Jay Purcell scored 10 of his career-high 25 points in the final five minutes last night and visiting Virginia Tech survived a late Louisville rally to defeat the Cardinals, 86-79, in a Metro Conference game.

The Hokies (8-9, 2-5) snapped a six-game losing streak.

Virginia Tech increased a 42-28 halftime advantage to 64-46 when John Rivers hit a rebound basket with 9:17 remaining.

Louisville (7-10, 1-6), last in the league, went on an 18-5 run to slice the margin to 69-64 on Everick Sullivan's three-point basket at 5:32.

But Purcell, a freshman guard making only his second start, made eight of 10 free throws and a driving layup down the stretch to turn back Louisville's fast-closing charge.

James Madison 79, Old Dominion 75: Steve Hood scored 28 points and the Dukes built a 17-point lead in the second half before holding off the Monarchs in Harrisonburg, Va.

Chancellor Nichols added 22 points and 12 rebounds for James Monroe (13-6), who won its eighth straight game. Chris Gatling had 27 points and Keith Jackson 22 for Old Dominion (8-13).

Hood hit three three-pointers as James Madison broke to a 38-19 lead with 5:06 left in the first half.

The Dukes, who had a 45-33 halftime lead, extended their advantage to 72-55 on a three-point play by Troy Bostic with 8:10 to play.

But Gatling scored 10 points and Jackson the rest as the Monarchs went on an 18-4 run to close their deficit to 76-73 at the 2:15 mark.

The Monarchs got no closer as Nichols made three of five free throws in the final 1:59.

Hood, from DeMatha High School, made 11 of 15 shots from the floor, including six of seven from three-point range. His six three-pointers tied a school record he shares with Eric Brent.

The Dukes had 26 defensive rebounds en route to a 35-21 rebounding edge.

Towson St. 88, Delaware 84: Terrance Jacobs scored six of his 24 points in overtime, helping the Tigers keep their East Coast Conference record perfect. Devin Boyd scored a career-high 38 for the Tigers (12-6, 7-0), who have won seven straight.

Boyd sparked the rally which got Towson into the overtime. The Tigers trailed 68-60 with 2:45 remaining in regulation, but Boyd scored seven points down the stretch.

Jacobs had five points in in the closing minutes of the second half, including a three-pointer with 14 seconds remaining to tie it at 73-all. Delaware is 7-11, 2-4.

Drexel 75, UMBC 63: In Philadelphia, Jonathan Raab scored 18 points and Clarence Armstrong added 16 as the Dragons beat the Retrievers in the ECC.

UMBC (2-17, 1-5) began the second half with a 26-23 lead and extended it to 33-25 with a 7-2 run in the first two minutes. But Drexel (7-13, 3-3) rallied to tie it at 36 on two three-point goals by Armstrong and one by Mike Wisler.

Dan Leahy's three-pointer at 5:14 put Drexel up for good, 59-54.

Eliz. City 88, Bowie St. 74: John McNeil scored 27 points and Tyson Ransom had 18 to lead the visiting Vikings (8-10, 3-3) past the Bulldogs (7-12, 1-5) in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association game. Rayford Young had 16 points to lead Bowie State, followed by Brian Forbes's 15 points and nine rebounds.

Norfolk St. 77, Shaw 62: Jerome Coles scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Spartans (12-8, 7-6) forced 17 first-half turnovers in a CIAA game in Norfolk. Shaw is 14-6, 9-5.