Capital Athletic Conference:
Host Mary Washington pulled away late to defeat Christopher Newport 65-48 in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship game Saturday before 1,050 fans in Fredericksburg, likely ending the Captains' season at 19-9.
CNU, seeded fifth in the six-team tournament, won two road games to reach the final. But the second-seeded Eagles clamped down on Captains senior star Tra Benefield, holding him to seven points, and got hot from 3-point range to earn the title.
Mary Washington (22-5) will represent the conference in the NCAA Division III tournament. Top-seeded Wesley, where CNU won its semifinal, is likely to receive an at-large bid, but the Captains -- unranked in their region -- are not.
UMW was 11 of 23 (48 percent) from 3-point range, while the Captains were just 4 of 23 (17 percent) beyond the arc.
CNU led 6-0, but the Eagles quickly bounced back. Trailing 13-11, UMW ran off nine straight points and never was behind again.
A Connor Laframboise 3-pointer cut the deficit to 45-42 with 9:38 left, but a 12-2 Eagles run all but decided the game.
"This is a testament to our seniors," UMW coach Rod Wood said. "All of our starters had played in a championship game here before, so they've been through it. CNU is a great team, and we knew they would make runs, as great teams do, but our guys stepped up each time and held the lead."
In a possible preview of a Colonial Athletic Association tournament semifinal next weekend, Mike Burwell hit a jumper with 1 second left as host Towson outlasted William and Mary 70-68.
Jerrelle Benimon's 21 points, 16 rebounds and three assists propelled the Tigers (22-9, 13-6), who will be seeded second. Tim Rusthoven, in his final regular-season game, provided the third-seeded Tribe (18-11, 10-6) with 20 points, four rebounds and five assists.
If both teams win their quarterfinals Friday, they will clash Saturday.
Benimon hit a pair of free throws with 7:44 to play, giving Towson its first lead, 53-51, since the Tigers led 2-0.
Towson held a six-point lead with 2 minutes left, but Brandon Britt knocked down a 3 to cut the deficit in half. Britt's steal with 1:13 to play led to a Marcus Thornton layup that made it 67-66.
Towson's Timajh Parker-Rivera then went 1-of-2 on free throws before Omar Prewitt tied the game at 68 by knocking downtwo free throws on the other end with 21 seconds left. The Tigers then held the ball, setting up Burwell's basket. ...
Jarvis Threatt had 13 assists, 13 points and five steals as Delaware clinched the regular-season championship and, at worst, a National Invitation Tournament bid by outlasting the host College of Charleston 89-86.
Threatt, who recently returned to the lineup after a suspension, made two free throws for an 89-83 lead with 14 seconds left. He helped orchestrate an offense that included double-figure scoring by all five starters, including Devon Saddler with 24 points and Carl Baptiste with 21.
Canyon Barry, a son of basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry, led the Cougars with 27 points. He was 8-of-10 on free throws -- which he usually shoots underhand, like his dad. Charleston will be the sixth seed and will face W&M in the tournament's first round. ...
Hofstra beat James Madison 82-71 in Hempstead, N.Y., relegating the Dukes to the No. 7 seed.
Jamall Robinson scored 22 points for Hofstra, which made all 10 of its free throws in the final 1:03.
The Pride (9-22, 5-11 Colonial Athletic Association) used a 7-1 run to go ahead 69-62 with five minutes to go. Charles Cooke's free throws for JMU (11-19, 6-10) cut the gap to 70-66 with 3:04 left, but the Dukes missed five straight field goals and two free throws while the Pride pulled away. ...
In a preview of a CAA quarterfinal, Northeastern edged Drexel 54-52 in Boston to complete the regular season. David Walker hit three free throws with 6 seconds left to erase the Dragons' 52-51 lead,
The Huskies (10-20, 7-9) will be the No. 5 seed, while Drexel (16-13, 8-8) will be No. 4. They'll clash again in Baltimore on March 8.
