NEWTON, Mass. – Freshman forward John Fortes finished with 20 points to propel Mount Ida to a 69-52 men’s basketball win over St. Joseph’s on Monday night.
For the Monks (12-7), junior forward Nicholas Jobin notched a game-high 21 points and four rebounds while junior guard Matthew Medeiros added seven points, six assists and five rebounds.
Mt. Ida (6-14) held a 30-27 lead at halftime, but the Mustangs then put on a 19-4 run midway through the second half. Swarming defense forced 21 turnovers and held St. Joseph’s to 29 percent shooting from the floor.
(2) KANSAS 61, WEST VIRGINIA 56: Travis Releford and Jeff Withey both scored 15 points and Kansas (19-1, 7-0 Big 12) nearly relinquished a double-digit lead before beating West Virginia at Morgantown, W. Va., extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 18 games.
(12) LOUISVILLE 64, PITTSBURGH 61: Russ Smith and Gorgui Dieng combined for 34 points and sealed the game with four free throws in the final 12 seconds as the Cardinals (17-4, 5-3 Big East) ended a three-game losing streak with a win at home.
Louisville, which has slumped since being No. 1 two weeks ago, saw an 11-point second-half lead cut to 60-58 on Tray Woodall’s 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds remaining.
Pittsburgh (17-5, 5-4) had its four-game winning streak stopped.
(25) MARQUETTE 63, SOUTH FLORIDA 50: Vander Blue scored a career-high 30 points to lead Marquette (15-4, 6-1) to a win at Milwaukee, as the Golden Eagles moved into a first-place tie with Syracuse in the Big East.
SYRACUSE: Freshman forward Dajuan Coleman will have a surgical procedure on his left knee Tuesday.
The 6-foot-9, 288-pound Coleman, who has started all 20 of the sixth-ranked Orange’s games this season, is expected to miss four weeks. He was averaging 5.0 points.
(2) NOTRE DAME 77, TENESSEE 67: Skylar Diggins scored a career-high 33 points and Notre Dame (19-1) built a 19-point lead in the second half before withstanding a late Tennessee rally in a win at Knoxville, Tenn.
Notre Dame won its 14th straight game and snapped the Lady Vols’ nine-game winning streak.
Before the game, Tennessee raised a banner at Thompson-Boling Arena in honor of former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, who stepped down in April after winning eight national titles in 38 seasons.