AMHERST, Mass. — Josh Chery put in the winning layup with five seconds remaining, and top-seeded Amherst survived with a 71-70 victory over No. 8 Bowdoin on Saturday in a NESCAC men’s basketball quarterfinal.

Bowdoin (15-9) led by as many as 10 points early in the first half but Amherst (17-8) roared back to take a 37-36 halftime lead.

The Polar Bears opened the second half on a 10-0 run but the Mammoths pulled even at 58-58 with 4:38 left.

Jack Simonds scored a game-high 25 points for Bowdoin.

ST. JOSEPH’S 84, NORWICH 68: Darian Berry scored 30 points while making 7 of 10 3-point attempts, and the Monks (16-9, 11-5 GNAC) got past Norwich (10-15, 7-9) in their regular-season finale at Standish.

Quinn Richardson-Newton added 12 points for St. Joseph’s.

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 111, UNE 89: Reserve EJ Day scored 24 points to lead seven players in double figures, and the Golden Bears (11-14, 7-11 Commonwealth Coast) pulled away from the University of New England (12-13, 10-8) at Springfield, Massachusetts.

Daron Hoges Jr. led UNE with 15 points on five 3-pointers.

EASTERN CONNECTICUT 89, SOUTHERN MAINE 42: Jacob Collins had 16 points to lead five Warriors (21-3, 12-1 Little East) in double figures as they cruised past the Huskies (5-19, 3-10) in a season finale in Willimantic, Connecticut.

Southern Maine finished as the Little East seventh seed and will play at No. 2 Keene State in the conference quarterfinals.

(2) MICHIGAN STATE 65, NORTHWESTERN 60: Cassius Winston scored 17 points, and the Spartans (26-3, 14-2 Big Ten) erased a 27-point deficit to beat Northwestern (15-13, 6-9) at Rosemont, Illinois, and extend their winning streak to 10.

(3) VILLANOVA 95, (4) XAVIER 79: Mikal Bridges led an early 3-point shooting spurt that put Villanova in control, and the Wildcats (24-3, 11-3) beat Xavier (24-4, 12-3) at Cincinnati in a showdown for Big East lead.

SOUTH CAROLINA 84, (10) AUBURN 75: Frank Booker scored 19 points, and host South Carolina (14-13, 5-9 SEC) built a 26-point lead before holding on to defeat Auburn (23-4, 11-3), ending the Gamecocks’ six-game losing streak.

ARKANSAS 94, (21) TEXAS A&M 75: Jaylen Barford scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the host Razorbacks (19-8, 8-6 SEC) past Texas A&M (17-10, 6-8) for their fourth straight win.


ST. JOSEPH’S 80, NORWICH 48: Kelsi McNamara had 15 of her game-high 20 points in the first quarter, and the Monks (24-1, 16-0 GNAC) rolled past the Cadets (10-14, 7-9) at Standish to close the regular season with a 23rd straight victory.

Emily Benway added 17 points for St. Joseph’s, while Julia Champagne chipped in with 11.

BOWDOIN 77, WILLIAMS 35: The No. 2 Polar Bears (22-1) took a 22-4 first-quarter lead and rolled to past the seventh-seeded Ephs (12-13) in a NESCAC quarterfinal at Brunswick.

Kate Kerrigan had 16 points, five rebounds and four assists for Bowdoin, which faces No. 3 Tufts in a semifinal Saturday at Amherst, Massachusetts.

UM-AUGUSTA 65, SMCC 52: Caitlin LaFountain had 14 points for the second-seeded Moose (22-4) in their victory over third-seeded Southern Maine CC (19-9) in a Yankee Small College Conference semifinal at Concord, New Hampshire.

Amanda Brett had 14 points and 10 boards for the Seawolves.

EASTERN CONNECTICUT 62, SOUTHERN MAINE 54: Kristen Curley had 15 points and five rebounds for the Huskies (13-12, 9-5 Little East) in a loss to Eastern Connecticut (10-14, 7-6) in their season finale at Willimantic, Connecticut.

