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State hoops (Jan. 24): Mount St. Mary's men team alone in first after beating FDU

From Sun staff and news services
Mount ascends to the top of the Northeast Conference in men's basketball.

Gregory Graves scored 22 points and Mount St. Mary's beat host Fairleigh Dickinson, 87-72, on Sunday to move into sole possession of first place in the Northeast Conference.

The Mountaineers (9-12, 6-2) started with an 18-2 run and kept their lead in double figures the rest of the game. The Mount led 44-25 at halftime.

Chris Wray and BK Ashe added 14 points each and Taylor Danaher had 11 points for the Mountaineers, who were 24-for-28 at the free-throw line.

Marques Townes had career highs of four 3-pointers and 26 points for Fairleigh Dickinson (9-10, 5-3), which committed 24 turnovers and fell into a second-place tie with Wagner (12-7, 5-3), which lost to visiting Sacred Heart, 67-58.

Vermont 79, UMBC 72: Kurt Steidl had 17 points and the host Catamounts topped the Retrievers.

Vermont (12-9, 4-2 America East) shot over 58 percent, including 9-for-21 on 3-point attempts.

UMBC (5-16, 1-5) was led by Jairus Lyles with a career-high 32 points on 11-for-20 from the field. He was 5-for-7 beyond the arc with five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) added 13 points.

UMBC led 66-63 with 4:40 to go, but Steidl hit a 3-pointer to spark a 10-1 run for Vermont. Lyles made a 3-pointer with 1:16 left to trim the Retrievers' deficit to three, but Cam Ward responded with a 3-point play.

Women

Hofstra 64, Towson 60: Asia Jackson scored 20 points off the bench and the Pride (15-3, 6-1 Colonial Athletic Association) used an 8-0 run late in the fourth quarter to defeat the visiting Tigers (5-13, 2-5).

Hofstra's Darius Faulk scored a breakaway layup for a 60-50 advantage with 2:54 to play and withstood a 10-4 Towson run to end the game.

Raven Bankston led the Tigers with 19 points.

Fairleigh Dickinson 66, Mount St. Mary's 53: Kelsey Cruz had four 3-pointers and a game-high 22 points and the the host Knights (6-14, 3-4 NEC) topped the Mountaineers (4-14, 2-5).

Maryland: The No. 5 Terps postponed their home game against No. 21 Michigan State indefinitely because of the weekend snowstorm.

The schools and the Big Ten Conference are working to set a new date.

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