Hot-shooting West Virginia spoiled the first game of Old Dominion's Mexican adventure, despite the efforts of two Peninsula District alums.
Eron Harris had 19 points to guide the Mountaineers past ODU 78-60 Tuesday in the Cancun Challenge. WVU shot 56 percent (28-of-50) to the Monarchs' 39 percent (23-of-59).
ODU (4-2) will play again at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the consolation game against another relatively big-name opponent: the loser between Saint Louis and Wisconsin.
Former Bethel High standout Aaron Bacote had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead the Monarchs, shooting 8-of-21 from the field. Dimitri Batten, who played for Heritage and then Kecoughtan High, added 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
Point guard Juwan Staten controlled the game with 13 points, nine assists, four rebounds and three steals.
ODU coach Jeff Jones cited Staten's penetration as being a big factor.
"We never could get a handle on the game defensively," Jones said on the postgame radio show. "In all of our other games, we were able to do enough defensively to get out in the open court offensively."
Referring to Harris, who was 3-of-5 from 3-point range, Jones added, "It's unusual to have to guard a player as far out as he was shooting."
The Monarchs outrebounded WVU 35-28 but endured 9-of-22 frustration at the free-throw line.
"We were playing against men out there," Jones said. "They're big and strong and tough. That's something our guys can aspire to. ... (They can) get into the weight room. Wins are created in the offseason."
Va. Wesleyan 103, Apprentice 68
Virginia Wesleyan (4-0), ranked 13th nationally by d3hoops.com, scored the game’s first 12 points and beat the Builders (5-2) at Batten Center, avenging last year’s defeat.
DJ Woodmore netted 30 points for the Marlins, who hit 17 3-pointers. The Builders’ Jamal Curry had 22 points and 11 rebounds.
NSU 105, Stillman 83
Pendarvis Williams had 32 points, seven rebounds and five assists as Norfolk State pulled away and early and coasted past Stillman 105-83. It was the Spartans' second NIT Season Tip-Off consolation victory in two days in Piscataway, N.J.
Brandon Goode had 22 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. Jamal Fuentes had nine assists for NSU (5-2), which led 30-6 less than 9 1/2 minutes into the game against Stillman (1-4), a Division II program in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
ECU 81, UNC Asheville 70
Paris Roberts-Campbell scored 20 and Prince Williams 19 as East Carolina (6-1) beat UNC Asheville 81-70 in an NIT consolation finale in Kingston, R.I. UNCA fell to 1-6 despite Sam Hughes' 21 points.
The Pirates won both their NIT games in the home arena of the University of Rhode Island, where Akeem Richmond played before transferring to ECU. He had 10 points Tuesday and 25 in Monday's 91-62 victory against McNeese State.
St. John’s (4-1) beat Longwood 65-47 in New York as the Red Storm’s Chris Obekpa had six blocks, eight rebounds and six points, supplementing D’Angelo Harrison’s 18 points.
Jeylani Dublin led the Lancers (2-4) with 16 points off the bench. ...
Host Princeton (4-1) beat George Mason 71-66, spoiling the Patriots' comeback from a 40-23 halftime deficit. Hans Brase' layup gave the Tigers a 68-66 edge.
Sherrod Wright paced the Patriots (4-2) with 27 points, shooting 10-of-16, and had eight rebounds and four steals. ...
Cedrick Williams scored 15 and Ben Eblen 13 as host UNC Wilmington (4-4) defeated Campbellsville 72-55. ...
Host Missouri State beat Liberty 54-52, though the Flames' Davon Marshall had 17 points. ...
Kendall Knorr scored a career-high 17 and had seven rebounds as Navy (4-3) beat Maryland Eastern Shore 67-59 in Annapolis, Md. ...
James Livingston scored 23 points, including his team’s last eight, as Wesley (4-0), a Capital Athletic Conference rival of CNU, upended Division III No. 8 Hampden-Sydney 78-72.
Wesley’s David Langan, who had made 22 straight shots from the field coming into the game, made his first shot but missed his second, finishing one field goal shy of tying the D-III record for consecutive made field goals, held by Mount Union’s Todd Richards in the 2000 season. ...
Matt McCarthy's basket with seven-10ths of a second left in overtime lifted Guilford (6-0, 2-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) to a 73-71 win against Randolph-Macon (1-3, 0-1) in Greensboro, N.C.
Joe Hassell and Menchville High graduate Andre Simon both scored 17 for the Yellow Jackets. Lamont Moore, from Tidewater Academy, knocked down a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 13 points for R-MC. ...
Seniors Bradley Riester and Dylan Farinet combined to scored 53 points in leading Mary Washington to a 93-68 victory over Shenandoah.
UC Santa Barbara 66, Hampton 62
The Pirates fought back from 11 points behind early in the second half to take the lead but lost a highly competitive game in California, dropping to 3-2 -- 1-2 on their current trip.
Alyssa Bennett's jump shot put HU ahead 60-58 with 2:14 left, but guard Destini Mason's three-point play -- layup and free throw -- gave UCSB the lead to stay at 61-60 with 1:12 to go.
After three HU misses, Nicole Nesbit's two free throws at 0:19 put USCB ahead 63-60. Bennett's basket made it 63-62 with 14 seconds left.
Nesbit hit two more free throws, HU's Malia Tate-DeFreitas missed a 3-point try with 5 seconds left, and Mason made a clinching free throw with 1 second left.
Bennett had 23 points and 16 rebounds, DeFreitas had 14 points, Nicole Hamilton 10 points and Brielle Ward 11 rebounds for HU. Mason paced UCSB, a WNIT team last season that was picked to finish fifth this year in the Big West, with 23 points.
Andrea Paphites had 22 points, six rebounds and six assists as Virginia Wesleyan (4-1, 2-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) beat visiting Lynchburg 70-52. Brittany Glasco had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Marlins. ...
Sandra Ngoie hit a jumper with 2 seconds left, lifting George Mason (5-2) to a 66-65 home win against Longwood (3-2). Ngoie had 22 points and eight rebounds.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun