Towson trailed by just two points at halftime, but host Delaware outscored the Tigers 38-21 in the second half to capture a 62-43 Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball team victory Monday evening, sending Towson to its Division I-record 40th consecutive loss.
Sophomore forward Marcus Damas scored a game-high 16 points to lead Towson (0-21, 0-9 CAA) in scoring for the second straight game. Senior forward Robert Nwankwo was just one point shy of his fourth consecutive doubledouble with nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Nwankwo also blocked two shots to become just the third player in Towson history with 200 blocks in his career.
Sophomore Devon Saddler (Aberdeen) led three Delaware players in double figures with 16 points. The guard went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line; as a team, the Blue Hens (9-10, 5-4) shot 18-for-20 from the line.
Towson put forth a strong defensive effort in the first half, holding Delaware to just 22.2percent shooting from the field. The Blue Hens made just six field goals in the first period but sank 11 of 13 from the free-throw line to hold a 24-22 lead at the intermission.
The Tigers got to within a point at 28-27 on a jumper by Damas at the 16:30 mark of the second half. The Blue Hens led by five midway through the half and took over from that point. Delaware scored six straight points to go up 11 and ended the game on a 20-6 run.
North Carolina A&T 93, Coppin State 92, OT: Senior Michael Harper tied his career high with 30 points, but Adrian Powell hit a 3-pointer with 39 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the visiting Aggies (9-12, 4-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).
Powell hit 3-pointer after Akeem Ellis had put Coppin State (9-11, 4-3) ahead with a pair of free throws with 1:38 to play.
After Powell's basket the Eagles failed on three opportunities to regain the lead. Ellis missed a 3-pointer, but Coppin State retained possession on a wild scramble for the ball that resulted in the Eagles' taking the ball out under the North Carolina A&T basket.
Harper then attempted a fall-away jumper from the free-throw line, which missed. And so did Antonio Williams' tip-in attempt, allowing the Aggies to escape with the victory.
Nic Simpson led North Carolina A&T with 22 points, and Marc Hill added 20 points.
Coppin State also received 22 points from Tony Gallo. Ellis had 16 points and Williams had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Morgan State 71, North Carolina Central 64: Bears senior point guard Larry Bastfield's career-high 20 points combined with an 8-for-30 effort from the field in the second half by the visiting Eagles in the teams' first meeting since Feb. 16, 1980.
With a one-point lead and a little over 16 minutes left in the contest, North Carolina Central (9-10, 3-3 MEAC) missed 10 shots over the next five minutes, allowing Morgan State (5-12, 3-3) to take a 53-48 lead that stretched to 66-56 with 3:40 to go.
Beside Bastfield, three other Bears reached double figures: Kevin Thompson finished with 13, and Ameer Ali and Aric Brooks contributed 11 each.
Coppin State 85, North Carolina A&T 63: Senior Jeanine Manley scored a career-high 38 points, leading the host Eagles past the Aggies.
The 38 points ranks as the second-highest ever by a Coppin State player, trailing only the school-record 43 scored by Thelma Lyles on Dec. 18, 1988.
Manley finished the game 14-of-18 from the field and also made 10 of 13 from the free-throw line to help the Eagles post their eighth win in the past nine games.
Coppin State (10-10, 5-2 MEAC) also received 10 points and six rebounds from Leola Spotwood and eight points and eight rebounds from Larrisa Carter.
North Carolina A&T (7-12, 2-4 MEAC) was led by Amber Calvin, who had 18 points, while JaQuayla Berry finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Morgan State 64, N.C. Central 59: Amarah Williams scored a game- and career-high 19 points and added a game-high 10 rebounds to lead the host Bears (5-14, 2-4 MEAC) over the Eagles (2-17, 0-6).
Williams, who recorded her second consecutive doubledouble and third of the season, shot 7-for-10 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line, and added two steals. Fellow freshman Tracey Carrington finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and a game-high five assists, while Omara Parker came off the bench, added 13 points and eight rebounds and finished with three steals to help Morgan State win its final two games to go 2-2 on its homestand.
UMES 47, Bethune-Cookman 43: The host Hawks (5-11, 3-2 MEAC) did not allow a field goal by the Wildcats (6-13, 3-4) over the final eight minutes. With the victory, coach Fred Batchelor reached his 100th career win in his eighth year with UMES.
The Hawks held Bethune-Cookman to just 5-for-26 shooting from the field in the second half. UMES' Amber Cook had team highs in points (11) and rebounds (seven).
Mount St. Mary's 49, St. Francis 46: Ashley Christie led a game-ending 12-6 run with seven points to power the Mount (8-11, 4-4 Northeast Conference) past the host Terriers (2-17, 1-7).
With the Mount trailing 40-37 and 6:54 left, Christie started the decisive run with a free throw at 6:15 and then gave the Mount its first lead of the night on a traditional three-point play at 5:19. Sarah Benedetti momentarily regained the lead for the Terriers with a layup at 3:21, but Christie hit a 3-pointer from the corner at 2:45 to give the Mountaineers the lead for good at 44-42. Mount St. Mary's then converted five of six free throws to seal the victory in the final 1:46.
Sydney Henderson paced the Mount with 13 points. Kayla Grossett added 11 points and Christie finished the game with nine points in the winning effort.
Sarah Benedetti led St. Francis with 14 points, and Jaymee Veney had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Elizabeth City State 60, Bowie State 50: Senior Juliette Turner scored a team-high 19 points, but turnovers and late cold shooting proved costly for the Bulldogs (2-13, 2-6 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association), who fell to the host Bears (11-7, 5-3).Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun