Winthrop easily defeats Campbell 88-62
Winthrop 88, Campbell 62
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Winthrop led start to finish in an 88-62 victory over Campbell on Saturday.
Joab Jerome and Keon Johnson scored 13 points each and Larry Brown and Andrew Smith 12 apiece for the Eagles (13-10, 6-4 Big South).
The Eagles shot 54.8 percent to take a 45-23 lead at halftime and finished the game at 50.9 percent. They outrebounded the Camels 41-27, including 16 on the offensive boards that led to a 14-4 edge in second-chance points.
The Camels (11-14, 5-5) were led by Darius Leonard with 15 points. Kyre' Hamer added 14, Reco McCarter 12 and Luke Moyer 11.
The Eagles led by as many 31 points with the 24-point margin of the victory the largest in conference play under second-year coach Pat Kelsey.
The victory enabled Winthrop to remain a game behind of co-leaders Coastal Carolina and UNC Asheville in the South Division. Campbell is fourth in the North.
East Carolina 81, Texas-San Antonio 71
GREENVILLE (AP) — Akeem Richmond scored 31 points, including 15-of-15 free throws, to lead East Carolina to an 81-71 victory over Texas-San Antonio on Saturday.
Caleb White added 18 for the Pirates who shot 50 percent from the field and made 29 of 33 free throws.
East Carolina (13-11, 2-7 Conference USA) led UTSA 33-25 at the break and increased the lead to 19 points with 8 minutes left in the second period before the Roadrunners executed a 20-7 run and cut the lead to 67-62 with just 3 minutes remaining.
UTSA used a fouling effort to close out, but the Pirates made all 14 free throw attempts down the stretch to fend off the Roadrunners.
Texas-San Antonio (7-15, 3-6) was paced by Keon Lewis with 16 points.
East Carolina has won two of its last three games.
UNC Asheville 75, Liberty 72
ASHEVILLE (AP) — Jaron Lane scored a career-high 29 points, and Andrew Rowsey added 23, as UNC Asheville defeated Liberty 75-72 on Saturday.
UNC Asheville (13-11, 7-3 Big South) shot 48 percent, including 9 of 20 beyond the arc, and has won three in a row.
Liberty (9-16, 3-7) has dropped four straight.
Asheville raced out to a 10-point lead through the first five minutes and led 47-34 at the break after Rowsey drilled a trey with 6 seconds before halftime.
Liberty kept chipping away at the lead after the break, finally taking the lead at 58-57 with 9:06 left on an Antwan Burrus layup. Rowsey's layup tied the game at 69 with 1:10 remaining, and Asheville hit its last five free throws to seal the win.
Liberty turned the ball over four times, fouled six times — including a technical, and missed its last two shots in the last 1:30.
Western Carolina 84, Appalachian St. 75 - OT
CULLOWHEE (AP) — Trey Sumler scored 25 points and Western Carolina used a 12-0 run in overtime to defeat Appalachian State 84-75 on Saturday.
The Catamounts (13-11, 6-3 Southern) were trailing 74-70 when Tawaski King fed Brandon Boggs for a dunk. Sumler tied it with two free throws and James Sinclair followed with a layup. King's jumper with a minute left made it 78-74. Sinclair added two free throws and set up Sumler for a jumper.
The Mountaineers (7-16, 3-7) reached overtime when Tab Hamilton made two of three free throws with 1 second left in regulation.
Brandon Boggs added 15 points for Western Carolina with Sinclair adding 11, King and Tom Tankelwicz 10 each.
Tommy Spagnolo had a career high 23 points plus 12 rebounds for the Mountaineers. Ty Toney made 10 of 12 free throws to finish with 14 points and Hamilton added 13.
N.C. Central 77, Bethune-Cookman 54
DURHAM (AP) — Reggie Groves scored 15 points and North Carolina Central trampled Bethune-Cookman 77-54 on Saturday, expanding their win streak to nine games while staying atop the MEAC.
Emanuel Chapman scored 14 points with 11 assists and Karamo Jawara and Jay Copeland recorded 11 points apiece for the Eagles.
N.C. Central (17-5, 8-1) broke out to a 17-5 lead on the heels of a trio of 3-pointers made by Groves over a 90-second span midway through the first period. The Eagles upped that gap to 13 and led Bethune-Cookman 35-22 at the break.
The Eagles edged further from Bethune-Cookman (5-21, 3-8) throughout the second period, and finished shooting a blistering 62 percent from the field, including 9 of 14 (64 percent) from 3-point range, leading to the 23-point win.
Malik Jackson led Wildcat scorers with 14 points.