Friday: Turning the tables

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Alexandra Leslie's double-double helped Rochester earn a regular season split with Washington U.
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After getting blasted by Washington U. last week in St. Louis, No. 13 Rochester topped the 9th ranked Bears in Upstate New York to pull back into a three-way tie for first place.

Through three quarters, it looked like Washington U. was headed for another win over Rochester. The Bears led the Yellow Jackets 44-33 entering the final period. But Rochester (16-3, 6-2) held the Bears (15-4, 6-2) to three field goals and shot 8-for-13 in the fourth quarter, rallying past them 56-51.

All five Rochester starters scored in the decisive fourth quarter. Alexandra Leslie paced the Yellow Jackets with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

After beating Carnegie Mellon by one at home last Friday, No. 7 New York University was not as fortunate in Pittsburgh. The Tartans (15-4, 4-4) used a 21-5 second quarter run to take the lead before the half and never trailed again in a 70-57 victory. Jackie Hudepohl tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds while Lisa Murphy notched her conference-leading 11th double-double for Carnegie Mellon. Megan Dawe scored 17 points for the Violets (17-2, 6-2). Recap

Pacific Lutheran nearly pulled off a stunning upset before No. 3 George Fox escaped 61-60. Pacific Lutheran (6-14, 2-9) led for much of the second half and clung to a 60-59 lead with 36 seconds left in the game following an Ionna Price three-pointer. Justine Benner immediately answered with a layup to put George Fox (20-0, 11-0) back in front and the Lutes missed two layups on their next two possession.

The disparity between Pacific and No. 21 Whitman isn't as large, but the Boxers still scored a pretty big upset. Pacific (10-10, 5-6) went to Walla Walla and beat the Missionaries 50-46. Whitman (15-5, 8-4) has dropped two straight.

No. 2 Amherst and No. 8 Tufts cleared their final hurdles before tomorrow's big showdown. The Lord Jeffs took care of Bates 63-44 while Tufts defeated Trinity (Conn.) 61-38. Trinity (Texas) defeated Texas Lutheran 57-53 in a battle for first place in the SCAC.

On the men's side, Lehman stayed atop the jumbled CUNYAC standings by beating Baruch, 88-81. Olando Minott posted 22 points and 10 rebounds for Lehman (16-6, 10-3) which has a half-game lead on Brooklyn and a one-game lead on Staten Island.

Emory topped No. 21 Chicago 61-53 in a low-scoring battle between UAA title contenders. Four starters for Chicago (14-5, 5-3) scored double figures but the Maroons' reserves did not score at all. Davis Rao led the Eagles (14-5, 7-1) with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

No. 22 Plattsburgh State moved closer to clinching home court in the SUNYAC playoffs with a 92-87 win over SUNY Oneonta. Jonathan Patron came off Plattsburgh's bench to score 20 points and grab 15 rebounds. The Cardinals (16-3, 11-1) have a three-game lead with six games to play.

The Liberty League race is much more interesting. Deshon Burgess scored 28 points to help Union pick off conference leader St. Lawrence, 70-68. The Saints are still in first but four teams are within one game of the lead and two more are just two off the pace. The Liberty League has a four-team playoff field.

The NESCAC will remain a two-horse race after Trinity (Conn.) defeated Tufts 88-76. Shay Ajayi posted 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Bantams (15-6, 6-1) who remain tied with Amherst and two games in front of the Jumbos (16-5, 5-3).