BU wins fourth straight in men’s hoops, 68-56 over UNH
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Boston University blew past New Hampshire early and never relinquished control in a 68-56 victory on Sunday at Case Gym. The Terriers made their first eight field goal attempts in taking a 19-6 lead and built their cushion as high as 22 in the second half.
BU (15-11, 9-4 America East) has won a season-high four straight games and 7 of 8.
Freshman Maurice Watson Jr. had his first double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He also contributed six assists and three steals. Dom Morris had 13 points and eight rebounds.
BU, the conference’s top 3-point shooting team, made 7 of 16 against New Hampshire (7-17, 3-9), which was leading the league in opponents’ 3-point percentage. Chris Pelcher scored 15 points and Chandler Rhoads had 11 for the Wildcats.
American 64, Holy Cross 61 — Daniel Munoz’s 3-pointer with one second remaining in overtime sank the Crusaders in Washington. Munoz had 8 of the Eagles’ 11 points in OT and finished with 14.
Dave Dudzinski’s tip-in for the Crusaders (11-14, 3-7 Patriot League) tied the game at 61 with 35 seconds left.
Given the chance to put Holy Cross ahead, freshman Cullen Hamilton missed the front end of a one-and-one with 5.4 seconds to play, and Munoz drove downcourt for the winning shot.
Dudzinski scored a game-high 19 points, while Stephen Lumpkins paced American (10-15, 5-5) with 17 points and 12 boards.
Miami 45, Clemson 43 — Kenny Kadji (12 points) hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to help the No. 3 Hurricanes (21-3) escape on the road and remain perfect in the Atlantic Coast Conference. At 12-0, Miami has the league’s longest undefeated start since Duke went 16-0 in 1998-99.
Clemson (13-12, 5-8) nearly pulled off the upset, but Rod Hall missed a layup in the closing seconds and K.J. McDaniels failed on a tip.
Michigan 79, Penn State 71 — Coming off an embarrassing loss to Michigan State, the No. 4 Wolverines (22-4, 9-4 Big Ten) responded at home. Glenn Robinson III bounced back from a 2-point game to match his career high with 21, and Trey Burke scored a season-high 29.
Michigan appeared to still be struggling to get over last Tuesday’s blowout when it trailed for much of the first half against the last-place Nittany Lions (8-17, 0-13). Tied at halftime, the Wolverines scored the first 6 points after the break and never lost the lead.
Arizona 68, Utah 64 — Mark Lyons scored 18 points and Brandon Ashley added 10 off the bench as the No. 9 Wildcats (21-4, 9-4 Pac-12) shook off the Utes in Salt Lake City.
The Wildcats led by as many as 13 early in the second half before Utah (11-14, 0-3) responded with a 14-3 run to tie it at 51 with 7:28 remaining on Jason Washburn’s tip-in. A 3-pointer by Dakarai Tucker pulled the Utes within 2 with 4:46 left, but a putback by Kevin Parrom and a layup by Lyons helped seal it for Arizona.
Louisville 59, South Florida 41 — The No. 12 Cardinals (21-5, 9-4) stayed within a game of first place in the Big East by shutting down the Bulls in Tampa. South Florida (10-15, 1-12) finished with just 13 field goals and 16 turnovers.
Russ Smith had 15 points for Louisville, including the final 7 of a 22-3 run in the first half. Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan scored 12 points apiece.
Wisconsin 71, Ohio State 49 — At Madison, Wis., the 20th-ranked Badgers shot a season-high 53 percent from the field and never let the No. 13 Buckeyes in the game after seizing control with an early 18-0 run that lasted more than seven minutes.
Ben Brust and Jared Berggren each scored 15 points to lead Wisconsin (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten). Ohio State (18-7, 8-5) finished with only six assists and trailed by 17 points at halftime, its largest deficit at the break since March 22, 2007.