Longwood 58, Valdosta St 53: In a minor upset, Longwood jumped out to a lead and held off a Valdosta comeback. The game was nip-and-tuck before Valdosta went cold when it mattered most, managing two points in the final 3:58 of play. Or went colder might be more appropriate, as Longwood held them to under 39% shooting. Longwood does seem to specialize in making it ugly.
Belmont Abbey 78, St Marys (TX) 73: The upset theme continued, as foul trouble for St Mary's star Johnny Barrows limited him to 11 minutes. Without Barrows, Mark Muphy's 20 & 13 was in vain and PG Harry Houdini couldn't pull a rabbit out of his hat for mduncanhogs. Belmont Abbey's victory is even more impressive when you condier their 48% shooting (12-of-25) from the free throw line.
Lees-McRae 62, W Alabama 54: Lees-McRae led most of the 2nd half in this one and got balanced scoring out of its starters. W Alabama's front court did most of the damage for the home team, but the difference was in three-point shooting. Lees-McRae shot 50% from deep, going 5-of-10.
Drury 82, Limestone 72: Drury knocked off #1 Limestone, but it was too little, too late for the Heartland. Drury did it from distance, stroking in 9-of-20 three-pointers. Limestone kncoked down 9 of their own. The difference was at the free-throw line, with Drury making 10 more than Limestone. I thought you were supposed to get the calls on your home floor. Three Limestone players fouled out of the contest.
Overcoming a one-game deficit, CVAC 6, Heartland 5. Congrats to the CVAC!