Stony Brook tops BU for America East title
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Tommy Brenton had a 14 points and 13 rebounds as Stony Brook secured outright possession of the America East Conference regular-season crown, defeating host Boston University, 71-55, Thursday night.
After BU (17-12, 11-5) took a 2-0 lead, Stony Brook (22-6, 13-2) embarked on a 33-3 run, capped by Brenton’s two free throws with 4:56 left until halftime, and never looked back.
Brenton finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Stony Brook entered ranked third nationally in 3-point defense at 36.7 percent, and held the sharp-shooting Terriers to 26.1 percent (6 of 23) from deep. BU entered hitting 37.8 percent of its shots from 3-point range.
Maurice Watson Jr. led the Terriers with 13 points and D.J. Irving and Travis Robinson added 10 points each.
The game was BU’s last in America East, ending a 34-year tenure as it bolts for the Patriot League next season. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak.
Virginia 73, Duke 68 — Joe Harris scored a career-high 36 points and the Cavaliers celebrated the 11-year anniversary of their last victory over a top 5 team by doing it again, beating the No. 3 Blue Devils in Charlottesville, Va.
Akil Mitchell added 19 points and 12 rebounds as he and Harris outplayed Duke’s top twosome of Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee, giving Virginia (20-8, 10-5 ACC) its 16th consecutive victory at home. It came 11 years to the day since an 87-84 victory, also against No. 3 Duke, now 24-4 and 11-4.
Robert Morris 77, Bryant 75 — Karvel Anderson scored 24 points and Lucky Jones scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half as the Colonials beat the Bulldogs to clinch the Northeast Conference regular-season title in Smithfield, R.I.
The Colonials (21-9, 13-4), who have won four straight, will play at home in the conference tournament as long as they continue winning.
Quinnipiac 78, St. Francis 67 — Ike Azotam’s 19 points led four players in double figures for the Bobcats (15-14, 11-6 Northeast Conference), who defeated the Terriers in New York.
Albany 56, New Hampshire 49 — Sam Rowley scored seven of his 11 points in a key two-minute span to help the host Great Danes (21-9, 9-6) pull away from the Wildcats (8-19, 4-11).
LIU Brooklyn 70, Sacred Heart 68 — Jamal Olasewere scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, including a go-ahead jumper with 11 seconds remaining, as the Blackbirds (16-13, 11-6 NEC) defeated the visiting Pioneers (9-19, 7-10).
Vermont 78, Binghamton 61 — Clancy Rugg scored 17 points and the visiting Catamounts (19-9, 11-4 America East) won their third straight and completed a season sweep of the Bearcats (3-25, 1-14).
Hartford 68, Maryland-Baltimore County 65 — John Peterson grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and notched his first double-double as the host Hawks handed the Retrievers their sixth straight loss.
Ohio St. 63, Northwestern 53 — Lenzelle Smith scored a season-high 24 points, Deshaun Thomas added 19, and the No. 16 Buckeyes (21-7, 11-5 Big Ten) used a late run to beat the Wildcats in Evanston, Ill., and move one-half game ahead of Michigan for sole possession of fourth place in the conference.
Louisiana Tech 84, Utah St. 61 — Brandon Gibson scored 20 points, Raheem Appleby added 15 and the No. 25 Bulldogs (25-3,15-0 WAC) cruised over the Aggies (19-8, 9-6) in their first game as a nationally ranked team since 1985.
North Carolina 85, BC 57 — Waltiea Rolle scored 21 points and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 20 as the No. 15 Tar Heels routed the Eagles in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The game was close early, with Boston College (10-18, 4-13 ACC) taking a 13-11 lead on a Kerri Shields 3-pointer.
But North Carolina held the Eagles to just 4 points over the next 10 minutes.
The Tar Heels (26-4, 13-3), who won the previous meeting, 80-52, took a 40-21 advantage into the break and stretched that lead to 31 following a 12-0 half-opening run.
Katie Zenevitch scored 13 for BC.
Towson 73, Northeastern 69 — Tanisha McTiller had a game-high 36 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Tigers over the Huskies in overtime.
Dominique Johnson had 16 pionts and Michelle Peebles added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Towson (10-17). The Huskies (15-11) were led by A’lece Mark’s 17 points and Kashaia Cannon, who had 16.