Host George Mason took a huge lead early and held on to beat Richmond 69-60 Wednesday night, a costly loss for the NCAA at-large hopes of the Spiders (18-10, 8-5 Atlantic 10).
Sherrod Wright had 19 points and Bryon Allen added 18 for George Mason, which avoided another second-half collapse. Mason has lost eight games it led at halftime, but Wednesday's 39-16 lead early in the second half proved sufficient.
The win was the first home conference victory for the Patriots (10-17, 3-10) and first in their building since an 80-77 win over Penn on Jan. 2. The loss was the second in six games for the Spiders since losing leading scorer Cedrick Lindsay for the season.
Towson hit 30 of 31 free throws to win 69-66 at James Madison.
CAA Player of the Year candidate Jerrelle Benimon scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Tigers (21-9, 12-3). Andrey Semenov, JMU's all-time leader in games played, had 22 points in his final home contest, and the Dukes' Charles Cooke added 15. ...
Delaware (21-9, 13-2) overcame a nine-point deficit early in the second half to win 70-57 at UNC Wilmington (9-22, 3-13) and retain sole possession of first in the CAA by a game over Towson.
Jarvis Threatt, just back from a suspension, scored 24 points and Carl Baptiste added 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Blue Hens. ...
Frantz Massenat scored 24 points as Drexel (16-12, 8-7 CAA) helped its tournament positioning with a 56-45 win over the College of Charleston (14-16, 6-9).
The host Dragons outscored the Cougars 34-17 in the second half.
John Brown scored 27 points as High Point (15-13, 11-4) beat visiting VMI 70-67 to break a tie with the Keydets for the Big South’s best conference record.
The Panthers led by 14 at the half, but VMI chipped away and trailed by just three with less than 2 minutes to play. The Keydets (17-11, 10-5) missed three 3-pointers in the final minute, and Trey Chapman's two free throws weren't enough to take the lead. ...
R.J. Price had 24 points, made 5 of 9 from 3-point range and helped Radford hold off a late rally from Campbell, giving the Highlanders (19-11, 9-6 Big South) an 82-78 home victory.
Campbell, which tied the game at 73 with a 16-4 run, fell to 12-18, 6-9.
Emilo Parks scored 21 points as Johnson C. Smith eliminated Virginia State 82-63 at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament in Charlotte, N.C., completing the quarterfinal field.
Antwan Wilkerson had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Golden Bulls (16-11).
Elijah Moore, a freshman from Grafton High, led Virginia State with 14, but the Trojans finished their season at 14-12. ...
In the other CIAA tournament game, Tashuan Stockdale netted 20 points as St. Augustine's beat Shaw 74-59 in a matchup of Raleigh rivals.
Andre Paulk led the Bears with 20 points.
Galaisha Goodhope had 17 points and Shae Kelley achieved her 15th double-double of the season to help Old Dominion (14-14, 7-7 Conference USA) beat Louisiana Tech 75-64 at Constant Center in a renewal of what was one of the sport's pre-eminent rivalries three decades ago.
ODU boosted its winning streak to three as Kelley had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Tiffany Minor came off the bench to contribute 11 points and seven rebounds, and Becca Allison had 10 points and six assists.
Louisiana Tech fell to 8-19, 3-11 despite Whitney Frazier's 17 points. ...
Richmond (13-15, 7-8 Atlantic 10) beat VCU 73-60 in the Spiders' home finale at Robins Center as Genevieve Okoro posted her 20th double-double of the season, amassing 17 points and 16 rebounds.
The Rams fell to 21-8, 9-7, shooting just 32.9 percent, though Robyn Parks had 27 points and 10 rebounds. ...
Erin Rooney had 24 points and nine assists as Fordham (21-7, 10-5 Atlantic 10) won 71-52 over George Mason (7-21, 1-14) in the Bronx.
Taylor Brown scored 16 points for the Patriots, who trailed 38-18 at halftime. ...
In the CIAA tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Tiffanie Adair had 18 points and nine rebounds as Virginia State (24-1) defeated St. Augustine’s 85-60 to advance to Friday’s semifinals.
Also, Donia Naylor had 20 points and 17 rebounds as Virginia Union beat Bowie State 73-63, and Fayetteville State and Shaw also advanced.