Southern Maine will be the third seed in the Little East tournament and will host No. 6 Keene State on Tuesday night.

UNE 61, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 54: Olivia Shaw had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the Nor’easters (20-5, 16-2 CCC) closed on an 11-0 run get past the Golden Bears (16-9, 12-6) at Springfield, Massachusetts.

Sam MacDonald added 15 points for UNE, which clinched the top seed in the CCC tournament and will host No. 8 Eastern Nazarene on Tuesday night.

(3) BAYLOR 88, KANSAS 51: Kristy Wallace scored 26 points, Kalani Brown added 20 and Baylor (25-1, 15-0 Big 12) beat Kansas (12-14, 2-13) at Waco, Texas.

(6) TEXAS 77, (21) OKLAHOMA STATE 62: Brooke McCarty scored 17 points to help the Longhorns (22-4, 13-2 Big 12) win at Oklahoma State (18-8, 9-6) for their seventh straight victory.


BOSTON COLLEGE 5, MAINE 0: Casey Fitzgerald and Logan Hutsko each had a goal and an assist as the Eagles (15-13-3, 15-5 Hockey East) dominated the Black Bears (16-11-4, 10-8-3) at Orono.

Joe Woll made 33 saves for the shutout. Jeremy Swayman and Rob McGovern combined to stop 28 shots for Maine.

COLBY 3, TUFTS 0: Nick O’Connor, Thomas Stahlhuth and Mario Benicky provided goals, Sean Lawrence turned 30 shots, and the Mules (12-10-2, 9-7-2 NESCAC) shut out the Jumbos (5-15-4, 4-11-3) at Malden, Massachusetts.

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 7, BOWDOIN 3: Paul Capozzi scored twice, and the Camels (10-10-4, 9-5-6 NESCAC) used four second-period goals to beat the Polar Bears (8-16-0, 5-13-0) at New London, Connecticut.

Cody Todesco had a goal and an assist for Bowdoin.

UNE 6, WENTWORTH 3: Jeff Eppright scored and had two assists, and the third-seeded Nor’easters (19-4-3) jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead in a win over the sixth-seeded Leopards (9-14-3) in a Commonwealth Coast quarterfinal at Biddeford.

UNE plays No. 2 Endicott in the semifinals Saturday.


BOSTON COLLEGE 3, MAINE 1: Erin Connolly, Caitrin Lonergan and Ryan Little scored for the Eagles (28-3-3, 19-2-3 Hockey East) as they cruised past the Black Bears (17-12-5, 11-9-4) at Orono. Brittany Kucera scored for Maine.

PLYMOUTH STATE 3, UNE 2: Sydney Linnick scored 13:15 into overtime, and the fourth-seeded Panthers (8-13-4) slipped past the No. 5 Nor’easters (9-9-7) in an NEHC quarterfinal game at Plymouth, New Hampshire. Katie Babineau and Carly Perreault scored for UNE.

BOWDOIN 4, TRINITY 1: The Polar Bears (12-8-3, 6-7-3 NESCAC) scored the final four goals to close their season with a victory over the Bantams (7-16-1, 3-12-1) at Brunswick.

Julie Dachille, Brooke Solomon, Tala Glass and Julia Surgenor provided the scoring.

COLBY 2, ENDICOTT 1: Carly Thomas scored 4:40 into overtime to lift the Mules (8-12-4) over the Gulls (18-5-2) at Waterville. Colby’s Natalie Maus and Endicott’s Maggie Leyo traded second-period goals.

CASTLETON 5, SOUTHERN MAINE 2: Aimee Briand had a goal and two assists as the Spartans (13-12-1) defeated the Huskies (8-17-1) in an NEHC quarterfinal at Rutland, Vermont.

Amanda Piknick scored both Southern Maine goals.


TEXAS TECH SWEEPS MAINE: The Red Raiders (3-0) had 13 hits and drew 10 walks as they rolled to a 12-1 win over the Black Bears (0-3) in the first game of a doubleheader at Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the second game 12-5.

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