Northeastern earns a date with Drexel

Eugene Spates scored 12 points during a 22-6 first-half run for Northeastern and the Huskies never looked back in a 77-67 victory against Delaware (5-26) yesterday in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Richmond, Va. The Huskies (13-18) will play Drexel today.

In other first-round games: Leonard Mendez scored 17 points and hit a long three-pointer at the buzzer, lifting Georgia State (11-19) to a 70-68 victory over William and Mary (15-15). . . . C.C. Williams and Dennard Abraham combined for nine points in a 15-0 first-half run, helping Towson (16-16) take a 67-52 victory against N.C.-Wilmington (7-22). . . . Dre Smith hit his first seven threes to lead George Mason (16-14) to a 73-62 win over James Madison (7-23).

Missouri Valley Conference - Jamaal Tatum and Matt Shaw had 19 points apiece and 11th-ranked Southern Illinois (26-6) won its 12th in a row, 71-59 over Drake (17-15), in a quarterfinal in St. Louis. In a semifinal today, the Salukis will play Bradley (21-11), a 51-48 winner over Northern Iowa (18-13). . . . Nate Funk had 14 points, five rebounds and three assists, and Creighton (20-10) held Indiana State (13-18) to 23 percent shooting in a 59-38 victory.

In the region

Lincoln 91, Alvernia 76 - Tyreek Byard and Dwight Dean each scored 18 points and Dante Blanton added 17 as the Lions (19-8) topped the Crusaders (23-5) in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament in Washington. Terrence Shawell scored 22 for Alvernia.

University of the Sciences 62, Post 55 - Keith Dundas had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Devils (14-14) into the finals of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference tournament with the win over the Warriors (17-12) in Orangeburg, N.Y.

USP, the No. 6 seed, will play fifth-seeded Caldwell (18-11) in the final tonight.

Caldwell 73, Philadelphia University 64 - Jason Hickenbottom scored 20 points but the top-seeded Rams (20-9) were eliminated from the CACC tourney.

Cheyney 67, California 65 - Michael Fryer scored 19 points, including the game tying lay-up with 26 seconds left, as the Wolves (15-14) upset the top-seeded Vulcans (23-6) in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference semifinal in California, Pa.

Women

Atlantic Coast Conference - Abby Waner scored 17 of her 24 points in the first half to lead top-ranked Duke to a 79-58 victory over the Cavaliers (17-15) in Greensboro, N.C.

Camille Little scored 20 points, helping fourth-ranked North Carolina (28-3) begin its push for a third straight tournament title by routing Virginia Tech (18-14), 90-60. . . . Crystal Langhorne scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half, and sixth-ranked Maryland (27-4) routed Georgia Tech (20-11), 75-59. . . . Gillian Goring had a career high of 22 points and 19 rebounds, and 24th-ranked North Carolina State (22-8) dominated the second half to beat Florida State (22-9), 76-49.

Southeastern Conference - Second-ranked Tennessee (28-2) began its pursuit of a sixth sweep of the conference's regular-season and tournament titles by beating South Carolina (17-14) by 81-63 in Duluth, Ga. . . . Tenth-ranked Georgia (22-5) held Kentucky (18-13) scoreless for the first eight minutes and rolled to a 72-40 victory. . . . Sylvia Fowles posted her 18th straight double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds, and 11th-ranked Louisiana State (25-6) withstood a second-half comeback by Mississippi (21-10) in a 52-46 triumph.

Big Ten - Jessica Davenport, the three-time Big Ten player of the year, scored 30 points and Star Allen had 15 to help fifth-ranked Ohio State (27-2) continue its domination of Indiana (18-13) with a 72-60 victory in the quarterfinals, in Indianapolis.. . . Katie Gearlds scored 26 points, and 15th-ranked Purdue (26-5) escaped with an 82-79 overtime win over Wisconsin (19-12). . . . Freshman Allyssa DeHaan had 27 points and eight rebounds to lead 22d-ranked Michigan State (23-7) to a 77-68 victory over Minnesota (16-15).

In the region

Gwynedd-Mercy 83, Ithaca 74 - Michelle Sgrillo scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Griffins (26-2) rallied from 11 points down to defeat the Bombers (16-12) in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament at New York University. Gwynedd will meet NYU, an 85-50 winner over Ursinus, at 7 tonight.

Philadelphia University 66, University of the Sciences 64 - Meg Abele scored 24 points, including a three-point play with 54 seconds remaining, to lead the Rams (20-8) past the Devils (19-10) in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference semifinal in Orangeburg, N.Y. Shelby Rance had 23 points, including five three-pointers, for USP.

Holy Family 69, Goldey-Beacom 55 - Kelly Killion scored 18 points and Megan Bauer added 17 as the Tigers (27-2) topped Goldey-Beacom (18-11) in the other CACC semifinal.