Jesse Morgan led the Minutemen with 18 points, including 12 in the final seven minutes, as UMass rallied from a late second-half deficit to defeat Northeastern, 72-66, Tuesday night at Matthews Arena.
Morgan tied the game at 62 with his fourth 3-pointer and the Minutemen sealed with victory with six consecutive free throws to improve to 4-3 overall. The Huskies fell to 4-4.
The game had seven ties and 11 lead changes until Chaz Williams, who also scored 18 points, made a layup after a fast break with just under two minutes left to put the Minutemen up for good. UMass went on a 10-4 run to end the game.
Sampson Carter added 14 points for UMass.
Northeastern got 15 points from Reggie Spencer, who led four players in double figures. Quincy Ford had 14 points, Demetrius Pollard added 12, and Joel Smith scored 10.
North Carolina St. 69, Connecticut 65 — Richard Howell had 13 points and grabbed all 10 of his rebounds in the second half, and C.J. Leslie had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the No. 25 Wolfpack over the Huskies in the second game of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The Wolfpack (5-2), who had lost two of three, have dropped 19 spots in the AP poll over the last four weeks after being ranked No. 6 in the preseason Top 25.
Shabazz Napier led the Huskies (6-2) with 19 points and Ryan Boatright added 18.
Michigan 73, W. Michigan 41 — Trey Burke had 20 points and seven assists, and the No. 3 Wolverines eased past the Broncos in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Wolverines (8-0) actually had lost their previous two games against the Broncos, but that was more than a decade ago. Western Michigan (6-2) had won six straight coming into the game, including a victory over South Florida, but the Broncos wasted a chance to stay with the Wolverines, turning the ball over 13 times in the first half.
Louisville 80, Charleston 38 — Wayne Blackshear had 18 points and the No. 5 Cardinals used their stifling defense to take control in a victory over the Cougars in Charleston, S.C.
The Cardinals (7-1) used a 22-7 run midway through the opening half to build a 36-14 lead and easily win their second straight since a loss to Duke.
Arizona 63, Southern Miss 55 — Nick Johnson scored 23 points, Kevin Parrom had 13 of his 14 in the second half, and the No. 8 Wildcats overcame a season-high 27 turnovers to hold off the Golden Eagles in Tucson.
Arizona (6-0) struggled against Southern Mississippi’s zone defense, throwing passes into traffic, to open spaces, even one that sailed over the coaches into the crowd.
Missouri 81, SE Missouri St. 65— Laurence Bowers scored a career-high 26 points to help the No. 12 Tigers rally from 10 points down at halftime and beat the host Redhawks.
Illinois 72, Western Carolina 64 — Brandon Paul scored 14 points and the No. 13 Illini earned a victory over the Catamounts in Champaign, Ill.
Minnesota 88, South Dakota State 64 — Andre Hollins scored 20 of his 22 points before halftime in Minneapolis, and the No. 14 Gophers breezed over a Jackrabbits team missing point guard Nate Wolters.
Georgetown 64, Texas 41 — Otto Porter had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the No. 15 Hoyas over the Longhorns in the opener of the Jimmy V Classic.
Elon 71, Dartmouth 49 — Jack Isenbarger and Lucas Troutman each tallied 15 points to lead the host Phoenix over the Big Green.
Ryley Beaumont tied his career high with 12 rebounds and added 10 points for Elon (6-3).
Connor Boehm led the Big Green (2-4) with 12 points and 12 rebounds, both season highs for the freshman.
Georgia 80, Mercer 38 — Jasmine Hassell, Jasmine James, and Erika Ford scored 12 points each to lead the No. 6 Lady Bulldogs over the Bears in Athens, Ga.
Khaalidah Miller added 10 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who are 10-0 for the eighth time in program history.
Harvard 73, Providence 59 — Victoria Lippert led the host Crimson with 11 points and Harvard outscored the Friars, 24-9, down the stretch for the victory.
Brianna Edwards led Providence with 21 points and the Friars went on a 14-4 run early in the first half to take an 18-8 lead. Harvard came back on a 12-0 run to take a 20-18 lead.
Yale 67, Fordham 53 — Janna Graf scored a season-high 18 points and added 6 rebounds and 5 steals to lead the Bulldogs over the visiting Rams for their first victory over Fordham since 1986. Sarah Halejian, Meredith Boardman, and Megan Vasquez each added 12 points for the Bulldogs.