Jay Melendez posted career highs of 30 points and 17 rebounds Saturday as Apprentice School defeated host Johnson University Florida 74-65 in Kissimmee.
A 3-pointer by Lance Darden and a layup by Johnnie Ferebee gave the Builders (8-4) a 67-63 lead with 1:18 to go, and they pulled away.
Northern Iowa 77, VCU 68
The Rams (8-3) fell as host Northern Iowa (5-5) shot 53.1 percent from the floor in Cedar Falls.
UNI forward Nate Buss scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-3 on 3-pointers.
Buss also tied for a game-high seven rebounds.
Guards Jeremy Morgan (13 points) and Deon Mitchell (11) also scored in double figures for the Panthers. Mitchell added seven rebounds.
The Rams made just 36.9 percent and were outrebounded 37-30. VCU tied the game at 44 midway through the second half, but UNI responded with a 7-0 run, sparked by a Buss 3-pointer.
VCU trailed 63-60 with 3:10 left before Wes Washpun hit two free throws for Northern Iowa. The Panthers made 8 of 10 free throws in the final 2 minutes.
Rams guard Treveon Graham scored 18 points, as did Jordan Burgess, who hit his season high. Freshman guard JeQuan Lewis added 13 points.
East Carolina 84, N.C. A&T 71
Akeem Richmond and Paris Roberts-Campbell each scored 21 points as the Pirates (9-2) beat the Aggies in Greenville, N.C.
The Pirates shot 50 percent (24 for 48), which offset A&T's 39-31 rebounding edge.
A&T (3-7), the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament champion, got a 20-point effort from Richaud Pack, a transfer from Florida International who entered the game averaging 17.6.
Richmond 71, Coppin State 49
Kendall Anthony netted 18 points as the Spiders (8-3) beat the Eagles (4-5) at Robins Center.
UR's top scorer, Cedrick Lindsay, who averages 18.2 points per game, was questionable to play because of a knee strain. He played briefly before taking the bench.
The Spiders didn't need him to win, shooting 60 percent in the first half on their way to a 37-21 lead.
Michael Murray scored 13 to lead Coppin State.
Sophomore Charles Cooke poured in a career-high 25 points and Andrey Semenov had 16 as James Madison (3-8) snapped a six-game skid with an 84-69 win at High Point (3-5).
The Dukes shot 55.1 percent, including 47.6 percent (10 of 21) from 3-point range. ...
Tristan Carey had 22 points and 14 rebounds as Longwood (4-7) eased past Division II Bluefield State 99-73 in Farmville. Karl Ziegler added 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Lancers. ...Austin Peay (5-5) shot 52.1 percent from the field and beat Liberty 77-71 in Clarksville, Tenn.
Travis Betran scored 23 for the Governors, while Antwan Burris sparked the Flames with a career-high 27. ...
West Virginia (7-4) defeated state rival Marshall 74-64 in Charleston, W.Va., thanks to 19 points from Juwan Staten and a late 12-1 run.Kareem Canty had 16 points for the Herd (4-6). ...Bryant (7-5) snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Navy 90-80 in overtime in Smithfield, R.I.
Dyami Starks scored 23 points and Corey Maynard a career-high 22 for the Bulldogs (7-5). Zach Fong led Navy with 21 points, shooting 7-of-10 from 3-point range. ...Mary Washington upended St. Mary’s (Md.), ranked 12th nationally by d3hoops.com, 66-64 on Bradley Riester’s 3-point shot with 7 seconds left in Fredericksburg. Dajon Daniel blocked Brendan McFall’s attempt to win for the Seahawks.
Riester had 17 points, while the Seahawks’ Nick Laguerre led all scorers with 22.
Apprentice (6-3) defeated Maine-Machias 83-40 in the middle leg of the Builders' three-games-in-three-days trip to the country’s northeasternmost state. ...
James Madison beat Prairie View A&M 79-50 at Lauren “Lady” Okafor, a transfer from Providence, achieved her first JMU double-double: 16 points and 10 rebounds.
In the other game on the first day of the two-day event in Queens, N.Y., JMU’s CAA rival Drexel beat host St. John’s 62-55. Sunday, JMU will face St. John’s after Prairie View plays Drexel. ...
No. 15 North Carolina (8-2) rolled past Charleston Southern 100-49 in Chapel Hill, N.C., as Xylina McDaniel — daughter of former NBA player Xavier McDaniel — had 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting. ...
Genevieve Okoro had 18 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and four steals to help Richmond beat the College of Charleston 80-73 at Robins Center.
Olivia Healy added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Spiders. Alyssa Frye led the Cougars with 24 points. ...
Asya Bussie had 16 points as West Virginia overmatched Marshall 82-51 in Charleston, W.Va., capitalizing on a big height advantage to outrebound the Herd 53-27.
Marshall freshman Chelsey Romero, a Kecoughtan High graduate, had eight points and four rebounds in 32 minutes. She was coming off her first college double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds) in her first collegiate start, Monday’s 86-42 win over West Virginia Tech.Copyright © 2015, CT Now