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Boston — Kenyatta Smith and Steve Moundou-Missi scored 14 points apiece to lead five Harvard players in double figures as the Ivy League-leading Crimson defeated Princeton 69-57 last night.

Laurent Rivard added 12 points, Siyani Chambers 11 and Wesley Saunders 10 for Harvard (15-7, 7-1), which has won two straight and six of seven. Christian Webster, who scored eight points with five rebounds and four assists, became Harvard’s winningest player, picking up his 85th career victory.

Smith, who was 5-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, also had seven rebounds and six blocks.

Trailing 26-24, Harvard closed out the first half on an 8-2 run, with Rivard hitting two of his four 3-pointers.

The Tigers (12-9, 5-2) could get no closer than four in the second half. Rivard’s trey with 5:36 left pushed the lead into double figures for good.

Ian Hummer’s 18 points led Princeton.

Yale 75, Columbia 56

New Haven, Conn. — Justin Sears and Brandon Sherrod came off the bench to score 10 points apiece as hot-shooting Yale dominated the first half to defeat Columbia.

Coming off a 68-61 loss to Cornell on Friday, the Bulldogs (10-15, 4-4) have won three of their past four games.

Yale led 43-21 at halftime after shooting 66.7 percent (18 of 27) compared to 31.8 percent (7 of 22) for the Lions. Sears was 4-of-4 shooting before intermission.

Cornell 69, Brown 66

Providence, r.i. — Johnathan Gray scored 10 of his 18 points during a key first-half run as Cornell defeated Ivy League-foe Brown.

Shonn Miller added 13 points for Cornell, which won its third straight game and took sole possession of third place in the league.

Temple 83
Massachusetts 82

Amherst, Mass. — Khalif Wyatt scored 24 points, 17 in the second half, as Temple defeated Massachusetts in the Owls’ fifth consecutive one-point game.

Wyatt’s 3-pointer with 9:05 remaining gave Temple (17-8, 6-5 Atlantic 10 Conference) a lead it never relinquished in a game with 16 lead changes and 10 ties.

Florida State 69
Boston College 66

Tallahassee, Fla. — Michael Snaer scored 21 points and Okaro White added 13 Saturday as Florida State hung on for a 69-66 win over Boston College.

The Eagles had a chance to tie at the buzzer, but Ryan Anderson’s 3-point try bounced off the front rim.

Villanova 70
Connecticut 61

Hartford, Conn. — Ryan Arcidiacono scored 25 points and Villanova grabbed 20 offensive rebounds in beating Connecticut on the road.

Yarou Mouphtaou added 11 points and had 16 rebounds for the Wildcats (16-10, 7-6 Big East).

Omar Calhoun scored 16 points to lead UConn (17-7, 7-5).

The Huskies came into the game having won five of their last six, including an emotional upset over rival Syracuse on Wednesday.

But Villanova held UConn’s guard tandem of Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright to just six points. The pair had been averaging just under 33 points a game.

A pair of Arcidiacono 3-pointers sparked an 11-0 run that turned a three-point halftime deficit into a 52-45 Villanova lead and the Wildcats never trailed again.

Arcidiancono had five of Villanova’s nine 3-pointers. Villanova hit 9 of 21 from behind the arc during the game. They are now 13-0 when they make six or more 3-pointers in a game.

A layup from Yarou gave the Wildcats a 64-57 lead with just over 2 minutes left and Bell sealed the win with a 3-pointed that stretched the lead to 10.

Shabazz Napier picked up two fouls in the game’s first 4 minutes, and the Huskies had a difficult time running their offense without him. Villanova went on an 11-0 run, holding UConn without a field goal for more than 7 minutes in the first half, before a fast-break dunk by Daniels made it 13-8.

Daniels had six of the Huskies first eight points.

Napier came back in midway through the half, helping the Huskies to a 10-2 run that gave them back the lead at 16-14.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from little-used Leon Tolksdorf brought the crowd into the game and stretched the lead to 22-16. Tolksdorf had just 10 points all season coming into the game, six in Big East play.

Arcidiacono kept the Wildcats close. He had 17-first half points, including the team’s final seven of the half. He had five of the team’s nine first-half baskets.

Napier didn’t get his first bucket until after halftime, but had nine assists.

UConn had won five of its last six games, including an emotional 66-58 upset of No. 6 Syracuse, in the final scheduled meeting between the two rivals.

Villanova outrebounded UConn 41-25, including 20-5 on the offensive glass. The Wildcats came in leading the Big East in rebounding, pulling down an average of 39 per game. UConn, which lost 7-foot-1 center Enosch Wolf to an indefinite suspension following a domestic-violence arrest, has nobody on the roster taller than 6-9.

Villanova has been an enigma this season, beating Syracuse and Louisville in the same week, but losing to Providence twice and suffering an 18-point loss to Columbia. They were coming off an 18-point loss to Cincinnati, after wins over DePaul and South Florida, two teams at the bottom of the conference standings.

UConn had won the last four meetings between the schools.

The Huskies fall to 12-2 when leading at the half this season.