Cochran leads USM women to 12th victory

Posted Jan. 17, 2012, at 9:35 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 17, 2012, at 11:06 p.m.

BOSTON — Courtney Cochran scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead four players in double figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies used a balanced scoring effort to defeat the UMass Boston Beacons 83-60 in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Tuesday night at the Clark Athletic Center.

Nicole Garland added 14 points for 12-4 USM, Haley Jordan put in 13 and Erin McNamara netted 10. McNamara also had six assists and Garland had four.

Lauren Perra paced 5-11 UMD with 18 points.

Colby 70, UMPI 33

At Waterville, Diana Manduca had a game-high 15 points and Rachael Mack showed her outside shooting form with a 4-for-4 effort from 3-point range as the Colby rolled by University of Maine-Presque Isle.

Jil Vaughan added 14 points for 11-2 Colby, Jen Nale put in 11 and Aarika Ritchie netted nine.

Rashell Saucier scored 13 points to lead 5-10 UMPI and Renee Moore added nine.

UNE 61, E. Nazarene 32

At Quincy, Mass., Beth Suggs poured in 24 points to power the University of New England past Eastern Nazarene.

Kari Pelletier and Kelley Paradis each chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and three assists for the 10-3 winners.

Alexix Malloy paced 7-7 Eastern Nazarene with 15 points.

Men’s Basketball

USM 72, UMass Boston 71

At Boston, John Sewall drilled a long-range 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to deliver the University of Southern Maine Huskies a win over the UMass Boston Beacons in a Little East Conference game at the Clark Athletic Center in Boston.

It was Sewall’s only 3-point attempt of the game and he finished with six points.

Chris Pagentine paced 7-8 USM with 19 points and four assists while Conor Sullivan added 16 points and eight rebounds. Alex Kee chipped in with 11 points while Brandon Tomah contributed seven points and six assists.

Isaac Jenkins scored 22 points to lead 5-11 UMD.

Michigan 60, MSU 59

At Ann Arbour, Mich., Stu Douglass made a layup with 36.5 seconds remaining, and No. 20 Michigan held on through a wild final sequence to beat No. 9 Michigan State 60-59 on Tuesday night.

On Michigan State’s last possession, Keith Appling drove to the basket but had his shot blocked by Jordan Morgan. Brandon Wood of the Spartans came up with the ball, and Draymond Green was able to get another shot off from near the free throw line, but it missed.

Freshman Trey Burke scored 20 points for Michigan. He rebounded a miss by Appling in the final minute and turned it into a transition chance, eventually passing to Douglass for the winning layup.

Michigan (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) has won three straight over Michigan State (15-4, 4-2).

Derrick Nix led Michigan State with 13 points.

After the final shot, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo tracked down the officials to discuss something, but after a brief conversation the officials headed off the court.

It was the first meeting between the in-state rivals with both teams ranked since 1998.

Michigan led by four points early in the second half when Burke, a freshman, scored seven straight points. His 3-pointer gave the Wolverines their largest lead, 47-36.

Austin Thornton answered with a 3-pointer, the start of a 16-2 run by Michigan State. A 3-pointer by Wood — his first field goal after five misses — made it 47-44 and forced Michigan to take a timeout with 9:34 remaining. The Spartans finally took their first lead at 50-49 on a 3-pointer by Brandan Kearney from the left corner.

Michigan State led 57-53 when Burke made a free throw and Tim Hardaway Jr. added a shot from the perimeter. Thornton’s two free throws pushed the Spartans’ lead to three, but Hardaway made it 59-58 with a baseline drive.

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