Feb 25, 2012; Storrs, CT, USA; Syracuse Orange center Fab Melo (51) taps the ball in the basket to take the lead in the last seconds of play in the second half against Connecticut Huskies center Andre Drummond (12) at Gampel Pavilion. Syracuse Orange defeated the Connecticut Huskies 71-69. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE
It was a rough weekend for the big boys. Harvard, UConn, UMass and Boston College all went down.
It wasn't a great week for teams in the Boston market. The Connecticut Huskies were unable to upend the Syracuse Orange; Massachusetts lost by 33 points; and Harvard fell to Penn by one point. All that and more below:
Syracuse 71, UConn 69
The Huskies came close but as the saying goes, no cigar.
UConn (17-11, 7-9) lost 71-69 in a hard fought contest against the No.2 Orange. Jeremy Lamb paced his team in a losing effort with 19 points while Andre Drummond had a double-double, featuring 17 points and 14 rebounds.
UConn is running out of time to solidify a spot in the NCAA tournament. A losing conference record will likely put them on the outside looking in. A strong end and nice conference tourney run would do wonders.
Syracuse (29-1, 16-1) just furthered its case for a number one seed come March. With only one loss on the season, Jim Boeheim's group has to feel they're the top team in the nation.
Kris Joseph led all scorers with a 21 points.
Dayton 76, UMass 43
In what was a total shelling, Dayton beat up on the Minutemen 76-43 on Saturday in Ohio.
The Flyers (18-10, 8-6) were only up 40-34 with just over 13 minutes remaining, before absolutely exploding. Dayton finished on a 36-9 run to pull into a tie with UMass in the Atlantic 10 standings.
The Minutemen (19-9, 8-6) only shot a paltry 25 percent from the field. They were led Chaz Williams with just 11 points.
UMass needs to turn the page quickly, with a road test against A-10 leading Temple on Wednesday.
Pennsylvania 55, Harvard 54
In a titanic Ivy League match-up, Harvard lost a late lead and fell 55-54 to Penn.
The Crimson (24-4, 10-2) held a three point advantage with under two minutes remaining, but couldn't score from there on out. Corbin Miller tried to win it on a buzzer-beater, but his three-pointer was off the mark.
The Quakers (17-11, 9-2) pulled themselves within a half game of the conference lead. Zach Rosen was tops on Penn with 20 points, including the two free throws that won the contest.
The difference can be found in the outside shooting. Penn was 5 for 12 from beyond the arc, compared to Harvard's 2 of 11.
Wake Forest 85, Boston College 56
The disaster that is the 2011-12 season continued Saturday for the Eagles. Boston College got sufficiently pounded, losing 85-56 to Wake Forest.
The Eagles (8-20, 3-11) are flat out brutal right now. They've lost 10 of their last 11 including two defeats at the hands of the Demon Deacons, who have only won four ACC games all season.
Ryan Anderson showed up, notching 18 points and nine rebounds which were both team highs.
Other scores from the area:
Boston U 65, Hartford 54
The Terriers (16-17, 12-4) ended the regular season on a high note, taking care of Hartford 65-54. Ironically, they will now face each other once again in the 3 vs. 6 game of the America East tournament on Saturday.
Holy Cross 65, Colgate 58
The Crusaders have to be feeling great going into the Patriot League tournament. They've won six straight, including a 65-58 win over Colgate over the weekend. Holy Cross will now face Lafayette in the 4 vs. 5 game on Wednesday.
Delaware 82, Northeastern 72
The Huskies fell to Delaware 82-72 in their final regular season game. Northeastern (13-16, 9-9) will face William and Mary in the first round of the Colonial tourney on Friday. The two split their games this season, with the Tribe winning by 25 points over the Huskies on Feb. 11th.
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