GORHAM – Corteze Isaac scored 16 of his game-high 27 points in the second half to rally the University of Southern Maine from a 17-point halftime deficit to beat Wentworth 68-65 in a men’s basketball game on Wednesday night.

Isaac also had eight rebounds and four assists. Otis Smith added 14 points and Sean Bergeron finished with 11 points and five rebounds.

The Huskies (2-0) began pressing the Leopards (0-2) in the second half and put together a 20-10 run to trim the lead to eight (51-43) with 13:15 left.

The Huskies finally got the lead with a 6-0 run that gave them a 62-59 lead with 3:52 left. They held the lead by matching baskets the rest of the way and capped it with two free throws with one second left following a technical foul.

 

ST. JOSEPH’S 85, UNE 53: The Monks (1-0) opened with a 15-0 run and went on to defeat the Nor’easters (0-2) at Biddeford.

Chris Petzy and Zach O’Brien combined for 25 points in the first half when the Monks made 19 of 28 field goals for a 47-19 halftime lead.

Tyler Kelley led the Monks with 15 points.

 

SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 112, UM-AUGUSTA 68: Josh Mackie scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, as the Seawolves (5-1, 3-0 YSCC) routed the Moose (0-6, 0-1) at Augusta.

Paul Holland added 17 points and Daniel Foster had 15 points for the Seawolves, who finished with 21 3-pointers.

 

(6) VILLANOVA 82, BOSTON U. 66: Antonio Pena scored 17 points and Corey Fisher had 16 to lead the Wildcats (3-0) past the Terriers (1-2) in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Villanova, Pa.

 

(14) PURDUE 103, ALCORN STATE 48: E’Twaun Moore had 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help the Boilermakers (2-0) beat the Braves (0-3) at West Lafayette, Ind.

 

(24) TENNESSEE 60, MISSOURI STATE 56: Trae Golden, playing in place of an injured Melvin Goins, hit a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left and the Volunteers (3-0) beat the Bears (2-1) in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off in Knoxville, Tenn.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

UNE 72, ST. JOSEPH’S 53: Margo Russell scored a game-high 22 points, with six rebounds, six assists and two steals as the Nor’easters (2-0) handled the Monks (0-1) at Biddeford.

Kelley Paradis added 14 points and four steals for UNE.

Ashley Geel scored 13 points, Danyelle Shufelt added 10 and Abby Young closed with seven points, eight rebounds and four steals for the Monks.

 

(7) OHIO STATE 59, LSU 55: Tayler Hill scored 15 points, including a basket that broke a tie in the final minute, and the Buckeyes (3-0) beat the Tigers (0-2) at Baton Rouge, La.

 

(10) WEST VIRGINIA 69, DUQUESNE 58: Madina Ali scored a career-high 19 points, Liz Repella added 18 and the Mountaineers (2-0) beat the visiting Dukes (1-1).

 

(14) NORTH CAROLINA 76, ROBERT MORRIS 47: Italee Lucas scored 16 points while Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 13 and a career-high 14 rebounds to help the host Tar Heels (2-0) beat the Colonials (0-2).

FOOTBALL

OHIO STATE: Defensive back Tyler Moeller is coming back for a sixth year. The NCAA notified Jim Tressel and the Ohio State coach passed along the word to Moeller in the team huddle after practice. Moeller missed all of last year with a head injury after being sucker punched in a bar incident in Florida. After he had returned and regained his starting job, he tore a chest muscle that sidelined him for the rest of the season.