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    Kentucky escapes Vermont’s upset bid

    Vermont's Drew Urquhart, left, commits a charging foul against Kentucky's Nick Richards during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
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    Vermont's Drew Urquhart gets called for a charge against Kentucky's Nick Richards in the first half Sunday.

    Hamido Diallo and P.J. Washington scored 16 points each as No. 5 Kentucky held off a surprising test from visiting Vermont, 73-69, on Sunday.

    The Wildcats, playing their second game in three days, missed seven of their last eight field goals and held off the Catamounts. Trailing 72-69, Vermont missed two 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds.

    Washington made one of two free throws with less than a second left for the final margin.


    ‘‘You cannot play Popcorn State and learn anything,’’ Kentucky coach John Calipari said. ‘‘You’ve got to play good teams. I didn’t realize how good [Vermont] was until I watched the tape. Then I was like, ‘Who scheduled this game? This is ridiculous.’ They just do an unbelievable job.’’

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    Kentucky made five of their first nine shots and never trailed after Vermont scored the first basket of the contest.

    Vermont, which finished 29-6 last season and hadn’t lost a regular-season game since an 81-69 setback to Butler last December, was led by Trae Bell-Haynes with 16 points. Anthony Lamb scored 15, Drew Urquhart had 13 and Ernie Duncan added 10.

    Vermont, which fell to 0-15 against Southeastern Conference teams, will take on Bradley in the Islands of Bahamas Classic on Friday.

    Harvard 70, UMass 67 — Sophomore Bryce Aiken scored a career-high 30 points and made the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to give te Crimson the win at Lavietes Pavilion.


    UMass sophomore guard Luwane Pipkins, who made a 3-pointer to tie the game at 58 with seven seconds left in regulation, made a 3 to tie the game at 67 with eight seconds left. As Aiken brought the ball up the court, he made a move as if attempting to go to the rim. He stopped, got his defender off balance, stepped back, and buried the shot from approximately 26 feet.

    Pipkins finished with 23 points for UMass (1-1), while Aiken, a sophomore guard, led the Crimson (2-0) with eight rebounds.

    BC 91, South Carolina State 52 — Steffon Mitchell scored 21 points, Jordan Chatman had 13, and the Eagles breezed to a victory at Conte Forum in the first meeting between the schools.

    Ky Bowman added 10 points, graduate transfer Deontae Hawkins had 11 rebounds with five points, and Jerome Robinson scored 9 points in limited action for the Eagles (2-0).

    ‘‘I thought we played really unselfishly, the ball was moving,’’ BC coach Jim Christian said. ‘‘Some of the best possessions we had were when we didn’t score, but the plays were run. It was just a really good feel for where guys were.’’


    Janai Raynor Powell led the Bulldogs (0-2) with 9 points. They shot only 32.1 percent and were outrebounded 50-26.

    ‘‘I was really disappointed with our guys,’’ said SC State coach Murray Garvin, who spoke to his team — at times loudly — in the locker room for about 30 minutes after the game. ‘‘I didn’t feel like we showed up from the first set play. I just felt like it was downhill from there.’’

    Christian went deep into his bench late in the first half and played mostly reserves in the final 10 minutes. Leading by 17, BC closed the half with a 13-2 spree en route to its 47-19 halftime edge.

    ‘‘It was fun having the walk-ons, everybody got in,’’ Mitchell said. ‘‘It was a great time.’’

    Northeastern 83, Wentworth 49 — Shawn Occeus scored 12 points to lead the Huskies past the Leopards to win their home opener for the 10th consecutive season.

    Jason Ganley scored 17 points to lead the Division 3 Leopards (0-1).

    Eleven of 12 players scored for Northeastern (1-0) with Donnell Gresham Jr. adding 11 points, Bolden Brace and Devon Begley 10 each. Vasa Pusica added 9 points with 4 assists and 4 steals.

    The Huskies made 12 of 26 3-point shots with Occeus sinking 3 of 4.


    UConn’s Crystal Dangerfield drives on Stanford's Marta Sniezek during the first quarter Sunday.
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    UConn’s Crystal Dangerfield drives on Stanford's Marta Sniezek during the first quarter Sunday.

    UConn 78, Stanford 53 — Crystal Dangerfield scored 24 points and Katie Lou Samuelson added 21 to help the top-ranked Huskies opened their season by beating the No. 10 Cardinal in Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, the host site for the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four.

    In her seventh career start Dangerfield ran the offense with a sharpshooter’s mentality. The sophomore knocked down 6-of-7 3-pointers and recorded four steals. She averaged just 6.1 points per game and shot 31 percent from 3 last year.

    ‘‘When you look at our team, by adding another player of her caliber and the way she plays, that changes the makeup of what we’re trying to do,’’ UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said. ‘‘She’s just so much more offensive minded and she creates a lot of stuff for herself and others.’’

    Gabby Williams and Napheesa Collier added 11 and 8 points, respectively, for UConn.

    DiJonai Carrington led Stanford with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, despite coming off the bench.

    Stanford (0-2) struggled making shots around the rim for a second straight game. The Cardinal made just 5-of-31 shots in the first half and committed 15 turnovers. One positive head coach Tara VanDerveer found in the game was outrebounding UConn 47-40 after being dominated on the glass by Ohio State on Friday.

    ‘‘I thought we did really well on the glass. Had we rebounded this way against Ohio State, that might’ve been a different outcome,’’ she said. ‘‘This particular time, I think our problem was turnovers and a lack of execution on offense, but I think that will come.’’

    UConn’s Molly Bent drives on Stanford's Kiana Williams in the fourth quarter Sunday.
    David Dermer/Associated press
    UConn’s Molly Bent drives on Stanford's Kiana Williams in the fourth quarter Sunday.

    Dartmouth 68, BC 57 — Junior Cy Lippold scored 16 points to lead the Big Green (2-0) over the Eagles in Hanover, N.H., their first win over BC in 10 all-time meetings.

    Freshman Milan Bolden-Morris had 16 points all in the fourth quarter for the Eagles (1-1).