ORONO — Three of the five University of Maine men’s basketball players who were suspended Feb. 14 for what the school termed alleged violations of the student-athlete and university codes of conduct have been allowed to return to the team, according to a statement released Wednesday by the university.

The suspensions were lifted for Jaquan McKennon, Dusan Majstorovic and Ilija Stojilkovic. Wes Myers – the team’s leading scorer – and senior Marko Pirovic remain on suspension with one regular-season game remaining – Saturday at Binghamton.

Maine has a 6-24 record and is 2-13 in America East.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC: The men’s and women’s basketball teams qualified for the USCAA Division II national tournament at Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

The men’s team, which finished 23-6 in the regular season, received an automatic bid after winning the Yankee Small College Conference tournament. It is the fifth seed and plays fourth-seeded Penn State University-Greater Allegheny in the quarterfinals at 3:15 p.m., March 2.

The womens’ team (23-4) received an at-large bid after losing in the semifinals of the league tournament. It will be the fourth seed and will play Penn State University-Hazleton in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. March 2.

(3) KANSAS 87, TCU 68: Frank Mason III scored 20 points and Kansas (25-3, 13-2) pulled away in the second half to beat visiting TCU (17-11, 6-9) and clinch a share of its 13th consecutive Big 12 championship.

SYRACUSE 78, (10) DUKE 75: John Gillon hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, and Syracuse upset visiting Duke as the Orange kept alive their postseason hopes.

Syracuse (17-12, 9-7 ACC) had lost three straight and needed another signature victory to go with its two top-10 wins to bolster its resume for a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Orange have two games remaining, at Louisville on Sunday and at home to Georgia Tech on March 4.


(1) UCONN 90, (23) TEMPLE 45: Napheesa Collier scored a career-high 31 points and top-ranked UConn routed No. 23 Temple at Hartford, Connecticut, to extend its winning streak to 102 straight games.


BATES 13, CALTECH 6: Dan Trulli hit a two-run home run in a six-run sixth inning and the Bobcats (1-3) beat the Beavers (2-8) in Pasadena, California.

Trulli went 3 for 5 and drove in five runs, three on a bases-clearing double in the top of the third. Bates scored four runs in the third to take a 4-3 lead.

John Dinucci singled in Ryan McCarthy and Asher MacDonald, breaking a 5-5 tie in the top of the sixth. Brendon Canavan tripled home two runs, then Trulli followed with his two-run shot to extend the Bates lead to 11-5.

Dinucci went 3 for 3 with three RBI and three runs scored.

Cameron Carlson picked up the win for the Bobcats, pitching 12/3 innings of relief and striking out two.

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