State men's hoops: Towson tops Drexel for 3rd straight road win

Jerrelle Benimon had 18 points and 16 rebounds and teammate Marcus Damas added 13 points as visiting Towson beat Drexel, 69-66, on Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association contest.

The game was the third in a row on the road and the third win for the Tigers, who had not pulled off that feat since 1993. Drexel had won 17 CAA regular-season games in a row, one short of the record set last season by George Mason.

Drexel (5-9, 1-1) was the preseason favorite in the CAA while Towson (7-8, 2-0) won just one game last season and has not had a winning record in league play since joining the CAA in 2001. Mike Burwell and Jerome Hairston added 12 points for Towson.

Frantz Massenat had 17 points for Drexel and Damion Lee, who played at Calvert Hall, had 14 for the Dragons. Derrick Thomas had 15 points for Drexel.

Massenat missed a pair of 3-point attempts in the closing seconds that would have tied the game.

Saint Joseph's 70, Morgan State 60: Carl Jones scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Hawks (8-4) over the host Bears (3-8).

Langston Galloway added 16 points for the Hawks, who have won three in a row. Halil Kanacevic had a game-high 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots, and junior forward Ronald Roberts Jr. came off the bench to contribute 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Dewayne Jackson had 16 points, eight rebounds and four steals to lead the Bears, who have lost five in a row1.

Howard 70, Coppin State 60: Troy Franklin scored a game-high 24 points in a losing effort for the host Eagles (3-13, 0-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).

Mike Phillips led four players in double figures with 15 points for the Bison (4-12, 1-1).

Howard shot 51.2 percent from the field and outrebounded Coppin State 39-29 in ending a four-game losing streak. The Bison were 24-for-31 from the free-throw line, including making their final eight of the game.

Maine 81, UMBC 66: The host Black Bears (7-8, 2-0 America East) won their fourth in a row and their second straight league game.

Justin Edwards and Alasdair Fraser led five Black Bears in double figures with 17 points apiece, while Jon Mesghna had 16. Mike Allison had a double double with 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds and Xavier Pollard chipped in 10 points and seven assists for the Black Bears.

Mount St. Mary's 71, Monmouth 59: Four players scored in double figures to pace the host Mount (6-7, 1-1 Northeast Conference).

Sam Prescott and Kristijan Krajina each scored 15 while Julian Norfleet and Kelvin Parker added 11 points each in the win.

A 14-5 run midway through the second half sparked the Mountaineers to the victory.

Norfolk State 74, Navy 68: The host Spartans (7-10) built a 26-point lead, then withstood a furious rally by the Mids (6-10) to win.

Navy trailed 54-28 with 13 minutes to play and 56-34 with 10:22 to play when coach Ed DeChellis inserted sophomore guard Kevin Alter into the game. Alter ignited a rally with six 3-pointers in a 10-minute span during which Navy cut Norfolk State's lead from 26 (54-28) to six (71-65) with 13 seconds left.

But Pendarvis Williams made a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left and Navy could get no closer than 73-68.

Bowie State 84, J.C. Smith 80: The host Bulldogs (5-6, 1-1 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) took the lead for good on a tip-in by Najee White with 8:13 left in the game.

White finished with a game-high 27 points.

Goucher 66, Moravian 62: The host Gophers (4-8, 2-0 Landmark Conference) moved into a tie with Catholic for first place.

Within a span of 30 seconds late in the game, Trae Lindsay (Patapsco) made a basket that put the Gophers ahead to stay and a pair of defensive plays that preserved the lead.

His dunk with 1:14 left to play broke a tie at 60.

Ursinus 65, Johns Hopkins 64, 2OT: The host Blue Jays (7-6, 3-3 Centennial Conference) couldn't quite put the Bears (6-7, 4-2) away as Ryan Adams hit a layup with six seconds to play in the second overtime to lift Ursinus over Hopkins.

Hood 75, Arcadia 72: The visiting Blazers (8-4, 2-3 Commonwealth Conference) used a strong second half to earn their second conference win on the road.

St. Mary's 96, Frostburg State 89: Devin Spencer (Towson Catholic) scored a game-high 26 points and the visiting Seahawks (13-1, 3-0 Capital Athletic Conference) won their 13th straight to stay atop the conference standings.

The Bobcats (5-9, 1-2) trimmed a 25-point deficit to seven, but got no closer.

Stevenson 76, Lebanon Valley 66: Christian Roberts had a game-high 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, and the visiting Mustangs (8-4, 2-4 Commonwealth)) won their fourth straight.

Gettysburg 69, Washington College 53: Charlie McShane scored a team-best 22 points, but the visiting Shoremen (0-13, 0-6) fell to the Bullets (6-7, 2-4 Centennial Conference).

Muhlenberg 74, McDaniel 53: The loss broke a six-game winning streak by the visiting Green Terror (7-5, 2-4 Centennial).

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