College basketball roundup: Wake Forest hands FSU its 4th straight loss

NC Central, App State, Campbell, Charlotte, Davidson, High Point, Gardner-Webb and UNCG all picked up wins

Wake Forest's Jake LaRavia celebrates after the team's overtime victory against Northwestern in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday. (Allison Lee Isley / The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jake LaRavia had a near triple-double, Alondes Williams scored 23 points, Damari Monsanto hit a clutch 3-pointer, and Wake Forest defeated Florida State 68-60 on Saturday, the Seminoles’ fourth consecutive loss.

LaRavia had 18 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, missing out on a triple-double one game after Williams was also one assist shy of a triple-double. Isaiah Mucius added 10 points for Wake Forest (19-5, 9-4 ACC).

A 3-pointer by Caleb Mills drew Florida State within 57-56 with 3:51 remaining but Mucius came right back with a 3-pointer for the Demon Deacons. Cam’Ron Fletcher’s layup kept Florida State within four points with 53 seconds remaining before Monsanto’s huge 3-pointer.

Mills led Florida State (13-9, 6-6) with 15 points. Harrison Prieto had 13 points and 13 rebounds off the bench and Matthew Cleveland scored 11 points. Florida State shot just 33% from the field but forced 26 turnovers.

A 3-pointer by Williams gave Wake Forest a 23-16 lead with 5:21 remaining in the first half. The Demon Deacons added just two more points in the half but still led 25-21 at the break.

Florida State scored the first four points of the second half but soon fell behind 38-30 when LaRavia hit a jumper with 16:18 remaining. By the 13-minute mark Wake Forest led 46-36 and Florida State’s starters had scored only 16 points. Only Mills had made more than one shot among the starters.

After a 22-point victory over the Seminoles earlier this season, Wake Forest had more of a challenge in this one but the victory gives the Demon Deacons six wins in their last seven games.

The loss was Florida State’s second in a row at home and third home loss in the ACC this season, uncharacteristic as the Seminoles had entered the season with 25 consecutive home wins in the conference and 45 wins in their last 49 at home.

At halftime, Florida State celebrated Basketball Alumni Weekend. Among the more than 100 former players honored were the 1972 team that finished as the runner-up in the NCAA Tournament, the 1991 team that won the Metro Conference Championship and George McCloud, whose No. 21 jersey was hung from the rafters of the Tucker Center.

High Point 91, UNC Asheville 83 (OT)

HIGH POINT — High Point erased a six-point deficit in the final 33 seconds of regulation and prevailed in overtime, beating UNC Asheville 91-83 on Saturday night.

Three Panthers (10-13, 4-5 Big South) had 20-plus points, led by John-Michael Wright’s 27 points. Zack Austin added 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Jaden House finished with 22.

LJ Thorpe paced all UNC Asheville (12-11, 4-6 Big South) with 23 points. Tajion Jones had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who also got 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench from Drew Pember.

Gardner-Webb 69, NC A&T 62

BOILING SPRINGS — Reserve Anthony Selden had 18 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range and 12 rebounds to lead Gardner-Webb to a 69-62 win over North Carolina A&T on Saturday.

Zion Williams had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Gardner-Webb (13-10, 7-3 Big South Conference), which earned its fourth straight victory. D’Maurian Williams added 12 points. Kareem Reid had 10 points and three blocks.

Harry Morrice had 14 points for the Aggies (9-15, 4-6), whose losing streak stretched to five games. Jeremy Robinson added 10 points. Kameron Langley had six assists.

UNC Greensboro 58, Furman 56

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Bas Leyte had 11 points and 10 rebounds to help carry UNC Greensboro to a 58-56 win over Furman on Saturday.

Leyte gave UNCG the lead on a pair of free throws with 32 seconds left and added another with six seconds remaining. Two Furman shots in the final 10 seconds missed.

De’Monte Buckingham had 12 points for UNC Greensboro (13-10, 5-6 Southern Conference). Kaleb Hunter added 10 points and six rebounds.

After entering halftime with a 32-22 advantage, UNC Greensboro managed to hang on for the victory despite being outscored by eight points in the second half. The Paladins’ 22 first-half points were a season low for the team.

Mike Bothwell had 18 points for the Paladins (17-8, 9-3), whose five-game winning streak was broken. Marcus Foster added 10 points and eight rebounds. Jalen Slawson had 12 rebounds and five assists. Alex Hunter made two from the arc and became Furman’s all-time 3-point leader with 289.

The Spartans leveled the season series against the Paladins. Furman defeated UNC Greensboro 58-54 on Jan. 5.

Davidson 78, George Washington 73

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Luka Brajkovic had a career-high 30 points as Davidson extended its road win streak to eight games, narrowly defeating George Washington 78-73 on Saturday.

Brajkovic shot 11 for 14 from the floor. He added eight rebounds.

