ORONO – Chandler Rhoads scored 18 points, including the go-ahead basket with just over a minute to play, as New Hampshire topped Maine 57-54 in an America East men’s basketball game at Alfond Arena on Wednesday night.

Rhoades put the Wildcats (6-14, 2-6 AE) ahead 55-52 on a jumper with 1:08 remaining.

Xavier Pollard pulled the Black Bears (8-13, 3-5) to within 55-54 on a layup with 11 seconds left. However, Chris Matagrano sank two free throws with five seconds left for UNH and Maine’s Zarko Valjarevic missed a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Alasdair Fraser had 20 points as Maine’s only double-digit scorer and grabbed eight rebounds.

ST. JOSEPH’S 63, UM-FARMINGTON 55: The Monks (13-7) used a 14-3 run in the second half to pull away from the Beavers (15-4) at Standish.

The Beavers led 42-34 with about 15 minutes remaining before Matthew Medeiros began the comeback with one of his four 3-pointers.

Zach Blodgett later started a string of nine straight points, and with St. Joseph’s ahead 48-47, the Monks put together seven more points for a 55-47 lead with 3:47 left.

Medeiros finished with 22 points, Steve Simonds added 15 and Blodgett had 11 for the Monks.

Ben Johnson and Yusuf Iman each had 13 points for UMF.

SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 85, UNITY 62: Emmanuel Donalson scored 20 points to lead the visiting Seawolves at Unity.

Jose Nouchanthavong added 17 points and Chance Baldino chipped in 16, including four 3-pointers, for SMCC (18-7, 11-2 Yankee Small College Conference).

(1) MICHIGAN 68, NORTHWESTERN 46: Trey Burke had 18 points and eight assists as the Wolverines (20-1, 7-1 Big Ten) topped the Wildcats (12-10, 3-6) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Wolverines made 10 of their first 11 shots and went the first half without a turnover.

(3) INDIANA 97, PURDUE 60: Cody Zeller scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half, Christian Watford added 17 points and the Hoosiers (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten) routed the rival Boilermakers (11-10, 4-4) at West Lafayette, Ind.

(4) FLORIDA 75, SOUTH CAROLINA 36: Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario scored 15 points apiece as the Gators (17-2, 7-0 SEC) cruised to a win over the visiting Gamecocks (12-8, 2-5).

(5) DUKE 75, WAKE FOREST 70: Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 32 points as the Blue Devils (18-2, 5-2 ACC) held off the Demon Deacons (10-10, 3-5) at Winston-Salem, N.C.

Seth Curry added 21 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer in the final minutes.

(14) MIAMI 73, VIRGINIA TECH 64: Shane Larkin scored 25 points as the Hurricanes (16-3, 7-0 ACC) took command with a 13-2 second-half run to beat the Hokies (11-9, 2-5) in Blacksburg, W. Va.

LSU 73, (17) MISSOURI 70: Anthony Hickey scored 20 points as LSU (11-7, 2-5 SEC) beat Missouri (15-5, 4-3) at Baton Rogue, La.

(18) KANSAS STATE 83, TEXAS 57: Thomas Gipson had 17 points off the bench, Angel Rodriguez added 11 points and eight assists, and the Wildcats (16-4, 5-2 Big 12) topped the Longhorns (9-11, 1-6) at Manhattan, Kan.

(21) CREIGHTON 91, MISSOURI ST. 77: Doug McDermott scored 29 points and made five of Creighton’s 15 3-pointers as the Bluejays (19-3, 8-2 MVC) topped the Bears (6-16, 4-6) at Omaha, Neb.

(24) CINCINNATI 62, RUTGERS 54: Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points as the Bearcats (17-4, 5-3 Big East) overcame a 10-point deficit to beat the visiting Scarlet Knights (12-8).

Cincinnati blocked eight shots, forced 21 turnovers and held the Scarlet Knights to 24 points in the second half. The Bearcats also won at Rutgers 68-58 on Jan. 12.

Myles Mack scored 15 points to lead the Scarlet Knights, who have lost four in a row with an offense that can’t find any consistency.


MISSISSIPPI: Foward Aaron Jones is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Tuesday’s loss to Kentucky.


SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 72, UNITY 21: Esther Palmieri scored 16 points as the visiting Seawolves (13-7, 7-3 Yankee Small College Conference) crushed Unity.

Tiana Burton had 12 points and Nyalieb Deng had 11 for SMCC.

(1) BAYLOR 90, TEXAS TECH 60: Brittney Griner set the Big 12 women’s career scoring record, finishing with 40 points as the Bears (19-1, 9-0) beat the Red Raiders (16-5, 6-3) at Lubbock, Texas.

Griner passed Oklahoma State’s Andrea Riley for the record while scoring the first four points of the game, giving her 2,837 for her career. Riley had 2,835 points from 2007-2010.