CLERMONT, Fla. – The Bowdoin softball team completed a busy day on its Florida trip with one victory in three games on Monday.

The Polar Bears (8-4) took a 4-1 decision over Allegheny (3-2) in their first game, then were held to one hit by Molly Rathbun in a 3-0 loss to Eastern Connecticut State (5-1) before losing 2-1 in eight innings to the University of Chicago in their final game of the day.

Tricia Thibodeau held Allegheny to two hits in the opener; Kara Nilan went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, and Shavonne Lord had two RBI.

Priscilla Alicea led Eastern Connecticut’s offense with two hits, a double and two RBI.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

USM 15, MIT 13: Jessica Knight scored six goals and Jessica Martineau had three goals and an assist as the Huskies (2-1) defeated the Engineers (2-1) at West Palm Beach, Fla.

Martineau scored her goals during a string of five straight that gave Southern Maine a 12-10 lead with 8:28 remaining. MIT twice pulled within one, but Knight scored twice in the last two minutes to help seal it.

Shelby Turcotte also had three goals for the Huskies.

 

COLBY 11, STEVENS 8: Kathleen Kramer scored three times and the Mules (5-0) used seven unanswered goals to take an 11-6 lead over the Ducks (4-1) at Hoboken, N.J.

With Colby trailing 6-4, Kate Pistel scored twice in a span of 4:40 to tie it with 16:17 remaining, and Kramer put Colby ahead less than a minute later.

Clare Donegan also scored twice for the Mules.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

NIT: Delroy James scored 34 points and Rhode Island (25-9) held off Nevada (21-13) 85-83 in the second round at Kingston, R.I.

Brandon Fields led the Wolf Pack with 25 points, but Rhode Island held Western Athletic Conference player of the year Luke Babbitt to 14 points, eight below his season average.

Rhode Island scored the last five points of the first half to take a 42-37 lead.

• Dorenzo Hudson scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the second half to lift Virginia Tech (25-8) to a 65-63 win over Connecticut (18-16) at Blacksburg, Va.

Hudson hit a 17-foot jumper with 14.1 seconds to go to give the Hokies a 64-63 lead.

• Illinois (20-14) used a big second-half run to beat Kent State (24-9) 75-58 and advance to the quarterfinals at Champaign, Ill.

With the game tied at 31 at halftime, Illinois went on an 18-7 run after the break to take control. The Illini pounded the ball inside to score 40 points in the paint. Mike Davis had 16 points and 16 rebounds for his 15th double-double this season, and Mike Tisdale had 17 points.

Kent State converted only 10 of 18 attempts at the free-throw line (55.6 percent) while shooting 38.9 percent from the field.

Justin Greene led the Golden Flashes with 15 points.

NOTES

HOUSTON: Tom Penders resigned as men’s basketball coach at Houston, ending a six-year tenure that culminated in the Cougars’ first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1992.

The Cougars qualified after winning the Conference USA tournament, but lost to Maryland 89-77 in the first round Friday night.

The 64-year-old Penders has won 648 games in more than 30 years as a head coach. He was 121-77 at Houston.

 

MEMPHIS: After the NCAA rejected its appeal, Memphis must vacate its record 38-win men’s basketball season from 2007-08.

The NCAA announced that its Infractions Appeal Committee ruled against Memphis, which was found to have used an ineligible player, believed to be Derrick Rose. The Tigers lost in overtime to Kansas in the national championship game that season.

The NCAA originally ordered Memphis to vacate the season and forfeit money on Aug. 20. Memphis appealed, arguing the penalties were unprecedented and that the school was held to a strict liability when Rose was ruled retroactively ineligible for an SAT score that was invalidated by the Educational Testing Service in May 2008.

 

OKLAHOMA STATE: Big 12 men’s basketball player of the year James Anderson said he will skip his senior season and enter his name in the NBA draft.

Anderson averaged 22.3 points while leading the Cowboys into the NCAA tournament for a second straight year.

 

EAST CAROLINA: Former Auburn coach Jeff Lebo has been hired to replace Mack McCarthy as men’s basketball coach at East Carolina.

McCarthy stepped down after three seasons to take a fundraising job in the school’s athletic department. Lebo spent the past six seasons at Auburn, going 96-93 before he was fired earlier this month.

 

MICHIGAN STATE: Kalin Lucas will miss the rest of the NCAA tournament after an MRI confirmed he ruptured his left Achilles tendon Sunday in an 85-83 second-round win over Maryland.

Lucas leads the Spartans in points and assists.

 

AUSTIN STATE: Lee Ann Riley resigned as women’s basketball coach at Stephen F. Austin State University, Athletic Director Robert Hill announced.