Massachusetts’s regular season ended with a thud yesterday as Brenton Butler scored 29 points and Fordham beat the visiting Minutemen, 77-73, in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The victory ended a 41-game losing streak for the Rams in Atlantic 10 Conference games.
Despite the loss, the Minutemen secured the eighth seed in the conference tournament and will host Dayton Tuesday.
Fordham, whose largest lead was 56-43 with 10:57 to play, led, 71-61, with 1:37 remaining. But the Minutemen went on a 10-3 run to make it 74-71 with 27 seconds left, before Butler sealed it with two free throws.
Chris Gaston had his 17th double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Lamount Samuell added 11 points for the Rams (7-21, 1-15), who snapped a 17-game losing streak.
UMass made 20 of 32 free throw attempts, but was held to 37.7 percent shooting.
Anthony Gurley scored 30 points, Javorn Farrell had 11, and Terrell Vinson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for UMass (15-14, 7-8), which has lost three straight games.
St. Bonaventure 74, Rhode Island 68 — Andrew Nicholson scored 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting to lead the host Bonnies (16-13, 8-8 Atlantic 10) past the Rams (18-12, 9-7) in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Rams earned the sixth seed in the A-10 tourney and will face St. Louis Tuesday.
Delroy James kept the margin at 1 by hitting a layup with less than three minutes to play, but Ogo Adegboye reeled off 7 straight points to put the Bonnies ahead, 67-59, with 44 seconds left.
Providence 75, Rutgers 74 — Marshon Brooks scored 28 points and broke the Big East season scoring record with 468 points in his final home game for the Friars (15-16, 4-14 Big East), who rallied to beat the Scarlet Knights (14-16, 5-13). Brooks surpassed the mark of UConn’s Donyell Marshall (462 points in 1993-94).
On the game’s crucial possession, Brooks lifted a finger-roll over a Rutgers defender to break a 73-73 tie with 30 seconds remaining. Rutgers guard Mike Coburn missed a foul shot at the other end to seal the victory.
Columbia 91, Brown 74 — Noruwa Agho scored 31 points to win the Ivy League scoring title as the host Lions (15-13, 6-8) rolled over the Bears (11-17, 4-10) in the season finale.
Penn 70, Dartmouth 58 — Tyler Bernardini scored all 16 of his points in the second half, helping the Quakers (13-14, 7-6 Ivy) rally from a 36-21 deficit early in the second half and beat the host Big Green (5-23, 1-13) in both teams’ season finale.
Cornell 68, Yale 55 — Drew Ferry scored 15 points and the host Big Red (10-18, 6-8 Ivy) ended its regular season on a three-game winning streak.
America East quarterfinals — Evan Fjeld scored 14 points to lead Vermont to a 57-46 win over Binghamton at Hartford. The top-seeded Catamounts (23-7) led, 24-23, after holding the Bearcats (8-23) to 6-of-22 shooting in the first half. Vermont used a 13-3 run to pull ahead, 40-33, with just more than 12 minutes left. Brian Voelkel added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Catamounts, who will face Stony Brook today . . . Chris Martin scored 18 points and Stony Brook held off Albany, 67-61. Dallis Joyner nearly had a double-double with 9 points and 10 rebounds for the Seawolves (14-16), who won their third straight. Bryan Dougher finished with 12 points and Leonard Hayes added 11 for Stony Brook . . . Genesis Maciel scored 19 points to lead Hartford (11-19) past Maine, 66-63. The Hawks will face Boston University today.
Northeast-10 final — Richard Byrd poured in 27 points, including 16 in the second half, as seventh-seeded Adelphi (20-10) beat No. 1 seed Bentley, 78-72, in Waltham to earn an automatic berth to next weekend’s NCAA Division 2 East Regional. The No. 22 Falcons (22-7), who received a 26-point performance from Tom Dowling, will get an at-large bid in the tournament.
NCAA Division 3 — John DiBartolomeo scored 17 points to help Rochester rebound from a 25-20 halftime deficit and beat MIT, 60-52, in a second-round game in Ithaca. Will Tashman led the Engineers (20-9) with 16 points . . . Ryan Sharry had 16 points and 13 rebounds as host Middlebury (26-1) easily advanced to the round of 16 a 79-53 win over Western Connecticut . . . Lamonte Thomas had 28 points and four assists for Johnson & Wales (21-9) but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats lost Buffalo State (23-6) at Mahwah, N.J. . . . Host Williams (27-2) advanced with an 84-67 victory over Becker (24-5) . . . Conor Meehan had 20 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds to pace Amherst (24-3) past host WPI (23-6).