For the first 28 minutes Wednesday, William and Mary produced one of its best performances of the season. Then it got sticky, but the Tribe held on to beat UNC Wilmington 92-86 at Kaplan Arena.
Marcus Thornton had 25 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Tribe (10-14, 4-9 Colonial Athletic Association). Brandon Britt had 22 points and six assists, and Tim Rusthoven (13) and Kyle Gaillard (10) also scored in double figures.
W&M led 73-48 with less than 12 minutes remaining. But the Seahawks began a big comeback, eventually cutting the margin to 83-80 with 1:40 remaining. Thornton scored the Tribe’s final nine points to stave off UNCW.
The Tribe’s 24-of-27 free-throw shooting proved crucial, especially compared to UNCW’s 13-of-25.
UNCW’s Keith Rendleman had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and Chris Dixon had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists.
UNCW, which is ineligible for the CAA tournament because of academic concerns, fell to 9-16, 4-9.
Va. Wesleyan 78, Hampden-Sydney 77
Menchville High graduate Chris Teasley sank a jumper with 7 seconds left as Virginia Wesleyan (18-6) spoiled Senior Night for the host Tigers (21-3), who are ranked 11th nationally by d3hoops.com.
The result forced a tie between those teams for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference lead at 13-2. Each team has one regular-season game to go.
VWC went on a 27-5 run for a 66-56 lead with 8:41 to go. But the Tigers recovered, going ahead 70-69 with a 14-3 surge.
Mike Murray of Norfolk hit a 3 to put H-SC ahead 77-76 with 35 seconds left, but Teasley sank his shot to finish with 13 points. The Tigers' Khobi Williamson missed a shot the buzzer.
D.J. Woodmore led VWC with 17 points, making all seven of his free throws. Williamson had 18 points for H-SC.
Atlantic 10: Ronald Roberts had 16 points and 10 rebounds as St. Joseph’s (14-9, 5-5 Atlantic 10) won 61-55 over Richmond (14-11, 4-6) in Philadelphia.
Langston Galloway’s 3-pointer with 22 seconds left gave the Hawks a 60-55 edge. Wayne Sparrow had nine points and eight rebounds for the Spiders. ...
CAA: Delaware (14-12, 9-4) solidified second place in the CAA by upending first-place Northeastern 76-74 in overtime in Boston.
Jarvis Threatt hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left for the Blue Hens, and Jonathan Lee — who led Northeastern (17-9, 12-2) with 23 points — missed a 3 near the buzzer. Jamelle Hagins had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Hens. ...
Manny Atkins, a former Virginia Tech player, scored 13 points and Georgia State allowed a season-low in points in a 61-43 victory over Hofstra.
The Panthers (13-14, 8-6), trailing 10-4, scored 16 consecutive points to lead 28-19 at halftime. They extended their lead to 43-25 midway through the second half and coasted home against the Pride (6-19, 3-9), though Hofstra's Stevie Mejia had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Big South: Javonte Green had 20 points and 16 rebounds to help Radford (12-14, 6-6 Big South) earn an 82-79 win at VMI (11-12, 6-5). The Keydets’ Stan Okoye had 30 points and 10 rebounds. ...
North Division leader High Point (14-10, 9-3) won 82-53 at Longwood (4-22, 1-11 Big South) despite Michael Kessens’ 14 points and 14 rebounds. ...
Tavares Speaks' 28 points helped Liberty (9-17, 5-7) gain an 82-80 win at Campbell (10-16, 5-7). The Camels missed two short shots to tie in the final seconds.
Conference USA: Maurice Kemp had 23 points as East Carolina (14-9, 5-5 Conference USA) beat visiting Alabama Birmingham 74-61.
CNU women 74, Mary Baldwin 39
In a game held in support of breast-cancer awareness, 22nd-ranked Division III team Christopher Newport cruised past winless Mary Baldwin at the Freeman Center behind Kelly Halverson’s 20 points.
CNU (22-2, 15-2 USA South) has one regular-season contest before the conference tournament.
Halverson, from Poquoson, shot 7-of-9 from the field -- 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Jordan Miller added 11 points.
Shanice Miles led the Squirrels (0-24, 0-17) with 15 points and Shamanda Washington had 12 rebounds.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun