus Howard, who finished with 16 points and nine rebounds to pace Marquette, scored a school- and Big East-record 52 points in the Golden Eagles’ 95-90 overtime win at Providence on Jan. 3.

Women’s basketball

Harvard 80, Cornell 58 — Katie Benzan had 20 points and seven assists, Taylor Rooks added 16 points and nine rebounds, and the Crimson (13-6, 5-1 Ivy) routed the visiting Big Red (5-14, 1-5). Samantha Widmann led Cornell with 16 points.

Lehigh 65, BU 56 — Quincy Mann scored 18 points as the Mountain Hawks (13-9, 7-4 Patriot) defeated the Terriers (8-13, 3-8) at Case Gym. Nia Irving had 17 points to lead BU.