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Tuesday's college basketball roundup: Maye's big night propels No. 20 Tar Heels; VCU, Radford prevail; Drexel women outlast W&M

Luke Maye had career highs of 32 points and 18 rebounds, and No. 20 North Carolina's small lineup got off to a fast start in a 96-66 win against Boston College in Chapel Hill.

Cameron Johnson added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (13-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who avoided their first three-game losing streak since January 2014. UNC coach Roy Williams juggled his starting lineup to move in Johnson over freshman forward Garrison Brooks — and that wing-heavy unit responded by getting out in transition and on the attack in the active opening minutes.

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Maye became the first North Carolina player with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds at home since Antawn Jamison in 1997-98, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Ky Bowman scored 21 points to lead Boston College (11-6, 2-3), which has lost 11 straight against the Tar Heels.

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VCU 78, Duquesne 67: After falling behind by double digits in the first half before the Siegel Center's 110th consecutive sellout crowd, VCU (11-6, 3-1 Atlantic 10) surged past Duquesne behind Jonathan Williams' 21 points.

Justin Tillman had 10 points and a season-high 17 rebounds for the Rams.

VCU (11-6, 3-1 Atlantic 10) has won 15 straight conference home games dating to the 2015-16 season. Duquesne (12-5, 3-1) had its three-game win streak snapped.

Issac Vann added 15 points and De'Riante Jenkins 12 for the Rams, who outrebounded Duquesne 50-31.

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Mike Lewis II had 23 points and Eric Williams Jr. 15 to lead the Dukes.

Lewis' 3-pointer gave Duquesne its last lead, 46-43, with 10:43 to play. Jenkins and Mike'l Simms hit back-to-back 3s to spark a 23-9 run, and VCU led 66-55 with four minutes left.

Tillman scored eight points, and the Rams made four of their seven 3-pointers during the stretch. The Dukes pulled to 68-61 but didn't get closer.

Dayton 87, Richmond 81: Josh Cunningham scored 20 points as Dayton picked up its first road win, knocking off UR at Robins Center.

Cunningham was 8 of 8 from the field and 4 of 5 from the line. Trey Landers added 18 points and nine rebounds and Darrell Davis chipped in 17 points for Dayton (8-8, 2-2 A-10).

The Flyers had their highest point production of the year in the first half, taking a 47-35 advantage into the break. But Richmond opened the second half on an 18-12 run to close to 59-55 with 12:54 left.

Dayton pushed back to take a 76-67 lead with 4:18 remaining.

Richmond's Khwan Fore drilled a 3-pointer with 1:13 left to close the gap to 80-77, but the Flyers finished on a 7-4 run.

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Dayton shot 64 percent while limiting the Spiders to 41 percent (25 of-61). Julius Johnson led UR (3-13, 1-3) with 17 points.

Radford 64, Charleston Southern 61: Carlik Jones had 15 points, three assists, two steals and a block in Charleston, S.C., to help Radford earn its sixth straight victory.

Jones, the Big South Freshman of the Week three weeks running, connected on 3 of 6 from 3-point range. Caleb Tanner came off the bench to hit 3 of 5 from distance and score 13 for the Highlanders (11-6, 4-0), who were picked to finish seventh in the preseason but are now the lone unbeaten team in conference play.

Ed Polite Jr. added nine points and eight rebounds, but he hit just 1 of 7 from the floor and had his streak of 20-point games snapped at four.

Phlandrous Fleming Jr. led the Buccaneers (6-9, 1-3) with 17 points, while Christian Keeling chipped in with 14 points and four steals. Charleston Southern, which averages a conference-best 12.8 offensive rebounds per game, grabbed 12 against the Highlanders, but it led to just a 5-4 advantage in second-chance points.

The Buccaneers trailed for the whole second half until Keeling's layup put them up 58-57 with 2:51 left. But Tanner hit all four of his free throws in the final 14 seconds.

Liberty 73, Winthrop 70: Lovell Cabbil had 19 points and hit 5 of 9 from 3-point range for the Flames in Rock Hill, S.C.

