No. 4 Virginia routs Syracuse 75-56 for 1st in ACC
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Malcolm Brogdon scored eight of his 19 points during a decisive second-half run and No. 12 Virginia clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament by beating No. 4 Syracuse 75-56 on Saturday.
Akil Mitchell added 12 points and nine rebounds and Mike Tobey and Justin Anderson scored 11 each for the Cavaliers (25-5, 16-1 ACC), who won their only outright ACC regular season title 33 years ago - 1980-81 - when Ralph Sampson was a sophomore. The victory was their 13th in a row and the final buzzer brought hundreds streaming onto the court.
Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair scored 13 each for the Orange (26-3, 13-3), who lost for the third time in four games. Syracuse played much of the game without ailing Jerami Grant because of a sore back.
McAdoo leads NCarolina past Va Tech 60-56
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - James Michael McAdoo scored 15 points to lead No. 19 North Carolina past Virginia Tech 60-56 on Saturday for its 11th straight victory.
McAdoo hit 6 of 9 from the floor for the Tar Heels (22-7, 12-4), who started Atlantic Coast Conference play 1-4 and have not lost since. The Tar Heels haven't won this many games in a row since opening the 2008-09 season with 13 straight victories.
McAdoo scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half, including 10 after the Hokies had cut the Tar Heel lead to 42-40 on a basket by Jarell Eddie with 8:54 left in the game.
Leslie McDonald added 14 points and J.P. Tokoto finished with 12 for North Carolina.
Eddie led Virginia Tech (9-19, 2-14 ACC) with 18 points.
VCU hands No. 10 Saint Louis its 2nd straight loss
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Treveon Graham had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Virginia Commonwealth added a quality win to its NCAA tournament resume by beating No. 10 Saint Louis 67-56 on Saturday night.
Briante Weber added 13 points and four steals for the Rams (22-7, 10-4 Atlantic 10), who handed Saint Louis its second consecutive defeat following a school-record, 19-game winning streak. The Billikens were upset at home Thursday night by Duquesne, a 14-point underdog.
Jordair Jett led Saint Louis (25-4, 12-2) with 18 points. Austin McBroom had 11 points off the bench and Rob Loe grabbed nine rebounds but turned the ball over six times.
Leading scorer Dwayne Evans had just four points on 2-of-11 shooting after scoring 21 when the Billikens beat VCU 64-62 on Feb. 15 in St. Louis.
Robinson, Hofstra defeat James Madison 82-71
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Jamall Robinson scored 22 points on Saturday night and Hofstra made all 10 free throws in the final 1:03 to hold off James Madison 82-71.
Hofstra (9-22, 5-11 Colonial Athletic Association) used a 7-1 run to separate from James Madison at 69-62 with 5 minutes to go.
Charles Cook's free throws for JMU (11-19, 6-10) cut the gap to 70-66 with 3:04, but the Dukes went cold, missing five straight field goals and two free throws while the Pride pulled away.
Zeke Upshaw had 18 points, Dion Nesmith scored 12 and Stephen Nwaukoni had 13 rebounds for Hofstra. Darren Payen's dunk gave the Pride the lead for good at 57-56 with 10:50 left.
Andrey Semenov had 17 points, and Ron Curry and Cooke each scored 15 for the Dukes. Cooke's 3-pointer with 4 seconds left in the first half gave JMU a 41-39 halftime lead.
Hampton slips past Norfolk State 61-53
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Deron Powers scored 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead Hampton to a 61-53 victory over Norfolk State on Saturday.
In a tight matchup, Hampton (17-11, 12-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) retook the lead for good on a Powers jumper early in the second half that made it 29-28 with 15:07 to go, and pulled away a short time later with an 8-1 spurt. Norfolk State (16-12, 10-4) shaved the gap to 45-41 with an Anell Alexis layup but it's as close as the Spartans would get down the stretch.
Du'Vaughn Maxwell contributed 12 points and nine rebounds for the Pirates, who shot just 38 percent from the field (21 of 56) in winning their sixth straight game.
Brandon Goode and Malcolm Hawkins led Norfolk State with 12 points apiece.
