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Free Throw Ability Sends Catamounts Past Golden Griffins

Burlington — Ethan O’Day scored a career-high 22 points and Vermont enjoyed a huge advantage in free throws in an 87-79 nonconference victory over Canisius yesterday.

Vermont (18-9) made 27 of 31 free throws to 12 of 14 for the Golden Griffins (17-11).

The Catamounts were 9 of 9 from the line in the final 3 minutes of the first half and led 38-30 after closing the half with a 14-3 run.

They never led by fewer than five points in the second half, when O’Day, a freshman, scored 14 of his points.

Harold Washington scored 27 points to lead Canisius, which came in averaging 9.2 3-pointers per game. They made 11 of 27, but Vermont was more efficient, making 8 of 16.

UNH 68, Binghamton 56

Durham, n.h. — Patrick Konan had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Ferg Myrick added his fifth double-double of the season to rally New Hampshire past Binghamton.

Myrick finished with 11 points and 10 boards, and Scott Morris added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from behind the arc for New Hampshire (8-18, 4-10 America East).

Massachusetts 76, Dayton 66

Amherst, Mass. — Cady Lalanne scored a career-high 22 points and his 14 rebounds tied his career best as Massachusetts snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating Dayton.

Connecticut 81, DePaul 69

Rosemont, Ill. — Shabazz Napier scored 28 points, Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun added 17 apiece, and Connecticut beat DePaul.

Ivy League

Harvard 72, Yale 66

New Haven, Conn. — Steve Moundou-Missi came off the bench to score 17 points and lead Harvard over Yale.

The first-place Crimson (17-7, 9-1) led 34-28 at halftime, but later trailed 57-51 on a 3-pointer by Yale’s Austin Morgan. Harvard, however, responded with 10 unanswered points, concluding with a Christian Webster trey. Another Webster 3-pointer then put Harvard up 64-60.

Yale (11-16, 5-5) closed within 69-67 on two free throws by Matt Townsend (15 points) with 0:59 left. But Moundou-Missi made two foul shots with 0:32 left and Siyani Chambers one more at 0:06 to clinch it.

Columbia 58, Penn 41

New York — Grant Mullins scored 18 points to lead Columbia over Penn in a game featuring poor second-half shooting by both teams.

Columba and Penn combined to make six field goals after halftime. The Lions shot 10 percent (2 of 20) from the floor, and the Quakers made 16.7 percent (4 of 24) of their shots.

Princeton 72, Cornell 53

Ithaca, n.y. — Ian Hummer scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Princeton over Cornell.

Will Barrett finished with 13 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers (14-9, 7-2 Ivy League), who have won three of their last four games. Denton Koon had 11 points.

Princeton never trailed against the Big Red (13-14, 5-5), who lost their second straight. The Tigers took a 27-9 lead when Hummer scored on a layup with 4:28 left in the first half.

Princeton went into halftime with a 33-14 lead.

Barrett knocked down a 3-pointer to open the second half to give the Tigers a 36-14 lead — their largest of the game.

Cornell cut the deficit to seven points midway through the second half, but didn’t pose a threat the rest of the way.