LEWISTON – Ben Johnson scored 18 points with 13 rebounds to lead UMaine-Farmington to a 72-66 victory over Bates in a nonconference men’s basketball game Monday at Alumni Gymnasium in Lewiston.

The Beavers (5-1) made 10 of 16 three-pointers, including 7 of 10 in the second half, to turn a one-point halftime deficit into a six-point victory.

Bates (2-4) led 36-35 at the half and 44-35 after Graham Safford’s three-pointer with 17:58 to go in the game. But Garrett Clemmer hit a pair of 3-pointers and Nate Carson added a third to spark a 15-4 run and a 50-48 UMF lead.

Carson finished with 17 points, including four 3-pointers over the final 11 minutes. Clemmer added 15 points and Andrew Dickey 12.

Sean Cunningham’s 13 points led Bates, while Safford had 13 and Mark Brust added 12. 

(4) SYRACUSE 84, EASTERN MICHIGAN 48: Michael Carter-Williams had 11 points and 11 assists, freshman Jerami Grant had a season-high 11 points and two blocks, as Syracuse won at home.

The Orange (6-0) have won 48 straight nonconference games and boosted their home winning streak to 26 games. 

CONNECTICUT: Recently retired coach Jim Calhoun revealed that he had surgery in May to remove an apparent cancerous growth from his lungs.

Calhoun mentioned the surgery while taping for YES Network’s Center Stage show.


(2) CONNECTICUT 63, MARYLAND 48: Stefanie Dolson scored 14 points and Breanna Stewart added 13 to lead Connecticut in a win at Hartford, Conn., in the Jimmy V Classic.

Kelly Faris added eight points, eight steals, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Huskies (7-0), and helped hold Maryland All-American Alyssa Thomas to just six points.

Tianna Hawkins had 14 points and freshman Chloe Pavlech added 10 for the Terrapins (4-2). 

(23) MIAMI 68, ALCORN STATE 53: Suriya McGuire scored a career-high 13 points and Stefanie Yderstrom added 10 as Miami (6-1) rallied to pull away from at Coral Gables, Fla.


COLLEGE CUP: Creighton, Georgetown, Maryland and Indiana will compete in the NCAA Division I men’s soccer Final Four this weekend. The College Cup will again be played at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.

On Friday, Georgetown, ranked No. 3, will face No. 2 Maryland, and No. 12 Creighton will then take on No. 16 Indiana.

The final will be played Sunday at 2 p.m.

Last year’s College Cup was won by the University of North Caroline, as the Tar Heels beat the 49ers of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1-0.


NOTRE DAME: Defensive star Manti Te’o just keeps winning. The leader of the undefeated Fighting Irish found out Monday morning he had won the Butkus Award given to the nation’s top linebacker. Then he accepted the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player later in the day.

He also picked up a trip to New York as one of the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.

The energetic senior linebacker from Hawaii helped put Notre Dame back on the national radar this season, leading the top-ranked Irish to a perfect regular season and a date with Alabama in the BCS championship game Jan. 7. 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Head Coach Steve Spurrier has received a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Gamecocks through 2017.

There was no salary increase in the deal. Spurrier is scheduled to again earn $3.3 million in 2013. 

IDAHO: Arkansas assistant Paul Petrino was hired as the new head coach at Idaho.

Petrino has produced some of the most prolific offenses in the nation as an assistant coach at several other schools.

Petrino replaces interim coach Jason Gesser, who guided the Vandals during the final four games after Robb Akey was fired.