Foster Loyer had 16 points for Davidson (19-3, 9-1 Atlantic 10 Conference). Sam Mennenga added 11 points.

James Bishop had 26 points for the Colonials (8-13, 4-5). Joe Bamisile added 19 points.

Charlotte 88, Marshall 64

CHARLOTTE — Jahmir Young had 24 points as Charlotte rolled past Marshall 88-64 on Saturday.

Young hit 4 of 6 3-pointers. He added seven rebounds.

Aly Khalifa had 16 points and nine assists for Charlotte (12-9, 5-4 Conference USA). Robert Braswell IV added 16 points. Jackson Threadgill had 12 points and six rebounds.

Andrew Taylor scored a career-high 28 points for the Thundering Herd (8-15, 1-9). Obinna Anochili-Killen added 14 points and eight rebounds. Mikel Beyers had five assists.

Campbell 80, South Carolina Upstate 71

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Jordan Whitfield scored 17 points as Campbell defeated South Carolina Upstate 80-71 on Saturday. Jesus Carralero and Cedric Henderson Jr. added 16 points each for the Fighting Camels.

Whitfield hit 4 of 6 3-pointers. Carralero also had nine rebounds and six assists, while Henderson Jr. posted seven rebounds.

Ricky Clemons had 12 points for Campbell (13-8, 6-4 Big South Conference).

Campbell totaled 45 first-half points, a season best for the team.

Bryson Mozone had 23 points for the Spartans (10-12, 7-3). Jordan Gainey added 14 points.

Appalachian State 70, Texas-Arlington 61

ARLINGTON, Texas — Adrian Delph had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lift Appalachian State to a 70-61 win over Texas-Arlington on Saturday.

CJ Huntley had 19 points for Appalachian State (15-10, 9-3 Sun Belt Conference). Michael Almonacy added 17 points and seven rebounds. Donovan Gregory had 13 points.

David Azore had 36 points for the Mavericks (9-13, 5-6). Kaodirichi Akobundu-Ehiogu added seven rebounds. Javon Levi had nine assists.

NC Central 69, Coppin State 68

DURHAM — Justin Wright had a career-high 25 points as North Carolina Central narrowly defeated Coppin State 69-68 on Saturday.

Wright’s layup capped the scoring with 22 seconds left. Nendah Tarke missed a jumper on Coppin State’s final possession.

Kris Monroe had 10 points and 12 rebounds for North Carolina Central (10-10, 5-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).

Tyree Corbett had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Coppin State (5-17, 4-3). Tarke added 13 points and eight rebounds. Justin Steers had 12 points and six assists.

Notre Dame 69, NC State 57

RALEIGH — Paul Atkinson and Dane Goodwin posted double-doubles and Notre Dame recovered after blowing a 17-point first-half lead to beat NC State 69-57 on Saturday.

Atkinson had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Goodwin 12 points and 10 boards. Blake Wesley added 14 points, Prentiss Hubb 13 and Trey Wertz 12.

Nate Laszewski, who had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Fighting Irish over the Wolfpack 73-65 on Jan. 26, was scoreless after suffering a lower-leg contusion early and didn’t return. Notre Dame shot 53%.

Terquavion Smith scored 19 points to lead the Wolfpack. Dereon Seabron added 14 points and nine rebounds. Casey Morsell and Cam Hayes scored 11 points each. Jericole Hellems, who averages 14.4 points per game, suffered a cut left hand early in the second half and returned to play but did not score in 17 minutes. NC State shot 30%.

Six-foot-11 Ebenezer Dowuona, who had started 21 of 22 games this season before missing NC State’s loss against Syracuse on Wednesday, returned to play 16 minutes, scoring two points.

Notre Dame (16-7, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won six of its last seven games. NC State (10-14, 3-10) has lost six of seven and four in a row.

NC State took its only lead after a 10-0 run about five minutes into the second half. Notre Dame responded with a 21-4 burst over the next 10 minutes to lead by 14. NC State didn’t get closer than eight thereafter.

NC State staggered at the start, making only two of its first 22 shots, and Notre Dame led by as many as 17 before the Wolfpack closed the gap to 33-28 by halftime behind 15 points from Smith.

Notre Dame is at Louisville and NC State is home against Wake Forest in Wednesday games.

Tulane 86, East Carolina 66

NEW ORLEANS — Jaylen Forbes had 26 points and Jalen Cook had 19 points and Tulane beat East Carolina 86-66 on Saturday.

DeVon Baker added 12 points and Kevin Cross had 10 points and six assists for Tulane (10-10, 7-4 American Athletic Conference).

Vance Jackson had 27 points and eight rebounds for the Pirates (11-11, 2-8), who now have lost six straight.

Tristen Newton added 12 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Brandon Johnson had eight rebounds and four blocks.

East Carolina defeated Tulane 88-80 on Jan. 5.