Late Runs Propel Columbia Past Cornell; Brown Victorious
Ithaca, n.y. — Maodo Lo scored 20 points and Cory Osetkowski had 19 and Columbia closed the game with a 25-7 run to defeat Cornell 74-58 in Ivy League play on Saturday.
That gave the Lions (13-6, 2-0 Ivy League) a sweep of their travel partners to open league play. A week earlier Columbia used a 16-4 run in the second half to beat the Big Red (1-15, 0-2) 71-61.
Lo and Osetkowski combined to hit 16 of 23 shots. Alex Rosenberg made 11 of 12 free throws for 17 points and Grant Mullins made 8 of 8 for 12 points.
Devin Cherry topped Cornell with 12 points, Robert Hatter and Nenad Tomic split 22.
Brown 73, Yale 56
Providence, r.i. — Sean McGonagill made seven 3-pointers on his way to 29 points and Brown avenged a loss in its previous game by defeating Yale.
McGonagill, the Ivy League’s leading scorer, came in ranked seventh nationally with a per-game average of 3.53 3-pointers. Saturday he made 7 of 9 3-point attempts as the Bears (9-7, 1-1) earned a split of the season series by shooting 54 percent. The Bulldogs (7-9, 1-1) beat the Bears a week ago in New Haven, Conn., 74-67.
Providence 81, Xavier 72
Providence, r.i. — Bryce Cotton finished with 25 points and LaDontae Henton had 23 points and 11 rebounds as Providence held off Xavier.
The Friars (15-5, 5-2) have now won five straight Big East games, the program’s longest conference winning streak since 2004.
Bryant 83, St. Francis 79
Smithfield, r.i. — Dyami Starks scored 31 points and Alex Francis had 19 points and 12 rebounds as Bryant held off St. Francis (N.Y.) in the Northeast Conference.
The Bulldogs (13-8, 5-1 Northeast Conference) hit 10 of 12 free throws in the final 70 seconds to hold off a late charge from the Terriers (12-9, 3-3). Bryant finished 35 of 44 from the line with Francis, Starks and Corey Maynard making nine each on 32 attempts. St. Francis was just 17 of 32.
Boston University 64 Bucknell 61
Lewisburg, Pa. — Dom Morris, John Papale and Maurice Watson Jr. each scored 12 points as Boston University survived a furious late rally by Bucknell and held on in a Patriot League showdown.
Boston (14-7, 7-1 Patriot League) led by 20 with 8 minutes to play but Bucknell went on a 28-9 run to cut its deficit to 59-58 on a 3-pointer by Chris Hass with 19 seconds left.
Papale then hit three of four free throws and Watson Jr. made a layup to help the Terriers seal the victory, their seventh in their last eight games.
UMBC 60, Hartford 58
Baltimore — Rodney Elliott and Bryan Harris each scored 15 points as Maryland-Baltimore County held on for an America East win over Hartford.
UMBC (6-14, 2-5 America East Conference) led by 13 with 8 minutes remaining but Hartford went on a 16-3 run to tie the game at 58-58 with 2:29 left.
Northeastern 70 Hofstra 57
Hempstead, n.y. — Demetrius Pollard scored 25 points and Scott Eatherton added 18 with seven rebounds as Northeastern defeated Hofstra in a Colonial Athletic Association game.
The Huskies (7-14, 4-3 Colonial Athletic Association) shot 51.9 percent from the field and hit 9 of 17 3-pointers. Pollard was 9 of 14, 6 of 8 beyond the arc and dished out six assists. David Walker chipped in 10 points for Northwestern.
Hofstra (7-13, 3-2) was led by Dion Nesmith with 18 points and Zeke Upshaw had 12.
The Pride jumped out to an early 12-2 lead as Stephen Nwaukoni had a three-point play and Upshaw hit a 3-pointer. Northeastern closed the first half on a 10-4 run capped by a Pollard three-point play to pull within three at the break.
Pollard hit a layup in the second half to put Northeastern on top for good, and they pushed their lead to 65-55 after a Walker 3-pointer with 2:12 remaining.
Fairleigh Dickinson 86, CCSU 73
Hackensack, n.j. — Mathias Seilund scored 18 points, pulled down nine boards and blocked three shots to lead Fairleigh Dickinson past Central Connecticut State in a Northeast Conference contest.
Sidney Sanders, Jr. added 12 points, 10 assists and five steals, while Scooter Gillette had 13 points and seven rebounds. Kyle Pearson finished with 12 points and Matt MacDonald 11. Fairleigh Dickinson (5-14, 1-5 Northeast Conference) shot 53.3 percent (32 of 60) from the floor.
Sanders found Gillette for a layup with 9:16 to play in the first half, capping a 22-2 run by the Knights which extended their lead to 33-11. They took a 45-30 advantage into halftime and CCSU (8-12, 4-2) trailed by double-digits the rest of the way.
Faronte Drakeford paced the Blue Devils with 20 points. Matt Mobley added 15 and Malcolm McMillan 14. CCSU made just 3 of 13 (23.1 percent) from 3-point range.