College basketball roundup: Williams sparks Wake past Syracuse

Davidson won its 11th straight, while NC A&T, Gardner-Webb, UNCG and UNCA all picked up wins

Wake Forest forward Dallas Walton makes a hook shot against Syracuse defenders Jesse Edwards (14) and Jimmy Boeheim (0) during the Demon Deacons' 77-74 win Saturday in Winston-Salem. (PJ Ward-Brown / North State Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM — Alondes Williams scored 25 points and made two important free throws with 13 seconds remaining in overtime on Saturday as Wake Forest defeated Syracuse 77-74.

The loss marks the latest in the season that the Orange (7-8, 1-3 ACC) have been under .500 in 46 seasons with Jim Boeheim as their coach.

Wake Forest led 75-74 when Williams went to the line and buried both free throws. Wake Forest then called timeout to set up its defensive strategy and Syracuse’s Buddy Boeheim missed a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining.

With 22 seconds left in overtime, Frank Anselem had a chance to pull Syracuse into a tie when he went to the line for a one-and-one. He made the first and missed the second, leaving the Orange in the position of having to foul.

Syracuse had an opportunity to win in regulation, in-bounding the ball with a one-point lead and 10 seconds remaining. The Demon Deacons forced a turnover and Dallas Walton, who a few seconds earlier had a key block in the paint, tied the game with a dunk to force overtime.

Williams, the only player in the nation averaging 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game, had another strong outing for the Demon Deacons. In addition to his game-high 25 points, he had 12 rebounds and four assists. Jake LaRavia added 12 points and nine rebounds, Isaiah Mucius had 18 points and Khadim Sy scored 13 for Wake Forest (13-3, 3-2).

Jimmy Boeheim scored 21 points to lead Syracuse. Buddy Boeheim had 17 points but made only 5 of 20 shots, including 2 of 9 from 3-point distance. Cole Swider had 10 points and 14 rebounds and Joe Girard scored 13 points.

Davidson 72, Rhode Island 68

DAVIDSON — Foster Loyer had 19 points as Davidson won its 11th consecutive game, edging past Rhode Island 72-68 on Saturday.

Luka Brajkovic added 17 points for the Wildcats, while Hyunjung Lee chipped in 16.

Loyer made 11 of 12 foul shots. Brajkovic also had eight rebounds.

Michael Jones had 10 points for Davidson (12-2, 2-0 Atlantic 10 Conference).

Makhel Mitchell had 19 points for the Rams (9-4, 0-1). Jeremy Sheppard added 17 points. Antwan Walker had 13 points and five assists.

UNC Asheville 82, Charleston Southern 59

ASHEVILLE — Drew Pember had 24 points as UNC Asheville easily beat Charleston Southern 82-59 on Saturday.

Pember made 10 of 12 foul shots. He added three blocks.

LJ Thorpe had 16 points and five assists for UNC Asheville (10-5, 2-0 Big South Conference), which won its fourth straight game. Trent Stephney added 12 points. Tajion Jones had 11 points and seven rebounds.

Cheikh Faye had 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Buccaneers (3-11, 0-2), who have now lost five games in a row. Taje’ Kelly added 16 points.

UNC Greensboro 72, VMI 56

LEXINGTON, Va. — Kobe Langley posted 18 points and six rebounds as UNC Greensboro beat VMI 72-56 in Southern Conference play on Saturday.

Kaleb Hunter had 15 points for the Spartans (9-5, 1-1). De’Monte Buckingham added 12 points and nine rebounds, while Bas Leyte scored 11.

Jake Stephens had 22 points and three assists for the Keydets (9-7, 2-2). Kamdyn Curfman added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Gardner-Webb 78, Hampton 69

BOILING SPRINGS — Anthony Selden had a career-high 20 points as Gardner-Webb topped Hampton 78-69 on Saturday.

Selden hit 8 of 10 shots.

Lance Terry had 16 points for Gardner-Webb (8-7, 2-0 Big South Conference), which won its fourth straight game. D’Maurian Williams added 11 points. Kareem Reid had nine rebounds.

Russell Dean had 27 points for the Pirates (4-8, 0-1). Najee Garvin added 20 points and five assists. DeAngelo Epps had 13 points.

North Carolina A&T 73, Radford 72

RADFORD, Va. — Marcus Watson registered 18 points and nine rebounds as North Carolina A&T narrowly beat Radford 73-72 on Saturday.

Demetric Horton had 13 points for North Carolina A&T (7-9, 2-0 Big South Conference). David Beatty added 12 points.

Josiah Jeffers had 18 points for the Highlanders (5-9, 1-1). Dravon Mangum added 17 points. Bryan Hart had 11 points.

Horton made a jumper that gave N.C. A&T a 73-72 lead with 68 seconds left. Radford went 0 for 3 from the field from there and the Aggies held on.

Temple 78, East Carolina 75

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Damian Dunn hit a 3-pointer as time expired to lift Temple to a 78-75 win over East Carolina on Saturday.

Damian Dunn had a career-high 33 points to lead the Owls.

Dunn hit 10 of 12 from the free-throw line.

Nick Jourdain had 16 points for Temple (9-6, 2-2 American Athletic Conference). Jeremiah Williams added 10 points, six assists and three blocks. Jahlil White had six rebounds.

Alanzo Frink had 15 points for the Pirates (10-4, 1-1). Tremont Robinson-White added 14 points. Vance Jackson had 12 points.

Tristen Newton, whose 19.0 points per game heading into the contest led the Pirates, had only 8 points on 3-of-11 shooting.

Samford 85, Western Carolina 60

HOMEWOOD, Ala. — Jermaine Marshall recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds to lift Samford to an 85-60 win over Western Carolina on Saturday.

Wesley Cardet Jr. had 18 points for Samford (11-4, 1-2 Southern Conference). Ques Glover added 16 points.

Both teams set season records for scoring during the game. Samford scored 51 points in the first half, a season high for the home team, while the 25 points in the second half for Western Carolina were the fewest of the season for the road team.

Nick Robinson had 15 points for the Catamounts (7-8, 1-1). Joe Petrakis added 11 points. Vonterius Woolbright had nine rebounds.

Troy 68, Appalachian State 53

TROY, Ala. — Efe Odigie had 11 points as Troy topped Appalachian State 68-53 on Saturday.

Khalyl Waters had 10 points for Troy (12-5, 3-1 Sun Belt Conference), which earned its fourth consecutive home victory. Nick Stampley added 12 rebounds.

Adrian Delph had 16 points for the Mountaineers (8-9, 2-2). Donovan Gregory added 12 points and eight rebounds. James Lewis Jr. had seven rebounds.