Big South Tournament – First Round
Jerome sparks Winthrop past Radford 60-58 in OT
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) – Joab Jerome scored 22 points and led a comeback in overtime by Winthrop, which defeated Radford 60-58 Tuesday in the Big South Conference tournament's opening game.
Jerome's layup with 2 seconds remaining won it for the Eagles (14-16), the South Division's fifth seed, who trailed 57-52 just over a minute into overtime.
A steal by Jerome, who fed Reggie King for a layup, cut Winthrop's deficit to 57-56 with 2:44 remaining. After Javonte Green's free throw gave the Highlanders (13-19) a two-point lead, a layup by Jerome at the 1:09 mark tied it.
Rashun Davis began the second half with eight consecutive points to give Radford, the North's fourth seed, a 31-29 lead, and neither team led by more than four points for the rest of regulation.
Davis led Radford with 18 points and Green added 13.
Jerome also had 12 rebounds for Winthrop, and King scored 11 points.
Carey, Longwood knock out UNC Asheville 87-72
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) – Tristan Carey had 21 points and a career-best six steals as Longwood began its first Big South Conference tournament Tuesday by knocking off two-time defending champion UNC Asheville 87-72.
Carey scored 17 points and had all six steals in the first half, when the Lancers (8-24), the North Division's No. 6 seed, grabbed a 47-35 lead.
The Bulldogs (16-16), the No. 3 South seed, got to within 71-68 with 3:41 remaining on a layup by Jeremy Atkinson, who finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds. But the Lancers responded with a 9-0 run, started by a three-point play by Michael Kessens.
Lucas Woodhouse had 17 points and seven assists and Karl Ziegler scored a career-high 17 points off the bench for Longwood, which has won five of eight and will play Virginia Military Institute on Thursday.
Keith Hornsby had 14 points and five assists for UNC Asheville.
Campbell escapes Presbyterian 81-73 in OT
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) – Trey Freeman scored 22 points as Campbell defeated Presbyterian 81-73 in overtime Tuesday night in the first round of the Big South Conference tournament.
Marvelle Harris added 15 points for the Camels (13-19), the North Division's third seed, including consecutive baskets late in the extra period.
Harris' jumper gave Campbell a 75-69 lead with 1:24 remaining after Joshua Clyburn missed two free throws for the Blue Hose (8-24), the No. 6 South seed. Harris added a layup at the 54-second mark after a turnover by Khalid Mutakabbir.
Mutakabbir's 3-pointer with 3 seconds in regulation tied the game 67-67 after his steal 5 seconds earlier. Presbyterian trailed 72-67 before Eric Washington's layup made it a 3-point game with 0:12 left.
Freeman had five assists and three steals for Campbell, which will play Gardner-Webb on Thursday night.
Mutakabbir had 19 points, Clyburn 16 and Washington 12 points with 10 assists for Presbyterian.
Marshall leads Liberty past Coastal Carolina 78-61
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) – Davon Marshall scored 28 points and Liberty used a late surge to pull away from Coastal Carolina for a 78-61 victory in the first round of the Big South Conference tournament Tuesday night.
Leading 53-51 with 12 minutes left, the Flames (12-20), the No. 5 seed in the North Division, launched a 14-1 run. Marshall scored the last eight points in the spurt, with a jumper and two 3-pointers making it 67-52 with 3:37 remaining.
Marshall, who was 5 of 7 from deep, now has 89 3-pointers to rank third on Liberty's single-season list.
Coastal Carolina, the South Division's No. 4 seed playing on its home court, shot 28.6 percent (8 of 28) in the second half and made 1 of 16 3-pointers for the game.
Anthony Raffa's 23 points led the Chanticleers (14-15).
The Flames will face High Point, the No. 1 seed in the North Division, on Thursday.
Wednesday, March 6th – Women's First Round
Longwood vs. Charleston Southern, Noon
Radford vs. UNC Asheville, 2pm
Coastal Carolina vs. Gardner-Webb, 7pm
Thursday, March 7th – Men's Quarterfinals
Winthrop vs. Charleston Southern, Noon
Longwood vs. VMI, 2pm
Presbyterian vs. Gardner-Webb, 6pm
Liberty vs. High Point, 8pm