Saturday's local college basketball roundup: CNU surges in second half to roll at Methodist

After a sub-par first half, the nationally ranked Christopher Newport men scored the first 16 points of the second half and went on to beat Methodist 68-48 Saturday in Fayetteville, N.C.

Evan Thorpe’s layup and two free throws gave the Captains a 26-25 lead, and they never relinquished it. CNU (10-1, 3-0 USA South), ranked 16th by, shot 28 percent in the first half and 62 percent in the second.

“We did some good things in the first half, but we just weren’t able to finish around the basket,” CNU coach John Krikorian said on his radio interview. “They just decided they would come out with more aggressiveness” in the second half.

Reigning USA South Player of the Week Tra Benefield had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Nik Biberaj had 14 points, and Mike Cherry had 11 points and four assists for the Captains.

Kyle Combs had eight points and eight rebounds for Methodist (3-8, 0-2), which shot just 25 percent.

Norfolk State 74, Navy 68

Pendarvis Williams netted 21 points, Malcolm Hawkins 17 and Rob Johnson 15 as the Spartans (7-10) registered one of their most impressive performances, shooting 54.5 percent.

They took a 44-22 halftime lead at Echols Hall, and the Midshipmen (6-10) didn’t pull within five until the 8-second mark.

Delaware 84, ODU 62

Old Dominion’s frustration continued with a Delaware parade to the free-throw line in the Blue Hens’ victory at Constant Center.

Devon Saddler scored 27 points for Delaware (6-8, 1-0 CAA), which set a school record by making 41 free throws. The Blue Hens’ Jarvis Threatt shot 19-of-20 at the line to finish with 19 points — reportedly the highest total by a college player without a field goal in 15 years.

Jamelle Hagins recorded his 10th double-double this season with 11 points and 16 rebounds for the Blue Hens.

The Monarchs (2-13, 0-3) put four starters in double figures but lost to Delaware for the first time in their last five meetings. Keenan Palmore had 14 points, while DeShawn Painter and Deion Clark scored 13 apiece and Nick Wright had 10.

VCU 59, Lehigh 55

The visiting Mountain Hawks’ C.J. McCollum, who entered the game as the NCAA scoring leader, suffered a possibly broken left foot in the first half after playing 15 minutes. The Rams eventually earned their ninth win in a row.

Two Juvonte Reddic free throws with 6:08 left gave VCU the lead to stay at 48-46. Darius Theus of Portsmouth and Treveon Graham, who led VCU with 17 points, each hit two free throws in the final 26 seconds to seal the triumph.

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Big South:

Williamsburg's Keith Hornsby had 27 points to spark UNC Asheville (7-8, 1-0 Big South) to an 83-69 win at Liberty. ...

Longwood (3-12) lost 80-72 to Coastal Carolina (6-12) in Farmville in the Lancers' first-ever Big South game. Anthony Raffa scored 26 points for the Chanticleers, who pulled away in the final minute. Nik Brown scored 19 for the Lancers. ...


Stan Okoye's 39 points guided VMI (6-7) to an 86-77 win at Presbyterian. ...

Charleston Southern (6-6) won 81-74 at Radford (6-9)in a Big South opener, though R.J. Price had 19 points for the Highlanders.


Georgia State beat James Madison 68-52 in Atlanta as R.J. Hunter — son of Panthers coach Ron Hunter — scored 19 points and Manny Atkins, a transfer from Virginia Tech, added 15.

JMU's Rayshawn Goins had 19 points, but the winning streak ended at four for the Dukes (7-7, 1-1 CAA). ...

Cape Henry Collegiate product Demetrius Pollard scored 17 points off the bench and Joel Smith scored 23 as host Northeastern (7-7, 2-0 CAA) beat UNC Wilmington 68-64. Jonathan Lee had 10 points for the Huskies, who are 2-5 at home.


The Seahawks (5-9, 0-2) fell to 0-8 on the road despite 20 points off the bench from Tanner Milson, who shot 6-of-9 from 3-point range. ...

Jerrelle Benimon’s 18 points and 16 rebounds helped Towson (7-8, 2-0 CAA) win its third in a row, 69-66 at Drexel (5-9, 1-1). The Tigers recruited well after last season's one-win debacle and have shown considerable improvement.


Maurice Kemp had 19 points and 10 rebounds as host East Carolina whipped N.C. Wesleyan 91-60. ...

Menchville High graduate Chris Teasley scored 14 points as No. 23 D-III team Virginia Wesleyan (8-4, 4-0 ODAC) won 87-54 at Shenandoah (3-10, 0-4) in Winchester.


CNU, ranked 25th nationally by, improved to 11-0 under first-year coach Bill Broderick, breezing to a 61-37 win at Methodist as Camry Green posted her seventh double-double of the season.

She had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Captains (4-0 USA South), who held the Monarchs (7-3, 3-1) to 28 percent shooting. ...

Brittany Glasco had 17 points and Sarah Seipp 16 as Virginia Wesleyan (7-5, 3-1 ODAC) edged Hollins 57-53 in Roanoke. Seipp provided 6-for-6 free-throw shooting for the Marlins, who saw a 14-point lead cut to three but held on.