Chris Fouch netted 26 points, half of the Dragons' total, but missed a 3-pointer just before the final buzzer that would've won the game.
Treveon Graham had 17 points and eight rebounds as VCU added a quality win to its NCAA tournament resume' by beating No. 10 Saint Louis 67-56. The Rams had been 0-3 against the Billikens since joining the A-10.
Briante Weber added 13 points and four steals for the Rams (22-7, 10-4 Atlantic 10), who handed Saint Louis its second consecutive defeat following a school-record, 19-game winning streak. The Billikens were upset at home Thursday night by Duquesne, a 14-point underdog.
With another chance to clinch at least a tie for the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship, Saint Louis came up empty again. The Billikens lead St. Joseph's by one game with two to play.
Jordair Jett led Saint Louis (25-4, 12-2) with 18 points. Austin McBroom had 11 points off the bench and Rob Loe grabbed nine rebounds but turned the ball over six times. ...
E.C. Matthews scored 19 points as Rhode Island dominated Richmond 66-43 in Kingston, R.I.
Despite making just 2 of 13 3-point attempts, Rhode Island (13-17, 4-11 Atlantic 10) built up to a 28-point lead over Richmond (18-11, 8-6), which was just 21 percent from the floor -- and 2 of 19 beyond the arc.
Terry Allen had 15 points for the attrition-plagued Spiders, whose hopes of gaining an NCAA at-large bid took a hit. ...
In a key game for two teams perceived to be on the NCAA bubble, Jordan Sibert matched his career-high with 23 points and host Dayton hit enough free throws down the stretch to defeat Massachusetts 86-79.
Dyshawn Pierre added 16 points, Vee Sanford 15, Devin Oliver 11 and Khari Price 10 for the Flyers (20-9, 8-6 Atlantic 10), who made 9 of 16 free throws in the final two minutes.
Trey Davis scored 19 points for the Minutemen (22-6, 9-5), with Chaz Williams adding 17 and Derrick Gordon 15.
DJ Covington of Virginia Beach had 33 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks as VMI (18-11, 11-5 Big South) cruised to an 86-66 victory at Longwood (8-23, 3-13).
Covington, a former Norfolk Academy star, was 12-of-17 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free-throw line.
Tristan Carey had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Lancers. ...
Javonte Green had 25 points and 12 rebounds to spark Radford past Liberty 87-83 in Lynchburg. Rashun Davis made four consecutive free throws, including two with 4 seconds left, to clinch the game for the Highlanders (20-11, 10-6).
Antwan Burrus had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Flames (11-20, 5-11).
Second-seeded Virginia Wesleyan advanced to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament final at Salem Civic Center with a 74-60 victory over 11th-seeded Washington and Lee.
The Generals had beaten two teams ahead of them in the standings to get to VWC, but the Marlins ousted them behind Colby Heard’s double-double off the bench -- 23 points on 13 shots, plus 11 rebounds.
ODAC Player of the Year DJ Woodmore had 23 points, sinking 5-of-9 3-point attempts, and seven rebounds. Conference Rookie of the Year Khory Moore had 10 points -- eight in the second half -- and three steals,
In the first semifinal, Khobi Williamson of Norfolk had 28 points and 15 rebounds as No. 8 seed Hampden-Sydney posted a 104-80 win over No. 5 Eastern Mennonite.
H-SC needs to win the final, which is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday, to reach the NCAA Division III tournament via an automatic bid. VWC, with 21 victories, would be in at-large consideration if it lost -- but the Marlins would much rather not have to sweat.
Livingstone defeated Winston-Salem State 83-68 in Charlotte, N.C., to win the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament crown at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.
Mark Thomas scored 23 points and Jody Hill contributed 21 to boost the Bears (21-7), who earned a bid to the NCAA Division II tournament by winning of the nation's most revered, enduring tournaments.
For W-SSU, Javan Wells scored 16 and Marquez Jones 15. The Rams are guided by former Hampton University coach Bobby Collins.Copyright © 2015, CT Now