Dwayne Evans had 21 points and 10 rebounds as No. 12 Saint Louis extended its winning streak to 17, holding off visiting VCU 64-62 and taking total command in their bid to repeat as the Atlantic 10 regular-season champs.
VCU overcame a 49-37 deficit at the 10:26 mark to pull even at 53 when Treveon Graham converted a layup and free throw with 2:20 remaining, but the Billikens (23-2, 10-0) went on a 7-0 run to regain control.
VCU didn't cut the gap to two again until Juvonte Reddic's follow with four-tenths of a second left. Saint Louis inbounded the ball to end the contest.
Graham supplied 16 points and eight rebounds for the Rams (20-6, 8-3), who won seven of eight entering the contest. Reddic had 13 points and nine rebounds, while Chesapeake's Briante Weber had 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists. ...
Kendall Anthony scored 24 points as Richmond, trying to stay in the chase for an NCAA tournament at-large bid, beat Fordham 82-70 at Robins Center.
For the Spiders (17-8, 7-3), winners of three straight, ShawnDre' Jones added 14 points, Deion Taylor finished with 13 and Trey Davis scored 11 on 5-of-5 shooting from the field.
Jon Severe dropped in a game-high 28 points for the Rams (9-15, 2-9), who trailed 54-51 before a 13-4 run all but ended their hopes. ...
Matthew Wright scored 24 points, leading four Bonnies in double figures, as St. Bonaventure (15-10, 5-6) won 85-73 at George Mason (9-16, 2-9).
Jordan Gathers added 18 points and Dion Wright scored 15 off the bench, followed by Youssou Ndoye with 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks.
The Patriots were paced by Bryon Allen. He dropped in a game-high 26 points, shooting 10-of-13 from the floor, including 4-of-6 behind the 3-point line. Sherrod Wright added 20 points for the hosts, who saw a two-game win streak end. ...
In a big game between potential NCAA tournament at-large hopefuls, Sampson Carter had 20 points as Massachusetts (20-5, 7-4) beat George Washington 67-61 in D.C.
For the Colonials (19-6, 7-4), Patricio Garino scored 20 and Isaiah Armwood 16.
Tulsa routed Old Dominion 76-37 in Oklahoma, holding the Monarchs (12-14, 6-5) to the fewest points allowed for an opponent since the Golden Hurricane held Rice to 37 points on Feb. 20, 2008.
It's the fourth time since the opening of the Reynolds Center that the Hurricane has held an opponent to fewer than 40 points. Tulsa (13-12, 8-3) also held ODU's leading scorer, Aaron Bacote — a former Bethel High star — scoreless in 26 minutes.
James Woodard led Tulsa's balanced offense with 14 points. Ambrose Mosley scored 12 and Richard Ross had 11 points for Old Dominion, which shot 28 percent and was outrebounded 34-21. ...
Host North Texas edged East Carolina 53-51 in Denton, dropping the Pirates to 13-13, 2-9.
The Mean Green, coming off a home loss to ODU, improved to 12-13, 3-8.
Christopher Newport clinched a spot in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, defeating Penn State-Harrisburg 74-44 at Freeman Center behind Mike Cherry's 16 points and Evan Thorpe's 15.
The Captains (16-7, 8-6) broke from a 12-12 deadlock with a 27-12 run for a 39-24 halftime lead. Besides his scoring, Thorpe had seven rebounds and three steals in 21 minutes off the bench.
"That's about as efficient as it gets," CNU coach John Krikorian said on cnusports.com. "Evan gave us a real spark today and really helped us build the lead."
The Lions (8-15, 5-9) beat CNU 63-60 in overtime Jan. 11 but couldn't repeat the victory. ...
Host Roanoke upended Virginia Wesleyan 84-79, though DJ Woodmore had 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Marlins (17-6, 10-4 Old Dominion Athletic Conference).
The Maroons (11-10, 5-8), paced by Andrew Daniels' 22 points, never trailed and led much of the game by double figures. ...
In a matchup of nationally ranked CAC teams, No. 10 Wesley (20-2, 12-2) won 91-75 at No. 13 Mary Washington behind post player David Langan's 33 points -- including the 1,000th of his career -- and 11 rebounds. He broke the Wolverines' career rebounding record.
Ron Curry's layup with 27 seconds left lifted James Madison to a 64-62 home victory over UNC Wilmington.
Chris Dixon's 3-pointer with 54 seconds remaining got the Seahawks (8-20, 2-11 Colonial Athletic Association) even before Curry made the game-winner for the Dukes (10-17, 5-8).
After Curry's basket, the Seahawks missed a pair of shots, including a shot beyond the arc by Tanner Milson that could have won the game.
Curry finished with 13 points. Andrey Semenov, with four 3-pointers, led the Dukes with 18 points, with Charles Cooke and Andre Nation adding 10 each.
The Dukes helped themselves at the free-throw line, making 19 of 26. Milson, with three 3-pointers, led the Seahawks with 11 points.
QJ Peterson had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and he made a key layup to lift Virginia Military Institute to a 77-70 victory at Liberty in Lynchburg.
Peterson made a layup with 56 seconds left, giving VMI a 70-68 lead. The Keydets then made seven of eight free throws to seal it.
Rodney Glasgow scored 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting to lead VMI (15-10, 8-4 Big South), which has won five of its last six games. D.J. Covington, a Norfolk Academy graduate from Virginia Beach, finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season.
Antwan Burrus was 11 of 19 from the field, scoring 23 points to lead Liberty (9-18, 3-9). ...
John Brown scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead High Point over host Radford 72-65.
High Point (11-13, 7-4 Big South) moved a half-game ahead of Radford (17-10, 7-5) in the competitive North Division. The Panthers made 21 of 22 free throws to go along with 45 percent shooting from the floor.
Javonte Green led Radford with 18 points. ...
Lucas Woodhouse scored 18 points and Tristan Carey had 17 points and 13 rebounds as Longwood rode a lopsided first half to a 76-53 upset over Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C., and ended a five-game losing streak.
Longwood (8-19, 3-9) took a 46-13 halftime lead on the Camels (12-15, 6-6).
Kecoughtan High graduate Josh Fortune hit two 3-pointers and a layup to start a burst that gave Providence a 23-7 lead en route to an 84-61 home victory over DePaul.
The Friars (17-9, 7-6) snapped a three-game slide.
All five Holy Cross starters scored in double figures as the third-place Crusaders (16-10, 10-4), coached by Hampton native Milan Brown, won 72-67 at Lehigh (13-14, 6-8).
Justin Burrell put the game away with seven points in the final 30 seconds.
Charles Oliver scored a career-high 19 points, sinking all three of his shots from 3-point range, to lift Robert Morris to a 69-61 win over Mount St. Mary's near Pittsburgh.
Robert Morris (16-11, 11-1 Northeast Conference) took the lead midway through the first period on an Oliver 3-pointer that made it 14-13 with 11:57 left in the half and wouldn't trail again.
The Mount (10-14, 6-5) closed to within three points midway through the second half with a Julian Norfleet 3-pointer, but RMU responded with a 10-2 run. Rashad Whack led the Mountaineers, who are coached by New Kent High graduate Jamion Christian, with 27 points.
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