Saturday, January 7, 2012

Corbo's bomb lifts Norfolk State over UMES

Norfolk State 61, Maryland-Eastern Shore 58: Rae Corbo took and inbounds pass from Tyisha Bridges with 1.6 seconds left, whirled and launched a 30-footer that splashed home at the buzzer to finish off UMES. It was the second straight victory for the Spartans (7-7) and boosted them to 2-1 in the MEAC. NSU won just two conference games all of last season. That the Spartans would need a last-second shot seemed unlikely after a first half that ended with NSU up 34-19. The Spartans went cold after the break, though, and with 10:21 remaining found themselves in a 41-41 game. NSU managed to get its nose back in front and used a Bridges layup to take a 6-point lead with 2:18 to play. But UMES scored the next six points, setting the stage for Corbo's heroics. Corbo finished with 16 points, and Batavia Owens continued her new-found low-post mastery and also scored 16 for the Spartans. Adobi Agbasi scored 12 to pace the Lady Hawks, who dropped their third straight game since their 63-59 victory at Old Dominion on Dec. 21.

Also Saturday:

Radford 80, Campbell 70: Freshman Jordynn Gaymon had her breakout game and Da'Naria Erwin Spencer broke out of a mini-scoring slump as the Highlanders (7-6) leveled their Big South record to 1-1. Spencer had a game-high 21 points while Gaymon came off the bench and established career highs of 8 points and 12 rebounds. After getting outrebounded in their last three games - all losses - the Highlanders enjoyed a 50-38 edge on the glass Saturday and outscored Campbell 22-6 in second-chance points.

High Point 73, Liberty 69 (ot): Avery Warley became Liberty's all-time leading rebounder but couldn't prevent the Lady Flames from falling in their first overtime game in nearly five years. Erin Reynolds' banked-in 3-pointer with 17 seconds left in regulation forced the extra period, and the Panthers scored the first four points in overtime and hung on. Warley finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds and now has 1,047 boards for her career. The previous record-holder was Katie Feenstra with 1,033. Devon Brown also scored 19 points and Danika Dale added 10 for Liberty (6-7 1-1 Big South). Reynolds scored a game-high 21 points for Big South-leading High Point (8-6, 3-0).

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