BANGOR — Carson Puriefoy scored 24 points as Stony Brook held off a late rally to beat Maine, 83-79 Sunday.
Stony Brook maintained its place one game behind Vermont atop the America East Conference standings, with a game at Burlington Thursday for a first-place showdown.
Eric McAlister and Jameel Warney each pumped in 15 points for Stony Brook, with Anthony Jackson adding another 14. The Seawolves were 30 of 66 from the field and were 19 of 23 from the free throw line.
Xavier Pollard and Till Gloger each scored 21 points for Maine, with Shaun Lawton adding 10 points. Pollard also pulled down 11 rebounds.
Maine shot 52.8 percent from the field (28 of 53) but was outrebounded by the Seawolves 37-30 and managed just five offensive boards while committing 15 turnovers.
The Seawolves improved to 20-8, 12-2 America East while the Black Bears fell to 5-21 and 3-11.
(11) CREIGHTON 72, SETON HALL 71: Doug McDermott had 29 points to become one of the top 10 scorers in college basketball history, and the Bluejays (23-4, 13-2 Big East) survived shaky free-throw shooting at the end to post a hard-earned victory over the host Pirates (14-13, 5-9).
Grant Gibbs added a season-high 16 points, and the Bluejays took a half-game lead over Villanova in the conference standings.
Fuquan Edwin had 21 points to lead the Pirates, who have lost four of five.
Creighton missed five of its last six free throws, allowing Seton Hall to stay in the game. McDermott, an 89 percent foul shooter, missed two before Austin Chatman fouled Edwin on the other end. Edwin made both free throws to make it a one-point game with 8.2 seconds left.
Ethan Wragge missed two free throws with 4 seconds left, but Edwin’s desperation 3-pointer bounced off the backboard.
(20) MICHIGAN 79, (13) MICHIGAN STATE 70: Nik Stauskas scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half and the Wolverines (19-7, 11-3) beat the Spartans (22-6, 11-4) to take over first place in the Big Ten.
Caris LeVert added 23 points for the Wolverines, who won both regular-season meetings against their in-state rivals. Michigan has now won six of eight against Michigan State.
The Spartans led by as many as 11 in the first half, but Michigan State was only up 36-34 at halftime. Then Stauskas and LeVert led a second-half charge.
The Wolverines trailed 52-51 before going on a decisive 17-4 run that sent the Crisler Center crowd into delirium.
SMU 64, (21) CONNECTICUT 55: Nick Russell and Nic Moore each scored 15 points to lead the Mustangs (22-6, 11-4 American Athletic Conference) to a win at Storrs, Conn., and a sweep of their season series with the Huskies (21-6, 9-5).
Markus Kennedy added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Mustangs, who have won 11 of their last 13 games.
The Huskies had won four in a row and 10 of 12.
CLEMSON 10, MAINE 2: The Black Bears (1-5) jumped out to an early lead, but couldn’t hold off the Tigers (5-1) at Clemson, S.C.
Brenden Geary went 2 for 4. Sam Balzano and Troy Black scored Maine’s runs.
(2) NOTRE DAME 81, (7) DUKE 70: Kayla McBride scored 31 points and the Irish (27-0, 14-0) jumped to an 18-point lead early and held on to beat the host Blue Devils (24-4, 11-3) to claim the Atlantic Coast Conference title in their inaugural season in the league.
(3) LOUISVILLE 73, (25) RUTGERS 58: Asia Taylor had 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead the host Cardinals (27-2, 15-1 AAC) over Rutgers (20-6, 11-4).
(4) SOUTH CAROLINA 69, FLORIDA 55: Tiffany Mitchell scored 20 points while Alaina Coates added 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Gamecocks (25-2, 13-1 SEC) won their ninth straight with a victory at Florida (17-10, 7-7).
(8) MARYLAND 79, GEORGIA TECH 62: Alyssa Thomas had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Katie Rutan and Brionna Jones each added 15 points and the Terrapins (22-5, 10-4 ACC) beat the host Yellow Jackets (17-10, 7-7).
(10) TENNESSEE 56, MISSOURI 50: Meighan Simmons scored 20 points and Mercedes Russell grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Vols (22-5, 11-3 SEC) win against the host Tigers (16-11, 5-9).
VA. TECH 50, (11) NORTH CAROLINA 47: Vanessa Panousis tied a career-high with 24 points as Virginia Tech (13-14, 3-11 ACC) won for the first time in 10 tries at UNC (21-7, 9-5).