BURLINGTON, Vt. — Cam Ward came off the Vermont bench to knock down 6 of 9 shots from beyond the arc and spark the third-seeded Catamounts to a 99-82 romp past sixth-seeded Maine in the quarterfinals of the America East Conference tournament Wednesday night.

The victory sends Vermont into the semifinals, where they host No. 4 seed New Hampshire on Monday night.

Ward, a sophomore, was 9 of 13 from the field and finished with 24 points to lead Vermont. Ethan O’Day hit 7 of 9 from the floor to finish with 21 points. He also gathered in 10 rebounds. Kurt Steidl finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Vermont (20-12) shot a blistering 65.5 percent from the field and was 12 of 21 from long range.

Issac Vann finished with 26 points to pace Maine (8-22) and Aaron Calixte added 17. The Black Bears shot 28 of 66 from the floor (42.4 percent).

(2) MICHIGAN STATE 97, RUTGERS 66: Bryn Forbes scored a career-high 33 points, hitting a conference-record 11 3-pointers, and the Spartans (25-5, 12-5 Big Ten) woke up in the second half at Piscataway, New Jersey, handing the Scarlet Knights (6-23, 0-17) their 17th straight loss.

Eron Harris added 15 points, Denzel Valentine 14 for the Spartans, who made 16 3-pointers in winning their fifth straight game.

(7) MIAMI 68, NOTRE DAME 50: Angel Rodriguez matched his season high with 19 points, Sheldon McClellan added 17 and Miami jumped to an early 18-point lead in a win at Notre Dame that moved the Hurricanes back into a tie with North Carolina for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Hurricanes (24-5, 13-4) held the Fighting Irish (19-10, 10-7) to a season-low 34 percent shooting as Notre Dame struggled offensively for the fourth straight game.

(10) WEST VIRGINIA 90, TEXAS TECH 68: Senior Jaysean Paige and Daxter Miles Jr. each scored 15 points, and West Virginia (23-7, 12-5 Big 12) closed out its home regular season on senior night by trouncing Texas Tech (18-11, 8-9).


ST. JOSEPH’S 17, UM-FARMINGTON 1: The Monks scored 14 unanswered goals and beat the Beavers in a nonconference season opener at Memorial Field in Portland.

Michael Finn had three goals and three assists, and grabbed three ground balls for St. Joseph’s. Luigi Grimaldi added three goals and a pair of assists, and seven other Monks scored.

Travis St. Pierre scored for UMaine-Farmington.

UNE 16, NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE 7: The Nor’easters (1-1) ran off a 7-0 run in the middle of the first half to overcome an early deficit and then pull away from the Pilgrims (0-2) in a nonconference opener at Biddeford.

New England College grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes. Tom Luttrell started the UNE run 44 seconds later as the Nor’easters closed the first quarter scoring four unanswered goals.

Luttrell scored his second of three goals to open the second quarter.

Andrew Curro added three goals and a pair of assists for UNE, while J.T. Oliver had three goals and one assist.


BATES 11, WELLESLEY 3: Moriah Greenstein had four goals and an assist as the Bobcats (2-0) cruised by the Blue (0-1) in a nonconference game at Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Allison Dewey and Camille Belletete recorded career highs with three goals each for Bates.