Friday, December 18, 2009

Daily dribble

While we were enjoying ourselves at the William and Mary-Norfolk State game, two other state teams enjoyed mixed results on the hardwood Friday night.

Friday's action

No. 7 Duke 79, No. 24 JMU 65: Dawn Evans (31 points) got hers, but the Blue Devils clamped down on everyone else to hand the Dukes (7-1) their first loss.

Longwood 76, High Point 68: Freshmen Chelsea Coward and Crystal Smith combined for 30 points as the Lancers (4-8) won for the second time in four days and first time on the road.

Saturday's games

Virginia Tech (6-3) vs. UAB (4-5), St. John's Classic, 3 p.m.
Assuming there's not too much rust to shake off after a 10-day layoff, a Hokies team that has won two straight and four of its last five should be able to survive this opener and set up a championship game Sunday with the 9-1 host school. And if the Hokies have any trouble working up a dislike for the Lady Blazers, they only need look at the UAB coach. Audra Smith spent four years as a player and 10 as an assistant coach at archrival Virginia. Virginia Tech 65, UAB 54

VCU (5-2) at UNLV (4-5), Duel in the Desert Classic,
The Rams may be the first team that doesn't mind opening a tournament against the host school, as UNLV is 0-4 this season in its own building. Tenth-ranked Florida State headlines the quality eight-team Desert field; the Rams will face either Hawaii or Kansas State Sunday on Day Two of the three-day event. VCU 72, UNLV 65

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