Thursday's local men's college basketball roundup: Powers sparks Pirates past A&T

Staff, wire reports


Deron Powers of Williamsburg had 20 points as Hampton University’s men finished their regular season with a flourish Thursday, routing North Carolina A&T 89-71 to ensure their outright second-place finish in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

HU senior Du’Vaughn Maxwell had 11 points and eight rebounds in his final home game at the Convocation Center. Dwight Meikle and Brian Darden each scored 13 points for HU.

Powers sank four 3-point shots for the Pirates, who hit 52 percent from the field, including 10 of 20 from beyond the arc.

A&T’s Richaud Pack had 14 points and eight rebounds.

HU trailed by one point with 3:49 left in the first half, but closed the period on an 11-6 run -- including a 3-pointer by Breon Key, Darden's fellow Phoebus High alum -- to lead 45-40 at the break.

The Pirates ran away with the contest in the second half. An 11-2 run early, then a 19-3 stretch that covered 7:14, wrapped up the game. ...

MEAC regular-season champion North Carolina Central won 76-70 at Norfolk State, so the Spartans unofficially will be the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament and will play Monday at Norfolk Scope Arena.

Central (25-5, 15-1), which will get an automatic National Invitation Tournament bid if it doesn't win the MEAC tournament, used a 16-5 run to build its largest lead of the game, 68-53, with four minutes to go.

But Norfolk State (17-13, 11-5) battled back, scoring 13 of the next 16 points, pulling to within 71-66 on a Pendarvis Williams layup with 36 seconds left. But the Eagles protected the lead from the free-throw line down the stretch.

Jordan Parks contributed 14 points, Emanuel Chapman finished with 13 and Alfonzo Houston had 10 for NCCU, which shot 53 percent from the field to win its 17th straight game.

NSU’s Malcolm Hawkins tied his career-high with 31 points and had six rebounds.


William and Mary’s Omar Prewitt was named the Rookie of the Year as the Colonial Athletic Association awards were announced on the eve of the league tournament in Baltimore.

W&M’s Marcus Thornton made the first team and was joined by repeat Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon of Towson, Delaware teammates Devon Saddler and Davon Usher, and Drexel’s Frantz Massenat. Tribe senior Tim Rusthoven received the prestigious Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.

Monte’ Ross, who guided the Blue Hens to their first regular-season crown, was named the Coach of the Year. Northeastern post player Scott Eatherton was named the Defensive Player of the Year.

W&M had three All-Academic honorees: Rusthoven, Kyle Gaillard and Chesapeake's Brandon Britt.


Apprentice School lost 73-59 late Thursday to Tennessee Temple in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association Division I semifinal in Uniontown, Pa.

The seventh-seeded Builders (16-10), who shot just 28.4 percent in their final game of the season, lost despite Johnnie Ferebee's 17 points and Jay Melendez's 12 rebounds.

The sixth-seeded Crusaders got 18 points from Weedllens Beauvil, 16 points off the bench from Dauris Davis and 15 rebounds from Elliot Johnson. Tennessee Temple's reserves outscored Apprentice's 37-16.

Beauvil shot 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the first half for the Crusaders, who will play No. 4 seed Washington Adventist of Takoma Park, Md., Saturday for the crown.

Atlantic 10:

VCU overcame a slow start and an uneven performance to knock off Richmond 56-50 at Robins Center and keep its hopes of winning a share of the Atlantic 10 title alive.

VCU (23-7, 11-4) was down 26-22 at halftime and trailed 37-26 on a layup by forward Terry Allen with 14:11 to play, but then went on an 18-3 run to take a 44-40 lead. Four free throws by UR guard Kendall Anthony tied the score, but an 8-3 run put the Rams back on top.

Richmond (18-12, 8-7) had the chance to tie or take the lead in the final seconds, but Anthony missed a layup and forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa could not tip in the rebound.

VCU's Treveon Graham corralled the loose ball, got fouled and made both free throws with six seconds left. Richmond turned the ball over, and guard Rob Brandenberg made a pair of free throws for the final margin.

Graham had 18 rebounds and 10 points for the Rams, with Brandenberg adding 11 points. The Rams enter Saturday's regular-season finale with St. Bonaventure tied for second in the conference with St. Joseph's, one game behind first-place Saint Louis.

Anthony scored 20 points to lead Richmond, which made just 5 of its 20 3-point attempts.

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