STANDISH — Abbie Eastman hit a pair of free throws with 8 seconds remaining to secure a 64-61 victory for St. Joseph’s against Albertus Magnus in the quarterfinals of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament Tuesday night.

The Monks (22-4), seeded first in the conference’s North division, scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter, rallying to a 58-50 lead.

The Falcons (14-12), fourth in the South, responded with an 11-4 run, capped by a 3-point jumper from Ava Harris with 40 seconds to play before Eastman sealed it.

Kelsi McNamara led St. Joseph’s with 18 points, while Julie Champagne and Emily Benway each added 13.

Olivia Bolden had 22 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Falcons.

The Monks will host the South’s No. 2 seed, Johnson & Wales, on Thursday evening.

UNE 73, GORDON 58: Sam MacDonald scored 28 points, and the top-seeded University of New England (21-5) broke open a tie game in the fourth quarter to defeat eighth-seeded Gordon (7-19) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference quarterfinal at Biddeford.

The Fighting Scots’ Imani Lennon scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to even the game at 53-all before UNE countered with a 15-0 run, sparked by eight points from Alicia Brown.

Brown finished with 18 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. Jocelyn Chaput put in 12 points and dished out four assists for the Nor’easters.

Reserve Alisha Henderson led Gordon with 11 points.

UNE will host third-seeded Western New England in the semifinals Thursday.

KEENE STATE 71, USM 46: Stephanie D’Annolfo had game highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the second-seeded Owls (19-7) easily got past the seventh-seeded Huskies (5-21) in a Little East Conference quarterfinal at Keene, New Hampshire.

Southern Maine held an early 12-7 lead but Keene State closed the first quarter with 13 straight points and controlled the remainder of the contest.

Miranda Nicely led USM with 10 points and five rebounds.


MOUNT IDA 91, ST. JOSEPH’S 83: Kevin Conner scored 18 points and had six rebounds for the fourth-seeded Mustangs (17-9), who used a key run midway through the second half to get past the fifth-seeded Monks (13-13) in the quarterfinals of the GNAC Tournament at Newton, Massachusetts.

The Monks led 49-46 with 16:01 left but the Cadets surged ahead with an 11-2 spurt.

Aaron Hall scored 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds to pace St. Joseph’s. John Crawley added 16 points off the bench.

KEENE STATE 87, USM 70: Second-seeded Keene State used a 20-5 run in the middle of the first half to break open a 15-15 game, and the Owls (18-8) defeated the No. 7 Huskies (10-16) in a Little East Conference quarterfinal at Keene, New Hampshire.

Keene State led 47-31 at halftime after shooting 50 percent from the field, including 6 of 9 from behind the arc, while holding Southern Maine to 35.3 percent.

James Starks III led all scorers with 26 points for the Huskies, while Jalen Lincoln added 12.

NICHOLS 89, UNE 71: Marcos Echevarria and DeAnte Bruton each scored 25 points to help the top-seeded Bison (21-5) beat the eighth-seeded Nor’easters (7-19) in the quarterfinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament in Dudley, Massachusetts.

Nichols led 35-26 at halftime and by as many as 20 in the second half.

CJ Autry scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds for UNE. Daron Hoges Jr. chipped in with 12 points.

(9) BAYLOR 60, OKLAHOMA 54: Johnathan Motley had 21 points with 16 rebounds and the Bears (23-5, 10-5) ended a two-game slide with a victory over Oklahoma (9-18, 3-12) at Waco, Texas, to remain in a tie for second place in the Big 12.

Baylor almost blew all of a 15-point lead in the second half, and held on even after not making a field goal in the last six minutes

(13) FLORIDA 81, SOUTH CAROLINA 66: KeVaughn Allen scored 26 points, a considerably better performance than his last game against South Carolina, and Florida (23-5, 13-2 SEC) beat the visiting Gamecocks (20-8, 10-5).

Devin Robinson added 14 points for Florida, which won its ninth straight game and locked up one of the top four seeds in the upcoming SEC tournament.

(14) PURDUE 74, PENN STATE 70: Ryan Cline scored six of his 11 points in overtime to lift the Boilermakers (23-5, 12-3 Big Ten) over host Penn State (14-14, 6-9).

Cline hit consecutive 3-pointers to secure his team’s sixth straight win in a game Purdue led for just 9:16.