Liberty trailed 70-69 when Cabbil missed a 3-point attempt. Williams grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws to give Liberty a 71-70 lead with nine seconds left.

Ryan Kemrite added two more free throws in the final second to give Liberty its third straight Big South win and stop a 13-game losing skid at Winthrop that dated to 2004.

Cabbill had 19 points, Caleb Homesley added 13 and Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz added 11 for the Flames (12-5, 3-1).

Liberty trailed 70-63 with 2:43 remaining, but Pacheco-Ortiz scored six straight to close to 70-69.

Adam Pickett scored 21 points for the defending Big South champions. Winthrop (7-8, 1-3) now has lost three straight.

UNC Asheville 90, Longwood 80: MaCio Teague scored 24 points and Ahmad Thomas reached a rare Big South Conference milestone for the host Bulldogs.

With four assists, Thomas reached 203 for his career and became the second player in league history to surpass 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 200 steals and 200 assists.

Thomas added 13 points and Jonathan Baehre and Raekwon Miller 12 each for the Bulldogs (9-8, 2-2), who are now 50-10 against Big South opponents at Kimmel Arena, which opened in the 2011-12 season.

Teague had 15 points and Baehre 12 in the first half, and UNCA had a 9-1 run over the last 2:22 for a 47-37 lead at the break.

Asheville built the lead to as many as 23 points before the Lancers had a late 14-2 run.

Charles Glover had 19 points for the Lancers (4-13, 1-3) and Isaiah Walton had 16.

Georgetown 69, St. John's 66: Patrick Ewing returned to Madison Square Garden and got the better of Chris Mullin and St. John's one more time in a throwback to their Big East days of the 1980s.

Jessie Govan hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to put the Hoyas (12-4, 2-3 Big East) ahead in the final minute, and they held on to beat the Red Storm (10-7, 0-5).

Ewing and Mullin squared off as coaches of their alma maters for the first time, sparking memories of their glory days when Georgetown went 3-1 vs. the Red Storm in 1984-85 and the teams were ranked in the national top three for all four meetings.

Ewing, a former Knicks great, was back at the Garden for the first time as the Hoyas' coach.

Ewing was cheered from the moment he walked out of the tunnel and gave a fist-bump and hug to an arena security guard. He walked toward the St. John's bench and pulled in Mullin for a hearty embrace. They posed for pictures and pointed and shouted toward some familiar faces in the stands.

Ewing heard all cheers from the thousands at MSG, maybe even from the Knicks diehards who plunked down $160 for a No. 33 jersey at the team store on the concourse. Ewing's retired No. 33 hangs in the rafters 13 spots away from New York's 1998-99 Eastern Conference champions banner.

"Someone asked me today, what's the chance you thought this would happen," Mullin said. "I said, '100 percent never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd be here in 2018 coaching St. John's against Patrick Ewing coaching Georgetown.' "

No. 2 West Virginia 57, Baylor 54: Jevon Carter sank the go-ahead 3-pointer with 57.5 seconds left for the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W.Va.

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West Virginia (15-1, 4-0 Big 12) struggled to make shots the entire game but extended the nation's longest winning streak to 15, the Mountaineers' best since winning 22 straight in 1988-89.

Lamont West and Daxter Miles Jr. led West Virginia with 12 points apiece.

Baylor's Manu Lecomte scored 13 points and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. had 11 points and 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season.

West Virginia, which had little inside success on offense against the taller Bears (11-5, 1-3), shot 31.1 percent (19 of 61) from the floor and was held to its lowest point total of the season.

But the Mountaineers never trailed in the second half of a close game. Baylor made one field goal over the final eight minutes.

Marquette 84, No. 13 Seton Hall 64: Andrew Rowsey, from Virginia's Rockbridge High, scored 31 points and Marquette used a 16-0 run in the second half to pull away in Milwaukee.

Sam Hauser added 14 points for the Golden Eagles (12-5, 3-2 Big East). He hit 4 of 9 from 3-point range, including a 3 with 5:25 left for a 73-55 lead.

