RADFORD, Va. (AP) — Carlik Jones had 16 points and six steals, and No. 2 Radford beat third-seeded Winthrop 61-52 in a Big South Tournament semifinal on Friday night.
Radford (21-12), picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll, will host fifth-seeded Liberty (20-13) in the championship on Sunday.
Charleston Southern ends Winthrop’s title hopes, 78-75
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Phlandrous Fleming Jr. scored 26 points and Christian Keeling 22 as Charleston Southern beat Winthrop 78-75 on Saturday to erase the Eagles' Big South title hopes.
Winthrop (18-11, 12-6) came into the regular-season finale a game back of UNC Asheville, where the Eagles lost on Thursday, but fell behind by 19 points with nine minutes remaining. The Buccaneers made 10 of 12 free throws in the final 41 seconds to hold off the Eagles.
Winthrop’s balance sinks Longwood 79-64
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Josh Ferguson had 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead a balanced attack and Winthrop defeated Longwood 79-64 on Sunday to set up a Big South showdown with UNC Asheville next week.
Ferguson had a dunk to cap an 11-0 run early in the second half that put the Eagles ahead 43-30 and hit a jumper that ended a 7-2 surge for a 67-49 lead with 6½ minutes to play.
Winthrop (18-9, 12-4) and Asheville started the day tied for first and play at Winthrop on Thursday.
Cooks’ effort leads Winthrop past Gardner-Webb 90-71
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) — Senior Xavier Cooks poured in a career-high 36 points and added season highs of 16 rebounds and six blocked shots to power Winthrop to a 90-71 victory over Gardner-Webb on Thursday night.
Winthrop's fourth straight win lifted it into a first-place tie in the Big South Conference with UNC Asheville, which lost in overtime to Liberty on Thursday.
Winthrop controls High Point from the start with 82-70 win
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — Xavier Cooks scored 20 points, Josh Ferguson scored 13 with 11 rebounds and Winthrop beat High Point 82-70 on Saturday night.
Winthrop never trailed as Bjorn Broman started the game with back-to-back 3-pointers and Cooks followed with a pair of free throws. Winthrop extended the lead to 20-9 on Adam Pickett's layup.
Anders Broman made a 3 and Josh Ferguson's dunk to end the half made it 41-22. High Point trailed by double figures the entire second half.
Cooks, Pickett lead Winthrop over Presbyterian 63-49
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Xavier Cooks scored 18 points, Adam Pickett added 17 and Winthrop pulled away for a 63-49 win over Presbyterian on Wednesday night for its 10th-straight win in the series.
Winthrop controls Radford with 75-67 behind Cooks’ 22 points
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Xavier Cooks scored 22 points, had six rebounds, five blocks, four assists and three steals to lead Winthrop to a 75-57 win over Radford on Saturday.
Bjorn Broman added 16 points and four steals, Josh Ferguson contributed 10 points and the Eagles shot 26 of 46 (56.5 percent) including 9 of 18 from 3-point range, while collecting 13 steals.
James leads Liberty to 77-61 win as Flames sweep Winthrop
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Scottie James had 21 points and Caleb Homesley added 16 as Liberty rolled over Winthrop 77-61 on Thursday night to sweep the Eagles for the season.
Liberty (14-10, 5-6 Big South) beat Winthrop 73-70 earlier in the year, which gave the Flames their first regular season sweep of Winthrop since the 2003-04 season.
Winthrop pulls away from Campbell for 75-64 win
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Xavier Cooks scored 21 points and Bjorn Broman scored 18 and Winthrop ended the game with a 16-4 run to beat Campbell 75-64 on Saturday.
Cooks scores 26 points; Winthrop beats Longwood 95-78
FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) — Xavier Cooks scored 26 points and Winthrop pulled away in the second half to beat Longwood 95-78 on Wednesday night for its fifth straight win.
Cooks was 11 of 16 from the floor and had a game-high six assists. Anders Broman added 18 points for Winthrop (12-8, 6-3 Big South Conference), which had five shooters in double-figures scoring and finished 35-of-60 shooting (58.3 percent) from the floor.
