In a game the Connecticut Huskies really needed, they came up just two points short.
UConn fell 50-48 to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at home on Saturday, dropping its third straight contest. Andre Drummond led the way in a losing effort with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Jeremy Lamb also contributed 16 points while missing a potentially game-tying shot at the buzzer.
The Huskies (14-6, 4-4) were actually leading at halftime but were outmatched from the start of the second frame. The Fighting Irish (14-8, 6-3) went on a 13-0 run to ignite a second half comeback and held UConn scoreless for the first 7:06 after the break. Notre Dame was paced by Jerian Grant who had 11 points, six assists and five rebounds.
The road doesn't get any easier for the Huskies, who travel to take on No. 10 Georgetown on Wednesday.
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UMass took care of business over the weekend, pounding the St. Louis Billikens 72-59 in an Atlantic 10 showdown.
The Minutemen (16-5, 5-2) dominated from the start in front of their home crowd, racing out to a 19-point lead at one point in the first half. Raphiael Putney bounced back after two disappointing games, leading UMass with 22 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Chaz Williams also had a nice showing with 19 points to propel the Minutemen.
The Billikens (16-5, 4-3) showed heart by cutting the lead to five points in the second half, but that's as close as they would come. Brian Conklin set the tone with 17 points for St. Louis
UMass will travel to Rhode Island on Wednesday to take on the dreadful Rams.
Harvard (18-2, 4-0) looks unstoppable in the Ivy League, maintaining its undefeated record,a six-game winning streak and an aura of invincibility. The Crimson took their show on the road Saturday, led by Kyle Casey who scored 20 points and collected eight rebounds. Brandyn Curry also had a solid effort with 15 points of his own.
The game was never in doubt with Harvard leading by double digits most of the way. The only ranked Ivy League team jumped out to a 15-5 lead early in the first half and never looked back.
Brown (7-14, 1-3) had great balance, as all five starters posted double figures in points. Andrew McCarthy and Stephen Albrecht tied for tops on the Bears with 13 points apiece.
Harvard will host Cornell on Wednesday and Columbia on Thursday.
Boston College fell to Miami 76-54 in embarrassing fashion at home.
The Eagles (7-14, 2-5) were actually tied with the Hurricanes (12-7, 3-3) with seven minutes remaining before letting Miami go on a 27-5 run to close out the game.
It's been a rough year for Boston College. The team looks to be sinking with four straight losses and a tough ACC schedule still ahead. Matt Humphrey paced the Eagles in both scoring and rebounding Saturday with 13 and seven respectively.
The Hurricanes received a great afternoon from Durand Scott, who finished with 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Boston College's next game will be Wednesday at home against N.C. State.
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Holy Cross 76, Colgate 60
The Crusaders (9-12, 3-4) won at home behind 27 points from Devin Brown, while Phil Beans scored 16 points and amassed five rebounds.
Northeastern 58, Hofstra 51
Stony Brook 66, Boston University 57
The Terriers (11-12, 7-2) fell short on Saturday, losing to Stony Brook (13-7, 8-1) in a very important American East contest. Boston is now second in the standings behind the Seawolves. The Terriers lost despite Darryl Partin's 21 point night.