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College basketball roundup

BC pulls the upset

No. 8 Florida State bounced from ACC

Carolyn Swords gets the call from the ref in BC’s 67-60 upset of Florida State. Carolyn Swords gets the call from the ref in BC’s 67-60 upset of Florida State. (Chuck Burton/Associated Press)
Associated Press / March 6, 2010

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Jasmine Gill scored 6 of her 13 points during the run that lifted BC to a 67-60 upset of No. 8 Florida State last night in an Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinal in Greensboro, N.C.

Stefanie Murphy had 14 points for the seventh-seeded Eagles (17-14). They shot nearly 49 percent and overcame a huge rebounding deficit by forcing the second-seeded Seminoles to a season-worst 27.6 percent shooting.

Cierra Bravard had 13 points for Florida State (26-5), and her 3-point play tied it at 46 with 6:04 to play before Gill took over, landing a jumper with the shot clock winding down, then went coast to coast for a layup after a steal to start the 13-3 run that put the Eagles in control.

BC, which reached the semifinals for the first time, has won three straight against ranked teams and will face North Carolina State today. The Wolfpack upset No. 24 Virginia, 66-59.

Ayla Brown and Carolyn Swords had 11 points apiece while Jaclyn Thoman capped the decisive run with a free throw that made it 59-49 with 1:41 left. Murphy, who fouled out with 6:04 left, had an otherwise perfect night hitting all five of her shots, both of her 3s, and both of her free throws.

Alysha Harvin had 13 points and Chastity Clayton added 10 for the Seminoles, who had trouble making up for the loss of all-ACC forward Jacinta Monroe, who averages a team-best 13.4 points. She sprained her right ankle roughly four minutes into the game and limped off the court with help. She did not return.

In her absence, Florida State turned to its perimeter game, hoisting a season-high 28 3-pointers but making just four. It also missed 20 of their first 24 shots.

No team this season shot a higher percentage (48.8) against the Seminoles and that more than offset a 44-34 rebounding disadvantage and 18 Eagles turnovers.

BU 60, Maryland-Baltimore County 49 - Alex Young scored a game-high 23 points to lead the third-seeded Terriers (16-13) in an America East quarterfinal in West Hartford, Conn.

The sophomore guard was 9 for 16 from the field and hit four threes for her 10th straight game in double figures. Sixth-seeded UMBC finishes 13-17. BU faces Vermont in a semifinal tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Hartford 68, New Hampshire 35 - America East Player of the Year Diana Delva had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the top-seeded and No. 23 Hawks to their school-record 19th straight victory in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

Hartford (26-3) led by 15 at the half and beat New Hampshire for the third time this season. Candace Williams had 13 points for the Wildcats (9-22).

Richmond 54, UMass 47 - Abby Oliver led all scorers with 16 points as the Spiders (19-11) beat the Minutewomen in an Atlantic 10 first-round game in Marlboro, Md.

Senior Diatiema Hill led UMass (11-19) with 10 points. UMass led, 18-9, and was up 1 at halftime, but couldn’t overcome a 6-0 Richmond run to start the second half.

Babson 76, Emmanuel 56 - Nicki Wurdeman scored a career-high 29 points on 12-of-13 shooting to lead all scorers as the Beavers won an NCAA Division 3 first-round game in Waterville, Maine.

The win, Babson’s 18th straight, was its first NCAA tourney victory since 1994, as the Beavers (26-3) tied their record for wins.

Kristin LeBel led Emmanuel (22-6) with 14 points.

Babson will play Colby tonight in the second round. The Mules (24-4) beat Husson, 62-59, last night.

Tufts 71, Muhlenberg 59 - Junior guard Colleen Hart led the Jumbos (21-5) with a game-high 26 points as they won an NCAA Division 3 first-round game in Union, N.J., over the Mules (21-6)

Amherst 68, Mass. College 47 - Sarah Leyman and Caroline Stedman scored 15 points apiece to lead the top-seeded Lord Jeffs (29-0) to an NCAA Division 3 first-round win at home. Jen Wehner led all scorers with 18 points for MCLA (18-10).

Men
Cornell 95, Brown 76 - The Big Red (26-4, 12-1 Ivy) became the first team this season to earn an NCAA Division 1 tournament bid, clinching their third straight Ivy League championship. Cornell tied a league record by hitting 20 of 30 3-pointers.

Brandeis 76, St. Lawrence 64 - Sophomore guard Vytas Kriskus came off the bench to score a career-high 29 points to lead the Judges (20-6) to an NCAA Division 3 first-round win in Rochester, N.Y.