UConn 89, Vermont 73
HARTFORD, Conn. — Kemba Walker scored a career-high 42 points as Connecticut beat Vermont 89-73 Wednesday night in a final tune-up before heading to Hawaii and the Maui Invitational.
Walker, whose previous career best was 29, hit 15 of 24 shots, including four 3-pointers, and pulled down eight rebounds. His 42 points tied Cliff Robinson’s record for a UConn game played in Hartford.
Roscoe Smith added 15 points and Alex Oriakhi had 11 for the Huskies (2-0), who trailed by three points at halftime.
Evan Fjeld had a career-high 26 points for Vermont (1-1) and Matt Glass added 24 points, also a career best.
Coach Jim Calhoun improved his record to 112-4 at Connecticut against nonconference opponents from New England.
G. Washington 79, Marist 59
VILLANOVA, Pa. — Tony Taylor scored 23 points to lead George Washington to a 79-59 win over Marist on Wednesday night in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
The victory was the 150th for coach Karl Hobbs, all with the Colonials.
Chris Fitzgerald added 16 points for George Washington (1-1) in his first college game. Lasan Kromah, the Colonials’ leading returning scorer, missed his second game with a foot sprain.
George Washington jumped out to a 12-2 lead over the Red Foxes (0-2) in the first matchup between the two teams.
Marist closed to 22-19, but the Colonials used an 8-0 spurt, including 3-pointers by Fitzgerald and Tim Johnson, to take an 11-point lead.
George Washington led 43-28 at halftime and by as many as 24 in the second half. The Colonials shot 10 for 24 from 3-point range.
Candon Rusin led the Red Foxes with 15 points and Anell Alexis had 13.
E. Michigan 79, Madonna 70
YPSILANTI, Mich. — Antonio Green scored 17 points and Jamell Harris added 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead Eastern Michigan over Madonna 79-70 on Wednesday.
The Eagles (1-1) had to hold off Madonna (1-3), an NAIA school that got 22 points from Bryant Slaughter on 8 of 17 shooting — including 6 of 11 from 3-point range.
EMU led 44-27 at the break, but Madonna hit four 3s in the first four minutes of the second half, two each from Bobby Naubert and Slaughter. The Crusaders couldn’t keep EMU off the glass and trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half before Slaughter’s 3 with 3:01 remaining trimmed the deficit to 72-65.
Kevin Henry’s free throw drew Madonna within 72-66 before a steal by EMU’s Jay Higgins led to a tip-in by Harris, giving the Eagles a 74-66 lead with 35 seconds left. Geoff Gaylor hit a basket 7 seconds later to cut the margin to 6, but EMU hit five free throws to seal the win.
Slaughter also had seven rebounds and four steals.