Friday's local men's college basketball roundup: W&M slams Salisbury; VCU hammers Longwood

Staff, wire reports

William and Mary shook off the rust from its exam-break layoff and eased past Salisbury 82-49 Friday at Kaplan Arena.

The Tribe (7-3) hadn't played since knocking off Radford on Dec. 8, but led the Division III Sea Gulls 43-22 by halftime and were never threatened after intermission. Twelve W&M players scored as Coach Tony Shaver emptied his bench late in the game, the Tribe's fourth consecutive victory.

Kyle Gallard fell just short of his second consecutive double-double, finishing with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Tribe. Marcus Thornton also had 15 points for W&M, and Matt Rum added a dozen.

Trevon Vann led all scorers with 17 for the Sea Gulls (9-3). But W&M's perimeter defense held the Sea Gulls to 3-for-21 shooting from 3-point range.

Next for the Tribe is a game Dec. 29 at Purdue and then a game Jan. 2 at Vanderbilt.

Kyle Gaillard and Marcus Thornton scored 15 points apiece Friday as the William and Mary men ended their exam break by cruising past Division III Salisbury 82-49 at Kaplan Arena.

W&M shot 55.4 percent against the Sea Gulls, who dealt the nation’s top-ranked Division III team, Virginia Wesleyan, its first loss of the season.

VCU 93, Longwood 56

The Rams (9-3) routed Longwood before another sold-out Siegel Center crowd to extend their winning streak to six. The Rams shot 50 percent from beyond the arc and hit 14 3-pointers — seven by Troy Daniels, who scored 25 points.

Juvonte Reddic went 9 of 12 from the field, finishing with 20 points for VCU.

Treveon Graham and Rob Brandenburg made three 3-pointers apiece, scoring 16 and 11 points, respectively, for the Rams.

VCU started the game on a 19-8 run, during which Graham went 3-for-3 from 3-point range. VCU led 50-31 at halftime.

Longwood (3-10) shot just 38.5 percent (10 for 26) in the second half.

VCU turned the ball over 12 times, compared to 27 for the Lancers.

David Robinson led Longwood with 18 points but turned the ball over seven times.

Liberty 81, Milligan 63

John Caleb Sanders scored 24 points, on 9-of-11 shooting, as the Flames (2-10) beat Milligan (8-7) of the NAIA.

Davon Marshall scored 13 points and Tavares Speaks came off the bench to add 13 for Liberty.

Palaima Ignas led Milligan with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Delaware 83, Penn 60

Jamelle Hagins of Roanoke and Jarvis Threatt scored 18 points each as the Blue Hens beat the short-handed Quakers.

Hagins, who entered fourth in Division I with 12.1 rebounds per game, added 13 boards for his eighth double-double this season.

Threatt, from Highland Springs High near Richmond, added seven rebounds and four assists, and Devon Saddler and Terrell Rogers had 12 points for the Blue Hens (4-8)

Penn (2-8) was without five regulars — including its second-leading scorer, Miles Cartwright — who were out for violating team rules, according to a team spokesman.

UNC Asheville 72, St. John’s 65

Williamsburg's Keith Hornsby scored 14 points as the Bulldogs rallied past the Red Storm in New York.

Jeremy Atkinson scored a career-high 31 points for UNCA, which rallied from 12 points down with just more than 12 minutes remaining.

Atkinson, a 6-4 senior forward, scored 17 points in the final push for the Bulldogs (5-7). He also had nine rebounds and shot 10-for-11 from the free-throw line.

D'Angelo Harrison scored 24 points to lead St. John's (8-4), which led by 17 in the first half.

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