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Wednesday's local interest college basketball roundup: Apprentice men, women advance to USCAA national semis

Men:

USCAA:

Point guard Johnnie Ferebee shined as seventh-seeded Apprentice School upended defending champion Rochester (Mich.), the No. 2 seed, 72-63 Wednesday in the first round of the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association national tournament in Uniontown, Pa.

Ferebee led the Builders in points (20), rebounds (eight), assists (seven) and steals (three) as they earned a semifinal spot at 10 p.m. Thursday. They'll face No. 6 seed Tennessee Temple, which beat No. 3 Victory of Memphis, Tenn., 73-70 in overtime.

Trailing 49-47 with 10 minutes left, the Builders went on a 17-3 run in the next 6:21 and led the rest of the way. The contest included four ties and seven lead changes.

Apprentice shot 55 percent from the field in the second half.

Big South:

Ya Ya Anderson scored 18 points as Radford hung on to beat Presbyterian 78-73 in the first round of the Big South Conference tournament in Conway, S,C.

Radford was up 70-59 with 4:49 left, but Presbyterian stormed back to trail by just one with 27 seconds left. Radford's Rashun Davis made two free throws with 20 seconds remaining. and Presbyterian's Jordan Downing missed a long 3-pointer that would have tied it.

Javonte Green sealed it with two free throws. Green finished with 16 points for Radford (21-11), which will face No. 2 UNC Asheville in a quarterfinal Friday, and R.J. Price added 15. Downing scored 32 for Presbyterian (6-26) and Reggie Dillard had 13. ...

Keon Johnson scored 15 points as Winthrop beat defending tournament champion Liberty 77-65.

Keon Moore, Andre Smith and Joab Jerome had 14 apiece for Winthrop (18-12). The Eagles made all 21 of their free throws and hit 8 of 22 from 3-point range.

Jerome made all nine of his free throws, Johnson made three 3-pointers and Moore had eight rebounds.

Andrew Smith led Liberty (11-21) with 17 points and Joe Retic added 15. The Flames were up by as many as 12 in the first half. ...

Gardner-Webb (18-14) eliminated Longwood 81-65 behind Jerome Hill's 16 rebounds and 12 points. Six Runnin' Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by Tyrell Nelson with 15 points.

For the Lancers, who finished 8-24, Tristan Carey had 18 points and seven rebounds and Karl Ziegler added 14 points. ...

Arlon Harper had 20 points as Charleston Southern (13-17) beat Campbell 81-71. Reco McCarter led the Camels (12-20) with 18.

Women:

Regular season:

Old Dominion extended its victory streak to five, the longest in Karen Barefoot’s Lady Monarchs coaching tenure, by beating East Carolina 87-78 at Constant Center.

It was Senior Night for four Lady Monarchs: Becca Allison (11 points), Michelle Brandao, Stephanie Gardner (10 points) and Shakeva Richards. But Shae Kelley scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds as ODU finished the regular season 16-14, 9-7 in Conference USA. ECU fell to 22-7, 10-6. ...

Hofstra outlasted William and Mary 80-77 in double overtime at Kaplan Arena, rallying from a nine-point deficit to tie the score at 71 and force the second extra period.

The Tribe (8-19, 5-11) will meet UNC Wilmington in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament’s play-in game next week in Upper Marlboro, Md.

W&M senior Kaitlyn Mathieu finished with a career- and game-high 23 points, adding 12 rebounds, a career-high four blocks and one steal. It was the 11th double-double of her career.

Freshman Marlena Tremba scored 14 points and made three steals. Junior Jazmen Boone chipped in 12 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Anma Onyeuku converted a three-point play to start the second overtime, and Hofstra never yielded the lead after that. Onyeuku and Annie Payton led the Pride (13-14, 8-8) with 22 points each. ...

Kirby Burkholder sank eight 3-pointers, one short of James Madison’s school record, as the CAA regular-season champion Dukes (25-5, 15-1) romped to an 86-49 win at Northeastern.

USCAA:

Shanae Hilliard and Courtney Collins scored 20 points each as Apprentice School beat Rochester (Mich.) 74-59 Wednesday to earn a spot in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association national semifinals in Uniontown, Pa.

The fourth-seeded Builders (22-4) will get Thursday off, then will play No. 8 Concordia (Ala.) at 11 a.m. Friday. The Hornets upended No. 1 seed Iowa Wesleyan 71-56.

After both teams started slowly on offense, Apprentice went on a 16-0 run for an 18-4 lead against the fifth-seeded Warriors.

The Builders began the second half with a burst to go ahead of their Detroit-area rivals 37-22 and led by double digits thereafter.

Collins shot 8-of-10 from the floor, setting an Apprentice postseason record by shooting 80 percent. She also had four steals and three rebounds.

Apprentice's April McCoy had 10 points and four rebounds, and Kenya Wilkerson had 10 points and four steals.

ACC:

Ataira Franklin netted 23 points and Sarah Imovbioh had 14 as Virginia (14-16) beat Boston College 74-59 in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at Greensboro Coliseum.

The triumph earned the 10th-seeded Cavaliers a second-round matchup at 6 p.m. Thursday against No. 7 Georgia Tech.

BC saw its season end without leading scorer Kristen Doherty, who missed the game due to flu-like symptoms. Katie Zenevitch led the Eagles (12-19) with 14 points. ...

Clemson ended Virginia Tech's season by beating the Hokies 69-56.

Virginia Tech (14-16) had hoped to finish with at least a .500 record in order to qualify for the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Six days after suffering a 26-point loss to Tech in their regular-season finale, the 13th-seeded Tigers turned the tables against the 12th-seeded Hokies.

Junior Nikki Dixon led Clemson with 22 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and sophomore Nyilah Jamison-Myers added a career-high 19 points for Clemson (13-18), which will face fifth-seeded Syracuse (21-8) in Thursday’s 11 a.m. second-round game.

ACC second-teamer Uju Ugoka scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half. Her three-point play with 6:49 remaining pulled the Hokies within 55-46.

But Dixon countered with four straight points on a 15-footer and a pair of free throws, and Jamison-Myers muscled in a layup to cap a 6-0 spurt that proved decisive. ...

Dearica Hamby finished with 25 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and two steals as No. 11 seed Wake Forest beat 14th-seeded Pittsburgh 72-58, spoiling the Panthers' ACC tournament debut.

Chelsea Douglas added 20 points for Wake Forest (15-15), which will take on sixth-seeded North Carolina on Thursday.

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