Apprentice School (16-8) gained its sixth bid to the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association men's national championships.
The Builders received the sixth seed and will face No. 3 Daemen (N.Y.) at 5 p.m. Feb. 27 in Uniontown, Pa., on the home court of Penn State-Fayette.
Lyons honored nationally
Air Force senior Mike Lyons, a Woodside High graduate who scored 72 points in 71 minutes of play last week, was named the national Player of the Week by two organizations. He was honored by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and CollegeInsider.com.
St. Louis 76, No. 24 VCU 62
Jordair Jett scored all 16 of his points in the second half for the Billikens, who were nearly flawless in taking down 24th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth in a clash between the top two teams in the Atlantic 10.
Mike McCall Jr. added 15 points and Dwayne Evans tallied 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting with eight rebounds as the Billikens (20-5, 9-2) took sole possession of first place with their eighth straight victory. They led 28-8, and the outcome was never in doubt after that.
Saint Louis shot 55.3 percent while giving the ball away just nine times against VCU, whose "Havoc" defense leads the nation in forcing turnovers.
VCU (21-6, 9-3) saw its five-game winning streak come to an end. Juvonte Reddic posted his sixth double-double in eight games, tallying 19 points with 12 rebounds.
Big South men's games
Tristan Carey of Colonial Beach posted career highs of 40 points and 12 rebounds to propel Longwood (6-22, 3-11 Big South) past Liberty 102-101 in Farmville.
Michael Kessens and Jeylani Dublin added 17 points apiece for the Lancers. John Caleb Sanders had 24 points and 10 assists for Liberty (9-19, 5-9).
Liberty, trailing 94-83 with 1:20 left, hit four straight 3-pointers to claw to within 101-99 with 5 seconds showing, but could not complete the rally. ...
Andrew Ryan scored nine of his 20 points in overtime as Campbell defeated host Radford 72-66 to move into second place in the North Division.
Kellam High graduate Trey Freeman's 21 points led Campbell, while Javonte Green's 23 led the Highlanders (12-16, 6-8). ...
John Brown scored 21 points as High Point rallied past Virginia Military Institute 78-67 in Lexington to win its seventh straight game and claim sole possession of its first North Division title.
The Panthers (16-10, 11-3 Big South) trailed 24-11 at the 4:44 mark. A 40-14 run spanning both halves catapulted High Point ahead, with the Panthers shooting 69.2 percent (18 of 26) in the second half.
Stan Okoye scored 22 points and Norfolk Academy graduate D.J. Covington 18 for the Keydets (11-14, 6-7), who have lost four straight.
All-American Elena Delle Donne scored 18 of her 31 points in the first half and also grabbed nine rebounds in leading No. 18 Delaware past George Mason 69-55 in Fairfax for its 18th straight win.
Delle Donne scored 10 points during a decisive 21-8 run by Delaware (23-3, 14-0) to close the half, giving the Blue Hens a 41-24 lead.
Delle Donne jumped up two spots on the NCAA all-time points list, finishing the night in 20th place with 2,758.
Delaware has now won 34 straight Colonial Athletic Association games and has beaten George Mason four straight times.
Bethel High graduate Amber Easter led George Mason (8-16, 3-10) with 14 points.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun