COLLEGE PARK, Md. — All-American guard Alyssa Thomas recorded 20 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals as the host Maryland Terrapins cruised to the easy win over Virginia 79-55 Thursday night in the ACC opener for both teams.
Maryland (5-2), which came into the game leading the nation in rebounding margin (plus-19.5), finished with a 50-29 edge on the boards including 22 offensive rebounds which resulted in a 20-10 advantage in second chance points.
Preseason All-ACC forward Tianna Hawkins added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Terrapins, her fourth double-double of the season, while freshman forward Tierney Pfirman also finished in double figures with 17 points.
Junior guard Ataira Franklin finished with 15 points and six rebounds for Virginia (5-3), which never led in the contest.
The game was competitive for the first eight minutes with Maryland holding a 12-9 lead. But the Terrapins, behind nine points by Thomas, went on a 21-5 run to take control en route to a 35-19 halftime lead. Maryland blew the game open with a 9-0 run to start the second half.
Providence 72, Rhode Island 57: Kadeem Batts scored 23 points and LaDontae Henton had 21 and 17 rebounds as the host Friars pulled away from their in-state rivals.
Josh Fortune added 17 points, five rebounds and five steals for Providence (7-2), which has won five straight.
Jordan Hare led the Rams (2-7) with 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting. His teammates combined to shoot 14-for-45 (31.1 percent) and turn the ball over 18 times.
Neither team led by more than four points until Henton scored seven points and Batts two in a 9-0 run that put Providence in front 40-33 with 15:34 remaining.
The Rams got within three points moments later before the hosts strung together 10 straight points over a span of six-plus minutes. Rhode Island went 0-for-6 from the floor and had six turnovers during a second-half stretch without a field goal that lasted 8:21, after which it trailed 52-39.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Rams G Xavier Munford had 82 points over his last three games. He was limited to 10 on 3 of 13 shooting in this one. … Friars G Bryce Cotton, who entered the night leading all Big East players in scoring (22.1), had just 11 points but dished out a season-high seven assists. … Providence owns a 41-17 series advantage in games played at home.
William & Mary 78, Howard 69: Junior guard Brandon Britt had 26 points, and Tim Rusthoven and Marcus Thornton added 13 apiece as William & Mary held on to beat Howard 78-69 in a non-conference game Thursday in Williamsburg, Va.
Kyle Gaillard added 11 points for the Tribe (5-3), which led 38-30 at halftime. Britt went 13-for-15 from the foul line for the hosts, helping William & Mary finish 25-of-27 on free throws. Howard (2-8) made eight of its nine foul shots.
Calvin Thompson led the Bison with 24 points. Mike Phillips added 20 for Howard, which trailed 61-50 with 8:22 left after a basket by Rusthoven.
The Tribe took a 65-54 lead with 5:01 to play, and Thornton later made the score 70-58 with a basket with 2:52 to go. A dunk by freshman Terry Tarpey gave the hosts a 73-61 advantage with 2:37 left, but Howard’s Brandon Ford made a basket to cut the lead to 73-65 with 1:54 remaining.
After a turnover by Thornton, Ford missed a 3-pointer, and Thompson scored to cut the Bison’s deficit to 73-67 with 1:31 to play. But Matt Rum, a senior guard from Baltimore, made a basket with 48 seconds to go to give William & Mary a 75-67 lead. Britt then hit two free throws with 24 seconds left to account for the final margin.
Howard, which was coming off a 55-50 win at home Tuesday against American, had won two of its previous four games.
William & Mary entered this week as the top scoring team in the Colonial Athletic Association at 69.7 points per contest and ranked 30th nationally in field-goal percentage at .477. The Tribe was coming off a win against Old Dominion on Saturday in the first CAA contest of the season. William & Mary started the season 3-0 for the first time since 1992-93.