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Early shooting woes hound Terriers in third straight loss

By the time Boston University turned its fortunes around, it was too late to reverse a more troubling trend.

Albany sent the visiting Terriers to their third straight defeat last night, 71-60, after the Great Danes held BU to 19 first-half points on 31 percent shooting, including 1 of 7 from 3-point range. BU found the mark in the second half -- when Kevin Gardner scored 14 of his 22 points and the Terriers hit at a 50 percent clip -- but Albany was even stronger, shooting 57 percent and 6 of 8 from long distance.

Jamar Wilson scored 22 points and Jason Siggers added 19, making all four of his 3-point attempts for the Great Danes (14-8, 9-2 America East). Corey Hassan added a career-high 19 points for BU (8-14, 5-6).

Albany led, 31-24, early in the second half before going on a 15-1 run. Gardner's two foul shots with 4:24 remaining closed the gap to 60-55, but the Great Danes pulled away with a 9-2 spurt.

Cornell 79, Harvard 77 -- Jason Hartford's layup for the Big Red (9-11, 4-2 Ivy) with two seconds left capped a late comeback over the visiting Crimson (12-7, 4-2), who received 27 points and 12 rebounds from Matt Stehle.

Princeton 52, Brown 37 -- Noah Savage had 23 points and the host Tigers (5-12, 3-1 Ivy) held the Bears (6-13, 2-4) without a field goal for the first 11:41 of the game.

Penn 74, Yale 52 -- The Bulldogs (11-10, 3-3) blew an early 12-point lead to the Quakers (11-6, 4-0), who rode Eric Osmundson's 17 points to victory in Philadelphia.

Dartmouth 78, Columbia 68 -- At New York, Michael Giovacchini and Mike Lang each had 16 points as the Big Green (3-15, 1-5 Ivy) broke a seven-game skid.

Providence 81, St. John's 73 -- The host Friars (10-10, 3-6 Big East) erased a 9-point second-half deficit behind Sharaud Curry's 19 points.

Holy Cross 77, Lafayette 61 -- Keith Simmons and Kevin Hamilton each scored 22 points to help the Crusaders (13-10, 6-2 Patriot) post a come-from-behind victory in Easton. Pa.

Hartford 75, Vermont 66 -- Kenny Adeleke had 23 points and 16 rebounds and the Hawks (9-12, 5-5 America East) hit 7 of 10 free throw attempts in the final 1:09 to outlast the Catamounts (9-11, 5-5) in Burlington, Vt.

Bentley 80, Pace 60 -- Guards Tim Forbes and Sean Cooke combined for 41 points, and Cooke became Bentley's career leader in 3-pointers with 258, as the Falcons (16-6, 13-4 Northeast-10) rolled in Pleasantville, N.Y.

Stonehill 67, Saint Rose 62 -- Marquis Taylor scored 17 points, Lance Clarke had 14, and the Skyhawks (17-4, 13-4 NE-10) prevailed in Albany, N.Y.

Bryant 62, Southern N.H. 59 -- At Manchester, N.H., John Williams had 16 points for the Bulldogs (15-7, 10-7 NE-10), including the go-ahead basket with 24 seconds remaining.

AIC 72, Franklin Pierce 67 -- John Huggins tallied 22 of his 26 points in the second half to spark the Yellow Jackets (11-11, 7-10 NE-10) in Rindge, N.H.

Tufts 91, Bates 76 -- At Medford, Ryan O'Keefe scored 21 points and the Jumbos (17-4, 5-2 NESCAC) broke a 16-game winning streak by the Bobcats (19-3, 6-1).

Amherst 86, Middlebury 78 -- John Bedford's 19 points led four double-figure scorers for the visiting Lord Jeffs (19-2, 6-1 NESCAC), who have won nine straight.

Williams 77, Trinity 52 -- The host Ephs (17-5, 5-2 NESCAC) easily bounced back from a 28-point loss Friday night, riding 14-point efforts by Chris Shalvoy and Chris Rose past the Bantams (16-4, 6-1).

Salem St. 68, Fitchburg St. 59 -- At Fitchburg, Brandon McCombs used 23 points and 13 rebounds to power the Vikings (13-6, 5-1 MASCAC).

Bridgewater St. 63, Framingham St. 55 -- Derek Thompson's 14 points spearheaded a balanced offensive showing for the visiting Bears (11-8, 5-3 MASCAC).

UMass-Boston 90, Keene St. 88 -- The host Beacons (13-7, 8-2 Little East) roared back from an 8-point halftime deficit as Tony Barros poured in 26 points.

R.I. College 78, Eastern Conn. 76 -- The Anchormen (13-7, 6-4 Little East) escaped on the road behind Kinsey Durgin's 20 points.

UMass-Dartmouth 83, Plymouth St. 71 -- A.J. Tavares's 17 points highlighted five players in double figures for the host Corsairs (12-9, 5-5 Little East).

WPI 58, MIT 57 -- Ryan Cain hit all nine of his free throw attempts and finished with 17 points to guide the Engineers (19-1, 8-1 NEWMAC) in Cambridge.

Springfield 84, Wheaton 65 -- Derek Yvon lit up the visiting Lyons for 32 points in powering the Pride (8-13, 3-5 NEWMAC) to a home win.

Babson 64, Clark 61 -- Brian Parsons hit 8 of 10 field goal attempts and finished with a game-high 19 points to lead the visiting Beavers (8-13, 2-6 NEWMAC).

Endicott 58, Nichols 56 -- Todd Burton's basket with four seconds left lifted the Gulls (13-7, 10-1 Commonwealth Coast) in Dudley.

Roger Williams 78, E. Nazarene 50 -- Chris Cormier had 14 points, including the 1,000th of his career, to lead the Hawks (9-11, 8-3 Commonwealth Coast) at home.

Curry 71, N.E. College 68 -- At Milton, Raheim Lamb came off the bench to score 18 points and propel the Colonels (10-9, 7-3 Commonwealth Coast).

Salve Regina 73, Wentworth 50 -- Matt Coute provided 20 points and Matt Grendal notched 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Seahawks (13-8, 7-6 Commonwealth Coast) in Boston.

Emmanuel 70, WNEC 62 -- Twenty points from Toliver Thomas enabled the visiting Saints (14-6) to improve to 12-1 in the Great Northeast.

Southern Vt. 93, Suffolk 90 -- At Boston, Douglas Hammond led the Mountaineers (9-11, 6-6 Great Northeast) to an overtime win over the Rams (8-12, 6-7) with 20 points, 22 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

Emerson 67, Norwich 57 -- Steve Georgoulis's 26 points and 15 rebounds led the visiting Lions (10-10, 9-4 Great Northeast), who opened the second half on a 14-0 run.

Lasell 62, Husson 59 -- Jaime Crawford and Dan Schweitzer had 18 points apiece to pace the host Lasers (9-9, 7-2 North Atlantic).

Maine Maritime 70, Mount Ida 65 -- Neil Stewart tallied 18 of his 26 points in the first half to lift the visiting Mariners (7-11, 4-5 North Atlantic).

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