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Regional college basketball roundup | Norfolk State keeps it close but falls to Niagara

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Dec. 02-- Dec. 2--NORFOLK -- Greg Kuakumensah and James Towns combined to score 28 points off the bench Sunday, sparking Niagara to a 65-61 win over Norfolk State at Echols Hall.

The Spartans trailed by five at the break before opening the second half on a 7-1 run. A pair of Kyonze Chavis baskets pushed the run to 12-2, and NSU led 49-43 with 10:15 to play.

The Purple Eagles responded with a 12-0 run over the next two minutes for a 55-49 lead.

Booker T. Washington grad Steven Whitley hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer from the left wing to cut the Spartans' defifict to 57-56 with 4:02 remaining. Niagara scored the next five points before Whitley converted a three-point play to make it a three-point game with about a minute left.

Whitley's putback with 10.9 seconds remaining made it 62-61 before Niagara iced it from the free-throw line.

Kuakumensah scored 15 on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor and grabbed six rebounds for the Purple Eagles (1-5), who picked up their first win after opening the season with five straight losses. Towns contributed 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Noah Waterman added 10 points and seven rebounds. Marcus Hammond had seven assists.

Jermaine Bishop topped the Spartans (3-6) with 17 points and nine rebounds. Whitley added 13 points for Norfolk State, which saw its losing streak reach five.

The Spartans visit Southern Illinois at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Virginia Wesleyan 60, Ferrum 56

VIRGINIA BEACH --Corey Pelham hit a 3-pointER with 9:39 remaining as the Marlins came back from a seven-point halftime deficit and held off the Panthers in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference opener at the Batten Center.

Pelham's 3 capped a 23-14 run in the second half and the Marlins (5-1) never trailed after that, pushing out to a 57-50 lead on a pair of Jordan White free throws with 3:31 to go. VWU finished 5-6 on free throws over the final four minutes to hold on for the victory.

Tallwood High grad Tyree Golston led the Marlins with 17 points.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point 61, No. 11 Christopher Newport 58

NEWPORT NEWS -- Ethan Bublitz had 25 points, including a pair of free throws to ice the game as Wisconsin-Stevens Point led from the start and upset the hosts to win the CNU Invitational.

The Pointers raced out to an 18-7 lead but an Adrian Beasley three-pointer sparked a 15-4 Captains run to cut the deficit to four by the end of the first half. CNU cut the deficit to one in with just over a minute remaining, but Bublitz hit four straight free throws to give the Pointers the victory

Dalon McHugh led CNU (6-2), ranked 11th by d3hoops.com, with 11 points.

Apprentice 82, Blue Lights 75

NEWPORT NEWS -- Drew Walton scored 25 points as the Builders watched the Thoroughbreds cut a seven-point second half deficit to one, but Apprentice went 7-11 from the free throw line down the stretch.

Caleb Mielewski capped a 16-6 run with just over two minutes to go to seal the deal as the Builders (3-2) avenged an 81-69 loss to Blue Lights on November 8, and ended a two game losing streak in the process.

WOMEN

No. 11 UCLA 73, Virginia 62

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Michaela Onyenwere had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Lauryn Miller also had a double-double and UCLA took control in the fourth quarter to go 2-0 in the Cavalier Classic.

Onyenwere opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer that pushed the Bruins' lead to 58-52, Miller followed with a layup and Japreece Dean had a pair of baskets to make it 64-52 with 7:07 to play. UCLA outscored the Cavaliers 18-10 in the final period.

Jocelyn Willoughby led the Cavaliers (4-4) with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Christopher Newport 73, Stevenson 50

STEVENSON, Md. -- Kiana Kirkland had 13 points as the Captains cruised. Kirkland was one of three players in double figures for CNU (6-3), as Jovia Winkey added 10 and Poquoson High grad Sondra Fan scored 12.

The Mustangs took a 2-0 lead, but Christopher Newport went on a 16-2 run the rest of the first quarter and led the rest of the way. The Captains led by as many as 30 in the fourth quarter.

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