Keith Hughes and Earl Duncan had 19 points each and Brent Dabbs scored 18 yesterday in Piscataway, N.J., to lead Rutgers to a 74-66 victory over George Washington that put the Scarlet Knights in first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

It was the 10th triumph in 11 games for Rutgers, which extended its school-record conference winning streak to nine games. The Scarlet Knights (17-7, 12-3) took sole possession of first place in the conference, one-half game ahead of Temple.

After Dirkk Surles's three-point basket pulled the Colonials (15-9, 9-7) to 24-22, the Knights scored 13 straight points. Dabbs hit two foul shots and a layup, Craig Carter got a driving layup, Dabbs hit a free throw, Carter and Duncan got layups and Mike Jones hit two free throws to make it 37-22.

Rutgers took its biggest leads in the second half at 48-30 and 51-33, before George Washington cut it to 60-54. Rutgers responded with baskets by Daryl Smith and Hughes.

William and Mary 64, East Carolina 56:

Thomas Roberts, Scott Smith and Derrick Peters each scored 17 points and the Tribe held the Pirates without a field goal for more than 17 minutes in the second half in Greenville, N.C.

The Pirates (11-14, 3-9 CAA) took a 40-39 lead on Lester Lyons's three-pointer with 17:51 left, but did not score another field goal until Lyons (23 points) hit a three-pointer with 16 seconds remaining.

During the span the Tribe (12-13, 5-7) had a 25-13 run.

Fairleigh Dickinson 82, Mount St. Mary's 69:

Desi Wilson scored 10 of his 32 points in a 22-8 first-half spurt that gave the Knights the lead for good in Teaneck, N.J.

Clive Anderson had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Fairleigh Dickinson (18-7, 11-3 Northeast Conference). Chris Cavanagh led the Mount (8-17, 6-8) with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

St. Mary's 88, Catholic 75:

Senior Jason Slaughter scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Seahawks (11-13, 5-5 Capital Athletic Conference) at DuFour Center. Jay Franklin led the Cardinals (9-16, 4-6) with 14 points.

Richmond 81, N.C.-Wilmington 64:

In Wilmington, N.C., Kenny Wood scored 22 points and the Spiders shot 63 percent in winning their ninth straight.

Wood, who made nine of 12 shots, also had eight rebounds as the Spiders improved to 17-8, 9-3 in the CAA. The Seahawks are 10-15, 5-7.

Florida A&M 93, Maryland-Eastern Shore 76:

Delon Turner scored 32 points to lead the Rattlers to a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory in Princess Anne, Md.

Darrick Purnell's 21 points led the Hawks.

Marymount 99, Gallaudet 91:

Pierre Gardner had 25 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds to lead the host Saints (15-10, 9-1). For the Bison (15-10, 4-6), Anthony Jones had 43 points, including nine three-point shots.

Mont.-Takoma Park 75, Cecil CC 53:

Al Welch had 29 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Falcons (15-9) in North East, Md.

Virginia Union 98, UDC 66:

Derek Johnson and Troy Phillips each scored 16 points to pace the visiting Panthers (22-3). Henry Moton led the Firebirds (2-22) with 19 points.

Charles Co. 74, Mont.-Germantown 66:

Lamont Saxon scored 19 points to lead the Hawks (13-14) in La Plata. Diallo Nelson led the Gryphons with 16.

Hampton 57, Bowie State 46:

The Bulldogs (7-17, 1-11) had 24 turnovers and shot 29 percent in the second half to lose a 30-26 halftime lead to the Pirates (17-9, 7-5) at Bowie's James Complex.