Wednesday’s college roundup: UMaine men, women top UMass-Lowell

Maine led 31-16 at halftime after a 24-5 run in the second, and then put the River Hawks (3-12, 0-3) away with a 10-0 run to start the third quarter.

USM 56, RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 46: Gretchen Anderson scored 16 points to lead the University of Southern Maine (8-6, 3-1 Little East) over Rhode Island College (3-9, 1-3) at Providence, Rhode Island.

The Huskies grabbed a 10-point lead in the first half. Ella Ramonas scored seven of Southern Maines 17 points in the second quarter to establish the lead. She was 5 of 6 from the free-throw line during the stretch and finished with 10 points. Megan Pelletier helped the Huskies with 12 points.

SMCC 88, GREAT BAY CC 18: Alicia Hoyt scored 13 points and Jordan Turner added 12 for the Seawolves (15-4, 6-3 Yankee Small College) as they cruised past the Herons (6-6, 4-4) at Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Abigail Nielsen chipped in 10 points for Southern Maine CC, which led 47-9 at halftime.

(1) CONNECTICUT 86, MEMPHIS 46: Moriah Jefferson matched her season high with 21 points, Breanna Stewart had 11 points and eight rebounds and UConn (15-0, 5-0 American Athletic) won at Memphis (9-8, 3-3).

The Huskies led by double-digits about 7 minutes in and never trailed.

(4) TEXAS 75, KANSAS 38: Imani Boyette scored 15 points, Empress Davenport had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Texas (16-0, 5-0 Big 12) won in a rout at Kansas (5-11, 0-5).

Celina Rodrigo had seven assists and Brianna Taylor had five steals for the Longhorns. Texas is 5-0 in the Big 12 for the first time since 2002-03.

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MAINE 95, UMASS-LOWELL 81: Freshman Devine Eke scored 25 points and Maines up-tempo offense hit 13 3-pointers in a victory at Lowell, Massachusetts.

Maine closed the first half on a 7-0 run, capped by Shaun Lawtons deep 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer, to take a 48-38 lead. Eke made 6 of 8 shots for 14 points in only seven minutes of play.

Mark Cornelius up-and-under layup highlighted UMass-Lowells 15-5 spurt to pull to 58-56. But Maine pushed its lead back to 10 after making three 3-pointers in four possessions, including Ryan Bernsteins bank.

Lawton made four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points for Maine (5-11, 1-2 America East).

Jahad Thomas led UMass- Lowell (5-11, 1-2) with 19 points.

BENTLEY 81, ADELPHI 61: South Portlands Keegan Hyland scored his 1,000th career point while leading the Falcons (11-3, 8-1) to a Northeast-10 Conference win over the Panthers (14-3, 7-3) at Waltham, Massachusetts.

Hyland, a graduate student at Bentley, finished with 26 points on Wednesday and has 1,011 in 61 career games over three seasons with the Falcons.

ST. JOSEPHS 68, RIVIER 55: Quinn Richardson-Newton scored 22 points, and the Monks (5-9, 2-5 GNAC) defeated Rivier (2-12, 2-5) at Standish.

Richardson-Newton scored 15 in the second half, including 7 of 8 from the line. Ben Malloy added 11 points for the Monks and Marc Corey grabbed 11 rebounds.

USM 60, RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 58: Jose Nouchanthavong made a pair of free throws after getting fouled on a drive with two seconds left to lift the Huskies (8-6, 2-2 LEC) over the Anchormen (2-12, 1-3) at Providence, Rhode Island.

Atencio Martin recorded his fourth double-double of the season for the Huskies with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Nouchanthavong and Zach Leal finished with 11 points apiece for the Huskies, and Omar Haji-Hersi added seven points and five rebounds off the bench.

SMCC 101, GREAT BAY CC 60: Jack Tolan scored 18 points to lead a balanced attack for the Seawolves (8-12, 5-4 YSCC) in a win over the Herons (3-12, 1-6) at Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

John Morgan added 13 points for SMCC, which went on a 12-0 run midway through the first half to extend its lead to 20 points.

CLEMSON 68, (9) DUKE 63: Jaron Blossomgame scored 17 points, including the clinching dunk with 13.5 seconds left, to lift Clemson (11-6, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) to an upset of Duke (14-3, 3-1) at Greenville, South Carolina.

Coupled with Sundays win over then No. 16 Louisville, its the first time the Tigers have beaten consecutive ranked opponents since closing the 1989 season with victories over Duke and Georgia Tech.

This one started like a typical Blue Devils blowout, with Duke taking a 28-16 lead midway through the opening half. Instead the Tigers hung tough to beat Duke for the second time in three seasons.

Grayson Allen led Duke with 17 points.

(6) VILLANOVA 83, MARQUETTE 68: Kris Jenkins scored 20 points and Jalen Brunson had 14 to lead host Villanova (15-2, 5-0 Big East) over Marquette (12-5, 2-3).

The Wildcats blew a 16-point lead and trailed early in the second half until they took control late in the game to win for a 36th straight time at the Pavilion.

(10) SMU 79, EAST CAROLINA 55: Ben Moore scored 17 points and SMU remained unbeaten by routing East Carolina at Greenville, North Carolina.

Markus Kennedy had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Jordan Tolbert finished with 15 points and Nic Moore had a career-high 12 assists for the Mustangs (16-0, 5-0 American Athletic Conference), who had five double-figure scorers for the fourth time this season.

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