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Virginia Union 99, St. Rose 72

March 21, 1996

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Luther Bates scored three straight baskets during a 12-2 spurt late in the half that sparked No. 2 Virginia Union to a 99-72 victory Wednesday night over College of St. Rose (N.Y.) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II tournament.

Virginia Union (24-1) will play the winner of the game between Northern Kentucky and Cal State-Bakersfield in the semifinals Thursday night.

Virginia Union used its quickness to score 21 points off St. Rose’s 21 turnovers and also held a 46-36 edge in rebounds behind Bates’ nine.

St. Rose (28-4) rallied from a 30-28 deficit to lead 40-32 after Roger Powers’ 3-pointer and Jermaine Henderson’s free throw with 3:35 remaining in the half.

After Virginia Union’s Thomas Meredith hit two free throws six seconds later, Bates hit two short jumpers and a rebound basket following St. Rose misses for a 48-32 lead at 1:40.

Henderson’s two free throws at 1:29 trimmed the margin to 10 points, but Virginia Union’s Marquise Newbie hit a jumper and Jay Butler sank two free throws for a 52-34 advantage.

St. Rose got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way, the last time at 66-56 on Garth Joseph’s rebound basket with 13:49 left in the game. Virginia Union then scored 14 straight points, eight by Maurice Greene, to open an 80-56 cushion at 10:32.

Greene scored 31 points, Bates 21 and Meredith 19 for Virginia Union, which shot 51 percent (38-of-75) from the field.

Powers finished with 20 points while Ralfs Jansons had 14 for St. Rose, which made 41 percent (26-of-63) of its shots in its first appearance in the tournament’s quarterfinals.

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