Wednesday's local men's college basketball roundup: Apprentice upends No. 23 Virginia Wesleyan

College SportsAir Force FalconsVanderbilt CommodoresHampton PiratesRichmond SpidersVirginia Commonwealth RamsBall State Cardinals

Host Apprentice scored one of its more notable victories in recent years, outscoring nationally ranked Virginia Wesleyan 100-89 Wednesday.

Sophomore Johnnie Ferebee scored a career-high 29 points, 20 in the first half, for the Builders.

The Marlins (7-4) were No. 1 nationally in the d3hoops.com poll until falling to No. 23 this week. Wednesday was the first time the Builders beat a top-25 team since they defeated then-No. 9 VWC in late December 2007.

VWC went on a 12-2 run over a 4-minute, 10-second span to gain a 21-12 lead. But two Ferebee free throws with 2:36 left in the first half put Apprentice (10-5) ahead 43-41, and the Builders led 51-46 at halftime.

A 3-pointer by Sedric Nady gave the Marlins the final lead, 64-63, with 12:44 to go, but the Builders scored nine consecutive points and never trailed again.

VWC got as close as three points, with a DJ Woodmore dunk with 6:20 left cutting the margin to 80-77. But the Builders hit 7-of-10 from the foul line in the final 92 seconds.

Joining Ferebee in double figures were junior Terrence Palmer, with 14 points and six rebounds, and sophomore Lavontae Thomas, with 13 points and seven assists.

The Builders hit 31-of-69 from the field (44.9 percent), 9-of-20 from 3-point range (45 percent) and 29-of-37 from the free-throw line (78.4 percent).

Vanderbilt 64, William and Mary 50

For the second time in less than a week, the Tribe's bid to upset a homestanding power-conference team fell short.

W&M (7-5) received 14 points from Marcus Thornton but couldn't catch the Southeastern Conference's Commodores (6-6) in Nashville, Tenn. The Tribe shot just 34 percent (16 of 47).

Freshman reserve Sheldon Jeter scored a season-high 14 and shot 6-of-7 from the floor for Vanderbilt, whose 8-0 run expanded the lead to 15 in the final stages.

Tim Rusthoven added 11 points for W&M and Matt Rum had 10, while Kyle Gaillard grabbed 10 rebounds.

CNU 76, Ferrum 58

Tra Benefield continued his recent surge with 27 points and 10 rebounds as Christopher Newport (9-1, 2-0 USA South) beat Ferrum at Freeman Center.

The Captains, who have climbed to No. 16 in this week’s d3hoops.com rankings, led 40-30 at halftime and pulled away by beginning the second half with a 20-3 run for a 60-33 lead.

Benefield, named to the d3hoops.com National Team of the Week before the game, had plenty of support. Mike Cherry scored 18 points, and Nik Biberaj had 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Lamont King paced Ferrum (5-6, 2-1) with 13 points and eight rebounds.

USC Upstate 68, Hampton 49

South Carolina Upstate (6-7) handled the Pirates in Spartanburg, though Du’Vaughn Maxwell had 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for the Pirates (2-10).

Ty Greene scored a game-high 17 points for the Spartans.

Torrey Craig added 15 points and eight rebounds and Jodd Maxey scored 13 and grabbed nine boards to help USC Upstate (6-7) win its 12th straight home game, dating to last season.

After the game was tied at 38 with 13:43 remaining, USC Upstate closed out Hampton with a 30-11 run. HU shot 33 percent.

Ball State 62, Norfolk State 61

Majok Majok’s dunk with 1 second left lifted Ball State (6-6) over Norfolk State (6-10) in Muncie, Ind.

Rob Johnson scored 16, Malcolm Hawkins 15 and Pendarvis Williams 14 for the Spartans. Johnson hit two free throws with 5 seconds left to put NSU ahead.

Jesse Berry netted 21 points for the Cardinals, but his biggest contribution was the pass that set up Majok for the winning dunk. Jauwan Scaife had 18 points.

VCU 109, East Tenn. State 58

Troy Daniels set a school record in 3-pointers for the second time in two games, sinking 11 for 33 points as the Rams (11-3) routed East Tennessee State (2-11) in Johnson City.

Daniels, who hit nine 3s in Saturday's home win against Fairleigh Dickinson, was even hotter against the Buccaneers. He also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Treveon Graham added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Juvonte Reddic had 14 points for VCU, which is on the cusp of the national top 25.

Richmond 91, Air Force 68

The Spiders (10-5) set a school record with 16 3-pointers — including seven by Kendall Anthony and six by Darien Brothers — in a dusting of Air Force at Robins Center. Anthony netted a career-high 31 points.

Woodside High graduate Mike Lyons led the Falcons (8-4) with 19 points.

More

Towson (6-8) won 79-74 at UNC Wilmington (5-8) in a CAA opener behind Jerrelle Benimon’s 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five blocks. ...

North Carolina A&T edged Radford 81-77 in Greensboro behind Adrian Powell's 22 points. Lamont Middleton scored 19 for the Aggies, including five free throws in the last 42 seconds.

YaYa Anderson sparked the Highlanders with 21 points in 27 minutes off the bench. He was 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. ...

Stan Okoye scored 21 points as VMI (5-7) whipped Shenandoah 110-54 in Lexington, outscoring the Division III Hornets 43-8 to start the game and shooting 57 percent for the night.

Shenandoah (3-9), coached by Tabb High alumnus Rob Pryor, was led by Jared Carithers' 21 points. Tabb High alumnus Shaquille Rodney had 10 points and six rebounds for the Hornets.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
Comments
Loading