Yale Upsets Harvard, Snaps Crimson’s Home Win Streak
Boston — Justin Sears scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Yale in a 74-67 victory that snapped Harvard’s 20-game home win streak on Saturday night and moved the Bulldogs alongside the Crimson atop the Ivy League men’s basketball standings.
Holding a 39-35 advantage at the break after eight first-half lead changes, Yale (11-9, 5-1) opened the second period with a 6-0 spurt capped by a Sears jumper. The Bulldogs then protected the lead down the stretch.
Javier Duren contributed 15 points, while Armani Cotton added 13 plus 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who shot 51 percent from the field and had a 38-24 rebounding advantage in their fourth-straight win.
Harvard (18-4, 5-1) went cold from 3-point range in the second half, hitting 2 of 13, and shooting just 39 percent from the field overall.
Wesley Saunders led the Crimson with 16 points, while Brandyn Curry had 12 and Siyani Chambers 10.
Princeton 69, Cornell 48
Princeton, n.j. — Spencer Weisz scored 18 points and T.J. Bray added 17 with six assists as Princeton rolled to a victory over Cornell.
Weisz made three 3-pointers on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. Bray hit 5 of 8 shots and was 5 for 5 from the line. Five Princeton players each grabbed five rebounds, including Weisz and Bray.
Steven Cook hit a trey, giving Princeton its largest lead, 50-25 with 16:24 to play. Cook contributed 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Princeton (13-6, 1-4 Ivy League) bounced back after having lost three straight, all against Ivy opponents.
Nolan Cressler scored 14 points, and was the only Big Red with double figures. Cornell (1-19, 0-6) shot 15 of 44 from the field for 34.1 percent.
Penn 68, Columbia 60
Philadelphia — Fran Dougherty had 19 first-half points and 23 overall to lead Pennsylvania over Columbia.
Dougherty made all eight of his field goal attempts in the first half and grabbed 12 rebounds overall for his fifth double-double of the season and his second in as many games.
Penn (6-13, 3-2 Ivy League) also won back-to-back games for the first time this season as it shot 54.2 percent from the field and 68.2 percent in the first half.
Alex Rosenberg had 17 points for Columbia (14-9, 3-3). Maodo Lo added 16 and Meiko Lyles 11.
UNH 73, Stony Brook 69
Stony Brook, n.y. — Daniel Dion scored 13 points, including a late go-ahead 3-pointer, as New Hampshire (6-17, 4-6 America East) snapped Stony Brook’s 23-game home conference win streak.
The Seawolves are 17-8, 9-2.
Jordon Bronner led New Hampshire with 16 points. Chris Pelcher had 15 points and 11 rebounds while Jaleen Smith added 14 points.
Boston U 88, Lafayette 54
Boston — Justin Alston scored 17 points and D.J. Irving had 16 as Boston University cruised past Lafayette.
BU (17-8, 10-2 Patriot League) used a big run in the first half en route to a 42-23 halftime lead and continued to roll in the second half, earning its sixth consecutive season of at least 10 wins in conference action.
Binghamton 73, Maine 58
Binghamton, n.y. — Jordan Reed scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Binghamton (5-19, 2-9 America East) snapped an eight-game skid with a win over Maine (5-18, 3-8).
Xavier 59, Providence 53
Cincinnati — Semaj Christon scored 12 points and made two pivotal defensive plays in the final minute, leading Xavier (16-7, 6-4 Big East) to a victory over Providence (16-8, 6-5) that ended the Musketeers’ three-game losing streak.
UMass-Lowell 71, UMBC 61
Baltimore — Akeem Williams scored 30 points as UMass-Lowell (8-15, 6-5 America East) defeated Maryland-Baltimore County (8-16, 4-7).