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State: Cormier, Loyola men rally past Lafayette

BasketballLoyola GreyhoundsSouth Carolina State BulldogsMid-Eastern Athletic ConferenceNortheast Conference

Guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) scored 18 of his 25 points after halftime and added 11 rebounds as host Loyola Maryland beat Lafayette, 77-63, on Monday in Patriot League play at Reitz Arena.

It was the fifth straight Patriot League loss to begin the season for the Leopards (4-12, 0-5), who were led by guard Nick Lindner with 17 points and seven assists. Guard Joey Ptasinski had 15 points total, with three after halftime.

Loyola guard R.J. Williams (St.Frances) had a career-high 10 assists and became the first Greyhounds player to reach double digits in assists in a game since 2009. Guard Eric Laster, averaging 9.0 points per contest, had 14 points for Loyola and Williams added 12, as did forward Jordan Latham.

Cormier made his first seven shots from the field and gave Loyola, which trailed by two at halftime, a 52-41 lead midway through the second half. He made two baskets in a row to make it 60-49 with 9:10 left. The Greyhounds expanded their lead to 66-53 with 4:40 remaining on a basket by Williams.

Loyola (8-8, 3-2) jumped out to a 17-9 lead with a trio of 3-pointers by Laster and a dunk by Latham. The visitors came back to take the lead at 27-26 and led at halftime 37-35 even though the Greyhounds shot 56.5percent from the field.

Loyola will return to action next Monday at Boston University, a first-year member of the league.

Coppin State 75, South Carolina State 69: Guard Michael Murray led the host Eagles (5-11, 2-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) with a game-high 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Andre Armstrong scored 22 points in the victory.

Matthew Hezekiah led South Carolina State (5-12, 1-2) with 16 points and six rebounds.

Coppin State ended a seven-game losing streak and earned its first win since Dec. 11, when it blew out UMBC, 91-71.

Forward Arnold Fripp added 15 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Eagles, who outrebounded South Carolina State by a 40-32 margin and enjoyed a significant advantage at the free-throw line. Coppin went 19-for-24, making more foul shots than the Bulldogs (13-for-18) attempted.

The Eagles now have games at Norfolk State and Hampton, the top two teams in the MEAC standings with a combined 7-0 conference record.

Women

Fayetteville State 71, Bowie State 67, OT: The host Bulldogs surrendered a 17-point halftime lead as the Broncos rallied to win. Guard Donia Naylor scored a team-high 18 points for Bowie State.

Coppin State 62, South Carolina State 49: Kyra Coleman and reserve Janelle Lane had 16 points each as the host Eagles used strong inside scoring and a big edge on the boards to beat the Bulldogs (4-9, 2-1 MEAC).

South Carolina State lost for the first time in four games. Guard Kourtney Williams had 16 points, 14 in the second half, and a team-high six rebounds to lead the Bulldogs, who were outrebounded 47-24 by the Eagles. Lane and Larrisa Carter, who scored 14 points, added 10 rebounds each for Coppin.

Mount St. Mary's 85, St. Francis (N.Y.) 79, 2OT: Guard Jacqueline Brewer scored six of her team-high 21 points in the first and second overtimes as the Mount (7-9, 2-2 Northeast Conference) outlasted the Terriers (12-3, 3-1).

In a game that featured 11 ties and 12 lead changes, the Mount scored the final seven points in the second overtime to erase a 79-78 deficit with 3:05 to go.

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