Jay Melendez had a career-high 31 points and career-high-tying 17 rebounds Wednesday as Apprentice improved to 9-6 by defeating Maine-Fort Kent 89-74 in the final game in the Builders' current gym.
Johnnie Ferebee added 20 points, and Jamal Curry had 19 rebounds and 13 points for the Builders, whose new facility will open Jan. 17 with the Martin Luther King Classic.
Six of Maine-Fort Kent's seven players reached double figures, led by James Givens and Mauro Vicic with 16 points apiece.
Wesley 64, CNU 46
A rare matchup of national top-20 teams in the Freeman Center isn’t one Christopher Newport will remember fondly.
The Captains (10-2, 2-1 Capital Athletic Conference), ranked 14th by d3hoops.com, fell behind by double digits in the first half and went on to lose to No. 16 Wesley (10-1, 3-1), snapping CNU's seven-game winning streak. CNU's only lead was 2-0.
CNU scored its lowest point total in John Krikorian's coaching tenure, which is in its fourth season. The Captains shot 16 of 58 (27.6 percent), the fourth consecutive game in which they have been worse than 41 percent.
Evan Thorpe led CNU with 14 points and eight rebounds. Wesley senior guard Eric Selby led all scorers with 20 points, and senior center David Langan posted 12 points and 12 rebounds.
"I give Wesley credit; they wanted this game more than we did," Krikorian said on CNUsports.com. "They played harder than we did, and we played on our heels for most of the night. Our team is a work in progress. ... It's a long season and this is a very good conference."
Host Bridgewater upended Virginia Wesleyan, ranked 15th by d3hoops.com, 78-65 despite Colby Heard’s 15 points.
An 18-4 burst gave the Eagles (7-4, 2-1 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) an 18-8 edge, and they never trailed again. Guard Tavis Stapleton had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Bridgewater, which shot 52 percent (31 of 60) and held VWC (9-3, 2-1) to 41.8 percent. ...
Randolph-Macon (8-4, 2-1 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) led by as many as 30 points and beat Roanoke 88-73. ...
No. 17 Mary Washington (11-1) rallied for a 75-70 win at Salisbury in a Capital game.
After the Eagles overcame an 11-point deficit from early in the second half, UMW's Dylan Farinet hit a pair of free throws and sank a 3-pointer with 2:10 left to lift the advantage to 71-67.
Host Providence (11-5, 1-2 Big East) beat Georgetown 70-52 as Josh Fortune, a sophomore from Kecoughtan High, collected 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Friars. ...
Devon Saddler came off the bench to score 24 points and led host Delaware (9-7) past Hofstra 86-79 in the CAA opener for both.
Jarvis Threatt had 20 points, including his 1,000th as a Blue Hen, plus seven rebounds and three steals. Zeke Upshaw led the Pride (4-11) with 19 points and eight rebounds. ...
David Walker scored eight points in overtime and finished with 18 as Northeastern overcame UNC Wilmington 79-68 in Boston.
Scott Eatherton had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies (4-11, 1-0 CAA), and former Cape Henry Collegiate player Demetrius Pollard added 17 points.
UNCW (6-11, 0-2) scored eight points in the final eight seconds of regulation to force overtime. Five of those points were from Cedric Williams, and Reggie Dixon -- who led the Seahawks with 15 points -- hit a 3-pointer in that span. ...
R.J. Price scored 18 as host Radford (11-5) beat Liberty 72-63 in the Big South opener for both squads. He shot 7-of-8 at the free-throw line for the Highlanders, who broke away from a 35-35 tie with a 10-2 run.
Liberty (6-10) was led by John-Caleb Sanders with 12 points. ...
St. Bonaventure (11-4) dusted Richmond 84-70 in an Atlantic 10 opener in Olean, N.Y., thanks in part to Matthew Wright's 20 points and Youssou Ndoye's 19.
Cedrick Lindsay netted 27 points for the Spiders (10-6), but they shot just 13-of-26 on free throws. ...
Chaz Williams scored eight of his 22 points in the final six minutes, leading No. 19 Massachusetts to a 66-62 comeback home win over Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 opener for both. ...
Dave Dudzinski scored 16 points to lead Holy Cross over Colgate 73-64 in Worcester, Mass.
The Crusaders (7-8, 1-2 Patriot League), coached by Kecoughtan High graduate Milan Brown, were 7 of 16 from beyond the arc.
Apprentice (10-3, 6-1 U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association) beat Maine-Fort Kent 80-66 in Newport News behind four double-figure scorers. It was the Lady Builders' last game in their gym; they'll resume home action in just more than a week in a new facility.
Courtney Collins had 16 points, hitting 6 of 8 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line, while Shanae Hilliard had 15 points, Julissa Riddick 14 and Kenya Wilkerson 11. Apprentice went ahead 33-16 and stayed comfortably on top.
Jennifer Colpitts led Maine-Fort Kent with 22 points. ...
Old Dominion (7-8) fell 80-59 at Charlotte (7-7) in the Lady Monarchs’ Conference USA debut.
Ny Hammonds had 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the 49ers. She shot 12-of-15 from the free-throw line.
Stephanie Gardner paced ODU with 14 points, and Shae Kelley had 12 points and eight rebounds, but the Lady Monarchs were just 17 of 33 on free throws. ...
Nicole Mitchell scored 20 and Tia Perry added 11 points, six rebounds and five assists as CNU (10-2, 3-1 Capital Athletic Conference) won 71-52 against Wesley (2-8, 0-4) at Freeman Center.
The Captains, ranked 21st nationally by d3hoops.com, removed doubt early, jumping to a 28-11 lead and eventually coaxing 35 turnovers from Wesley.
Brionna Johnson led the Wolverines with 21 points. ...
VCU (14-2, 2-1 Atlantic 10) saw its 13-game winning streak end with a 63-58 loss to La Salle (8-7, 3-0) in Philadelphia.
The Rams, paced by Robyn Parks' 15 points and 12 rebounds and Jessica Pellechio's 14 points, briefly took the lead in the final minute but succumbed. Alicia Cropper's inside basket gave the Explorers the lead for good at 58-57. ...
Abria Trice scored 16 points and Jada Payne had 13 points and 10 rebounds as host East Carolina (13-1) won its C-USA opener 61-58 against Florida Atlantic.
A 7-0 lead put the Pirates ahead 45-38, and they never trailed again.