Stacey Moragne poured in 33 points as UMass-Lowell opened its defense of the Northeast-10 Conference title yesterday with an 87-74 victory over Pace at Costello Gym. The River Hawks (2-1, 1-0), who have won the last two conference regular-season and tournament championships, placed four players in double figures, led by Moragne, who finished 11 of 15 from the field and 11 of 13 from the free throw line. James Whyte added 20 points, with Brandon Arnette providing 13 and Jerreh Saidybah 11.
Pace (1-1, 0-1), which forced 28 Lowell turnovers, were led by Chaka Lightburn and Frank Petersen, who each scored 14 points. Kentucky 77, Coppin St. 46 -- New guards Patrick Sparks and Rajon Rondo combined for 21 points and led a strong defensive effort by the No. 9 Wildcats, who improved to 26-3 in openers at Rupp Arena.Quinnipiac 84, Concordia 60 -- Craig Benson had 15 of his 22 points after halftime to help the host Bobcats (1-1) pull away.Southern N.H. 79, Southern Conn. 64 -- Miguel Gonzalez had 25 points and the host Penmen (2-0) won their NE-10 opener by racing to a 40-19 halftime lead.AIC 66, Dowling 60 -- John Huggins (18 points) broke a 60-60 tie with a fallaway jumper with 41.3 seconds left, and the host Yellow Jackets escaped in their season opener.Amherst 84, Vassar 62 -- Andrew Schiel had 18 points, one of five Jeffs in double figures, to propel host Amherst (2-0) to the Ken Wright Invitational title.Curry 67, Medgar Evers 65 -- The Colonels (1-1) captured the Wright Invitational consolation game behind a combined 51 points from Michael Mohrin (26) and James Bartelle (25).Williams 81, Swarthmore 61 -- Michael Graham finished with 19 points to help the Ephs (2-0) pull away from the hosts to win the Equinox Classic.Haverford 73, Conn. College 61 -- Jeremy Bass's 14 points and poor free throw shooting by the Camels (0-2) enabled the Fords (1-1) to win the Equinox Classic consolation game.MIT 74, Endicott 69 -- At Dartmouth, Adam Gibbons sank five 3-pointers among his 20 points as the Engineers (2-0) won the Hampton Inn Classic.UMass-Dartmouth 87, Roger Williams 84 -- Billy Cardoza forced overtime with a last-second 3-pointer, and the Corsairs (1-1) went on to claim third place in the Hampton Inn Classic.Western Conn. 88, Wesleyan 70 -- Brice Assie (26 points) shot 11 of 15 from the field as the Colonials (2-0) cruised in the Marriott Tip-Off tournament final in Middletown, Conn.Maine Maritime 83, Wentworth 77 -- In the consolation game in Middletown, Marc McCorrison scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half to rally the Mariners (1-1).Saint Anselm 107, UMass-Boston 87 -- Jim Moore contributed 26 points and eight assists to offset 32 points by the Beacons' Tony Barros, lifting the Hawks (2-0) in the Doc Jacobs Classic in Colchester, Vt.Saint Michael's 82, N.J. Tech 72 -- The host Purple Knights improved to 3-0 as Mike Keating scored 26 points in the Doc Jacobs Classic.Bridgewater St. 72, Springfield 64 -- The host Bears (2-0) claimed the Domino's Tip-Off Classic behind Matt Badiali's 21 points.Elms 64, Norwich 55 -- Renato Lindmets (15 points) led a balanced attack for the Blazers (1-1) in the consolation game in Bridgewater.Clark 69, RPI 58 -- Adam Miller powered his way to 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Tim Dutille had 24 points for the Cougars (1-1) in the consolation game of the Coles Classic in Buffalo, which was won by Capital (Ohio).Montclair St. 87, Plymouth St. 77 -- Nick Pelotte's 27 points weren't enough to lift the Panthers (1-1) past the Red Hawks in the Steve Adubato Classic in Montclair, N.J.