Tra Benefield had 25 points and 10 rebounds Thursday night for Christopher Newport, which won its season opener 77-70 over Randolph-Macon at the Freeman Center.
R-MC was ranked No. 24 nationally in the preseason d3hoops.com poll.
CNU Athletic Director Emeritus and former coach C.J. Woollum, who has been fighting cancer, was on hand to see the game on the court named after him.
“That’s just a great win for our program, and to have Coach Woollum here to see it makes it even more special,” CNU coach John Krikorian said. “We don’t beat these guys that often.”
R-MC, which had trailed throughout the second half, went on an 11-1 run to pull even at 61 — capped by Menchville High graduate Andre Simon’s layup with 6:13 remaining. But CNU then outscored the Yellow Jackets 12-2, and R-MC didn’t cut the gap to six until just 11 seconds remained.
Nik Biberaj added 21 points and 10 rebounds for CNU, and Mike Cherry had 16 points.
Cherry scored the last of those points on a spectacular layup when he was fouled, injuring his left ankle on the play. He was carried off the court, with Evan Thorpe making a free throw in his place.
Lamar Giggetts had 14 points and 10 rebounds for R-MC.
Richmond 68, Hampton 58
Inexperienced Hampton (0-2) kept bouncing back at Richmond (3-0) before the Spiders pulled away in the Robins Center. Darien Brothers paced UR with 19 points.
UR (2-0), coming off a 43-point romp past UNC Wilmington, went on a 14-0 run for a 31-20 edge against the Pirates, but Hampton cut its deficit to 34-32. The Spiders took command with a 14-3 burst for a 54-40 lead and held on.
Redshirt freshman guard Dwight Meikle led the Pirates with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman guards Deron Powers -- who led Williamsburg Christian Academy to a state championship last season -- and Ke'Ron Brown each added 10 points.
No. 13 UCLA (3-0) rolled past James Madison 100-70 at Pauley Pavilion, sizzling to a 63-29 halftime margin before the Dukes outscored the Bruins by four points after intermission.
Norman Powell scored a career-high 27 points and Jordan Adams added 25 for the Bruins. Adams had 21 points in the season opener against Indiana State and 26 points against UC Irvine on Tuesday, making him the first freshman in school history to score 20-plus points in his first three games.
Larry Drew II, one of three transfers from North Carolina who started for the Bruins -- the Wear twins were the others -- had a career-high 12 assists.
Rayshawn Goins led JMU (0-1) with 24 points, though Dukes coach Matt Brady chastised him for struggling on defense in the first half. A.J. Davis added 16.
Freshman Rashid Gaston came off the bench for 14 points and 11 rebounds as Norfolk State (2-1) defeated Longwood 78-66 in Farmville. Michael Kessens led the Lancers (0-2) with 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. ...
Illinois State won 86-84 in overtime at CAA favorite Drexel (0-2).
South Carolina Upstate (1-2) bounced back from Tuesday’s loss at Old Dominion by rallying from a 16-point deficit and winning a 71-64 overtime game at Norfolk State.
Tee’Ara Copney had 16 points to lead three players in double figures for Upstate (1-2). Rae Corbo had 15 points and Hampton High graduate Quineshia Leonard had a career-high 14 points and 11 rebounds for NSU (1-1). ...
Tarik Hislop scored 17 points as James Madison (1-2) blew out Murray State (0-3) early and coasted to a 71-51 win in Harrisonburg. Crystal Ross added eight points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
The Dukes, whose offense was spotty at best in losses to Virginia and Quinnipiac, outscored the Racers 44-21 in the first half. Murray State shot 15-of-55 (27 percent).Copyright © 2015, CT Now