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College Round-Up: Red Storm women edge Syracuse, 57-54

By Mitch Abramson

The Red Storm led by 9 at the half, but saw their advantage dwindle to 3 with 8:30 remaining on a basket by Chineze Nwagbo, who finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Syracuse trailed by 1 on another basket by Nwagbo, and the Red Storm hadn't scored in six minutes until Wright converted a basket followed by a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 4 with 3:25 left. Nwagbo scored again to make it a two point game, but that was the closest Syracuse would get.St. John's went on a 8-0 run in the first half to lead 18-10. Baskets by Tara Walker and Wright made it a 23-13 game. Danielle Chambers made two free throws to give the Red Storm a 12 point advantage, its biggest lead of the game.After a Wednesday night game with Notre Dame, the Red Storm play at Seton Hall Saturday at 2 p.m.Adelphi 84, Queens College 71. Erin White scored 20 points and Shonda Holder added 17 points for Queens (6-8, 6-7 NYCAC) in Garden City Monday night. Adelphi (9-7, 7-3) was led by Carlyshia Hurdle, who had 27 points and 14 rebounds. Gianna Smith had 18 points and Christ the King grad Melanie Mangone added 15 for the Panthers.Ring my BellFormer St. Francis Prep star, Rashad Bell, scored a game-high 19 points for Boston University in a 65-47 victory Saturday at Stony Brook University. The senior was 7 points shy of his career-high of 26 points, which he netted against Northeastern in 2003. Against Stony Brook, Bell shot 7-for-10 from the field and was 5-for-5 from the line. Boston University improved to 12-5. The Terriers led by as many as 14 points in the first period. Stony Brook cut the lead to 37-28 early in the second half, the only time during the game that the margin was under 10 points. Bryan Geffen, also of St. Francis Prep, buried a jumper on the ensuing possession to maintain the double-digit lead. Sophomore Charlie Villanueva, a former player at Newtown HS, had 14 points, 4 blocks and 10 rebounds for Connecticut in a 76-66 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday at home. It was his fifth consecutive double-double.Bryant Dunston, a 6-foot-8 freshman forward on Fordham scored a game-high 20 points in a 63-49 win Saturday at Rhode Island that snapped a 10-game road losing streak for the Rams. Dunston, a former player on St. John's Prep, shot 7-for-10 from the field and grabbed 9 rebounds and had 2 blocks in the win.At St. John's Prep his senior year, the LeFrak City native averaged 19.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5 blocks per game and led his team to a 22-5 record and holds the school record for most blocks in a game and for his career. He was also a Dean's List student in high school. Former Francis Lewis star Jasmin Lawrence, now a 5-foot-8 freshman guard at James Madison scored 6 points, going 2-for-2 from 3-point range in a 72-50 win over North Carolina-Wilmington Sunday at home. The Dukes improved to 10-6 and Lawrence's 3-pointer with 55 seconds to play gave James Madison a 72-47 lead. Lawrence is Francis Lewis's all-time leading scorer with 1,196 points and helped the Patriots win three Queens Borough Championships in a career in which she was a four-year starter.Reach reporter Mitch Abamson by e-mail at TimesLedger@aol.com or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 130.

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