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.