Tuesday's local college basketball roundup: CNU men, ODU women remain unbeaten

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Dominating the first half, the Christopher Newport men improved to 2-0 with a 77-63 victory Tuesday night at future conference rival Salisbury.

Mike Cherry scored 19 points and Tra Benefield 18 for the Captains (2-0), who shot 53 percent in the first half and went to the locker room with a 44-19 lead. That included a 7-of-13 showing (54 percent) from 3-point range.

The Sea Gulls (3-1) hit just 21 percent in the first half, in which they missed all 11 of their shots from beyond the arc.
Trent Epps scored 20 for Salisbury, which made a couple of second-half runs but never cut CNU’s lead into single digits.

CNU, now in its final USA South year, next season will join Salisbury in the Capital Athletic Conference.

Ohio 75, Hampton 67

David Bruce had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Hampton (0-3), but Walter Offutt paced the host Bobcats with 23 points, hitting 13 of 15 free throws.

HU took a 10-6 lead, but the Bobcats went on an 11-2 run. The Pirates fought back to take a two-point lead with 9:44 remaining in the first half. But in the final four minutes of that period, Ohio used a 12-2 run to take a 44-27 lead.

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Freshman Charles Cooke hit two free throws with 8 seconds remaining, giving James Madison (1-2) a 69-68 victory over Youngstown State (3-2) in the Pittsburgh round-robin portion of the Legends Classic.

The Dukes, who trailed almost all day, got 21 points from Rayshawn Goins and 15 from Alioune Diouf. Damian Eargle had 17 points, six rebounds and six blocks for the Penguins. ...

East Carolina (4-0) beat Appalachian State 82-72 in Greenville, N.C., as Maurice Kemp scored 21 points and Robert Sampson pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds. Sampson, a son of U.Va. great Ralph Sampson, also had 17 points.

Jay Canty had 25 points and Nathan Healy added 24 points and 10 rebounds for Appalachian State (1-3). ...

Kendall Anthony had 24 points as Richmond (4-1) held off Wofford 64-58 at Robins Center.
The Terriers went on an 11-4 run to pull within 60-58, but Darien Brothers hit two free throws with 11 seconds left to boost UR’s lead to four. ...

No. 14 Creighton dominated Longwood 105-57 in Omaha, Neb., behind Gregory Echenique’s 17 points. Jeylani Dublin led the Lancers with 19 points and eight rebounds. ...

Hampden-Sydney cruised past Mary Washington 86-62 in the South Region Challenge at N.C. Wesleyan.

The Tigers, ranked 25th in NCAA Division III, got 21 points from Cam Anderson and 19 from Harrison George, who shot 8-of-9 and had six rebounds and four blocks.

Bradley Reister scored a team-high 16 points for Mary Washington.

Women

ODU 62, UMES 46

Old Dominion went to 4-0 for the first time in 13 years, beating host Maryland Eastern Shore.
Sophomore Shae Kelley recorded her first ODU double-double (12 points and 10 rebounds), and Jackie Cook had 22 points — 18 in the second half.

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VCU set a school record with 13 3-pointers as it beat Missouri-Kansas City 79-55. Freshman Jessica Pellechio netted 30 points, including nine 3s. ...

Texas A&M beat Liberty 70-55. Courtney Walker had a team-high 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting as the host Aggies recorded their first victory of the season.

Devon Brown shot 8-of-10 from the field for a game-high 23 points for Liberty (2-2). ...

Sarah Seipp had 25 points and nine rebounds as Virginia Wesleyan won 73-55 at Salisbury. 

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