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Thursday's local interest college basketball roundup: Norfolk State pulls away to reach MEAC men's semis; Southern Miss ousts Lady Monarchs in C-USA

Staff, wire reports



In the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament at Norfolk Scope Arena, Pendarvis Williams poured in 20 points as No. 4 seed Norfolk State beat No. 5 Savannah State 57-47 Friday night to reach a semifinal Friday against No. 1 seed N.C. Central.

The Spartans (19-13) pulled away in the slow-tempo game midway through the second half.

Leading 33-32 with 12:35 remaining, NSU put together a 13-0 run, led by six points from Williams.

Savannah State cut the lead to 50-44 with 1:46 left, but the Spartans made 5 of 6 from the free-throw line to preserve the win.

Brandon Goode added 10 points for NSU. Malcolm Hawkins, averaging 21.3 points in his last three games, was held to one point.

Jyles Smith led Savannah State with 15 points. Deven Williams added 10.

Also, Justin Black scored a career-high 29 points as No. 3 Morgan State beat Florida A&M 81-68 to reach a semifinal against its Baltimore rival, Coppin State (12-19).

Black was 10 of 14 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and grabbed nine rebounds as the Bears (14-15) avenged a 78-73 defeat to the Rattlers on March 3. Morgan State owns two victories over Coppin State this season.

Jamie Adams scored 26 points on 7-of-17 shooting, canned four 3s and dished out four assists to lead Florida A&M (14-18). Jamari Bradshaw added 12 points andfour steals.

Atlantic 10:

Terry Allen scored 27 points and Kendall Anthony 23 as Richmond beat Duquesne 76-64 to reach an Atlantic 10 quarterfinal against 23rd-ranked VCU in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The seventh-seeded Spiders (19-13) snapped a four-game losing streak and set up a third game this season with their crosstown rival Friday at Barclays Center, the home of the Brooklyn Nets.

"It's a huge rivalry," the 5-foot-8 Anthony said. "But we're here to win a championship."

Ovie Soko, a former Bethel High and HRA player, had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Dukes (13-17). ...

Chaz Williams made his only 3-pointer of the game with 1:49 left, shrugging off a poor homecoming performance with some clutch plays late, and sixth-seeded Massachusetts (24-7) rallied to beat 11th seed Rhode Island 65-61.

Williams, who went to high school about 3 miles from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, scored 11 points but didn't have any in the first 17 minutes of the second half. ...

Vee Sanford, a transfer from Georgetown, made all nine of his field-goal attempts and tied his career-high with 23 points off the bench to lead Dayton to an 87-74 win against Fordham (10-21).

The Flyers (23-9) face fellow bubble occupant Saint Joseph's on Friday in what some experts perceive could be a "play-in" game to the NCAA tournament. ...

Despite a technical foul, Youssou Ndoye had 19 points and 10 rebounds as St. Bonaventure beat La Salle 82-72 to earn a berth against top-seeded Saint Louis.

Tyrone Garland, a transfer from Virginia Tech, endured a scoreless, 0-for-7 game for the Explorers (15-16), who returned four starters from last year's Sweet Sixteen team but never could replace the offense lost from leading scorer Ramon Galloway.

Conference USA:

James Woodard scored 24 points and second-seeded Tulsa used a pair of second-half runs to take a 70-49 victory over seventh-seeded Tulane at the Conference USA tournament in El Paso, Texas.

The Golden Hurricane (19-12) will take on Old Dominion's conqueror, Middle Tennessee State, in a semifinal Friday.

On the bracket's other half, Aaron Brown scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and Michael Craig added 12 as Southern Mississippi bounced host UTEP 64-56.

Craig also grabbed 12 rebounds and the No. 4-seeded Golden Eagles (27-5) outrebounded fifth-seeded UTEP 45-28, including 20-7 on the offensive end.

Southern Miss earned the right to face Louisiana Tech, the highest seed among the four that tied for the regular-season championship at 13-3.

The Bulldogs (26-6) breezed past Charlotte 86-65 behind Michale Kyser's 20 points and nine rebounds.



Southern Miss ended Old Dominion's hopes of winning the Conference USA tournament in the Lady Monarchs' first year in the league, defeating ODU in El Paso.

Jamierra Faulkner distributed the Golden Eagles to victory, combining 12 assists with 15 points on a night when four Eagles scored in double digits. Brittanny Dinkins led USM with 19 points.

Shae Kelley scored 13 and Warwick High graduate LaQuanda Younger 12 for ODU (17-15), which will hope for a WNIT berth. Younger shot 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.

The game's last tie was at 33. Southern Miss went ahead 46-40 by halftime, then zoomed ahead 56-42 in the first 3:15 of the second half.

The Lady Monarchs cut the deficit to 60-52, but another 9-2 USM run all but put the game away. ...

Florida International (15-17) knocked off a third higher-seeded foe in three days, beating Tulane 69-55 as Jerica Coley continued her climb through the recored books.

Coley, who recently scored her 3,000th point and had passed such all-time greats as Chamique Holdsclaw the previous day, had 34 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Golden Panthers, whose staff includes head coach Cindy Russo and assistant Inge Nissen -- both of whom are ODU alums. ...

Top-seeded Middle Tennessee (27-4), ranked 22nd nationally, beat Alabama Birmingham 69-59 behind Ebony Rowe's 29 points and 15 rebounds. ...

Host UTEP knocked off Louisiana Tech 81-72, thanks in large part to Kayla Thornton's 25 points, 12 rebounds and four steals.


At Scope Arena, Kyra Coleman had 22 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to boost Coppin State past Maryland Eastern Shore 82-60 in a MEAC quarterfinal. The Eagles will hope to upend No. 2 seed N.C. A&T in a semifinal Friday.

In the other semifinal, Jasmine Norman had 22 points and six rebounds as Savannah State earned the right to challenge top-seeded Hampton on Friday by defeating Florida A&M 84-75.

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