BANGOR — Thelbert Green scored 21 points to lead Eastern Maine Community College to a 68-66 men’s basketball victory over Central Maine CC of Auburn Tuesday night.
Edson Pierre chipped in with 16 points for 6-1 EMCC and Mike Baltimore added 13.
Nick Hinkley paced 5-3 CMCC with 22 points, Curtis Miller added 15 and Alonzo James put in 13.
EMCC took a 36-29 lead at the half.
Ohio State 81, No. 7 Florida 74
COLUMBUS, Ohio — William Buford scored 21 points and No. 3 Ohio State weathered Florida’s fast start to beat the Gators.
Jared Sullinger added 16 points, Deshaun Thomas had 15 and Aaron Craft 13 points and seven assists for the Buckeyes (2-0), who forced 16 turnovers and hit 27 of 34 free throws to pull away in the second half.
Freshman Bradley Beal had 17 points and Kenny Boynton 15 for the Gators (1-1), who have never beaten a top-3 team in a true road game. Down as much as 16 points, they got as close as five with under a minute left before Buford sealed it with two foul shots.
Syracuse 98, Albany 74
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Kris Joseph and James Southerland each scored 19 points to lead the Orange to the win in the NIT Season Tipoff.
Syracuse (3-0) advances to the tournament semifinals against Virginia Tech in New York.
The Orange beat Manhattan 92-56 in the first round on Monday night with a high-tempo attack that produced 42 points on the fast break, while the reserves contributed 50 points. This time they dominated the boards early to take charge against Albany (1-2).
Gerardo Suero had 31 points, Logan Aronhalt added 20 and Mike Black had 11 for the Great Danes, who scored 26 points from the free throw line to 12 for the Orange.
Memphis 97, Belmont 81
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Will Barton scored 23 points and Wesley Witherspoon added 22 to lead the Tigers, who shot 7 of 14 from 3-point range.
Joe Jackson added 20 points and seven assists, and freshman Adonis Thomas scored 12 for Memphis (1-0).
J.J. Mann scored 18 points and Ian Clark had 16 for Belmont (0-2), which was coming off a 77-76 loss at No. 6 Duke last Friday. Kerron Johnson chipped in 13 points.
Memphis led by 12 in the first half before taking a 46-39 advantage into the break. The Tigers extended the lead to 18 by hitting 10 of their first 14 shots after halftime.
Baylor 77, San Diego State 67
WACO, Texas — Senior Quincy Acy and freshman Quincy Miller sparked an 18-5 run in the second half to lead the Bears.
Miller, a 6-foot-9 forward, had 20 points and has led the Bears (3-0) in scoring in all three games this season. Acy finished with 13 points.
The game was tied at 32 early in the second half before the two Quincys took control. Miller scored seven points during the 5-minute spurt, while Acy added nine.
Chase Tapley had 28 points with eight 3-pointers to lead San Diego State (3-1), which won 34 games last season and went the NCAA round of 16.