FARMINGTON — Pet Sumner scored 27 points and Ben Johnson added 25 to power the University of Maine-Farmington Beavers past the Saint Joseph’s College Monks of Standish, 83-74 in men’s basketball action Monday night.
Johnson sparked UMF’s strong inside game with nine rebounds as the Beavers outrebounded the Monks 41-14.
Andrew Dickey chipped in with 11 points for UMF and Garrett Clemmer added 10.
Nich Jobin scored 16 points to lead St. Joe’s while Steve Simonds and Zach Blodgett each put in 13. Matt Medeiros added 12 points and Craig Luschenat had 11.
UMF improved to 2-2 while St. Joe’s slipped to 1-3.
Julius Randle posted his sixth consecutive double-double and the host Wildcats found just enough offense down the stretch to spoil the Vikings’ upset bid in the Keightley Classic.
Fourth-ranked Kentucky (5-1) shot just 35.8 percent from the field and trailed most of the night before closing the game with a 24-7 run. Randle scored 15 points with 15 rebounds, and Willie Cauley-Stein added 11 points and four blocked shots.
Bryn Forbes led Cleveland State (3-3) with 22 points, and Trey Lewis scored 15 points as the Vikings led by as many as 11 points in the second half before faltering down the stretch. Cleveland State shot 2-of-11 from the field in the final eight minutes.
Kentucky trailed 54-44 with seven minutes left but scored 12 consecutive points, James Young’s jumper from the left wing pushing the Wildcats ahead 56-54 with 3:20 remaining. Forbes put the Vikings up 57-56 on a 3-pointer 15 seconds later, but Harrison’s layup with 2:08 to play gave Kentucky the lead for keeps.
The Vikings held a 19-10 advantage eight minutes into the opening half, but a 15-3 spurt pushed the Wildcats up 25-22 on two Cauley-Stein free throws with 5:40 remaining in the half. But Cleveland State closed the half with a 9-2 run, scoring the final seven points to take a 31-27 advantage into the locker room, and pushed its lead to 44-33 on Lewis’ layup with 14:13 to play.
C.J. Fair scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Orange won their opening game at the Maui Invitational.
Trevor Cooney contributed 15 points on 5-for-11 shooting from 3-point range for Syracuse, which will play California in Tuesday’s semifinals. Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant contributed 12 points apiece for the Orange (5-0).
Malik Smith scored 16 points off the bench to lead Minnesota (5-1). Andre Hollins added 14 points and Austin Hollins tallied 11 while Elliott Eliason contributed nine rebounds and five blocks for the Gophers.
Cooney made two 3-pointers in the first four minutes as the Orange quickly jumped out to a 10-point lead. Cooney had 12 points in the first half as the Gophers closed the gap to 39-36 at the break.
The deficit was only two when Fair hit a pull-up jumper with 1:45 remaining to double Syracuse’s lead and the Gophers were unable to crawl any closer. The Gophers converted one field goal in the final five minutes on a jumper from Austin Hollins with 11 seconds left.
At Farmington, Saint Joseph’s snapped a 28-28 halftime tie by outscoring UMaine-Farmington 30-16 in the second half and improved to 4-1.
Abby Young sparked St. Joe’s of Standish with 20 points and six rebounds while Lindsay Moore contributed with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Lindsay Ranquist paced UMF (1-3) with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Meghan Smith chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.