Providence hands UMaine men’s basketball team 8th straight loss

Posted Dec. 21, 2013, at 5:22 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 22, 2013, at 5:37 p.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Kadeem Batts and Bryce Cotton each posted a double-double Saturday afternoon to power Providence College to a 94-70 men’s basketball victory over the University of Maine.

Batts loggged 22 points and 11 rebounds while Cotton registered 22 points and 10 assists as the Friars of the Atlantic 10 Conference rolled in front of 5,328 fan at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

It was the eighth consecutive loss for coach Ted Woodward’s UMaine ballclub (1-9).

Providence placed five players in double figures, including Tyler Harris (18), LaDontae Henton and Josh Fortune. The Friars (10-2) also made 11 3-point baskets and dominated the rebounding to the tune of 46-23. They grabbed 24 offensive boards.

Junior guard Zarko Valjarevic led the Black Bears with 16 points on the strength of four 3-pointers. Classmate Xavier Pollard finished with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and a blocked shot.

Freshman Christian Ejiga aded eight points for UMaine, which shot 51 percent (29-for-57) from the floor.

The Bears hung around for the first 12 minutes, but Providence quickly ended the suspense. Batts scored six points amidst a 10-0 surge that extended an 11-point lead to a 45-24 advantage with 6:09 remaining in the first half.

UMaine never got closer than 18 points after that and trailed by as many as 31 points in the second half.

The Bears return to action Dec. 29 against Middle Tennessee.

Auburn 77, Boston College 67

KT Harrell’s 29 points and six 3-pointers, both career highs, carried the host Tigers over the Eagles in the final game for both teams before the Christmas break.

Harrell, a transfer from Virginia who sat out last season, shot 10-of-17 from the floor, including 6-of-10 on his 3-point attempts, to shoulder the load for Auburn (6-3). Chris Denson, the Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer at nearly 20 points per game, finished with 15 points and Tahj Shamsid-Deen added 14 points for the Tigers, who connected on 10 3-pointers.

Olivier Hanlan had 20 points in the second half to finish with a team-high 28 for Boston College (4-8) in its first game ever at Auburn. Ryan Anderson, who had been averaging 16.9 points, finished with 11 points off the bench on 3-of-7 shooting.

Vaughn 90, SMCC 86

At Flushing, N.Y., to lift Vaughn College to victory over Southern Maine Community College of South Portland on Saturday.

Tong Akot scored 18 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to spark the 12-3 Seawolves, who recieved 19 points, five assists and four steals from Jose Nouchanthavong. Scott Proudman and Atencio Martin tallied 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Jeff Noel led Vaughn with 20 points.

Women’s Basketball

SMCC 93, Vaughn 15

At Flushing, N.Y., the Seawolves made 32 steals Saturday en route to the rout of the Warriors.

Danielle McCusker scored 17 points and Nyalieb Deng tallied 14 points and nine rebounds, while both grabbed seven steals. Maria Veino chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds and Yaritz Tejada scored 11 points.

Duke 69, Kentucky 61

Tricia Liston scored a season-high 28 points and Elizabeth Williams added 17 as the Blue Devils handed the Wildcats their first loss before a sold-out crowd at Rupp Arena.

Alexis Jones collected nine points and nine rebounds for Duke (12-1), which won its second straight following an 83-61 loss to top-ranked Connecticut last Tuesday. The victory snapped Kentucky’s 44-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents.

Janee Thompson led Kentucky (11-1) with 12 points and Samarie Walker contributed eight points and 13 rebounds. The Wildcats trailed 36-24 at halftime after shooting 29 percent from the field before making a late charge in the second half.

Thompson converted two free throws to cut the deficit to 59-55 with 6:07 remaining, but Duke answered with an 8-2 run to secure the win. Kentucky, playing without injured leading scorer DeNesha Stallworth, shot 33.3 percent from the field and missed 12 of its 15 shots from 3-point range.

Haley Peters chipped in nine points and seven rebounds for the Blue Devils, who snapped a five-game road losing streak against top-five ranked opponents. Duke won despite committing 18 turnovers and shooting 2-for-11 from beyond the arc.

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