Top seeds Hofstra, UNC Wilmington to meet in CAA tournament final
Mar 07, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Ameen Tanksley scored 23 points and Hofstra edged William & Mary, 70-67, in a Colonial Athletic Association tournament semifinal Sunday at Royal Farms Arena.
The top-seeded Pride (24-8) will face No. 2 seed UNC Wilmington (24-7) in the title game Monday night.
In a close game throughout, a layup by Hofstra's Denton Koon tied it at 56 during an 8-0 run that left the Pride up by four with 5:46 remaining.
No. 5 seed William & Mary (20-11) tied it at 65 on a 3-pointer by Greg Malinowski with 3:41 to go. But the Tribe scored just one more basket, and Koon's layup with eight seconds left was the difference.
Koon finished with 10 points for Hofstra. Brian Bernardi and Juan'ya Green both scored 14 points, and Rokas Gustys grabbed 13 rebounds, six offensive.
Malinowski, who entered the game averaging 7.2 points, led William & Mary with a career-high 22, hitting five 3-pointers.
No. 2 seed UNC Wilmington 73, No. 6 Northeastern 70: Chris Flemmings scored 21 points and hit four 3-pointers as the Seahawks (24-7) edged the Huskies in the second tournament semifinal.
UNC Wilmington broke open a close game with a 16-2 run early in the second half, including a pair of 3-pointers by Flemmings, to lead 55-42 midway through the second half.
Northeastern made a furious charge late, coming from 10 down with 1:14 left to trail by one after Quincy Ford's tip-in with 14 seconds to go. Denzel Ingram (14 points) made a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left, and Flemmings added one more with one second left to ice it.
Ford led Northeastern (18-15) with 21 points. T.J. Williams and David Walker added 16 points each.