BOSTON — John Holland hit two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to cap a 27-point performance and lift Boston University into the NCAA tournament with a 56-54 win over Stony Brook in the America East championship game Saturday.
The Terriers never led until Holland, whose 23 second-half points led a comeback from a 15-point deficit, made both shots after being fouled by Dallis Joyner while driving along the right baseline.
The Seawolves had one last chance, but Bryan Dougher’s 50-foot shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim. Leonard Hayes led Stony Brook with 14 points but was scoreless in the second half.
Boston University (21-13) reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002 and seventh time overall. Stony Brook (15-17) has never made it in the 12 years since it moved up to Division I.
Babson 61, Bowdoin 58
At Amherst, Mass., Babson College held Bowdoin College of Brunswick to just two points in overtime en route to a 61-58 women’s basketball victory in the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament Friday night.
Babson, which improved to 30-0, was led by Nicki Wurdeman who scored 16 points, including a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
Katie Bergeron paced the Polar Bears with 17 points. Kaitlin Donahoe added 16 points while Nicole Coombes had 10 rebounds.
Wynn 2-1-5, Adewumi 3-0-6, Bowman 2-0-5, King 4-6-14, Wurdeman 7-1-16, Hamilton, Grammel 0-2-2, O’Connell 1-0-3, Collins 4-2-10
Donahoe 6-3-16, Hackett 0-2-2, Bergeron 5-6-17, Barry 1-0-2, Sweeney 1-0-3, Henrikson 1-4-7, Coombes 3-0-6, Gould 1-0-3, Prohl 1-0-2
3-pt. goals:Bowman, Wurdeman, O’Connell; Donahoe, Bergeron, Sweeney, Henrikson, Gould
UNC 98, Kennesaw 52
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Jessica Breland and the rest of the Tar Heels are ready for the NCAA tournament.
Breland, Waltiea Rolle and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 13 points each, leading No. 14 North Carolina over Kennesaw State 98-52 Sunday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
“I think we were game-ready today,” Breland said. “I’m looking forward to us giving our all and trying to make it to the Final Four. We’ve just got to put our heart and pride into it and just get it done. We have the talent to do it.
Breland sat out the 2009-10 season with Hodgkins’ lymphoma before coming back to start 25 games this season.
“The ACC Tournament really said it all for me, being able to play those four games and produce. I was dead-tired just like my teammates, but at this point in the season it’s not about how much you have in you, but how much you’re willing to give. ACC was all heart. I was hurting and my legs were gone but that drove me.”
Italee Lucas and She’la White added 12 each and all 12 players in uniform scored for UNC (26-8). Ashley Holliday had 17 for the Owls (9-21.)
This was the third straight season in which UNC played and won a regular-season home game after the ACC tournament. KSU played its first game in 11 days after losing in the Atlantic Sun Tournament.
North Carolina, runner-up in the ACC Tournament, went ahead 6-0 with the starters on the floor, then scored the next seven with a second five playing before Holliday hit a 3-pointer for KSU with 14:28 left in the half.
UNC led 52-27 at halftime. KSU was never closer than 18 in the second half.
“We didn’t really want to be bullies out there,” Lucas said. “This game has definitely been beneficial. It helped us get out the cobwebs going into the NCAA Tournament. It feels like we just got here not too long ago. This has been a wonderful experience.”
Kennesaw State finished its second season of full Division I membership.
“We played probably about as good as we could play,” Owls coach Colby Tilley said. “North Carolina has such a great team, and (Hatchell) was very good to us in that she played everybody sparingly and she let them all get in the game.”