3 NC teams win in Big South

College basketball roundup

HIGH POINT — Abdoulaye Thiam and Duke Miles each scored 20 points and High Point beat Radford 77-63 on Friday in the Big South Conference Tournament.

Thiam shot 6 for 13 (3 for 8 from 3-point range) and 5 of 6 from the free-throw line for the Panthers (25-7). Miles went 9 of 18 (2 for 5 from 3-point range) and he also had five assists. Juslin Bodo Bodo had 14 points and finished 7 of 9 from the floor.

Chandler Turner led the way for the Highlanders (16-17) with 19 points. Justin Archer added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Radford. Bryan Antoine also had 10 points.

Kezza Giffa scored nine points in the first half and High Point went into the break trailing 36-34. High Point used a 9-0 run in the second half to build a 13-point lead at 53-40 with 13:36 left.


Big South Tournament

UNC Asheville 60, Charleston Southern 55

HIGH POINT — Drew Pember scored 24 points, including a 3-pointer with 17.7 seconds left, and No. 2 seed UNC Asheville beat seventh-seeded Charleston Southern 60-55 on Friday night in the Big South Conference Tournament.

Pember also contributed 14 rebounds for the Bulldogs (21-11). Nicholas McMullen scored 10 points and added eight rebounds. Josh Banks finished with nine points.

Taje’ Kelly led the way for the Buccaneers (10-20) with 26 points and nine rebounds. Daren Patrick added 12 points and eight rebounds for Charleston Southern. A’lahn Sumler also had seven points.

UNC Asheville went into the half ahead of Charleston Southern 29-20. Pember scored 13 points in the half. UNC Asheville took the lead for good with 1:49 left in the second half on a 3-pointer from Pember to make it 55-54.

Gardner-Webb 61, Presbyterian 60

HIGH POINT — DQ Nicholas led third-seeded Gardner-Webb with 15 points and Quest Aldridge secured the victory with two free throws with three seconds left as the Runnin’ Bulldogs defeated sixth-seeded Presbyterian 61-60 on Friday night in the Big South Conference Tournament.

Gardner-Webb will play UNC Asheville, the second seed, in Saturday’s semifinals.

Nicholas also contributed seven rebounds for the Runnin’ Bulldogs (17-15). Aldridge scored 14 points while going 5 of 12 (2 for 4 from 3-point range). Ademide Badmus shot 3 of 7 from the field and 1 for 4 from the line to finish with seven points.

Trevon Reddish finished with 18 points for the Blue Hose (14-18). Samage Teel added 12 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals for Presbyterian. Kobe Stewart finished with 11 points.

Gardner-Webb went into the break trailing 34-27. Aldridge rallied the Bulldogs with 11 points in the second half.

Colonial Athletic Association Tournament

William & Mary 79, North Carolina A&T 62

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chase Lowe had 18 points in 13th-seeded William & Mary’s 79-62 victory over 12th-seeded North Carolina A&T on Friday in the opening game of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.

Willliam & Mary will play fifth-seeded Towson in Saturday’s second round.

Lowe also contributed 16 rebounds and six assists for the Tribe (10-22). Trey Moss added 18 points. Gabe Dorsey also finished with 18 points. The Tribe ended a nine-game skid with the victory.

Landon Glasper led the Aggies (7-25) in scoring, finishing with 21 points. Nikolaos Chitikoudis added 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for N.C. A&T. Jalal McKie also had 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. The loss is the ninth straight for the Aggies.


Hampton 56, Elon 55

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jerry Deng led Hampton with 16 points and Kyrese Mullen scored the game-winning layup off an inbounds play with 6.3 seconds remaining as the 14th-seeded Pirates knocked off 11-seed Elon 56-55 on Friday night in the first round of the Coastal Athletic Association Tournament.

It was Hampton’s first-ever CAA Tournament win. The Pirates will play sixth-seeded Delaware in Saturday’s second round.

Deng went 6 of 12 from the field (2 for 5 from 3-point range) for the Pirates (9-23). Ja’Von Benson scored 11 points and added seven rebounds. Mullen finished 3 of 5 from the floor to finish with six points.

TK Simpkins led the Phoenix (13-19) in scoring, finishing with 18 points, four assists and three steals. Sam Sherry added 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for Elon. LA Pratt had eight points.

Hampton went into halftime ahead of Elon 34-25.


ACC Women’s Tournament

NC State 54, Duke 51

GREENSBORO — Aziaha James scored 16 points and No. 10 North Carolina State overcame three quarters’ worth of offensive struggles to hold off Duke 54-51 in Friday night’s quarterfinals at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Freshman Zoe Brooks added 12 points for the second-seeded Wolfpack. That included a critical driving basket past Taina Mair with 58.8 seconds left that made it a two-possession game. This one came down to the final play, but Mair missed a 3-pointer for the tie on Duke’s last possession. Oluchi Okananwa had 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the seventh-seeded Blue Devils.