In a game of big runs by both teams, UNCW’s Tanner Milson sank a tying 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left. But Matt Rum spotted Rusthoven open at the other end of the court and launched a pass to him, prompting a Chris Dixon foul.
Rusthoven hit the front rim on the first free throw but sank the second, and UNCW star Keith Rendleman’s half-court heave missed at the horn.
Rusthoven, Marcus Thornton and Brandon Britt scored 17 points each for the Tribe (13-15, 7-10 Colonial Athletic Association). Rendleman had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Seahawks (10-19, 5-12).
Last-place Virginia Tech (12-16, 3-12 ACC) held the host Hurricanes (23-4, 14-1) without a basket during an 11-minute stretch, but Miami still won easily behind Shane Larkin’s 22 points and six assists.
The Hurricanes can clinch their first ACC regular-season championship by winning Saturday at Duke.
Erick Green, enduring plenty of Miami defensive attention, had 16 points, four assists and three rebounds.
Sixth-seeded Apprentice School fell 81-67 to third-seeded Daemen (N.Y.) in the first round of the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association nationals in Uniontown, Pa.
Three-time USCAA All-American Tevin Andrews had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Builders, and Darrell Fenton added 14 points and nine rebounds. For Daemen, Casey Sheehan dominated with 24 points, seven rebounds, six assists and six steals.
Daemen scored 16 straight points to take a 24-12 lead. The Builders, who never threatened after that, will play in the consolation bracket Thursday morning against No. 7 seed Victory of Memphis, Tenn.
CAA (besides W&M-UNCW)
Delaware (17-13, 12-5) clinched the No. 2 seed in the CAA tournament by edging Hofstra 57-56 in Hempstead, N.Y., setting up a possible rematch in Richmond against the likely-to-be-seventh-seeded Pride (7-23, 4-13).
Hofstra went ahead 12-2, but the Blue Hens took the lead for good on Jarvis Threatt’s 3-point shot with 2:33 remaining. ...
Joel Smith had 29 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies, who overcame a 13-point first-half deficit. Manny Atkins, a transfer from Virginia Tech, had 26 points and 12 rebounds for Georgia State (15-16, 10-8) — which, like UNCW, Old Dominion and Towson — is ineligble for the CAA tournament.
Cedrick Lindsay had 19 points as Richmond (17-11, 7-6) survived a sluggish start to beat George Washington 73-64 at Robins Center.
The game pitted two teams trying to ensure they will finish among the top 12 in the 16-team Atlantic 10 and thus qualify for the tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y. Kevin Larsen had 16 points for the Colonials (12-14, 6-7).
Lucas Woodhouse scored 20 points as Longwood (7-23, 4-11) won 79-66 at Campbell (12-18, 7-8). Woodhouse’s 3-pointer with 11:11 left gave the Lancers the lead to stay at 51-49. ...
Radford (13-17, 7-8) upset host High Point 63-58 behind Rashun Davis’ 17 points.
Christopher Grier scored 20 for the Trojans, whose season ended. St. Aug's is headed to the quarterfinals.
Bowie State then disposed of Chowan 78-56 to reach the quarterfinals, thanks in part to Byron Westmorland's 25 points.
Quinton McDuffie of Suffolk, a former Nansemond River High standout, led the Hawks with 24 points.
Women: Parress Davis had 15 points and 10 rebounds as Virginia Union edged Virginia State 57-55 to reach the semis.