The Washington Post Sunday
High-scoring tandem carries visiting Cougars past Rams
CHARLESTON 83, VCU 79
Grant Riller and Jarrell Brantley combined to score 56 points, and Brantley added a career-high 17 rebounds to power Charleston to an 83-79 victory over Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday in Richmond.
Riller scored 30 points on 10-of14 shooting, including 3 of 4 from three-point range, for the Cougars (9-2). Brantley, a senior forward, sank 7 of 17 shots and 12 of 15 free throws while notching his second straight double-double. Riller and Brantley came into the game as the fifth-best scoring duo in the country; they were averaging 41.5 points.
Zep Jasper added 13 points for the Cougars, who are off to their best start since 2011-12.
The Rams (7-4), who trailed 32-28 at halftime, jumped ahead 37-36 on a De’Riante Jenkins three-pointer with 17:24 remaining. Charleston took the lead for good at 48-46 on Brantley’s layup with 11:48 left.
Jenkins led VCU with 23 points, but he was just 2 of 11 from beyond the arc as the Rams shot 22 percent from distance. Marcus Santos-Silva added 16 points and 12 rebounds.
ORAL ROBERTS 59, RICHMOND 52: Aidan Saunders scored 15 points, Emmanuel Nzekwesi had 12 rebounds, and the Golden Eagles held off the Spiders in Richmond.
Nzekwesi added eight points for Oral Roberts (4-9), which got a clutch three-pointer from D.J. Weaver to go up 57-52 with just 34 seconds left. Nathan Cayo had 17 points and eight rebounds for Richmond (4-6).
Richmond trailed 31-23 at halftime but rallied and led by two points twice in the second half. Jake Wojcik’s three-pointer gave the Spiders their last lead, at 49-48, with 2:27 to go. But Oral Roberts scored the next six points and, after an exchange of baskets, Weaver made his back-breaker.
Richmond misfired on two possessions, and the Golden Eagles missed the front end of a one-andone before Nzekwesi closed the scoring with two late free throws.
Howard women win easily
Sarah Edmond and Jayla Thornton scored 16 points apiece to lead the Howard women to an 89-62 victory over Florida International in Miami.
Krislyn Marsh added 14 points, and Gia Thorpe had 11 for the Bison (7-3), who shot 48.6 percent (35 of 72) for the game and led 42-26 at halftime.
Kylee O’Hara and Shante Walker each scored 12 points for the Panthers (2-8).