James Madison shoots lights out in 69-58 win over Charleston


HARRISONBURG, Va. - Darius Banks hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points and James Madison shot the lights out in the first half on its way to a 69-58 victory over Charleston on Saturday.

Banks sank 7 of 12 shots from the floor, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, and the Dukes (8-9, 1-3 Colonial Athletic Association) picked up their first conference win of the season by shooting 65 percent (15 of 23) in the first half. Banks had 10 points and James Madison buried 7 of its 10 shots from distance in the opening half to take a 43-26 lead at intermission. The Dukes cooled off a bit in the second half, but still managed to shoot 54.5 percent from the floor and 53 percent from beyond the arc.

Jarrell Brantley and reserve Jaylen Richard topped the Cougars (13-3, 2-1) with 15 points apiece. Grant Riller scored 13 before fouling out. Charleston shot 39 percent from the floor and made just 4 of 18 3-point tries (22 percent).

The Cougars were trailing 52-36 when Richard's 4-point play keyed a 14-0 run that pulled them within 52-50 with 10:10 left in the game. But Mosley stuck a 3-pointer and made a layup off a turnover for a 57-50 lead with 8:37 left and Charleston would get no closer than four points from there.



GREENVILLE - Matt Rafferty scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Furman beat The Citadel 101-85 on Saturday, handing the Bulldogs their third straight loss.

Clay Mounce scored 15 points with 13 boards and Jordan Lyons scored 17 with three of Furman's 13 3-pointers. The Paladins (14-2, 3-1 Southern Conference) outscored the Bulldogs 48-34 in the paint, outrebounded them 53-28, and scored 25 second-chance points off of 20 offensive boards. Noah Gurley added 15 points with eight rebounds and Alex Hunter had 13 points.

Lew Stallworth scored 23 points and Alex Reed added 20 points with four 3s for the Bulldogs (9-5, 1-2), who led 46-43 at halftime. Kaiden Rice scored 18 points with five 3s and Zane Najdawi added 11 points with 10 boards and the Bulldogs made 14 of 43 3-pointers.

Reed's 3 tied it at 53 after 10 lead changes, but Lyons made a go-ahead layup and the Paladins pulled away to a 76-70 lead with 8:31 to play. Lyons' 3 sparked an 18-2 run and Furman led by 20 on Tre Clark's 3 with 3:54 left.



ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Austin Awad hit 6 of 9 from 3-point range and Winthrop held UNC Asheville scoreless for the final 3 minutes as the Eagles won the Big South opener, 80-65 on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles have now won seven straight conference openers.

Kyle Zunic's jumper got Winthrop within one, 17-16, with under four minutes to play in the first half, but UNC Asheville closed the half on a 14-3 run fueled by three 3-pointers by Coty Jude. Awad's 3 with :25 left stopped a string of 14 straight points by the Bulldogs.

Charles Falden hit a 3 with 13:25 left to tie the game at 39. But after LJ Thorpe hit two free throws with 3:28 left to tie at 65, Winthrop closed on a 15-0 run.

Awad made all nine of his attempts from beyond the arc and finished with 19 points for Winthrop (9-5). Falden finished with 13 points off the bench. Josh Ferguson added 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Michael Anumba added nine points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished seven assists.

Devon Baker had 23 points for the Bulldogs (2-13).

From wire reports