BOSTON — Megan Pelletier scored 17 points, and the University of Southern Maine used a second-half outburst to rally to a 52-48 victory over UMass-Boston in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Thursday night.

Gretchen Anderson broke a 47-all tie with a pair of free throws, giving the Huskies the lead for good with 36 seconds left after they rallied from a 29-18 halftime deficit.

Rebecca Knight added eight points and six assists for the Huskies (9-9, 5-3).

Grace Geary had 18 points for UMass-Boston (11-7, 4-4).

ENDICOTT 60, UNE 58: Hannah Shaw converted a three-point play with 24 seconds left, and the Gulls (8-9, 4-6 Commonwealth Coast Conference) thwarted a comeback bid by the Nor’easters (14-4, 10-1) at Beverly, Massachusetts.

UNE nearly overcame a 35-21 halftime deficit, pulling within one on a 3-pointer by Alanna Vose with 49 seconds remaining.

(1) SOUTH CAROLINA 85, ALABAMA 54: A’ja Wilson scored 17 points, Alaina Coates had 14 points and 10 rebounds and the host Gamecocks (20-0, 8-0 SEC) routed Alabama for the second time this month.

(4) NOTRE DAME 74, VIRGINIA TECH 50: Kathryn Westbeld scored a career-high 17 points in leading Notre Dame (20-2, 7-1 ACC) at Virginia Tech.

(6) TENNESSEE 73, (10) KENTUCKY 72: Isabelle Harrison and Cierra Burdick combined to score 25 second-half points that helped the Volunteers (18-3, 8-0 SEC) edge host Kentucky (16-5, 5-3).

MEN’S BASKETBALL

USM 67, UMASS-BOSTON 62: Cole Libby had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Huskies (4-14, 1-7 Little East) held off the Beacons (10-9, 2-6) at Boston.

Jacob Littlefield added 13 points for USM.

ENDICOTT 72, UNE 50: John Henault and Andre Makris scored 16 points apiece to lead the Gulls (12-5, 8-2 Commonwealth Coast) past the Nor’easters (5-13, 3-8) at Beverly, Massachusetts.

(1) KENTUCKY 69, MISSOURI 53: Andrew Harrison scored 15 points to lead a balanced offense for Kentucky (20-0, 7-0 Southeastern), which pulled away in the second half to beat Missouri (7-13, 1-6) at Columbia, Missouri.

(3) GONZAGA 64, PORTLAND 46: Domantas Sabonis had 13 points and 11 rebounds as Gonzaga (21-1, 10-0 West Coast) beat Portland (12-10, 3-7) at Spokane, Washington.