GORHAM — Eastern Connecticut State opened the second half by scoring 12 of the first 14 points to rally and beat the University of Southern Maine 73-65 Monday night in men’s basketball.

Jalen Williams scored 17 points for the Warriors (16-7, 11-4 LEC).

Meikyle Murray added 16 points and Rakesh Tibby h ad 15 for Eastern Connecticut State..

Cody Hawes and Marcus Christopher each had 13 points for Southern Maine. (9-14, 4-10), which led 36-35 at halftime.

AP POLL: Gonzaga keeps finding its way back to the top of the The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.

The Zags reclaimed the No. 1 ranking for a third stint this season atop the AP Top 25, moving up one spot to swap places with Auburn after the Tigers fell to No. 2 following their first loss since November.


Mark Few’s Bulldogs earned 56 of 60 first-place votes to reach No. 1 for a fifth week this season. Gonzaga (21-2) was the preseason No. 1 after last year’s run to the NCAA championship game for what became its only loss. The Zags spent three weeks at the top before falling out after a loss to Duke, and also spent a week at No. 1 in mid-January before being supplanted by Auburn.

Bruce Pearl’s Tigers earned the other four first-place votes despite losing in overtime at Arkansa last week to snap a 19-game winning streak, which saw them spend three weeks at No. 1 in the program’s first stint at the top.

Arizona climbed one spot to No. 3 followed by Kentucky – which has its highest ranking since spending a week at No. 1 in November 2019 – and Purdue.


EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE 50, SOUTHERN MAINE 48: Anna Barry scored on a layup with one second left to lift the Warriors (16-8, 13-2 LEC) over the Huskies (6-15, 5-7) in Gorham.

Barry finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds for Eastern Connecticut State. Danielle O’Brien added 15 points and Jenna Serrantino had eight points and 10 rebounds.


Victoria Harris had 14 points and Michelle Rowe had 10 points for Southern Maine.

NEBRASKA 72, (5) INDIANA 55: Jazz Shelley and Sam Haiby scored 14 points apiece to lead five players in double figures, and the Cornhuskers (19-6, 8-6 Big Ten) broke open a close game in the fourth quarter to upset the visiting Hoosiers (18-4, 10-2).

The Huskers capitalized as Indiana missed 18 straight shots, going on a 17-0 run that grew their lead to 21 points in the final three minutes.

Nebraska knocked off its highest-ranked opponent since beating a No. 5 LSU on Dec. 20, 2009.

(17) FLORIDA 83, AUBURN 77: Zippy Broughton scored 18 points to lead five in double figures and visiting Florida (19-6, 9-3 SEC) held off a late rally by Auburn (9-14, 1-11).

Kristina Moore scored the first five points of the fourth quarter and Florida’s run reached 7-0 as the Gators built a 67-55 lead. The Gators led by 14 with just under six minutes to go and 77-66 with 1:54 remaining.


AP POLL: Iowa State has reached its best ranking in 20 years in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll while South Carolina remains the unanimous choice at No. 1.

Iowa State (21-3) moved up three spots to sixth – its highest mark since the 2002 season – and has a huge week ahead with games against No. 14 Texas and No. 15 Oklahoma. The Cyclones then play No. 7 Baylor next Monday.

The Gamecocks received all 30 votes from a national media panel after beating Kentucky and Georgia on the road last week. Stanford, Louisville, N.C. State and Indiana rounded out the top five.


BEANPOT: Dylan Peterson scored with 2:48 remaining and Boston University edged three-time defending champion Northeastern 1-0 in the 69th annual Beanpot championship at TD Garden.

Vinny Duplessis stopped all 20 shots he faced as the Terriers won their 31st Beanpot title and first since 2015.


The Terriers outshot the Huskies 29-19 and controlled most of the third period, but could not beat Northeastern freshman goalie T.J. Semptimphelter until Peterson converted on a two-on-one rush.

Semptimphelter finished with 28 saves but had little chance at stopping Peterson’s tap-in off a perfect pass from Jamie Armstrong, who skated the puck hard down the left side and slid it across the crease, finding Peterson just inside the far post.

Domenick Fensore also assisted on the play.

Northeastern had won three straight Beanpot titles but its run was interrupted last year when the tournament was canceled for the first time because of COVID-19.

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