He's not a household name yet, but New Kent High graduate Jamion Christian is about to become known in a lot more households.
In his second year as head coach of his alma mater, Mount St. Mary's, his Mountaineers picked up the Northeast Conference championship and automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by beating Robert Morris 88-71 Tuesday on the Colonials' home court in Moon Township, Pa.
Rashad Whack, a transfer from George Mason, had 20 points and Landstown High graduate Julian Norfleet scored 17 for the fourth-seeded Mountaineers (16-16), who have won four straight. Taylor Danaher and Sam Prescott added 15 points apiece and Will Miller contributed 11 points off the bench.
"We had a lot of confidence," Christian said. "There was a calm to these guys, especially after the last two days."
Christian, a former assistant for William and Mary and VCU, has brought elements of the Rams' "Havoc," high-pressure defense to Emmitsburg, Md. They call it "Mount Mayhem."
Karvel Anderson poured in a game-high 21 points for the top-seeded Colonials (21-13) and Lucky Jones and Charles Oliver scored 11 apiece. But they couldn't bring their deficit to single digits.
In the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament’s first round at Norfolk Scope Arena, eighth-seeded Howard beat defending champion North Carolina A&T 53-47 behind Solomon Mangham’s 14 points, earning the right to face No. 1 seed N.C. Central on Wednesday.
Phoebus High graduate James Daniel's 3-pointer put the Bison ahead for good at 49-47. Then
Prince Okoroh sank two free throws for a four-point lead with 13 seconds left in a game in which neither team shot better than 30 percent.
Lamont Middleton scored a game-high 19 points and added eight rebounds for the ninth-seeded Aggies (9-23), who lost seven of their last eight. ...
No. 7 seed Coppin State scored the game's final seven points to oust No. 10 Bethune-Cookman 75-68, setting up the Eagles to face No. 2 seed Hampton at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Michael Murray scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Coppin State. Arnold Fripp finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles, who never trailed.
Clemmye Owens paced Bethune-Cookman with 22 points. ...
No. 6 Florida A&M (14-17) overcame No. 11 Delaware State 65-61 in the night's last game. The Hornets finished 9-21.
Akeem Richmond sank 11 3-point shots and scored 36 points to spark 12th-seeded East Carolina to a 79-76 victory over No. 13 Texas-San Antonio in the final game of the Conference USA tournament's first round in El Paso, Texas.
Richmond, who scored 31 points in ECU's 81-71 regular-season win against UTSA, did even better Tuesday. He set a C-USA tournament record with his 11 shots from beyond the arc, enabling the Pirates to move into a second-round matchup Wednesday against host UTEP. ...
Chris Thomas scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds as No. 14 seed Marshall topped 11th-seeded Florida Atlantic 63-59.
Kareem Canty added 12 points for Marshall (11-21), which will face sixth-seeded Old Dominion on Wednesday. The Thundering Herd overcame a poor shooting performance (24-of-63 from the field, 5-of-20 from 3-point range) by forcing 15 FAU turnovers and grabbing 14 offensive rebounds.
Marquan Botley scored 26 and Pablo Bertone added 21 for the Owls. ...
Chris Jones made two free throws to push the game into overtime and won it with two more as No. 10 seed North Texas edged 15th-seeded Rice 63-62. The Mean Green will face No. 7 seed Tulane on Wednesday.
Rice led 62-58 with 1:51 left in overtime. Then Brandan Walton hit a 3-pointer on North Texas' next possession. Rice missed four-straight free throws and Jones made both of his with 11 seconds left. Marcus Jackson missed a shot at the buzzer.
Rice (7-23) was led by Austin Ramljak with 17 points.
UNCW fires Peterson
UNC Wilmington fired Buzz Peterson after the Seahawks’ last-place finish and play-in game exit in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Peterson went 42-82 in the last four seasons, including 9-23 this year -- 3-13 in the CAA.
Peterson, Michael Jordan's roommate and teammate with North Carolina grad, has made numerous stops in his coaching career. He began with a four-year stint at Appalachian State, spent one season at Tulsa, then was at Tennessee for four seasons.
He then went to Coastal Carolina from 2005 to 2007, then spent a couple of years as the director of player personnel for the Charlotte Bobcats before returning to Appalachian State for a second stint. He was 24-13 in one season before taking the UNCW job in 2010.
UNC Wilmington made assistant Eddie Biedenbach the interim coach while the school conducts a national search for Peterson's replacement.
No. 8 seed Howard earned the opportunity to face top-seeded Hampton on Wednesday in the MEAC tournament at Scope Arena, shooting 54 percent from the field while defeating No. 9 N.C. Central 74-59.
Shavonne Duckett had 15 points for the Bison, and Sydni Johnson had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Raquel Davis and Jessica Freeman each had 17 points for NCCU. ...
The Wildcats gained the chance to face No. 2 seed N.C. A&T on Wednesday.
It was the first time in Conference USA women's tournament history that all four lower seeds won in one day, and a former Peninsula District star helped contribute to it.
Chelsey Romero, a freshman from Kecoughtan High, had 11 points and six rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench to help No. 16 Marshall upend No. 9 Florida Atlantic 80-73 in the first round of the Conference USA tournament in El Paso, Texas.
Leah Scott led the Herd, the lowest seed in the field, with 19 points. For FAU, Takia Brooks had 25 points and Kimberly Smith had 20 points and 10 rebounds. ...
In the game to determine which team would face Old Dominion in the second round at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, No. 15 Texas-San Antonio edged No. 10 Tulsa 90-89. Miki Turner hit a free throw with 9.1 seconds left to break an 89-89 tie for the Roadrunners. ...
No. 13 Florida International defeated No. 12 Rice 85-65 as Jerica Coley -- who has poured in more than 3,000 points with the Golden Panthers (13-17) -- had 20 points. Tynia McKinzie added 16 points and 11 rebounds for FIU, whose staff includes head coach Cindy Russo and assistant Inge Nissen, both of whom were players in Old Dominion's glory days.
Jessica Kuster had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Owls (13-17). ...
Guard Christassia Walter had 18 points and 11 rebounds as No. 14 Louisiana Tech (11-19) beat No. 11 North Texas 77-59.