STANDISH – Lindsay Moore scored on a layup with 12 seconds remaining Thursday night, lifting second-ranked St. Joseph’s to a 59-58 victory over third-seeded Rivier in a GNAC tournament semifinal game at Standish.

Ashley Geel gave the Monks (20-7) a 56-52 lead when she scored on a layup with 2:18 left. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Amanda Purcell and Jaclyn Penniman put Rivier (18-9) ahead 58-56. Geel made one free throw to cut the lead to one with 1:04 to play and blocked a shot with 32 seconds left. Abby Young then dished off to Moore for the game-winner.

Geel was the only player in double figures for St. Joseph’s with 20 points. Deanna Purcell paced Rivier with 17 points.

The Monks travel to Boston to face top-ranked Emmanuel for the championship on Saturday.

ENDICOTT 53, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 49: Fourth-seeded Endicott College (17-10) secured an upset over the top-ranked University of New England (22-5) with a pair of free throws from Samantha Crough with 8.8 seconds left in a Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinal game at Biddeford.

Kelly Paradis and Beth Suggs led the efffort for the Nor’easters with 14 points apiece. Suggs had a huge night on the boards with 18 rebounds, and Kelly Coleman helped out with 10.


ANNA MARIA 60, ST. JOSEPH’S 59: Anthony Click scored on a layup with two seconds left to foil second-ranked St. Joseph’s hopes of advancing to the GNAC championship and give sixth-ranked Anna Maria College a win at Standish.

The Monks (18-9) held a slight lead through most of the game but allowed it to slip away when Corey Pryor hit a 3-point jumper with 4:29 to play, giving Anna Maria a 56-55 lead. Chris Petzy regained the lead for the Monks, 59-58 with 2:12 left, when he scored on a layup.

Click led Anna Maria (14-13) with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Petzy was the Monks’ high scorer with 19 points, and Zach O’Brien added 18 points and nine boards.

(5) DUKE 74, (15) FLORIDA STATE 66: Reserve Andre Dawkins scored 22 points and freshman Austin Rivers added 20 to lead visiting Duke’s victory. The win kept the Blue Devils (24-4, 11-2) tied with No. 7 North Carolina for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Florida State (19-8, 10-3) dropped a game behind.