Pendarvis Williams scored 16 points Saturday as Norfolk State earned a season split with Morgan State, beating the Bears 64-53 in Baltimore.
The Spartans (13-10, 7-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) took sole possession of second place behind North Carolina Central by holding Morgan State to 33 percent shooting. RaShid Gaston scored 11 points and Jamel Fuentes 10 for NSU.
Morgan State (8-13, 6-3), which won the season’s earlier meeting in Norfolk, was led by Justin Black with 16 points and Ian Chiles with 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks.
Langston Galloway scored 24 points -- including a pair of free throws in the final half-minute -- and DeAndre Bembry 18 as St. Joseph's defeated VCU 69-62 in Philadelphia.
The Hawks (16-7, 6-3 Atlantic 10), who played only eight men, opened breathing room with a Galloway 3-pointer and a free throw for a 38-30 lead after halftime.
VCU's Juvonte Reddic and Melvin Johnson kept closing the gap. Reddic entered the game with four straight double-doubles, but finished with 17 points and eight rebounds.
His basket at 1:15 remaining cut the lead for St. Joseph's to 65-62, but Galloway and Chris Wilson each hit a pair of free throws after Treveon Graham was called for a basket-negating charge.
The loss dropped VCU (19-5, 7-2) into a second-place tie with its opponent Wednesday at Siegel Center, George Washington. Johnson came off the bench to score 14 for the Rams. ...
Sherrod Wright had 23 points as George Mason achieved its first conference victory as an A-10 member, overcoming Duquesne 74-68 in Pittsburgh -- though Ovie Soko, a former Hampton Roads Academy and Bethel High standout, led the Dukes (10-12, 2-7) with 21 points and eight rebounds.
The Patriots (8-15, 1-8) outshot the Dukes from the floor (50 percent to 41.8) and free-throw line (71.4 percent to 57.1).
Wesley, ranked sixth in NCAA Division III, turned back Christopher Newport 66-63 in Dover, Del.
Quincy Pettiford scored 19 points for the host Wolverines (18-2, 10-2 Capital Athletic Conference), who trailed for most of the first half. Mike Cherry led the Captains with 24 points, though he missed a 3-pointer from the left corner that would have forced overtime just before the final buzzer.
Tra Benefield added 14 points for the Captains (14-7, 6-6), who have found the CAC tougher than their previous home, the USA South. ...
Trent Batson scored a tiebreaking dunk on a putback at the final buzzer as Virginia Wesleyan (16-5, 9-3 Old Dominion Athletic Conference), ranked No. 16 by d3hoops.com, edged Randolph 65-63 in Lynchburg.
A free throw by Randolph's Corey Brown, a Walsingham Academy graduate, with 2:36 remaining began a 5-0 stretch that pulled the WildCats (12-9, 6-6) even at 63. But Batson followed a DJ Woodmore miss with his decisive slam.
Woodmore had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Cameron Owens had 15 points and Batson had 11 rebounds and nine points for the Marlins. Warwick High graduate Breven Lyons contributed 11 points for VWC.
Brown had 13 points and eight rebounds for Randolph, which was led by Mike Ehilegbu's 20 points and nine rebounds. ...
Menchville High graduate Andre Simon scored 16 points and had eight rebounds as Randolph-Macon (17-4, 11-1) maintained sole possession of the ODAC lead, beating Lynchburg 84-72 in Ashland.
Sophomore Lamont Moore, a Tidewater Academy product from Wakefield, compiled his first collegiate double-double -- 15 points and 11 rebounds -- for the Yellow Jackets.
Manny Hernandez netted 19 points for the Hornets (15-6, 8-4).
Akeem Richmond scored 31 points, including 15-of-15 free throws, to lead East Carolina to an 81-71 home victory over Texas-San Antonio.
Caleb White added 18 for the Pirates, who shot 50 percent from the field and made 29 of 33 free throws.
ECU (13-11, 2-7 C-USA) led UTSA 33-25 at the break and increased the lead to 19 points with 8 minutes left in the second period before the Roadrunners executed a 20-7 run and cut the lead to 67-62 with just 3 minutes remaining.
UTSA used a fouling effort to close out, but the Pirates made all 14 free throws down the stretch to fend off the Roadrunners. Texas-San Antonio (7-15, 3-6) was paced by Keon Lewis with 16 points.
Virginia Beach's DJ Covington had 26 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks as VMI, which began Saturday tied for the Big South's North Division lead, ensured it will at least stay there with a 92-84 victory over Charleston Southern in Lexington.
Covington, a Norfolk Academy graduate, got plenty of support from QJ Peterson (22 points), Rodney Glasgow (18 points and seven assists) and Brian Brown (14 poiints).
For the Buccaneers, Saah Nimley had 17 points and Malcolm Bernard 16. ...
Jaron Lane scored a career-high 29 points and Andrew Rowsey added 23 as host UNC Asheville sneaked past Liberty 75-72.
UNC Asheville (13-11, 7-3 Big South) shot 48 percent, including 9 of 20 beyond the arc, and has won three in a row. Liberty (9-16, 3-7), which got 14 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four blocks from Andrew Smith, has dropped four straight. ...
Ya Ya Anderson poured in 23 points to boost Radford (16-9, 6-4) to an 83-66 win at Presbyterian (5-20, 1-9) in Clinton, S.C. ...
Coastal Carolina (14-10, 7-3), which shares the South Division lead with UNCA, beat Longwood 67-58 despite Tristan Carey's 16 points and nine rebounds for the Lancers (7-18, 2-8).
Josh Cameron had 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Chanticleers.
Chris Fouch netted 26 points for Drexel, which pulled away in the second half to defeat James Madison 78-60 in Philadelphia.
Frantz Massenat had 16 points and Richmond-area native Rodney Williams 14 for the Dragons (13-10, 5-5 Colonial Athletic Association), who shot 54.7 percent (29 of 53) from the field and outrebounded JMU 36-24.
The Dukes (8-16, 3-7), who shot just 37.2 percent (16 of 43), got 18 points and six rebounds from Charles Cooke. They were playing without sophomore standout Andre Nation, who did not make the trip as he addresses personal and academic concerns. ...
Host Towson (16-8, 7-2) kept its hold over William and Mary for second place, outlasting the College of Charleston 68-61 in overtime behind Jerrelle Benimon's 20 points -- seven of which came in the extra five minutes.
Willis Hall had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars (12-13, 4-6). ...
Jordan Allen scored six points in the final three minutes, including 4 of 5 from the free-throw line, as Hofstra (8-17, 4-6) overtook UNC Wilmington 61-52 in Hempstead, N.Y., to sweep the season series.
UNCW (6-19, 0-10) led 35-21 advantage at the intermission. But the Pride roared back with a strong second half, outscoring the Seahawks 40-17 over the final 20 minutes.
Markel Starks scored 19 points and Georgetown won its third straight game, defeating Butler 71-63 Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 18 points and Nate Lubick had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Hoyas (14-9, 5-6 Big East), who have turned it around after a five-game losing streak. Georgetown's winning streak began with a victory over then-No. 7 Michigan State at Madison Square Garden a week ago.
Georgetown led 29-25 at halftime and extended its advantage to 58-47 on a jumper by Smith-Rivera with 6:53 left. Butler battled back, getting within four points twice in the last 2:30, but Georgetown had the answers. Starks' jumper with 45 seconds left gave the Hoyas a 66-59 cushion.
Andrew Chrabascz scored a career-high 24 and Kellen Dunham added 15 for the Bulldogs (12-11, 2-9), who fell back into a last-place tie with DePaul during their first season in the Big East.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun