Area college hoops
Davidson 94, Chattanooga 51
DAVIDSON (AP) — De'Mon Brooks had 27 points and 12 rebounds on Thursday night and Davidson handed Chattanooga its first Southern Conference loss 94-51.
The Wildcats (11-11, 7-1) also ended Chattanooga's (14-9, 8-1) 10-game winning streak though the Mocs remain a half-game ahead of Davidson in the conference standings.
Jordan Barham had 16 points, and Tyler Kalinoski and Tom Droney each scored 11 for Davidson, which shot 42 of 71 from the field, compared with 16 of 49 by Chattanooga. Droney also had eight assists.
Davidson ended the first half on a 10-2 run to take a 43-25 advantage at the half and led by no less than 16 the rest of the way. The 43-point margin of victory comes in the season's only scheduled matchup between the teams.
Casey Jones had 20 points and eight rebounds and the Mocs shot 0 of 13 from 3-point range and recorded only three assists.
Charlotte 62, Florida Atlantic 53
CHARLOTTE (AP) — Shawn Lester scored 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as Charlotte held off Florida Atlantic in a 62-53 win Thursday.
Charlotte (13-7, 4-3 CUSA) pulled away in the last 2 minutes of the game, finishing the contest on an 8-1 run. The 49ers went 8 for 8 from the free throw line over the last 1:24 to preserve the win while Florida Atlantic missed its last six field goal attempts of the game.
The Owls (7-14, 2-4) had a chance to come within two points with a minute remaining after a Jackson Trapp steal. But Trapp missed a layup after the steal and then fouled Pierria Henry, who made both free throws.
Willie Clayton scored 13 points for the 49ers while Henry added nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Pablo Bertone had 20 points to lead the Owls.
UNC Greensboro 66, Appalachian St 61
GREENSBORO (AP) — Jordan Potts scored a career-high 26 points and Kyle Cain added 14 with 15 rebounds to help UNC Greensboro push past Appalachian State 66-61 Thursday night.
The Spartans (11-12, 4-4 Southern) trailed by 18 early in the second half, but stormed back as Potts drilled six 3-pointers to fuel a 33-14 surge and push into the lead, 56-55.
After a Chris Burgess jumper for Appalachian State (6-14, 2-5), Diante Baldwin made a layup and Cain sank a jumper to put UNC Greensboro up by five with 1:29 left.
Ty Toney scored to pull within three, but the Mountaineers couldn't connect on a 3-pointer during the ensuing possession. Potts hit two free throws for the final margin.
Potts finished 8 of 13 from beyond the arc and Tevon Saddler added 10 points with seven boards.
Tommy Spagnolo led Appalachian State with 15 points and 17 rebounds.
Elon 74, Western Carolina 60
ELON (AP) — Lucas Troutman scored 17 points with 10 rebounds and Tanner Samson added 15 points to lift Elon to a 74-60 victory Thursday night over Western Carolina.
Sebastian Koch scored 13 points and Kevin Blake added 12 points and was a perfect 5 of 5 from the line for Elon (11-11, 4-3 Southern), which snapped a three-game losing skid.
Elon was 9 of 17 (52.9 percent) from three-point range. Samson made four of his six 3-point attempts and Jack Isenbarger was 3 for 3 from beyond the arc to finish with 11 points. Elon leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage at 39 percent.
Brandon Boggs scored 19 points on 8-of-20 shooting to lead Western Carolina (12-11, 5-3). James Sinclair added 18 points with eight rebounds.
Middle Tennessee 84, East Carolina 67
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Shawn Jones scored 22 points and gathered 11 rebounds as Middle Tennessee dumped East Carolina 84-67 on Thursday night.
Middle Tennessee (14-7, 4-2 CUSA) shot 52 percent and hit 20 of 29 free throws. Tweety Knight had 14 points and Kerry Hammonds II added 13 points and six assists.
The Blue Raiders had this one in their pocket from the start. Hammonds had eight points early and a 13-0 run propelled MTSU to a 27-10 lead with 7:44 left in the first. When Jaqawn Raymond buried a trey at the buzzer, Middle Tennessee took a 41-22 lead to the break.
East Carolina chipped the lead down to 13 with 6:44 left on Akeem Richmond's 3-pointer, but MTSU scored the next seven points to push the lead back to 20 and they cruised to the win.
Caleb White led East Carolina (11-10, 0-6) with 18 points.