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Lions Take Ivy Opener; Boston U. Sinks New Hampshire

Ithaca, n.y. — Mark Cisco scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Brian Barbour had 16 points to lead Columbia to a 67-58 win over Cornell yesterday.

Steve Frankoski finished with 13 points for the Lions (9-6, 1-0 Ivy League), who have won four of their last five games. Grant Mullins had 10 points.

Columbia separated itself from Cornell in the second half, using an 11-0 run that was capped by Cisco’s jumper to give the Lions a 55-43 lead with 7:38 left.

The Big Red (8-10, 0-1), who had their two-game winning streak snapped, pulled no closer than eight points the rest of way.

Memphis 60, Harvard 50

Memphis, Tenn. — Chris Crawford scored 13 points, including eight in the final 3:30, as Memphis held on for a victory over Harvard.

Crawford, who has struggled offensively lately, was 5 of 10 from the floor, and helped the Tigers (14-3) escape after blowing a 20-point lead.

Wesley Saunders led the Crimson (9-6) with 11 points, while Steve Moundou-Missi finished with 10 and seven rebounds as Harvard lost for only the second time in the last seven games.

BU 69, UNH 59

Durham, n.h. — Dom Morris hit 6 of 9 shots and finished with 18 points and Boston University defeated New Hampshire to snap a three-game road losing streak.

Maurice Watson Jr. had 13 while Malik Thomas and Travis Robinson chipped in 11 apiece for Boston.

Jeron Trotman made a layup and Ferg Myrick hit a free throw to cut the deficit to 28-24, but Morris closed the half with a three-point play and opened the second half with a layup to create a 33-24 advantage after just a minute of play.

New Hampshire (4-13, 0-5 America East) never got any closer than seven the rest of the way.

The Wildcats were led by Patrick Konan’s 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Pittsburgh 69, UConn 61

Pittsburgh — Lamar Patterson scored 14 points, Tray Woodall added 13 points and six assists and Pittsburgh (15-4, 3-3 Big East) withstood a late Connecticut (12-5, 2-3) rally.

UConn tied the game twice in the final 5 minutes but couldn’t quite get over the top. Ryan Boatright led the Huskies with 20 points and Omar Calhoun added 14 but couldn’t stop UConn from dropping its second straight.

Northeastern 74, Delaware 70

Newark, Del. — Joel Smith scored 18 points and Quincy Ford 17 as Northeastern (11-7, 6-0 CAA) built a 12-point halftime lead, then hung on to beat Delaware (8-10, 3-2) and retain first place in the CAA.

Holy Cross 79, American 60

Worcester, Mass. — Jordan Stevens scored 18 points and Dave Dudzinski posted 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Holy Cross (10-8, 2-1 Patriots League) over American University (6-12, 1-2).

Binghamton 57, Maine 56

Orono, Maine — Jimmy Gray’s 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining lifted Binghamton over Maine, ending the Bearcats’ 12-game losing streak.