BOSTON – Justin Edwards scored 29 points on 11-of-12 shooting to help Maine beat Northeastern on Wednesday night 76-73 in a nonconference men’s basketball game.
Edwards scored 18 points in the second half to help Maine (2-4) overcome a 40-35 halftime deficit.
After John Mesghna’s 3-pointer with 11:19 remaining tied the game at 57, Maine outscored Northeastern (4-3) 13-4 to take a 72-61 lead with under four minutes to play.
After the Huskies cut the deficit to one with 45 seconds left, Northeastern’s Demetrius Pollard missed a potential tying free throw.
Two free throws by Edwards extended the lead to three, 76-73, and Northeastern’s Quincy Ford missed a 3 at the buzzer to seal the victory for Maine.
Alasdair Fraser added 20 points for Maine.
Joel Smith scored 19 points to lead Northeastern.
WENTWORTH 59, UNE 47: Colin Johnson scored his 11 points in the first half to help the Leopards (3-2) take a 37-14 lead over the Nor’easters (1-5) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference opener at Biddeford.
Corey Therriault added 12 points for Wentworth, which extended the lead to 50-16 in the first five minutes of the second.
Charles Fenner III had 15 points for UNE.
(2) DUKE 73, (4) OHIO ST. 68: Mason Plumlee had 21 points and a career-high-tying 17 rebounds as the Blue Devils (7-0) stopped the Buckeyes (4-1) at Durham, N.C.
BOISE ST. 83, (11) CREIGHTON 70: Derrick Marks scored a career-high 35 points, including 18 straight in the second half, to give the Broncos (5-1) an upset win over the Bluejays (6-1) at Omaha, Neb.
MIAMI (FLA.) 67, (13) MICHIGAN ST. 59: Senior Trey McKinney Jones had a career-high 18 points as the Hurricanes (4-1) dumped the Spartans (5-2) at Coral Gables, Fla.
(22) ILLINOIS 75, GEORGIA TECH 62: Joseph Bertrand made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions and scored every point in a 10-0 run to help the Illini (8-0) beat the Yellow Jackets (4-2) at Champaign, Ill., in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge game.
(25) NEW MEXICO 76, MERCER 58: Alex Kirk had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Cameron Bairstow added a career-high 16 points as the Lobos (7-0) beat the Bears (3-4) at Albuquerque. way.
UNE 73, WENTWORTH 32: Beth Suggs had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Meghan Gribbin also scored 14 as the Nor’easters (3-1) rolled past the Leopards (2-2) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference opener at Biddeford.
BATES 63, UM-FARMINGTON 39: Taryn O’Connell scored 18 points, Allie Beaulieu had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bobcats (2-3) were 11 of 32 from 3-point range against the Beavers (0-4) at Lewiston.
(2) UCONN 101, COLGATE 41: Brianna Banks scored a career-high 20 points and Stefanie Dolson added 18 as the Huskies (6-0) topped the Raiders (2-4) at Hartford, Conn., to remain undefeated in November for the eighth consecutive year.
(4) DUKE 71, MICHIGAN 54: Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams scored 19 points each to help the Blue Devils (5-0) beat the Wolverines (5-2) at Ann Arbor, Mich.
(7) LOUISVILLE 76, EASTERN KENTUCKY 42: Sisters Jude and Shoni Schimmel scored 12 points each to lead the Cardinals (8-0) over the Colonels (3-3) at Louisville, Ky.
(8) GEORGIA 83, FURMAN 47: Khaalidah Miller scored 17 points as the Bulldogs (8-) topped the Paladins (3-2) at Athens, Ga.
(9) KENTUCKY 92, MIAMI (OHIO) 53: Bernisha Pinkett had career highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds as the wildcats (5-1) beat the RedHawks (3-3) at Louisville, Ky.
LSU: Athletic Director Joe Alleva said football coach Les Miles is getting a raise and an extension through 2019.
UCONN: President Susan Herbst said the school will remain a successful athletic institution despite not being invited to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Huskies were thought to be a leading contender to join the ACC as a replacement for Maryland, which announced last week that it was leaving for the Big 10.
But UConn was snubbed in favor of Louisville, which becomes the fifth Big East football program in just over a year to announce it is leaving for another conference.
UMAINE: Tessa Lindsley of Bath, a senior at Cheverus High, signed a letter of intent to swim for the Black Bears.
Lindsley, who also swam for the Long Reach Swim Club in Bath, will compete in sprints and the backstroke.