There are no more unbeaten teams in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. The Hampton Pirates and their Phoebus connection helped ensure that.
HU (9-10, 4-2) traveled to Georgia and defeated Savannah State 80-71 Saturday behind Du'Vaughn Maxwell's 21 points and nine rebounds, handing the Tigers (7-13, 5-1) their first league loss and vaulting the Pirates into the MEAC race.
Brian Darden added 17 points, along with three assists and three steals. He was 3-of-10 from 3-point range and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. Breon Key, Darden's fellow Phoebus High alumnus, added 14 points, sinking 8-of-11 foul shots.
Jeremiah Hill had 15 points for Savannah State, which was outscored 28-11 at the free-throw line.
Meanwhile, North Carolina A&T (7-13, 3-2) edged Morgan State 68-67 in Greensboro, dropping the Bears to 6-11, 4-1. ...
Norfolk State, which didn't lose a conference regular-season game, fell to 5-2 in the MEAC with a 73-61 loss at South Carolina State.
Brandon Goode had 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for the Spartans, but they couldn't overcome the Bulldogs, who were playing one day after a high-profile fatal shooting on their campus.
SCSU's Adama Adams went 17-for-17 on free throws and finished with 23 points.
When VCU joined the Atlantic 10 before the 2012-13 season, the idea was to give the Rams a better chance to earn an NCAA tournament bid through regular-season play, giving the tougher schedule of conference opponents compared to the Colonial Athletic Association.
Saturday's dramatic victory in Philadelphia was an example of that.
In a wild, see-saw battle between A-10 contenders, VCU (16-4, 4-1) led by 11 points in the first half but trailed by 10 with 5:10 left in regulation.
The Rams staged a furious rally in which Graham scored six straight points in the final 64 seconds to force overtime.
Graham, a junior nicknamed "Freight Train," also had 12 rebounds, helping VCU gain a 48-39 edge on the boards. Senior Juvonte Reddic had 27 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Rams.
Brandenberg, who finished with nine points, was silent most of the way. But his 3-pointers came 44 seconds apart in the second overtime and were sandwiched around a La Salle turnover and put VCU ahead for good, 88-82.
In the final 1:19, junior guard Briante Weber hit 7-of-8 free throws to keep the Rams in command. Weber, from Chesapeake's Great Bridge High, totaled 12 points, five rebounds, five assists, and five steals.
After missing his first seven shots, Tyrone Garland -- a transfer from Virginia Tech -- finished with a career-high 30 points to lead La Salle (11-8, 3-2). ...
A strong second half propelled George Washington past George Mason 75-69 in Fairfax as the schools -- in what is now known as the Revolutionary Rivalry -- met for the first time as members of the Atlantic 10.
Kevin Larsen and Joe McDonald each scored 14 points to lead five Colonials in double figures as GW (16-3, 4-1) won its fourth straight game. The Colonials were playing their first game of the season without second-leading scorer Kethan Savage, who fractured his left foot a week ago and is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks.
Reserve Johnny Williams tied a career high with 18 points to lead all scorers for George Mason (7-13, 0-6). ...
Kendall Anthony scored 19 points and Trey Davis had 14 points and 12 rebounds as Richmond defeated Saint Joseph's 77-62 at Robins Center.
Six players hit 3-pointers for the Spiders (14-6, 4-1 Atlantic 10), who had 10. Cedrick Lindsay had 16 points and reserves Deion Taylor and Terry Allen had 11 and 10, respectively.
Halil Kanacevic had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for the Hawks (13-6, 3-2). Langston Galloway, who had 13 points, had a trio of 3s to set the St. Joe's career record with 296.
Stellar free-throw shooting -- 25-of-27 -- enabled Apprentice School to win 82-78 at its recent U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association nemesis, Washington Adventist, in Takoma Park, Md.
Johnnie Ferebee scored 24 points for the Builders (13-7), who are ranked seventh in the USCAA, as they upended the No. 2 Shock in a roller-coaster ride that included five ties and 10 lead changes in the second half. Washington Adventist had won the teams' previous seven meetings.
Jay Melendez added 15, including a pair of clinching free throws with 3 seconds remaining. The Builders made all eight of their shots from the line in the final 66 seconds.
Jamal Curry had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Apprentice, and Lance Darden added 10 points. ...
