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Wednesday’s College Basketball Roundup

December 22, 2016 GMT

UNCASVILLE — Curtis Cobb and Tyler Nelson each scored 20 points to lead Fairfield over Boston College 89-83 Wednesday in the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Birth of Basketball showcase.

Jerry Johnson Jr. added 17 points for Fairfield (6-4), which ended a two-game losing streak to the Eagles (6-6).

Ky Bowman led BC with 33 points and Jerome Robinson added 21.

Fairfield shot 11 for 28 on 3-pointers and never trailed in the second half.

The Eagles pulled to within a possession, 84-82, with 1:02 to play. Fairfield converted a 3-point play with 32.8 seconds left when Amadou Sidibe was fouled on a layup and converted the foul shot to make it 87-83.

The Stags led 47-37 at the half thanks to shooting 57.1 percent from 3-point range, while BC was just 1 for 6. Cobb went 4 for 5 on 3-pointers for 14 points and Johnson was 4 for 7 to add 12.

Fairfield came into the game shooting just 33.5 percent on 3-pointers for the season, but had made at least eight in five games.

Tied at 27, Fairfield broke off an 18-3 run to take its largest lead of the half, 45-30, with two minutes to go.

BC, which shot 41.7 percent from the field in the half, led only once before the break, 14-11 after a Nik Popovic basket at 13:38.

Bowman had 12 points at the half and Robinson added 10.

Holy Cross 72, Sacred Heart Men 67

FAIRFIELD — Malachi Alexander scored a career-high 38 points with seven 3-pointers and grabbed 10 rebounds and Holy Cross held off a late Sacred Heart charge to win 72-67 on Wednesday night.

Trailing 41-35 at halftime, the Pioneers closed to 59-56 on Matej Buovac’s 3-pointer with 7:04 left in the second half, but Alexander hit a 3 for a 65-57 Drexel lead. The Pioneers rallied with a 10-0 run in which Sean Hoehn hit back-to-back 3s to tie it at 67 with 45 seconds to go. Alexander scored three of the five straight points the Pioneers made in the final 22 seconds to hold off the charge.

Robert Champion added 10 points for the Crusaders (5-7), who shot 50 percent from the floor and 9 of 24 from long distance.

Joseph Lopez scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Sacred Heart (5-8). Buovac and Hoehn added 10 apiece and Hoehn tied his career best with six assists.

Iowa State 76, Sacred Heart women 56

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State led buzzer-to-buzzer to post a 76-56 non-league win over Sacred Heart in a women’s basketball game Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum.

The Pioneers (3-8) were held to just 17 points in the first half on 7-for-32 shooting (21.9 percent). Sacred Heart converted 21 of 67 field goals in the game, including 6-for-25 (24.0 percent) from three-point range.

Hannah Kimmel led the Pioneers with 14 points and was joined in double digit scoring by Adaysha Williams. Seanna Johnson posted a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds and Jadda Buckley added 13 points, five assists and four rebounds in the win for Cyclones (9-2).