The Christopher Newport men kept their season alive Thursday by going to Dover, Del., and upending top-seeded Wesley 59-54 in a Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinal.
The Wolverines had been 10-0 in their cozy gym.
To defend and rebound the way we did on the road, I couldn't be more proud of my guys," CNU coach John Krikorian said on the postgame radio show. "We don't get much time to enjoy it, but we're going to."
Mike Cherry scored 17 points and Tra Benefield had 13 points and 11 rebounds for CNU, whose 8-0 run provided the lead to stay at 46-38.
"Those 50-50 balls in the second half, we came up with a lot of them under the basket," Krikorian said.
The fifth-seeded Captains (19-8), who won their quarterfinal Tuesday at No. 4 Salisbury, will need a third road victory at 2 p.m. Saturday to take the championship and an automatic NCAA tournament bid. They’ll go to Fredericksburg to meet No. 2 seed Mary Washington, which held off No. 3 St. Mary’s (Md.) 70-65.
Junior guard Taylor Johnson contributed 22 points to lead all scorers for UMW, which is ranked 17th in Division III.
After the Seahawks cut a 20-point deficit to three, Johnson clinched the victory with an offensive rebound and two free throws in the final seconds.
Wesley (22-3), ranked 10th nationally, likely will receive an NCAA at-large bid. The Captains likely need to beat Mary Washington to reach the NCAA. ...
In the USA South quarterfinals, No. 8 Greensboro ousted the tournament host, No. 1 Maryville (Tenn.), 91-83, after No. 7 seed Ferrum upended No. 2 Averett 77-71.
Juvonte Reddic had 22 points and 12 rebounds for VCU, while Rod Brandenberg added 16 points and Melvin Johnson -- in a "homecoming" game for him -- added 14. The Rams were tuning up for Saturday's visit from 10th-ranked Saint Louis (25-3, 12-1), the Atlantic 10 leader, which suffered a 71-64 home loss to 14-point underdog Duquesne to end the Billikens' 19-game winning streak. ...
Akeem Richmond sank eight 3-pointers and scored 27 points to lead host East Carolina (16-13, 5-9 Conference USA) past Charlotte 75-68.
The 49ers fell to 15-13, 5-9.
In the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament in Charlotte, N.C., J.C. Smith beat Bowie State 81-77 and Livingstone ousted St. Augustine’s 75-63.
J.C. Smith, the Southern Division's No. 5 seed, beat the North's top seed behind LaMarquis Letchaw's 20 points. For Livingstone, CIAA Player of the Year Mark Thomas scored a game-high 28 points and backcourt mate Jody Hill added 19.