UVM Rolls Again
Burlington — Luke Apfeld scored 14 points and Sandro Carissimo had 13 with seven rebounds as Vermont handled Stony Brook 69-53 in a matchup of top-tier America East teams Thursday night. Vermont clinched the top seed in the league tournament with the victory.
The Catamounts (20-9, 14-1) shot an efficient 54.5 percent from the field and outrebounded Stony Brook 36-24. Clancy Rugg and Ethan O’Day each finished with 11 points, Candon Rusin added 10 and Brian Voelkel had seven to go with his eight assists and eight boards.
Stony Brook’s (20-9, 12-3) only double-digit scorer was Carson Puriefoy with 20 points, going 5 of 11 from the floor and 3 of 6 from the perimeter.
Duquesne 71 No. 10 Saint Louis 64
St. Louis — Micah Mason had 22 points, Jerry Jones added 19 and Duquesne surprised No. 10 Saint Louis to snap the Billikens’ school-record, 19-game winning streak.
Saint Louis (25-3, 12-1 Atlantic 10) had not lost since dropping a 70-65 decision on Dec. 1 to unbeaten Wichita State, now ranked No. 2 in the country.
Arkansas 71 No. 17 Kentucky 67 (ot)
Lexington, Ky. — Coty Clarke scored seven points in overtime and Arkansas upset Kentucky to complete a season sweep.
Six weeks after Michael Qualls beat the Wildcats with a last-second dunk in OT, Clarke lifted the Razorbacks this time with a 3-pointer and four free throws in the extra period, including two with 36.7 seconds left for a 69-64 lead.
Penn St. 65 No. 22 Ohio St. 63
State College, Pa. — D.J. Newbill scored 23 points, Tim Frazier added 16 and Penn State held off a late rally by Ohio State.
The Buckeyes (22-7, 9-7 Big Ten) had a chance to win at the end. Coming out of a timeout with 6.8 seconds left, Lenzelle Smith Jr.’s 3-pointer rimmed out. The Nittany Lions (14-14, 5-10) grabbed the rebound and time expired.
No. 2 Notre Dame 98 No. 14 UNC 75
South Bend, Ind. — Kayla McBride scored 28 points and Natalie Achonwa added 24 to lead Notre Dame over North Carolina to finish the regular season unbeaten at home.
The Irish (28-0, 15-0 ACC) opened a 22-point lead late in the first half and led 55-38 at intermission. The Tar Heels (21-8, 9-6) rallied in the second half with a 10-4 run, highlighted by a three-point play by Xylina McDaniel, to cut the lead to 61-51.
No. 4 S. Carolina 67 Georgia 56
Columbia, s.c. — Tiffany Mitchell scored a career-high 25 points and South Carolina wrapped up its first SEC title.
No. 7 Duke 71 Wake Forest 56
Durham, n.c. — Haley Peters scored a season-high 22 points and Duke pulled away for its 40th straight win over Wake Forest.
No. 9 Maryland 92, BC 66
Boston — Alyssa Thomas scored 26 points to move into second place on Maryland’s all-time women’s scoring list, carrying the ninth-ranked Terrapins (23-5, 11-4 ACC) past Boston College (12-17, 3-12).
No. 13 N.C. State 79, Pitt 68
Pittsburgh — Markeisha Gatling scored 20 points and Len’Nique Brown added 19 points, including six straight free throws in the final 90 seconds as North Carolina State earned the 800th victory in the program’s history.
No. 25 Iowa 65 Ohio State 61
Iowa City, Iowa — Theairra Taylor scored 21 points and Iowa pulled away in the second half to beat Ohio State.