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LEX­ING­TON — Trey Chap­man knocked in a pair of free throws in the fi­nal minute, and Keith Smith blocked Western Carolina’s fi­nal shot as VMI held on for a 79-78 vic­tory Thurs­day night for its first South­ern Con­fer­ence win of the sea­son.

Eli­jah Pugh­s­ley had pulled Western Carolina within a point at the free throw line and grabbed a clutch de­fen­sive re­bound with 9 sec­onds re­main­ing, but his 3-point at­tempt was blocked by Smith with 1 sec­ond left.

Chap­man scored 18 points for the Key­dets (411, 1-3), in­clud­ing 8 of 10 free throw at­tempts. QJ Peterson led with 19 points and 10 re­bounds.

Pugh­s­ley scored 18 points off the bench for the Cata­mounts (5-12, 0-4).

Old Do­min­ion 54, South­ern Miss 50: BJ Stith scored 14 points to help the host Mon­archs fend off the Golden Ea­gles.

Stith’s bucket with 12 min­utes to go gave the Mon­archs (11-6, 4-1 C-USA) their fi­nal lead. His jumper with 3:22 re­main­ing gave ODU a 5-point edge be­fore Michael Ramey’s 3-pointer with a minute left cut it to 2. Stith then made four free throws, and Zo­ran Tal­ley added an­other be­fore Ramey made a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Stith scored 12 of his points in the sec­ond half, mak­ing 8 of 9 free throws. Ah­mad Caver made three 3-point­ers and added 12 points for ODU.

Joe Chealey hit a jumper, and Grant Riller added a free throw in the fi­nal sec­onds to give the vis­it­ing Cougars a vic­tory over the Dukes.

Chealey nailed a jump shot to give Charleston (14-4, 5-0 CAA) a 52-51 lead with 24 sec­onds re­main­ing. James Madi­son’s Joey McLean missed a jumper. Riller, who to­taled 19 points, grabbed the re­bound and was fouled. He split a pair of free throws to se­cure the win.

Jack­son Kent led JMU (513, 3-2) with 14 points.

UNC Wilm­ing­ton 101, Wil­liam & Mary 77: C.J. Bryce, Chris Flem­mings and Den­zel In­gram all scored 18 points to lead the host Sea­hawks past the Tribe.

Devon­tae Ca­cok added 14 points and 13 re­bounds for UNCW (16-2, 5-0 CAA).

Jack Whit­man’s dunk for W&M (8-7, 2-2) put the Tribe on top 30-22 with 7:52 left be­fore half­time. But the Sea­hawks went on a 12-0 run and led 47-36 at the half. Whit­man led the Tribe with 21 points.

No. 20 Notre Dame 67, Mi­ami 62: V.J. Beachem sank the go-ahead bas­ket and made the clinch­ing steal as the vis­it­ing Fight­ing Ir­ish ral­lied from a 4-point deficit in the fi­nal 2§ min­utes to beat the Hur­ri­canes.

Notre Dame (15-2, 4-0) outscored Mi­ami 10-1 down the stretch to earn its sixth straight vic­tory. The Ir­ish’s four ACC wins have been by a to­tal of 18 points.

Mi­ami (11-4, 1-2), which had its 21-game home win­ning streak snapped, was led by Davon Reed with 21 points.

Matt Far­rell led the Ir­ish with 15 points and six as­sists.

Ge­or­gia Tech 75, Clem­son 63: Ben Lam­mers had 23 points and 10 re­bounds, Quin­ton Stephens added 16 points, and the host Yel­low Jack­ets beat the Tigers.

Josh Oko­gie fin­ished with 13 points for Ge­or­gia Tech (10-6, 2-2).

Jaron Blos­somgame scored 20 points, and Avry Holmes added 14 for Clem­son (11-5, 1-3). The Tigers have lost three straight. No. 18 Wis­con­sin 89, Ohio State 66: Bron­son Koenig scored 21 points as the host Bad­gers re­cov­ered from a poor shoot­ing per­for­mance four days ear­lier to blitz the Buck­eyes.

Wis­con­sin (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) shot 39 per­cent from the field Sun­day, in­clud­ing just 2 of 14 from 3-point range, as Pur­due neat the Bad­gers.

Wis­con­sin had no such trou­bles with the Buck­eyes (10-7, 0-4). The Bad­gers shot 49 per­cent from the field and 55 per­cent from be­yond the arc.

No. 22 Cincin­nati 66, SMU 64: Troy Cau­pain (Cosby) scored 16 points and blunted the Mus­tangs’ come­back, and the host Bearcats let most of a 15point lead slip away be­fore hold­ing on.

Cincin­nati (14-2, 4-0) won a matchup of the last two un­beaten teams in Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence play, tak­ing its sev­enth con­sec­u­tive game over­all. Gary Clark led Cincin­nati with 18 points.

SMU (14-4, 4-1) had won 10 con­sec­u­tive, which tied for the third-long­est streak in school his­tory. Ster­ling Brown led the Mus­tangs

No. 6 Notre Dame 86, Pitts­burgh 54: Arike Ogun­bowale matched her ca­reer high with five 3-point­ers and scored 19 points to help the host Fight­ing Ir­ish (16-2, 4-1 ACC) rout the Pan­thers (10-7, 1-3). Brenna Wise and Alayna Grib­ble each had 17 for Pitt.

No. 7 Florida State 72, No. 9 Louisville 65: Shakayla Thomas scored 4 of her 24 points in a 9-0 fourth-quar­ter run, and the host Semi­noles (16-2, 4-1 ACC) beat the Car­di­nals (15-4, 3-2). Asia Durr led Louisville with 21 points.


James Madi­son guard Jack­son Kent tries to drive around Charleston’s Cameron John­son in Har­rison­burg. Kent led the Dukes with 14 points in their loss to the Cougars.

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