GORHAM — Courtney Cochran had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the University of Southern Maine women’s basketball team to a 67-55 lead over UMass-Boston Tuesday night.

USM had its six-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Keene State.

Nicole Garland added 14 points and Haley Jordan had 13 for the Huskies (17-5, 8-3 Little East), who led 38-31 at the half. Renee Nicholas chipped in five points, eight boards, eight assists and six steals.

Kirsten Morrison had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Beacons (6-16, 2-9).


COLBY 71, HUSSON 43: Jil Vaughn scored 19 while hauling in 12 rebounds to lead the Mules (16-5) during a victory over Husson (10-10) in Waterville.


ST. JOSEPH’S 88, PINE MANOR 39: Ashley Geel became the 20th player in program history to amass 1,000 career points as St. Joseph’s (16-6, 10-0 GNAC) topped Pine Manor College (7-13, 1-10 GNAC) in Standish.


(2) NOTRE DAME 74, SYRACUSE 55: Devereaux Peters had a season-high 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Fighting Irish (24-1, 11-0 Big East) won their 21st straight, beating the Orange (15-10, 4-7) at Syracuse, N.Y.


(3) CONNECTICUT 56, (20) LOUISVILLE 46: Caroline Doty had 15 points as the Huskies (22-2, 10-1 Big East) beat the Cardinals (17-7, 6-5) at Louisville, Ky.


BOWDOIN 77, BRIDGEWATER STATE 52: Will Hanley had 15 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five steals to lead the Polar Bears (15-6) past the Bears (12-8) at Brunswick.


UM-FARMINGTON 80, BATES 73: Ben Johnson had 20 points and nine rebounds as the Beavers (13-8) rallied from a 39-24 halftime deficit against the Bobcats (11-10) at Farmington.

Ed Bogdanovich scored 14 points for Bates.


USM 77, UMASS-BOSTON 72: Conor Sullivan scored 18 points and Brandon Tomah and Alex Kee each had 17 to lead the Huskies (10-11, 3-8 Little East) past the Beacons (5-17, 1-10) at Gorham.


ST. JOSEPH’S 79, NORWICH 65: Chris Petzy scored 22 points and Zach O’Brien 17 for the Monks (15-6, 11-4) during a GNAC victory over Norwich (5-16, 4-11) in Northfield, Vt.


(1) KENTUCKY 78, (8) FLORIDA 58: Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Wildcats (24-1, 10-0) dispatched of the Gators (19-5, 7-2) at Lexington, Ky.


(3) OHIO ST. 87, PURDUE 84: William Buford scored a career-high 29 points and capped his night with a pivotal dunk in the final minute to power the Buckeyes (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) over the visiting Boilermakers (15-9, 5-6).


EVANSVILLE 65, (17) CREIGHTON 57: Colt Ryan’s 17-footer with 3:08 to play broke a 56-56 tie, and the Aces (12-12, 7-7 Missouri Valley Conference) pulled away for an upset of the visiting Bluejays (21-4, 11-3).


The Big Ten, which helped squash the notion of a four-team playoff to crown a national champion in college football several years ago, is taking another look.

“All of the Big Ten athletic directors are comfortable exploring the possibility of a four-team playoff,” Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis said. “Four is better than two.”

Ohio State AD Gene Smith agreed and said the discussions stem from feedback “that we need to do something different,” especially after the recent BCS title game between LSU and Alabama drew lower ratings than other championship games.


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