Monday, February 28, 2011

Radford stays in second in Big South; Liberty, Norfolk State fall

Monday's results:

Charleston Southern 54, Liberty 51:
Remember what you were doing Jan. 18, 1999? That's the last time the Buccaneers beat Liberty (66-60, climbing from 14 down), until this evening, that is. The Lady Flames (18-9, 12-2), who came in on a nine-game win streak, could have wrapped up the top seed in the Big South tournament, but the Buccaneers decided nobody beats us 29 straight times in a row. Three beats two anytime and Charleston Southern had 10 of those. The Bucs outrebounded Avery Warley by three (she had 21, not surprisingly, a career-high). Charleston Southern never trailed, but Liberty whittled it down to three before free throws sealed the deal. Liberty gets another shot at wrapping up the top seed on Friday, hosting UNC Asheville.

Coppin State 64, Norfolk State 50
The good vibes from Sunday's win over Morgan State didn't translate into any offense for the Spartans(9-17, 2-13), who bricked their way to a 28 percent shooting effort. Rae Corbo, the reigning MEAC Player of the Week, and Batavia Owens each pulled down 11 boards and NSU led by four at the break, but couldn't contain a hot shooting Eagles team in the second half, which shall we say, made some offensive adjustments at the break. First half, they shot 22 percent. Second half? 53 percent.

Radford 78, Presbyterian 71
Thirty points by Da'Naria Erwin Spencer keeps the Highlanders (13-14, 10-4) in second place in the Big South, a game in front of Gardner-Webb. These teams combined for 62 free throws, making us happy we weren't among the 207 in attendance.

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