UMES dropped its sixth game in seven Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchups Monday night, losing to North Carolina Central at home, 66-62.
Guard Hakeem Baxter scored a game-high 17 points and Francis Ezeiru and Troy Snyder turned in double-digit performances for the Hawks (3-16, 1-6 MEAC), but it wasn't enough to overcome the team's 14 turnovers and lackluster second-half shooting.
Jeremy Ingram led the Eagles (16-5, 7-1) with 14 points, and Alfonzo Houston and Jordan Parks added 11 each en route to the team's seventh straight conference victory.
The Hawks hung with N.C. Central throughout the second half, eventually pulling ahead by one, but the Eagles converted four free throws and a layup in the final two minutes to hold on for the victory.
Morgan State 94, Hampton 92, 2OT: Justin Black scored a game-high 26 points and Anthony Hubbard added 18 points and 17 rebounds to key the Bears' (8-12, 6-2 MEAC) double-overtime victory over the Pirates (11-11, 6-3) at home. Brian Darden cut the Pirates' four-point deficit to one with a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining, but Shaquille Duncan put the game out of reach, converting a free throw in the final second.
Coppin State 54, Delaware State 53: The Eagles (8-14, 5-4 MEAC) weathered four lead changes in the final two minutes en route to a one-point victory at home over the Hornets (4-17, 0-8). Kendall Gray put Delaware State up by one with a dunk with 39 seconds remaining, but Taariq Cephas answered with two free throws to regain the lead for Coppin State. The Eagles stopped A.J. Thomas' drive on the final possession to secure the last-minute victory.
Coppin State 81, Delaware State 54: Three Eagles scored in double digits to lead Coppin State (10-11, 7-2 MEAC) past the visiting Hornets (6-14, 1-7).
UMES 72, North Carolina Central 57: The Hawks (5-14, 1-6 MEAC) picked up their first conference win with a 16-point, 11-rebound performance from forward Ashleigh Claybrooks at home against the Eagles (8-13, 3-5). The double double was the fifth in her career.
Hampton 90, Morgan State 46: The Pirates (18-4, 9-0 MEAC) never trailed en route to a 44-point victory over the host Bears (2-19, 0-8). Forward Alyssa Bennett scored a game-high 22 points, and guards Malia Tate-DeFreitas and Nicole Hamilton each added 17 in Hampton's 39th straight conference win.
Mount St. Mary's 69, Central Connecticut State 55: A late offensive surge gave the Mountaineers (11-11, 6-4 Northeast Conference) an eight-point lead entering halftime, and Jenn Carney added 30 points off the bench to key the victory against the visiting Blue Devils (9-11, 3-7). Forty-three of Mount St. Mary's total points came from the team's reserves.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun