Friday's college basketball roundup: Knight, Tribe dominate Delaware to go to 3-0 in CAA

Sophomore Nathan Knight had 25 points and 11 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double as William and Mary took over sole possession of first place in the Colonial Athletic Association, cruising to a 90-65 victory Friday night at Delaware.

The Tribe (10-4) improved to 3-0 in the CAA for the first time in 20 years.

The Tribe earned its third consecutive victory as Delaware fell to 8-8, 1-2 despite Ryan Daly’s 21 points.

W&M had much less trouble against the Blue Hens than it had endured in its home win against Hofstra and at James Madison.

Virginia State 78, Winston-Salem State 73: Trey Brown had 22 points on 9-of-16 for the victorious Trojans (12-1, 1-1 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) in Ettrick, while Hampton High graduate Cyonte Melvin added 14 points and six rebounds for VSU.

Robert Colon led W-SSU with a game-high 21 points and five assists.

Drexel 87, College of Charleston 82: Kurk Lee scored five of his 22 points in overtime, and Alihan Demir finished with a career-high 20 points for the Dragons in Philadelphia.

Tramaine Isabell and Troy Harper scored 14 points apiece and Austin Williams had 10 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and three steals for Drexel (7-9, 1-2 CAA). The Dragons snapped a three-game skid.

Williams had a dunk and Lee hit a 3-pointer as Drexel scored eight of the first 11 points in overtime. Jarrell Brantley had a tip-in putback and a layup 12 seconds apart to trim Charleston's deficit to 83-82 with 26 seconds left, but the Cougars went 0 for 3 from the field while Harper and Lee combined to make 4 of 4 free throws from there.

Joe Chealey led Charleston (11-4, 2-1) with 22 points and Brantley added 20, on 8-of-14 shooting, with a season-high 10 rebounds.

Towson 89, UNC Wilmington 71: Mike Morsell made four 3-pointers and scored 24 points for the Tigers.

Towson made 12 of 22 3-pointers — with three from Brian Starr and two apiece by Zane Martin and Jordan McNeil.

Starr and Martin added 12 points apiece for Towson (11-5, 1-2 CAA). Eddie Keith II scored 11, Justin Gorham had 10 points and 10 rebounds and McNeil chipped in 10 points.

Towson was up 63-52 before breaking the game open with an 8-0 run for a 19-point lead.

Devontae Cacok had 15 points and 10 rebounds for UNCW (4-11, 1-2), which is trying to rebuild after earning last season’s regular-season and tournament championships and then losing coach Kevin Keatts to N.C. State.

Ty Taylor also scored 15 points and Jordon Talley had 14. The Seahawks were just 14 of 24 from the free-throw line.

Rutgers 64, Wisconsin 60: Corey Sanders scored 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting for the Scarlet Knights (11-6, 1-3 Big Ten) against the Badgers (9-8, 2-2) in Piscataway, N.J.

Brad Davison hit Wisconsin's first 3-pointer of the game to tie it at 53 and cap a 7-0 run. But Sanders scored with 1:47 left, then added a 3-pointer with less than a minute to go for a 58-53 lead.

Deshawn Freeman had 15 points for Rutgers. Wisconsin was led by Ethan Happ's 10 points and 10 rebounds

Navy 70, American 64: Bryce Dulin hit a career-high seven 3-pointers on eight attempts and finished with 23 points for the Midshipmen in Annapolis, Md.

Evan Weick scored 13 points and Hasan Abdullah added 11 points, six assists and two steals for Navy (11-5, 2-1 Patriot League).

Dulin hit a 3-pointer, Tom Lacey converted a three-point play and Abdullah hit a jumper during an 8-0 spurt that gave the Midshipmen an 11-point lead with two minutes to go.

Stacy Beckton Jr. hit two 3s and Larry Motuzis added a third as American (3-11, 0-3) scored nine of the next 10 points to make it 67-64 with 24 seconds left, but Lacey answered with two free throws and Dulin made another to seal it as the Eagles missed their final two field-goal attempts.

Sa'eed Nelson had 18 points and eight assists and freshman Sam Iorio had 14 points and a season-high 13 rebounds — his second consecutive double-double — for American.

Bucknell 83, Army 66: Stephen Brown had 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, for the Bison in West Point, N.Y.

Bruce Moore was 4 of 7 from behind the arc and finished with 17 points for the Bison (8-8, 2-1 Patriot League), who won their fourth in the last five.

Bucknell got its first double-digit lead with a 9-0 run that made it 37-27 near the end of the first half. The Black Knights (8-6, 1-2) cut the deficit to seven early in the second half, but Bucknell pulled away for good with a 15-2 run to lead 54-34 before the 16-minute mark.

Thomas Funk led Army with 23 points. Tucker Blackwell added 12.

James Madison 66, Towson 43: The Dukes (7-7) went to 3-0 in the CAA and extended their winning streak to four with a victory in Harrisonburg.

Redshirt sophomore Kayla Cooper-Williams scored a career-high 16 points and tied her season high with 13 rebounds, achieving her second double-double. Lexie Barrier scored 17 points, Kamiah Smalls 12 and Kelly Koshuta 11 for JMU.

The Tigers fell to 5-9, 0-3.

Delaware 80, Elon 66: The host Blue Hens (8-5, 1-1) beat defending CAA regular-season and tournament champion Elon (9-4, 1-1), taking control by outscoring the Phoenix 25-17 in the second quarter for a 46-37 halftime lead.

Northeastern 54, UNC Wilmington 47: Newport News native Karen Barefoot's Seahawks (7-7) fell to 0-3 in the CAA as the Huskies (7-7, 2-1) outscored them 20-10 in the fourth quarter.

No. 21 Villanova 75, Xavier 57: Kelly Jekot scored 10 of her 21 points in the decisive third quarter and Megan Quinn finished with 10 points for the host Wildcats.

Jekot hit three 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and had six assists. Alex Louin added eight points and a career-high eight assists for Villanova (12-2, 2-2 Big East).

The Hampton-Howard games in Washington, originally scheduled for Monday, were rescheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 (women) and 7:30 (men) because of road conditions.

Hampton's teams still are playing at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday at Maryland Eastern Shore.

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