Four Maine teams suffer losses in national basketball tourney

Posted March 08, 2012, at 9:34 p.m.

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — Thursday was a tough day for Maine small colleges in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s national tourney as the University of Maine-Fort Kent, Eastern Maine Community College and UM-Machias men’s teams and the Central Maine CC women’s team all suffered losses.

Andrews (Mich.) rolled by EMCC 99-47 in a Division II quarterfinal while, in the consolation round, Washington Adventist beat UMFK 95-75 in Div. I and Penn State Fayette defeated UMM 107-69 in Div. II.

Robert Morris University-Springfield beat Central Maine CC 74-50 in the women’s consolation round.

In the Div. II quarterfinal, All-American honorable mention Mattew Little shot 85 percent from the field, including 6-of-7 from 3-point land, and finished with 32 points to lead Andrews past EMCC.

John Caputo paced EMCC with 13 points while Michael Baltimore, Edson Pierre and Kyle Pluchino each added eight. Andrews outrebounded EMCC 40-19.

EMCC will play an 11 a.m. consolation game Friday against Penn State Beaver.

In the Div. I consolation, Washington Adventist used a balanced scoring attack, with four players in double-digit scoring, to beat UMFK. Daray Hill led the winners with 25 points.

Manny Odugbela paced UMFK with 29 points while Othniel Hyliger chipped in with 18 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

In the Div. II consolation, David Winns poured in 35 points to lead Penn State Fayette past UM-Machias.

David Mendez scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead UMM. Floyd Higgins contributed 13 points and Zach Armstrong netted 10.

In the women’s consolation game, Ashley Beal paced RMU Springfield with 20 points.

Danielle McCusker recorded 11 points and five rebounds to lead UMM. Maggie Sabine added 10 points and Teira Durgin had nine.

Syracuse 58, UConn 55

NEW YORK — Dion Waiters had 18 points and James Southerland scored all 10 of his points in the final 8 minutes to lead No. 2 Syracuse to a 58-55 victory over Connecticut on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament, snapping the Huskies’ 13-game postseason winning streak.

The top-seeded Orange (31-1) won their 11th straight game overall and advanced to face Cincinnati in the semifinals Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

But not before these rivals added another chapter to their Big East tournament history.

Shabazz Napier had 15 points and Andre Drummond added 14 for the ninth-seeded Huskies (20-13), who were trying to duplicate last year’s first-ever five-game run to the Big East tournament title that was followed by a six-game streak that brought the school its third national championship.

In the semifinals last year, Connecticut beat the Orange 76-71 in overtime. In the previous meeting in the tournament in 2009, Syracuse won 127-117 in a six-overtime quarterfinal.

Cincinnati 72, Georgetown 70

Cashmere Wright banked in a runner with 7.6 seconds left, and Cincinnati beat Georgetown in another multiple-OT classic at the Big East tournament.

The fourth-seeded Bearcats (23-9) trailed by 11 points midway through the second half of the quarterfinal but rallied behind Yancy Gates, who scored 23 points in his back-and-forth, big-man duel with Henry Sims.

Gates scored twice in the last 2 minutes of regulation to give the Bearcats their first lead since midway through the first half. The Hoyas’ Otto Porter sent the game to overtime when his jumper bounced in with 3.6 seconds remaining. Sims, who had 22 points and 15 rebounds, hit a layup at the buzzer to force a second OT for the Hoyas (23-8). Well out of his range, Sims missed a potential winning 3-pointer at the end.

Kansas 83, Texas A&M 66

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 26 points, and Kansas began pursuit of its third straight Big 12 tournament title with a victory over Texas A&M in the quarterfinals.

Thomas Robinson, the conference player of the year, finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and All-Big 12 guard Tyshawn Taylor added 16 points for the Jayhawks (27-5).

They’ll play Baylor on Friday.

Khris Middleton led Texas A&M (14-18) with 24 points, though he didn’t get a whole lot of help. Leading scorer Elston Turner was held to eight points on 3-of-11 shooting.

Baylor 82, Kansas State 74

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Perry Jones III scored a career-high 31 points, hitting 11 of 14 shots, to help Baylor beat Kansas State in the Big 12 tournament.

The 6-foot-11 Jones also had 11 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Bears (26-6).

Brady Heslip had 15 points and Pierre Jackson added 13 points and eight assists for Baylor, which shot a sizzling 57 percent. Jordan Henriquez, often left unattended in the middle of Baylor’s zone defense, scored a career-high 22 points for Kansas State (21-10).

Indiana 75, Penn St. 58

INDIANAPOLIS — Jordan Hulls scored 20 points, Cody Zeller had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Indiana beat Penn State to end a six-game losing streak in tournament play.

The Hoosiers (25-7) won for the first time in the postseason since the first round of the 2007 NCAA tournament. They hadn’t won in the Big Ten tournament since a victory over Wisconsin on March 10, 2006.

Indiana will face No. 14 Wisconsin on Friday in the quarterfinals.

Tim Frazier scored 19 of his 26 points in the first half for Penn State. The Nittany Lions finished 12-20 in their first season under coach Patrick Chambers.

San Diego St. 65, Boise St. 62

LAS VEGAS — Jamaal Franklin made an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer to push top-seeded San Diego State past eighth-seeded Boise State in the Mountain West Conference tournament opener.

Franklin lifted the Aztecs (25-6) after they got sloppy against the scrappy Broncos (13-17).

The Aztecs squandered an eight-point lead in the final 3 minutes. Xavier Thames’ turnover against a full-court press set up Boise State’s Thomas Bropleh for an inside shot to tie at 62 with 26 seconds left.

Chase Tapley scored 20 for the Aztecs, Franklin had 19 and Thames 14.

Anthony Drmic had 19 points for the Broncos.

San Diego State will face Colorado State on Friday night in the semifinals. The Rams beat TCU 81-60.

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