University of Massachusetts senior Ricky Harris scored 15 points yesterday to move up to sixth in career scoring (1,656) for the Minutemen and freshman Terrell Vinson (14 points and 12 rebounds) had his second career double-double.
But that was about the only good news for the Minutemen in their game against 25th-ranked Baylor, a 71-45 drubbing in Waco, Texas.
UMass (7-12) shot just 24 percent (15 of 62) and scored its fewest points since a 64-44 loss to Dayton Feb. 14, 2004.
Tweety Carter and Ekpe Udoh each scored 23 points for Baylor (15-3), while LaceDarius Dunn, the Big 12’s second-leading scorer, netted 15.
Harvard 62, Dartmouth 58 - Jeremy Lin had 19 points and six assists and Kyle Casey also scored 19 points, helping the rusty Crimson get past the Big Green in Hanover, N.H.
Harvard (13-3, 2-0 Ivy), which hadn’t played since beating Dartmouth at home Jan. 9, fell behind, 20-10, but rallied to lead, 31-27, at halftime.
After Robby Pride’s 3-point play gave the Big Green (4-12, 0-2) their only second-half lead, 36-35, with 15:12 to play, Harvard went on a 15-1 run, including 9 points by Lin, to lead, 50-37, with 6:58 remaining.
South Florida 109, Providence 105 - Dominique Jones scored a career-high 46 points, the second-most by a Big East player in a regular-season game, and the visiting Bulls erased a 12-point deficit in the final two minutes to force overtime en route to a wild win over the Friars.
Jamine Peterson led Providence (11-8, 3-4) with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Marshon Brooks came off the bench to add 25 points.
South Florida (12-7, 2-5) trailed by 12 with 2:05 left in regulation and by 5 with 11 seconds to play before Jones cut the deficit to 95-92. Ryan Kardok stole the inbounds pass, and when Jones couldn’t find an open look, he passed the ball to Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, who knocked down a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
Jones, who played all 45 minutes, led the Bulls with 9 points in overtime to complete the comeback. The Big East scoring record is held by Eric Murdock, who had 48 for Providence against Pittsburgh in 1991.
American 71, Holy Cross 64 - Devin Brown scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half but the host Eagles (5-13, 2-3 Patriot) pulled away in the second half to drop Holy Cross (5-15, 2-3) to 1-9 on the road.
Xavier 72, Rhode Island 61 - Jordan Crawford (21 points) sparked a 10-0 run early in the second half that sent the Musketeers (13-6, 5-1 Atlantic 10) past the Rams in Cincinnati. Lamonte Ulmer and Keith Cothran scored 12 apiece for URI (15-3, 3-2), which has lost 15 of its last 16 games against Xavier.
Maine 77, Hartford 69 - Gerald McLemore scored 27 points and the Black Bears (13-6, 5-1 America East) sank 12 of 18 3-pointers in getting past the host Hawks (5-15, 3-4).
Sacred Heart 84, Bryant 60 - Corey Hassan scored 26 points and the host Pioneers (12-7, 5-3 Northeast) handed the Bulldogs (0-20, 0-8) their 22d straight loss.
Bentley 67, Le Moyne 60 - Tom Dowling scored 21 points and Jason Westrol contributed 18 points and nine rebounds as the visiting Falcons (16-2, 11-2 Northeast-10), ranked 14th in Division 2, held on to earn their 11th straight win.
Stonehill 60, Adelphi 59 - Randall Stallworth hit two free throws with nine seconds left in overtime, lifting the visiting Skyhawks (15-3, 12-1 NE-10) past the Panthers (14-6, 7-6).
Pace 77, Merrimack 73 - Darren Duncan had 19 points and 10 rebounds, but the host Setters (8-10, 6-7 NE-10) rallied to down the Warriors (12-4, 9-3), ending their 11-game winning streak.
Saint Rose 93, UMass-Lowell 78 - Shea Bromirski scored 24 points, powering the host Golden Knights (10-8, 7-6 NE-10) past the River Hawks (12-6, 9-4).
Wheaton 60, MIT 57 - Brendan Dengan scored 15 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers that erased a 4-point deficit in the closing minutes, and the visiting Lyons (6-10, 2-4 NEWMAC) stunned the eighth-ranked Engineers, handing them their first loss to a Division 3 opponent.
Will Tashman had 15 points and nine rebounds and Mitchell Kates added 15 points for MIT (16-2, 4-1), whose only loss had been to Division 1 Harvard.
Bridgewater St. 80, Salem St. 62 - Nicholas Motta scored 22 points and the host Bears (11-5, 5-0) rolled past the Vikings (4-13, 3-2) to win their eighth straight game and take over first place in the MASCAC.
Williams 69, Conn. College 57 - Troy Whittington came off the bench to score 19 points and the Ephs (17-1, 4-0 NESCAC), ranked fifth in Division 3, pulled away in the second half to edge the Camels (7-10, 0-4).
Amherst 67, Trinity 65 - Stephen Wheeler scored 24 points and Jeff Holmes hit a layup with 50 seconds left as the No. 20 Lord Jeffs (11-3, 3-0 NESCAC) dodged an upset in Hartford.
Middlebury 77, Wesleyan 69 - Nolan Thompson came off the bench to score 21 points and the 10th-ranked Panthers (16-1, 4-0 NESCAC) got past the host Cardinals (6-11, 0-4).
Colby 73, Bates 66 - Mike Russell had 22 points and 10 rebounds and the White Mules (12-2, 3-0 NESCAC) beat the host Bobcats (7-10, 0-4) in overtime.
Tufts 58, Bowdoin 53 - Dave Beyel’s 3-pointer with 30 seconds left broke a tie as the host Jumbos (4-12, 1-3 NESCAC) got past the Polar Bears (9-6, 1-2).
R.I. College 72, Eastern Conn. 71 - Darius Debman sank the winning free throw with 2.9 seconds left, lifting the Anchormen (12-5, 6-1) past the visiting Warriors (13-4, 5-2) in a battle for first place in the Little East.