The Huskies crushed Seton Hall while Harvard found a way to get past a pesky Columbia team.
UConn took care of business in the XL Center on Saturday, pummeling a short-handed Seton Hall squad 69-46.
The Pirates (15-8, 4-7) were without standout big man Herb Pope and it showed. They were out-rebounded 40-29 by a Huskies (15-7, 5-5) team desperate for a victory.
Without Jim Calhoun on the bench, UConn was able to win behind Ryan Boatright and Jeremy Lamb, who scored 19 and 17 points respectively. The defensive effort was particularly impressive. Seton Hall was held to shooting just 25.9 percent from the field.
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In a game that remained closer than anticipated, Harvard edged Columbia 57-52.
The Crimson (20-2, 6-0) received a scare from the Lions (13-9, 2-4) before finally being able to put them away. Harvard never led by more than eight points but also didn't trail throughout the afternoon. The No. 23 team in the nation got a big effort from Laurent Rivard who scored 20 points while Keith Wright added 15 points and six rebounds.
Harvard will continue its attempt to move up in the rankings on the road Friday against Penn.
The misery for Boston College continues. The Eagles lost to Georgia Tech on Saturday 51-47 in a tough road affair.
Boston College (7-16, 2-7) has seen the season become a lost cause with their sixth consecutive defeat. It was a very offensively challenged first half that saw the Yellow Jackets (9-14, 2-7) leading 20-19 at the break.
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UMass was able to keep up in the Atlantic 10 with a big road victory over George Washington 86-75.
The Minutemen (17-6, 6-3) were on fire from the field, shooting over 55 percent on the afternoon. The Colonials (8-15, 3-6) were able to keep it close for the most part before finally breaking.
Terrell Vinson was the top-scorer with a career high 21 points. The Minutemen are only a half game behind Temple for the lead in the A-10 conference.
Lehigh 75, Holy Cross 51
The Crusaders (9-13, 3-5) were soundly beaten by an excellent Lehigh squad. The Mountain Hawks (18-6, 6-2) were led by C.J. McCollum who scored 20 points and notched seven rebounds, five assists and five steals. The high-scorer for Holy Cross was Mike Cavataio with 12 points.
Boston University 68, Binghamton 53
The Terriers (12-13, 8-3) easily handled the win-less Bearcats (0-23, 0-11) behind 50 percent shooting from the floor. Matt Griffin and Daryl Pattin each scored 13 points to pace Boston.
VCU 59, Northeastern 56
The Huskies couldn't quite pull it out. Northeastern (11-12, 7-6) fell to VCU (20-5, 11-2)despite getting 14 points and eight rebounds from Quincy Ford. The Rams are tied with Drexel for the top spot in the CAA.