UMass Wins in Overtime, VCU gets Victory at Barclays; GW, Richmond Win
MASSACHUSETTS 69, PROVIDENCE 67 (OT)
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Derrick Gordon's put-back with 1.1 seconds left in overtime lifted 23rd-ranked Massachusetts to a 69-67 victory over Providence on Saturday night.
Gordon grabbed the rebound after a 3-point attempt by Trey Davis came up short. The Friars' Bryce Cotton had tied the score at 67 after connecting from beyond the arc with 37 seconds remaining in the extra session.
Cady Lalanne led UMass (11-1) with 14 points and 11 rebounds with Davis and Sampson Carter each scoring 12 points. Senior point guard Chaz Williams finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 1:36 remaining in regulation.
Cotton finished with 24 points, five rebounds and five assists for Providence (10-3). Tyler Harris had 16 points and nine rebounds, and LaDontae Henton added 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Friars forced regulation on the strength of a 13-3 run over the final 4:01 of the second half.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 69, HOFSTRA 58
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Maurice Creek had 17 points and four steals to lead George Washington to a 69-58 victory over Hofstra Saturday.
Creek made 6 of 9 field goal attempts, making 3 of 6 from beyond the arc. Kevin Larsen contributed 14 points and Kethan Savage had 12 for George Washington (11-1).
Hofstra (3-8) jumped out to a 6-1 lead and held a 32-29 advantage at the break. There were four lead changes in the first half.
Savage opened the second period with a jumper and a free throw to start George Washington on a 24-10 run and give the Colonials a 53-42 lead midway of the second half. The Pride could not recover as George Washington won the second half 40-26.
The Colonials scored 32 of their points in the paint, compared to Hofstra's 18.
Dion Nesmith led Hofstra with 17 points, Zeke Upshaw contributed 11 and Darren Payen had 10.
VCU 69, BOSTON COLLEGE 50
NEW YORK (AP) - Juvonte Reddic had 14 points and eight rebounds and VCU turned over another opponent, beating Boston College 69-50 on Saturday night in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival at Barclays Center.
The Rams (11-3), who have won three straight and seven of eight, beat a third Atlantic Coast Conference team for the first time in program history. They beat Virginia and Virginia Tech this season in addition to Boston College and lost to Florida State.
The latest win featured another impressive defensive performance by VCU, which entered the game leading the nation in turnovers forced per game (20.2) and steals (13.1). They forced 23 turnovers and had 11 steals.
Olivier Hanlan had 17 points for Boston College (4-9), which has lost five of six.
RICHMOND 67, OLD DOMINION 58
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Cedrick Lindsay scored eight points of his 19 second-half points in a 17-6 run to begin the half and Richmond pulled away to beat Old Dominion 67-58 on Saturday night.
Kendall Anthony added 17 points and Alonzo Nelson-Adoda had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Spiders (9-4), who won their third in a row against their former Colonial Athletic Association rival.
Aaron Bacote scored 20 points and Denzell Taylor had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead Old Dominion (5-8), which lost for the seventh time in eight games. Taylor had all five of the Monarchs' second-half field goals until Bacote's 3-pointer with 2:27 left. That pulled them within 57-48, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
The Spiders scored 17 points off Old Dominion's giveaways and had just seven turnovers themselves.
HARVARD 94, FORDHAM 86
NEW YORK (AP) - Siyani Chambers scored 19 points and finished with nine assists as Harvard's balanced shooting led to a 94-86 victory over Fordham on Saturday.
The Crimson (11-1) got 17 points each from Kyle Casey and Agunwa Okolie, while Wesley Saunders added 14 and Steve Moundou-Missi added 11. Harvard combined for 24 assists and 56.6 percent shooting from the floor (30 of 53) in its seventh straight win.
Fordham (7-5) led by three with 9:21 left in the first half, but went more than 5 minutes without a basket. Harvard took advantage of the dry spell and broke away to lead 43-32 at intermission.
Branden Frazier scored 31 points for the Rams and Jon Severe added 29. Fordham cut its deficit to six points with 2 minutes remaining in the contest, but the Crimson shot 8 of 8 from the free throw line in the final 31 seconds.
SOUTHERN MISS 77, RHODE ISLAND 64
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) - Neil Watson and Michael Craig scored 14 points each as Southern Miss defeated Rhode Island 77-64 on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles (12-2) broke open a tight game in the second half and closed on a 13-2 run with Aaron Brown adding 13 points and Jerrold Brooks 11. Craig's 14 points are a season high, and he added 11 rebounds.
Rhode Island (7-6) was led by Xavier Munford and E.C. Matthews with 17 points each - Munford's 11th consecutive game in double figures.
The game was close - tied six times - and neither team led by more than six until Watson capped a run that had the Eagles up 60-48. Southern Miss owned the boards, 37-22, and outscored the Rams 42-18 in the paint.
The Rams came back to 64-62 when Matthews scored with 5:15 remaining, but Southern Miss hit 9 of 10 at the line down the stretch.