|Boston College’s Pat Mullane checked Vermont’s Matt Marshall into the boards, but Marshall’s Catamounts earned the 3-2 win.
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Late 3 in 3d OT carries Harvard
Lin’s game-winner tops old-school clash
Jeremy Lin hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer in triple overtime, sealing Harvard’s wild 87-85 win yesterday over visiting William & Mary in a matchup of the nation’s two oldest colleges.
Up until Lin’s winning basket, it was William & Mary that had scored the final points in every frame in the contest. It looked like that would be the case again in the third overtime.
After Lin and Oliver McNally sank five consecutive free throws to put the Crimson (2-0) ahead, 84-83, with 25 seconds left, Sean McCurdy’s layup put the Tribe (0-2) back up, 85-84, with four seconds left.
That set up Lin’s big shot.
Lin, the only player last season to rank among the top 10 in his conference in every statistical category, led Harvard with 19 points.
North Carolina 88, Valparaiso 77 - Deon Thompson scored 16 of his 20 points after halftime to help the host Tar Heels (3-0), who didn’t look sharp yet still earned their third straight double-digit victory to open the season. No. 6 North Carolina led just 38-31 at halftime.
After falling behind by 24, the Crusaders (0-2) got as close as 84-75 on a 3-pointer from Brandon McPherson.
Providence 79, Mercer 77 - Marshon Brooks scored 26 points and Jamine Peterson added 22 rebounds, the most for a Providence player since 2000, pacing the host Friars.
Providence (3-0) led, 73-56, with 10:15 remaining when Mercer (2-1) used a 14-0 run to pull within 3. Free throws by James Florence cut the Friars’ lead to 78-77 with 1:10 remaining, and Brooks missed three foul shots to keep the game within one possession.
Mercer had the ball and time for a shot, but E.J. Kusnyer’s 3-point attempt with seven seconds remaining hit the side of the backboard.
Vermont 58, Buffalo 57 - Marqus Blakely hit one of two free throws with 9.5 seconds left as the visiting Catamounts held off the Bulls’ late charge.
After Evan Fjeld put Vermont (1-1) up, 57-52, Buffalo (0-1) put together a 5-0 run thanks to three free throws and a Calvin Betts layup to tie the game with 41 seconds remaining. But Max Boudreau’s foul put Blakely on the line for the win.
Blakely led the Catamounts with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Maurice Joseph and Nick Vier scored 12 points apiece.
Baylor 71, Hartford 69 - Ekpe Udoh hit a turnaround jumper from 18 feet at the buzzer to cap a second-half comeback that lifted the host Bears (2-0). Joe Zeglinski led Hartford (0-2) with 23 points.
George Mason 60, Dartmouth 44 - Ryan Pearson had 19 points as the host Patriots (2-0) overcame a slow start. David Rufful was the lone scorer in double figures for the Big Green (0-2), finishing with 13 points.
Bucknell 59, Bryant 56 - Mike Muscala scored 12 points and Bryan Cohen added 11 to lead the Bison (2-3) over the Bulldogs (0-3) in Providence. Cecil Gresham scored 26 points for Bryant, including 17 in the second half.
Kim Benton matched her career high with 18 points for UMass, which trailed by 8 at halftime and never led in regulation. Danella, fouled attempting a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left in regulation, made all three free throws to tie the score at 67.
Caitlynn Moran scored a team-high 20 points for the Terriers (0-2).
Tennessee 74, Baylor 65 - Shekinna Stricklen had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and the No. 8 Lady Vols (1-0) beat the No. 7 Bears at home.
All the buzz entering the game was about Brittney Griner, Baylor’s celebrated recruit who dunked in an exhibition game. The 6-foot-8-inch Griner dunked a few times in warm-ups and scored 15 points, but never got close enough to the rim to dunk during the game.
Providence 88, Saint Joseph’s 57 - Chelsea Marandola scored a game-high 24 points as the Friars (2-0) placed five players in double figures in an easy home win against the Hawks.
Chris McCarthy and Kevan Miller added goals for No. 15 Vermont (4-4-1, 3-3-1), which salvaged a split in the two-game series. Ben Smith scored his seventh goal of the season for No. 16 BC (4-3-1, 3-3-1).
Jonnie Bloemers and Melissa Tetreau scored for BU (5-4-5, 3-3-1-1 Hockey East). The Terriers peppered Genevieve Lacasse with shots, but the sophomore goalie made 41 saves for Providence (4-5-5, 3-2-3-2).
Maine 1, Northeastern 0 - Florence Schelling stopped 35 shots for the No. 9 Huskies, but Jenna Ouelette’s second-period shot found the net, lifting the visiting Black Bears (3-9-2, 1-5-2-1 Hockey East). Northeastern (8-2-2, 4-1-2-1) saw its six-game unbeaten streak end.
Northeastern, which lost, 1-0, in the CAA final for the second straight season, ended its season 10-8-1. UNC-Wilmington (14-2-4), making its first trip to the NCAA tournament, extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games.
Le Moyne 1, Franklin Pierce 0 - Angelo Reina’s second-half goal lifted the Dolphins (18-2-2) over the Ravens (13-5-2) in an NCAA Division 2 East Region semifinal in Syracuse, N.Y.
Jillian Mastroianni earned her 13th shutout of the season, and Gina DiMartino added a second-half goal for for BC (17-3-2). The Eagles advance to the Sweet 16 and face Wisconsin on Friday.
Franklin Pierce 4, Bridgeport 1 - Angelika Johansson and Gabriela Demoner each scored twice, sending the Ravens (18-4-1) past the host Purple Knights (16-2-3) and into the NCAA Division 2 East Region semifinals.
Jocelyn Leon made nine saves for Franklin Pierce, which plays Friday in Albany, N.Y., against Saint Rose.
College of New Jersey 4, Amherst 0 - The visiting Lions (18-2-1) put the game away with three second-half goals, beating the Lord Jeffs (13-4-1) in second-round play of the NCAA Division 3 tournament.
Jaci Moulton and Sammy Macy scored for UMass-Lowell (18-6), which came into the national tournament as the No. 5 seed. Amanda Riley had two goals to lead Bloomsburg (22-1).
Tufts 4, Skidmore 1 - Jess Perkins broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of goals late in the first half, and the Jumbos beat the Thoroughbreds in Medford to advance to the NCAA Division 3 semifinals for the second straight year.
Margi Scholtes and Michelle Kelly also scored for Tufts (18-1). The Jumbos, who lost to Bowdoin in last season’s championship game, will play Salisbury (Md.) Saturday at Mount Holyoke College.