Energized Marquette outhustled Seton Hall (14-3, 3-1) and held its own in the paint against the Pirates' dominant center, Angel Delgado (12 points, 10 rebounds). The Golden Eagles set a quick tempo to beat the Pirates on both ends of the floor.

Seton Hall stumbled after reaching its highest ranking in the AP poll since Jan. 2, 2001.

No. 24 Tennessee 92, Vanderbilt 84: Grant Williams scored a career-best 37 points as the Volunteers rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half in Nashville, Tenn.

The sophomore forward avoided foul trouble, and Vanderbilt couldn't handle the 6-foot-7, 241-pound Williams around the basket. Admiral Schofield tied his career high with 22 points as Tennessee (11-4, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) won its second straight.

Jordan Bowden scored all 12 of his points in the second half for the Volunteers.

Saben Lee led Vanderbilt with 21 points. Jeff Roberson added 19 and Riley LaChance had 16. Matthew Fisher-Davis scored 10 for the Commodores (6-10, 1-3).

Drexel 65, William and Mary 58, OT: Drexel rallied at Kaplan Arena in a duel of potential Colonial Athletic Association contenders.

The Tribe (11-4, 2-2) led by nine points entering the fourth quarter, but the Dragons (11-5, 3-1) forced overtime as Megan Marecic's 3-pointer with six seconds left tied the score at 50.

The Tribe scored the first four points of OT, but Drexel then outscored the hosts 15-4.

Sara Woods had 17 points for Drexel, while Marecic and Bailey Greenberg had 12 points each. Kelsi Lidge had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

For W&M, Bianca Boggs had 17 points, while Abby Rendle added 14 points, five blocks and four rebounds. Victoria Reynolds had nine points and 10 rebounds.

No. 1 Connecticut 80, Central Florida 44: Azura Stevens came off the bench to score 19 points in Storrs, Conn., leading UConn to its 100th consecutive regular-season win.

Stevens hit nine of her 13 shots and grabbed 10 rebounds for Connecticut (14-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference), for her fourth double-double of the season and 28th of her career.

Korneila Wright scored 17 points for UCF (11-6, 3-1).

UConn, which came in averaging 91 points a game, led just 32-19 at halftime. It was the Huskies' lowest-scoring first half this season.

Coach Geno Auriemma apparently had some things to say in the locker room, keeping his team off the court until there were less than 30 seconds left on the halftime clock.

UConn responded with a 48-point second half, outscoring the Knights 12-2 over the final four minutes of the third quarter to take a 56-32 lead.

UNC Asheville 67, Radford 56: Despite Destinee Walker's 14 points and Jen Falconer's 10, Radford had its 21-game home winning streak snapped in a rematch of the 2017 Big South championship game. UNCA outscored the Highlanders 44-27 in the second half.

Khaila Webb poured in a game-high 20 points for the Bulldogs (5-9, 2-1 Big South), while teammate Jessica Wall scored 11 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter.

The Highlanders (8-6, 1-2) entered the game with the nation's third-longest home winning streak, needing only one win to set a program record and inch closer to the Big South record of 24 straight.

Radford's last loss inside the Dedmon Center came on Jan. 30, 2016, 54-46 to UNCA.

Liberty 63, Winthrop 37: Starting the game with a 14-0 run, LU (8-7, 3-0 Big South) improved its winning streak to three games and stayed tied with High Point atop the conference.

Keyen Green matched her season high of 18 points in just 18 minutes, helping the Flames improve to 5-0 in the Vines Center.

Winthrop fell to 1-13, 0-3, with its 11th straight loss.

Gardner-Webb 61, Longwood 54: Alexus Hill scored 17 points in Farmville to help the Bulldogs (12-3, 2-1 Big South) won for the 10th time in their last 11 games.

Dayna Rouse scored 16 points for Longwood (3-11, 1-2), and teammate Autumn Childress matched the Lancers' Division I record with 18 rebounds.

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