Cooks has 30th career double-double, Winthrop wins 81-68
CLINTON, S.C. (AP) — Xavier Cooks scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Josh Ferguson added 17 points and eight boards, and Winthrop beat Presbyterian 81-68 on Sunday.
Bjorn Broman made four 3-pointers and scored 13 points, and Anders Broman added 11 points for Winthrop (11-8, 5-3 Big South), which has won four straight. It was Cooks' 30th career double-double.
Broman, Winthrop take 85-58 win over UNC Asheville
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Anders Broman made three 3-pointers and scored 19 points in leading Winthrop to an 85-58 victory over UNC Asheville on Thursday night.
Xavier Cooks added 15 points, Josh Ferguson 13, Kyle Zunic 12 and Adam Pickett 10 for the Eagles (10-8, 4-3 Big South), who have won three straight while ending a three-game win streak for the Bulldogs (11-9, 4-3).
Winthrop cruises to 90-67 win over Gardner-Webb
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Xavier Cooks had 17 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists to lead Winthrop to a 90-67 win over Gardner-Webb on Monday night.
Josh Ferguson and Adam Pickett also scored 17 points each for Winthrop, which shot 53 percent from the field to knock Gardner-Webb out of first place in the Big South Conference. Bjorn Broman added 11 points and Charles Falden 10.
Cooks, Broman help Winthrop defeat Charleston Southern 64-53
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Xavier Cooks and Bjorn Broman scored the final four points at the free-throw line, Cooks finishing with 15 points and Broman 12 as Winthrop defeated Charleston Southern 64-53 Friday night, ending a three-game slide.
Winthrop (8-8, 2-3 Big South) trailed by 10 midway through the first half but launched a 27-6 run over eight minutes for a 32-21 halftime lead. The Eagles pushed the lead to 18 midway through the second half.
Winthrop pulls away in 2nd half to beat High Point 76-60
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Bjorn Broman and Adam Pickett scored 14 points apiece as Winthrop pulled away in the second half to beat High Point 76-60 in the Big South Conference opener on Saturday afternoon.
Anders Broman and Xavier Cooks added 13 points each for the Eagles. Josh Ferguson contributed eight points while grabbing 11 rebounds with two steals and one block.
Georgia holds off Winthrop rally to win at home, 87-82
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Before turning its attention to final exams, Georgia had to face one final test on the floor.
Balancing criticism with praise, Georgia coach Mark Fox concluded its 87-82 win over Winthrop on Tuesday night was a good win, if not a good performance.
"There are a ton of positives from winning this game," Fox said. "This was a great way to be tested. Sometimes you have to find ways to win."
Ferguson’s double-double helps Winthrop beat SC State, 86-61
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Josh Ferguson had his first career double-double and Austin Awad hit five 3-pointers and finished with 16 points — both career highs — to help Winthrop beat winless South Carolina State 86-61 on Sunday night.
Winthrop makes 15 3s in 104-49 victory
ROCK HILL, N.C. (AP) — Xavier Cooks scored 22 points with eight rebounds and Winthrop beat Mars Hill 104-49 on Tuesday.
In a game in which eight Eagles made 3-pointers, Cooks missed his only 3-point attempt but shot 8 of 13 overall and was 6 of 7 from the free-throw line along with collecting four assists, three steals and two blocks.
Winthrop cruises to 106-65 win over Div. II Central Penn
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Kyle Zunik scored 17 points with four assists and Winthrop cruised to 106-65 win over USCAA Div. II Central Pennsylvania College on Saturday.
Zunik was 5 of 8 from the field including four 3-pointers for the Eagles (1-2). Xavier Cooks added 14 points and led the team with 11 rebounds. Charles Falden had 13 points and Anders Broman added 12.
Southern Illinois beats Winthrop 81-66
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Kavion Pippen and Sean Lloyd Jr. scored 15 points each to help Southern Illinois open the season with an 81-66 win over Winthrop on Friday night.
Armon Fletcher added 14 points and Eric McGill scored 12 for the Salukis. Pippen had 10 rebounds and Lloyd grabbed seven boards.