VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Christopher Newport handed Virginia Wesleyan its first loss of the season Sunday afternoon, as the Captains improved to 7-1 with an 83-80 overtime victory. The win marked the first for CNU at the Batten Center, where they had previously been 0-6.
"This is just an incredible win for our program," CNU head coach John Krikorian said. "We beat a really good team today, they deserve to be ranked 6th in the nation...we just found a way and never stopped working."
Senior Tra Benefield led the attack, scoring 30 points, while sophomore Terry Jackson added 18. Benefield and Jackson contributed all 11 of CNU's points in the overtime period. CNU out-scored VWC 11-8 to pull out the victory and improve to 4-0 on the road this season.
"The difference today was the way we finished," Krikorian said. "We talked before the game about finishing strong, and we did that in the first half, at the end of regulaion, and in the overtime."
Benefield, a pre-season All-America selection, scored 13 points in the first half, 12 in the second half, and five in the overtime.
Virginia Wesleyan was led by senior D.J. Woodmore's 25 points. The Marlins are now 7-1 as well.
The win snaps a 12-game Virginia Wesleyan winning streak in the all-time series. CNU now leads the series 47-34.
No. 10 Washington (Mo.) 62, Coe 59
ST. LOUIS -- Washington (Mo.) used a 15-2 run late in the contest and senior forward Chris Klimek recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Bears defeated Coe 62-59 on Sunday at the WU Field House .
Coe took a 54-46 lead with 6:00 to go after a 3-pointer by Andrew Wirth, but the Bears scored 10 consecutive points in a span of 2:28 to get the lead back at 56-54. Senior guard Tim Cooney’s 3 from the wing with 3:09 to play was his lone basket of the game and gave WUSTL the two-point advantage.
The Kohawks answered back to tie the game at 56-56 with 2:32 to play after a layup by TJ Vonderhaar. Burt followed with a layup to make it 58-56, and then Washington U. sealed the game on the defensive end with a steal by senior Alan Aboona with 33 seconds left. Junior David Fatoki made 1 of 2 free throws, but Klimek kept the play alive by tipping the miss to himself to keep possession. Aboona was fouled and drilled two free-throws to push the lead to 61-56.
After a timeout by Coe, Matt Daoust took advantage of an offensive rebound to nail a corner 3 to cut the lead to 61-59. Daoust fouled Aboona on the ensuing play with 4.8 seconds left, and he stepped to the line and made 1-of-2. Wirth’s half-court shot was off the mark as Washington U. held on for the three-point win.
Klimek was 6 of 10 from the field and tied a career best with five assists as he registered the 45th double-figure game of his career. Senior guard Alan Aboona added 13 points, three assists and three steals in the win, while junior Nick Burt had 12 points and six rebounds. Fatoki tied his career high with nine points off the bench, all in the second half.
Washington U. shot 38.3 percent (23-60) from the field in the win, including 46.2 percent (12-26) in the second half. The Bears were outrebounded for the second consecutive game 48-41 and hit just 9 of 20 from the foul line.