POULTNEY, VT. — The University of Maine-Farmington Beavers closed the first half with a 6-0 surge for a 13-point lead en route to a 61-49 women’s basketball victory over Green Mountain College in North Atlantic Conference action Friday night.
A late addition to the starting lineup, freshman forward Holly Oliver led 6-10 UMF on both offense and defense with 14 points and eight rebounds. She also did a good job inside recording two blocked shots. Junior forward Kenni Norton added eight points in the win, while UMF received seven points from guards Bianca Stoutamyer and Rachel Clement.
Senior forward Millicent Hopper led the 0-11 Eagles with a double-double, recording a game-high 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Castleton 87, Thomas 39
At Castleton, Vt., Vanessa Powers led 10 Spartans on the score sheet with 21 points as Castleton State College raced out to a 40-point lead by halftime, and cruised by Thomas College in North Atlantic Conference action.
Powers was virtually unstoppable, making 10-of-15 form the field and grabbing six boards in 23 minutes of action for the 13-4 Spartans
Karin Bird (Lee, Maine) scored a team-high 19 points, including 13 after intermission to lead the 2-15 Terriers of Waterville.
Duke 81, Clemson 37
CLEMSON, S.C. — Tricia Liston scored 16 points and Elizabeth Williams added 14 to help No. 5 Duke remain perfect in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 81-37 victory over Clemson on Friday night.
The Blue Devils (17-2, 8-0 ACC) came in to Littlejohn Coliseum off an 80-72 win over No. 8 Maryland last Monday and didn’t miss a beat against the Tigers (5-13, 1-6), pulling away to their 11th consecutive win this season.
Duke, which has 15 straight victories over Clemson, used a 15-2 run the last five minutes of the opening half to gain control and continued the surge after the break. It was the eighth straight game they’ve defeated Clemson by 24 points or more.
Quinyotta Pettaway had 12 points to lead the Tigers, who scored just 13 points in the second half.
UMF 75, Green Mountain 42
At Poutney, Vt., Kevin Leary and Pet Sumner each scored 15 points to lead the UMaine-Farmington Beavers to victory.
Joe McCloskey chipped in with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds for 10-7 UMF while Yusuf Iman recorded nine assists.
UMF connected on 45.3 percent of its field-goal attempts (29 of 64) and held the Eagles to 33.3 percent (16 of 48).
Carnelius Green paced 3-12 Green Mountain with 13 points.
St. Joseph’s 69, Mount Ida 53
At Standish, the Monks battled back from a two-point halftime deficit and outscored Mount Ida 40-22 in the second half to record the victory.
Zach O’Brien paced the 6-10 Monks with 23 points and five assists while Matt Medeiros contributed 14 points and seven rebounds. Clark Noonan grabbed eight rebounds and Chris Petzy added nine points.
Isiah Benjamin scored 15 points to lead 3-6 Mount Ida.
Brown 66, Dartmouth 59
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Andrew McCarthy had 19 points, 11 rebounds and a school-record seven blocks as Brown rallied from an eight-point deficit to defeat Dartmouth 66-59 on Friday night.
Sean McGonagill added 11 points and 10 assists for Brown (7-13, 1-2 Ivy League), which won its second straight after a six-game losing streak and posted its sixth consecutive win in the series.
The Big Green (4-15, 0-3) used a 15-5 run to lead 48-40 with 12:44 remaining.
Despite a field-goal drought lasting 9:23, Dartmouth still held a 54-53 advantage when McGonagill’s 3-pointer gave Brown the lead for good with 3:07 left.
Stephen Albrecht added a trey for the Bears, who went 7 of 8 from the line to seal it, with McGonagill hitting 6 of 6.
Jean Harris added 15 points for Brown.
Jvonte Brooks scored 16 points to lead the Big Green, who have lost eight of their last nine games.
Siena 66, Marist 55
ALBANY, N.Y. — O.D. Anosike had his 16th straight double-double and Siena defeated Marist 66-55 on Friday night.
Anosike had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Siena beat the Red Foxes for the 10th straight time. Evan Hymes and Rob Poole each added 15 points for the Saints (10-10, 5-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), who won at home for the sixth time in a row.
Marist trailed 36-27 at halftime and cut the deficit to 47-45 before the Saints pulled away. An 11-4 run by Siena pushed the lead to 58-49 with 3:17 to play, then the Saints made 8 of 10 free throws in the final 1:12 to seal the win.
The Red Foxes shot only 28.3 percent (17 of 60) from the field.
Chavaughn Lewis scored 21 points while T.J. Curry and Devin Price added 11 apiece for Marist (7-13, 2-7), which has lost six in a row.
Wright St. 47, Loyola 41
DAYTON, Ohio — Julius Mays scored 16 points and Wright State used a huge second-half run to overcome a six-point deficit and defeat Loyola (Ill.) 47-41 Friday night, sweeping the season series.
The point total was a season-low in a winning effort for the Raiders (11-12, 6-5 Horizon League), who shot only 33.3 percent (16 of 48) while winning their second straight game.
Wright State, which also won 64-48 on Dec. 29, scored 20 points off 22 Ramblers turnovers while committing only eight miscues.
Loyola (5-16, 0-11) lost its ninth straight game and matched its lowest point total of the season — set in a 59-41 loss at Milwaukee on Dec. 1.
The Ramblers led 20-17 at halftime and 27-21 with 15:27 remaining, but did not score again for 9:39 as the Raiders went on a 15-0 spree.
Ben Averkamp and Jordan Hicks each had 10 points and nine rebounds for Loyola.
SC-Upstate 58, E. Tenn. 54
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Jodd Maxey scored 16 points and South Carolina-Upstate rallied in the second half and held on for a 58-54 win over East Tennessee State on Friday night.
The Spartans trailed 47-45 before launching a 13-0 run to grab a 58-47 lead with 19 seconds remaining. The rally was capped by two free throws by Ricardo Glenn. East Tennessee State answered with seven straight points, including a dunk at the buzzer by Adam Sollazzo.
Torrey Craig had 11 points and 10 rebounds while Glenn pulled down 17 rebounds for the Spartans (13-9, 7-3) Atlantic Sun Conference), who have won three games in a row. Ty Greene and Mario Blessing each added 11 points for the Spartans.
Sheldon Cooley scored 14 points, while Isiah Brown and Sollazzo had 11 apiece for the Bucs (10-10, 5-5), who dropped their third in a row. Brown surpassed 1,000 points in his career.