Alexis added 11 for the Spartans, who were 43 percent from the field but put up 12 fewer shots than Hampton.
VMI rolls by Longwood 86-66
FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) - D.J. Covington tied a career-high with 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Virginia Military cruised by Longwood 86-66 on Saturday.
VMI (18-11, 11-5 Big South) closed the first half on an 8-2 run for a 38-30 advantage before Covington scored his team's first eight points of the second half as the Keydets pulled away.
Two three-point plays and another make gave Covington eight second-half points before 3 minutes had gone by, as VMI took a 46-39 lead. Brian Brown's 3-pointer made it 49-39 and Longwood (8-23, 3-13) couldn't cut the deficit to single digits after that point.
Covington posted his 16th double-double of the season. QJ Peterson added 13 points for the Keydets. Rodney Glasgow had nine points and 10 assists.
Karl Ziegler scored 17 points to lead the Lancers. Tristan Carey had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Lucas Woodhouse and Leron Fisher scored 14 and 10, respectively.
Radford edges Liberty 87-83
LYNCHBERG, Va. (AP) - Javonte Greene scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Radford held on for an 87-83 victory over Liberty on Saturday.
Ya Ya Anderson had 19 points for the Highlanders (20-11, 10-6 Big South). Rashun Davis came off the bench to score 18 points and R.J. Price added 10.
Radford went 20-11 early in the second period to lead 54-51 before the Flames responded with a 13-2 run anchored by three John-Caleb Sanders 3-pointers to go back up 64-56 with 10:40 remaining. Trailing by nine with 5:17 to play, Anderson hit a pair of 3-pointers - and Price added another - to help the Highlanders build a 79-75 lead. They held on for the win, despite a Davon Marshall 3 in the final seconds that brought the Flames within two.
Antwan Burrus led the Flames (11-20, 5-11) with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Benimon leads Towson past William and Mary 70-68
TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Jerrelle Benimon scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and Mike Burwell hit a jumper with a second to play as Towson beat William and Mary 70-68 on Saturday.
Benimon hit a pair of free throws with 7:44 to play, giving Towson (22-9, 13-6 Colonial Athletic Association) its first lead, 53-51, since the opening minutes when the Tigers led 2-0.
Towson held a six-point lead with 2 minutes left, but Brandon Britt knocked down a 3 to cut William and Mary's deficit in half. Britt's steal with 1:13 to play led to a Marcus Thornton layup which made it 67-66.
Timajh Parker-Rivera then made one of two free throws before Omar Prewitt tied the game at 68 by knocking down a pair of free throws on the other end with 21 seconds left, setting up the Burwell's game winner.
Tim Rustoven paced the Tribe (18-11, 10-6) with 20 points.
Rhode Island dominates Richmond 66-43
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) - E.C. Matthews scored 19 points as Rhode Island dominated Richmond 66-43 on Saturday.
Despite making just 2 of 13 3-point attempts, Rhode Island (13-17, 4-11 Atlantic-10) built up to a 28-point lead over Richmond (18-11, 8-6), which was just 21 percent from the floor - and 2 of 19 beyond the arc.
Xavier Munford had 15 for the Rams. Gilvydas Biruta added 13 points and 10 boards while Hassan Martin had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Rhode Island held a 46-37 rebounding advantage.
Richmond was up one early but went completely cold as Rhode Island closed the first half on a 21-6 run to lead 31-15 at the break. Richmond made just 5 of 21 shots in the first half.
The second half offered no respite for Richmond, as Rhode Island opened with a 17-9 run as the Rams cruised to the victory.
Terry Allen led Richmond with 15 points.
Ovechkin's 2 goals lift Caps to 4-2 win
BOSTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin collected his 800th career point and raised his league-leading total to 43 goals with a pair of power-play scores, leading the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon.
Joel Ward and Eric Fehr also scored, and Braden Holtby made 36 saves for the Capitals, who won their fourth straight in their chase for one of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spots.
Ovechkin had the go-ahead goal and two assists in a 5-4 win at Florida on Thursday. It's his first season of 40-plus goals since collecting 40-plus in his first five seasons from 2005-06 to 2009-10.
Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton had Boston's goals.
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