Tra Benefield had 23 points and nine rebounds as Christopher Newport, ranked No. 18 nationally by d3hoops.com, held off Salisbury 56-47 at Freeman Center to extend the Captains' winning streak to five.
The Captains (8-1, 2-0 Capital Athletic Conference) led 28-8 at halftime after the Sea Gulls shot 2-of-22 from the field in the first half.
A Salisbury rally trimmed the gap to 50-45. Reserve Charles Porter led the Sea Gulls (2-4, 0-2) with 20 points, 16 in the second half. CNU finished at 29.5 percent from the field to Salisbury's 28.
Northern Ky. 69, Hampton 67
Jordan Jackson hit a jump shot just before the final buzzer for the Northern Kentucky Norse to doom the Pirates (5-6) to defeat in Highland Heights, Ky.
Jackson had 21 points and four rebounds for Northern Kentucky. Du’Vaughn Maxwell had 14 points, six rebounds and six blocks for the Pirates, while sophomore Deron Powers had 16 points and five assists.
HU trailed 15-5, controlled much of the game to go ahead 41-29, but couldn’t hold the lead as regulation ended in a 59-59 tie. Todd Johnson’s 3-pointer cut the gap to 59-58 with 1:56 left in regulation, and a Jackson free throw with 41 seconds left was the final point in regulation.
In overtime, a Maxwell jumper put HU ahead 67-65, but Jake Giesler’s layup with 1:05 to go forced a tie. After Jackson’s winning shot, Brian Darden missed a desperation 3 to end the game.
Nicholas Paulos scored 21 points -- all from 3-point land -- for UNC Greensboro, which dominated the second half to overcome James Madison 78-65 at Greensboro Coliseum. Kyle Cain added 20 points for UNCG.
The Spartans (6-6), who trailed 42-36 at halftime, came out hot from 3-point range and pulled away. They finished 11-of-19 behind the arc for the night, including Paulos' 7-of-11.
The Dukes fell to 3-9, though JMU sophomore Ron Curry scored a career-high 23 points. Andrey Semenov scored his 1,000th JMU point, though he had just four points and was 1-of-8. ...
Halil Kanacevic had 27 points and 14 assists to lead Saint Joseph's (5-4) past visiting Drexel 75-55 in an all-Philadelphia matchup.
The Dragons (7-3), who led 27-23 at halftime, got 20 points from Tavon Allen. ...
Angus Brandt had 27 points and six rebounds to help Oregon State beat Towson 76-67, dropping the Tigers to 7-5 -- 0-5 away from their home arena.
The Beavers, coached by First Lady Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson, improved to 6-2. They went on a 10-0 surge for a 30-20 lead and weren't threatened afterward.
For Towson, one of the CAA favorites, Mike Burwell had 20 points, Marcus Damas 14 points and six rebounds and Jerrelle Benimon 11 points and 12 rebounds. ...
Khem Birch had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead UNLV past Radford 81-62 as part of the Las Vegas Classic.
Jelan Kendrick paced the Rebels (5-4) with 18 points, while Roscoe Smith added 13 points and 12 rebounds.
For Radford (6-4), Javonte Green was the only player in double figures with 18 points, doing so on 8-of-18 shooting from the field. ...
Barton pulled away in the first half to beat Virginia State 87-68 in Wilson, N.C. ...
Aaron Walton-Moss netted 40 points as host Cabrini (9-0), ranked fourth nationally by d3hoops.com, beat Randolph-Macon 98-91 in Radnor, Pa. His jumper put the Cavaliers ahead for good with 52 seconds left, and R-MC (4-4) committed three turnovers in the final minute.
For the Yellow Jackets, who led 87-85 with less than two minutes remaining, reserve Chris Hamilton had 23 points and Menchville High graduate Andre Simon nine.
Hampton recorded one of its best victories in school history, rallying from a double-digit deficit to defeat Drexel 50-47 on the Dragons' home court in Philadelphia.
HU (8-3) trailed the defending WNIT champion 32-18 at halftime but got untracked in the second half behind a pair of Peninsula District products, extending the Pirates' winning streak to three.
Phoebus High alumna Nicole Hamilton had 12 of her 18 points in the second half. Former Hampton Crabber Alyssa Bennett had 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Rachel Pearson had 19 points for the Dragons (4-6), but just two after halftime.
A 6-0 run tied the score at 45. Two free throws by freshman Malia Tate-DeFreitas with 1:03 left gave HU its first lead, 47-45.
Sarah Curran's layup tied the game with 50 seconds left, but a free throw by Bennett at 0:32 and two foul shots by Hamilton at 0:13 provided the final points. Meghan Creighton's 3-point attempt at the buzzer for the Dragons sailed long. ...
Jazmen Boone scored 20 points and Kaitlyn Mathieu had 18 points and 11 rebounds to spark William and Mary (2-6) to a 67-53 victory over Radford (2-8) at Kaplan Arena.
W&M outscored the Highlanders 23-6 in the final 7:32. Kyla Kerstetter contributed with nine points, eight rebounds and a school-record-tying nine steals. ...
Christopher Newport (7-2, 1-1), ranked 23rd in the Division III coaches poll, gained its first Capital Athletic Conference victory with a 78-68 victory over Salisbury (4-3, 1-1) at Freeman Center.
Five Captains scored in double figures, led by Tia Perry with 16 points. CNU took an 11-0 lead and never was ahead by fewer than six points after that. The Captains shot 55 percent from the field in the first half. ...
Robyn Parks scored 29 points as VCU ran its winning streak to eight games by defeating Manhattan 85-64 at Siegel Center. ...
Vanderbilt (9-2) outlasted James Madison 89-85 in overtime before 2,260 in Harrisonburg, though JMU junior Toia Giggetts -- from Norfolk's Lake Taylor High -- had 14 rebounds and career-high 25 points for the Dukes (8-3).
Vanderbilt guard Christina Foggie, who led all scorers with 29 points, hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:58 left and assisted on the go-ahead layup by Heather Bowe 27 seconds later. JMU had won its last eight overtime games, a streak that stretched to January 2010. ...
Freshman Stephanie Mavunga had 20 points and 12 rebounds as No. 14 North Carolina (10-2) beat No. 10 South Carolina 74-66 at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Convention Center.
South Carolina (9-1), in its sixth year under former U.Va. star guard and Olympian Dawn Staley's coaching, got 23 points from Aleighsa Welch. ...
Pilar Walker had 16 points as Eastern Kentucky (6-5) beat Longwood 60-47 in Farmville, though freshman Treasure Avery had season highs of 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Lancers (3-6). ...
Tracey Carrington scored 30 of her game-high 35 points in the second half to lead host Morgan State to a 69-63 comeback win over Towson (4-6) in Baltimore.
Senior guard Tanisha McTiller had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Tigers, who are coached by Phoebus High graduate Niki Reid Geckeler.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun