ORONO — UMaine led from the opening tip, starting with Bella Swann’s layup 23 seconds into the game, and wound up with a 59-55 America East women’s basketball victory over New Hampshire on Monday.

The win lifts Maine to 19-7 overall, 10-1 in the conference. New Hampshire falls to 8-15, 2-8.

Swan and Sigi Koizar led the Black Bears with 20 points each, and Mikaela Gustafsson added 10.

Elizabeth Belanger scored 21 points for the Wildcats, and Aliza Simpson had 11 rebounds.

Koizar scored 15 of her points in the first half, leading the Bears to a 35-20 lead entering the third period.

The Wildcats came back in the second half, steadily trimming the lead and pulling within two points, 55-53, on Belanger’s 3-pointer with 34 seconds left in the game.

But Gustafsson made of pair of free throws and, after a missed UNH 3-pointer, Swan converted two more free throws to ice it.

POLL: UConn and South Carolina remained the top two teams in The Associated Press poll – a vote taken prior to UConn’s 66-54 win at South Carolina on Monday night.

Tennessee fell to No. 25, the first time the Lady Vols have ever been ranked that low during their 564-week streak of being in the Top 25 that started on Feb. 17, 1985.

They split their games this week, beating Arkansas before falling to Texas A&M in overtime Sunday.

The Lady Vols visit Vanderbilt on Thursday in their only game this week.

Notre Dame, Baylor and Maryland once again rounded out the first five.

MEN’s basketball

DUKE 72, (13) LOUISVILLE 65: Freshman Brandon Ingram had 18 points and 10 rebounds as Duke won an upset at home.

Grayson Allen scored 19 points and Luke Kennard had 11 for the Blue Devils (18-6, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

They shot 50 percent in the second half while beating a ranked opponent for the first time this season.

Donovan Mitchell scored 17 points and Quentin Snider, who fouled out with 2:01 left, added 12 for Louisville (19-5, 8-3).

POLL: Villanova is ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the first time.

The Wildcats (20-3) made the jump from third following then-No. 1 Oklahoma’s loss to Kansas State and then-No. 2 North Carolina’s losses to Louisville and Notre Dame.

Villanova received 32 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Maryland, which received 13 No. 1 votes, moved up two spots to second.

Men’s HOCKEY

BOSTON COLLEGE 1, BOSTON UNIVERSITY 0: The Eagles won the Beanpot tournament as forward Alex Tuch scored on BU goalie Sean Maguire with a shot from the slot at 1:24 of overtime at Boston.

Maguire won the Eberly award for having the best save percentage in the tournament. He also won the Beanpot MVP award.


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