Tra Benefield and Mike Cherry each had 23 points as Christopher Newport (12-4, 5-3 Capital Athletic Conference) rolled to an 84-41 victory at Frostburg State (2-15, 1-8). ...
Dylan Farinet scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 15 Mary Washington (15-2, 8-1 CAC) to a 63-57 win at York (Pa.) (2-15, 1-8). ...
DJ Woodmore netted 17 points and Colby Heard 14 as No. 16 Virginia Wesleyan (13-4, 6-2 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) dominated Washington and Lee 85-54 at Batten Center. The Generals fell to 5-12, 2-6. ...
Walsingham Academy graduate Corey Brown had 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field to help Randolph overcome Hampden-Sydney 76-73 in Lynchburg, leaving both teams at 10-7, 4-4 ODAC.
Brown's jumper with 47 seconds left broke a 71-71 tie and put the WildCats ahead to stay. ...
Jared Carithers scored 20 and Avery Green 19 as Shenandoah (11-6, 3-5 ODAC), coached by Tabb High graduate Rob Pryor, won 85-75 at Emory and Henry (2-15, 0-8).
Freshman reserve Jackson Kent provided a season-high 17 points and Andre Nation added 15 as James Madison (7-13, 2-4) outlasted the College of Charleston 58-56 in Harrisonburg.
Anthony Stitt's 3-point try from the left corner rimmed out just before the final buzzer for the Cougars (11-10, 3-3), who got 22 points from Willis Hall and 13 points and 13 rebounds from former Steward School player Adjehi Baru. ...
Towson (12-8, 3-2), coming off a heartbreaking 57-54 loss to Northeastern on Wednesday in which it fell on a 3-pointer at the buzzer, had a second consecutive game where its first-half defense let it down.
The Tigers trailed 40-25 at halftime, and although they got to within four points on several occasions in the second half, they could get no closer.
Guard Jarvis Threatt added 20 points and guard Davon Usher 17 for Delaware, which won its eighth game in a row. The Blue Hens forced 17 turnovers and committed only seven.
Forward Jerrelle Benimon had another monster game for Towson, with 29 points and 16 rebounds. ...
Demetrius Pollard of Virginia Beach scored 25 points and Scott Eatherton added 18 with seven rebounds as Northeastern defeated host Hofstra 70-57.
The Huskies (7-14, 4-3) shot 51.9 percent from the field and hit 9 of 17 3-pointers. Pollard was 9 of 14, 6 of 8 beyond the arc, and dished out six assists. David Walker chipped in 10 points for Northeastern.
Hofstra (7-13, 3-2) was led by Dion Nesmith with 18 points.
Daveon Boardingham scored 15 points to push Southern Mississippi past East Carolina 60-46 in Greenville, N.C.
East Carolina (11-9, 0-5 Conference USA) held a two-point lead midway through the second half, but a 16-1 run -- sparked by two Boardingham dunks and capped by another -- put the Golden Eagles up for good with 2:21 remaining. Southern Miss (18-3, 5-1) outscored ECU by 21 in the second half.
Akeem Richmond paced the Pirates with 18 points and five assists.
Creighton (17-3, 7-1) beat Georgetown 76-63 in Omaha, Neb., though Markel Starks had 21 points for the Hoyas (11-8, 3-5).
Justin Burrell scored 17 points and Dave Dudzinski added 16 points and nine rebounds as Holy Cross cruised past Navy 67-52 in Annapolis, Md.
Holy Cross (11-9, 5-3 Patriot), coached by Hampton native Milan Brown, has won seven straight and nine of its last 10 games with the Midshipmen,
Keon Johnson drove from beyond midcourt to score with 1.5 seconds remaining as Winthrop rallied past VMI 58-57 in a wild finishin Rock Hill, S.C.
The Eagles (10-8, 4-2 Big South) had trailed by as many as 15 before halftime. The Keydets (10-9, 3-3), who lead the conference in points per game, shot just 34.5 percent and posted their second-lowest point total of the season, though Virginia Beach's DJ Covington had 19 points and 12 rebounds. ...
Elijah Wilson scored 22 points as Coastal Carolina (11-9, 4-2) defeated host Radford 69-61, hitting its last eight free throws and outscoring the Highlanders 19-9 on foul shots.
Rashun Davis was the leading scorer for the Highlanders (13-8, 3-3) with 16 points. Ya Ya Anderson added 15 and Javonte Green 14. Green also blocked four shots.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun