Yellow Jackets sting Terriers
Peacock too much for BU to handle
Before the fifth-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt told backup Zachery Peacock he would need to contribute two 3-pointers against Boston University.
Peacock delivered without a hitch, going 2 for 2 beyond the arc. The senior forward also led the No. 21 Yellow Jackets with 22 points in an 85-67 victory over the Terriers yesterday in San Juan.
BU coach Patrick Chambers wasn’t prepared for Peacock’s performance, which included 10 of 11 from the field and three rebounds.
“Peacock was unbelievable,’’ Chambers said. “I give that kid a lot of credit.’’
Gani Lawal added 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Mfon Udofia scored 15 points for the Yellow Jackets (3-1), who led, 42-40, at the half.
John Holland scored a game-high 23 points for the Terriers (1-4). Corey Lowe added 17.
The Yellow Jackets’ size was too much for the smaller Terriers, who were outscored, 40-18, in the paint. They also grabbed 45 rebounds to 29 for the Terriers.
Vermont 77, Rutgers 71 - Despite sitting out more than 15 minutes because of illness, Marqus Blakely had 17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks, 4 steals, and 2 assists and Evan Fjeld added 19 points as the Catamounts (2-1) stopped the host Scarlet Knights in the Legends Classic.
Mike Rosario had 22 points for Rutgers (2-1), while Jonathan Mitchell added 15 and Mike Coburn 13.
Rutgers led by as many as 7 twice in the second half and Vermont rallied for two 5-point leads before the game was tied at 64 and again at 70. Blakely then made one of two free throws to give Vermont the lead for good with 34.8 seconds left.
Brown 75, Maine 62 - Matt Mullery scored 24 points and Peter Sullivan added 20 to lead the Bears past the visiting Black Bears (2-2).
Mullery was 9 for 14 and Sullivan was 7 for 11 as the Bears (2-3) shot 47.2 percent (25 for 53) from the field and pulled away late in the second half.
Maine took a 41-38 lead on Junior Bernal’s 3-pointer with 16:47 left in the game, but Sullivan hit a 3-pointer for a 44-43 advantage with 15:35 remaining.
Jean-Herbert Harris’s 3-pointer gave Brown a 54-48 advantage with 11:41 left, and Andrew McCarthy extended the margin to 62-52 with 6:14 remaining.
Rhode Island 92, Holy Cross 75 - Delroy James scored 21 points and had eight rebounds and the host Rams (2-0) had five players score in double figures in a rout of the Crusaders (0-4).
Michigan St. 90, Valparaiso 60 - Tom Izzo won his 340th game at Michigan State, tying Jud Heathcote’s school record for victories, as Chris Allen scored 22 points and Kalin Lucas added 15 for the No. 2 Spartans (4-0) in a Legends Classic game at East Lansing, Mich.
Izzo, in his 15th season at Michigan State, has a 340-137 record highlighted by the 2000 national championship. He was an assistant to Heathcote before taking over the program.
Villanova 79, Ole Miss 67 - Scottie Reynolds scored 21 points, Corey Stokes added 18, and the No. 5 Wildcats (5-0) rolled past the Rebels (4-1) to win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Purdue 85, St. Joseph’s 60 - JaJuan Johnson had 18 points and 10 rebounds and the No. 7 Boilermakers (3-0) routed the Hawks (3-1) and will face Tennessee tonight in the championship game of the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Tennessee 57, DePaul 53 - Tyler Smith made two free throws with 13.7 seconds left, and the No. 10 Vols (4-0) held off the Blue Demons (2-1) in the Paradise Jam.
Kansas State 83, Dayton 75 - Jacob Pullen scored 26 points and Denis Clemente added 21 to lead the Wildcats past the No. 18 Flyers (2-2) in the third-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Louisville 90, Morgan State 81 - Samardo Samuels scored 23 points to go with 12 rebounds and the No. 20 Cardinals (3-0) held off a late charge by the visiting Bears (3-1).
Carolyn Swords had 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead Boston College (0-3). The Eagles were forced into 24 turnovers, translating into 33 points for Vermont.
UMass 55, Villanova 47 - Sophomore Nicole Jones had her first collegiate double double, scoring 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting and collecting 12 rebounds, and the host Minutewomen (2-2) toppled the Wildcats (2-1).
Stanford 76, Cal-Davis 51 - Kayla Pedersen had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Jayne Appel added 18 points and nine rebounds as the No. 2 Cardinal (4-0) rolled past the Aggies (2-2) in Davis, Calif.
Ohio St. 93, Oklahoma St. 72 - Jantel Lavender scored 26 points, Brittany Johnson had a career-high 23, and Samantha Prahalis added 22 to lead the No. 3 Buckeyes (5-0) to a Preseason WNIT victory over the visiting Cowgirls (3-1).
Notre Dame 80, Iona 45 - Skylar Diggins scored 17 points, Becca Bruszewski had 14, and the No. 5 Irish (4-0) forced 33 turnovers in a victory over the Gaels (2-2) in South Bend, Ind.
Tennessee 77, Virginia 63 - Angie Bjorklund scored 24 points and the No. 6 Lady Vols (3-0) needed them in a victory over the No. 12 Cavaliers (3-1) at Charlottesville, Va.
BC (14-8-0) will face Drake in the Round of 16 next Sunday. Game site and time are to be announced.
Harvard 3, Monmouth 0 -Richard Smith, Andre Akpan, and Adam Rousmaniere scored for the Crimson (14-3-1), who rolled to a second-round NCAA victory over the visiting Hawks (18-2-2).
Harvard will host Maryland (14-5-2) in the third round next Sunday.