The Hampton University women's last non-conference game of the regular season was a major accomplishment -- their first victory in five tries against Virginia Tech.
Junior Kenia Cole scored a career-high 30 points for the Pirates (11-4), who built a 19-point lead Wednesday, then withstood a big Tech comeback to defeat the Hokies 70-60 at the HU Convocation Center. HU has won six of its last seven games, with the only loss coming at the Hokies' ACC rival Georgia Tech.
Brielle Ward grabbed 23 rebounds, including 10 of HU's 20 offensive boards. HU senior leader Alyssa Bennett added 14 points -- including two key late baskets.
A 9-0 run pushed Hampton ahead 24-12, and the Pirates kept a double-figure lead that peaked at 49-30 with 14:38 remaining.
But Virginia Tech began to defend better, getting as close as 52-50 with 6:18 remaining. Then, leading 59-56, Hampton took control when Bennett hit a pair of layups, sandwiched around a Ward steal, for a 63-56 edge.
The Hokies' Monet Tellier hit a layup with 1:36 to go, but Cole's final 3-pointer -- with 1:20 to go -- made it 66-58.
Uju Ugoka had 16 points and nine rebounds for Tech, though two early fouls prompted Hokies coach Dennis Wolff to limit her first-half minutes. Tellier had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Cole shot 7-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range, and 12-of-14 on free throws.
In David Six's four-plus seasons as coach, HU is 8-11 against teams in the six so-called power conferences: ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern.
Delaware shook off an eight-point halftime deficit to beat Liberty 77-64 in Newark.
Jarvis Threatt scored 19 and Kyle Anderson 14 for the Blue Hens (7-7), while Davon Usher and Devon Saddler had 13 apiece.
Tomasz Gielo paced the Flames (6-8) with 16 points and JR Coronado had 12 rebounds. ...
Behind 26 points and 21 rebounds from Willis Hall, both career highs, the College of Charleston Cougars outlasted host Davidson 76-64 in a non-conference matchup.
Hall shot 10-of-14 from the field for Charleston (7-7) in the Cougars' first- ever 20-point, 20-rebound performance as a Division I program. Anthony Thomas and Nori Johnson each chipped in with 11 points for the visitors.
For Davidson (4-10), Brian Sullivan scored 13 points and Tom Droney 12.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun