ROCK HILL, S.C. -- 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.
Winthrop (9-8, 3-3) never trailed in the game and pulled away in the second half with a 16-4 run that included 3-pointers from Pickett, Bjorn Broman and Anders Broman to make it 56-40 with 14 1/2 minutes to go. The Eagles led by double figures the rest of the way and held Gardner-Webb (9-10, 4-2) to just one basket over the final four minutes, a 3-pointer from Liam O'Reilly, who finished with 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting.
Rocket Watts, the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2019 class, has committed to Michigan State.
UNC Wilmington will open its preseason basketball practices at North Carolina due to lingering effects of Hurricane Florence.
Guard Miles Wilson has been dismissed from the Miami Hurricanes' men's basketball program for failing to meet team expectations.