College Basketball Roundup: UNC Wilmington tops NC A&T

UNCA, Elon and UNCG all picked up wins

WILMINGTON — Shykeim Phillips’ 14 points helped UNC Wilmington defeat N.C. A&T 87-63 on Thursday night.

Phillips added five rebounds and five assists for the Seahawks (18-6, 8-3 Colonial Athletic Association). Maleeck Harden-Hayes scored 13 points and added five rebounds. Amari Kelly added 11 points with seven rebounds and three blocks.

Marcus Watson led the way for the Aggies (11-14, 6-6) with 17 points. N.C. A&T also got 11 points and six rebounds from Demetric Horton. In addition, Austin Johnson finished with eight points.

UNC Wilmington plays William & Mary on the road on Saturday, and N.C. A&T hosts Elon on Wednesday.

UNC Asheville 89, High Point 63

ASHEVILLE — Tajion Jones scored 18 points, Drew Pember notched a double-double and UNC Asheville cruised to its ninth straight victory, 89-63 over High Point on Thursday night.

Pember finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (18-6, 10-1 Big South Conference). Fletcher Abee hit three 3-pointers and scored 12.

The Panthers (10-13, 2-9) were led by Abdoulaye Thiam with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Ahmard Harvey added 11 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, while Jaden House had 10 points.

Both teams next play Saturday. UNC Asheville visits South Carolina Upstate while High Point hosts Charleston Southern.

Elon 69, Stony Brook 55

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Jerald Gillens-Butler had 19 points and Elon beat Stony Brook 69-55 on Thursday night.

Gillens-Butler shot 7 for 13 (3 for 5 from 3-point range) for the Phoenix (4-19, 2-8 Colonial Athletic Association). Max Mackinnon scored 15 points and added eight rebounds. Sam Sherry finished with 13 points.

The Seawolves (8-15, 4-6) were led by Toby Onyekonwu, who recorded 14 points. Frankie Policelli added 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Stony Brook. Keenan Fitzmorris also had nine points, two steals and two blocks.

UNC Greensboro 69, Mercer 49

MACON, Ga. — Mohammed Abdulsalam scored 15 points to help UNC Greensboro defeat Mercer 69-49 on Thursday night.

Abdulsalam also had 16 rebounds for the Spartans (15-9, 9-2 Southern Conference). Keondre Kennedy added 12 points and six rebounds. Mikeal Brown-Jones finished with 12 points.

Jalyn McCreary finished with 18 points for the Bears (11-13, 4-7). Shawn Walker added nine points for Mercer. In addition, Harrison Drake had six points.

Lipscomb 66, Queens 60

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jacob Ognacevic had 20 points and Lipscomb beat Queens 66-60 on Thursday night.

Ognacevic was 9-of-14 shooting for the Bisons (14-10, 6-5 Atlantic Sun Conference). Quincy Clark scored nine points and added five rebounds. A.J McGinnis shot 2 for 5, including 2 for 4 from beyond the arc to finish with eight points.

Kenny Dye finished with 17 points and seven rebounds for the Royals (15-9, 5-6). AJ McKee added 12 points and two steals for Queens. Chris Ashby also put up nine points.

Marshall 66, Appalachian State 58

BOONE — Andrew Taylor scored 21 points to help Marshall defeat Appalachian State 66-58 on Thursday night.

Taylor also had five rebounds and seven assists for the Thundering Herd (19-5, 8-3 Sun Belt Conference). Taevion Kinsey added 15 points while going 7 of 17 from the field, and he also had five rebounds and three steals. Kamdyn Curfman finished 2 of 8 from 3-point range and 2 for 3 from the line to finish with eight points.

Justin Abson led the way for the Mountaineers (13-11, 6-5) with 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Terence Harcum added 14 points for Appalachian State. Donovan Gregory also put up 12 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Florida International 57, Charlotte 54

CHARLOTTE — Denver Jones scored 22 points to lead Florida International and secured the victory with a jump shot with 29 seconds left as the Panthers took down Charlotte 57-54 on Thursday night.

Jones also added four steals for the Panthers (12-11, 6-6 Conference USA). Arturo Dean scored 12 points, shooting 5 of 10 from the field and 2 for 3 from the line. Nick Guadarrama recorded six points and was 2 of 5 shooting (2 for 4 from distance).

Brice Williams finished with 27 points and six rebounds for the 49ers (13-9, 4-7). Charlotte also got 15 points from Lu’Cye Patterson. In addition, Montre’ Gipson had four points, 10 rebounds and two steals.

Charlotte hosts Florida Atlantic on Saturday.