The Holy Cross Crusaders held a block party Wednesday night. The host Crusaders blocked 10 shots and cruised to a 60-51 victory over Loyola Maryland.
Senior center Dave Dudzinski led the Crusaders with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while junior forward Malcolm Miller controlled the defensive end with six blocked shots, all in the first half.
Holy Cross (12-9, 6-3) won its fifth in a row to conclude the first half of Patriot League play. Loyola (9-11, 4-5) finished the first half winning every conference home game while losing every conference road game.
Senior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), the league's leading scorer (21.9), was held to 15 points as he shot just four of 11 from the free-throw line.
UMBC 73, Binghamton 61: Five UMBC players scored in double figures as the visiting Retrievers won their second game in a row.
Guard Quentin Jones had 16 points to lead the Retrievers (7-14, 3-5 America East). Forward Chase Plummer scored 15, guard Rodney Elliott and forward Brett Roseboro 14, and guard Charles Taylor 10. Elliott just missed a triple double by adding 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Forward Nick Madray finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Bearcats (4-17, 1-7), who lost their sixth in a row. Guard Jordan Reed scored 12 off the bench, and guard Yosef Yacob had 11.
Defense carried the day for the Retrievers, who held Binghamton to 35.3 percent shooting, including 20 percent (4-for-20) from 3-point range.
American 74, Navy 52: One of the hottest teams in NCAA Division I remained on fire when the Eagles won their ninth straight.
The Eagles (13-7, 9-0) also strengthened their hold as the top team in the Patriot League thanks to a huge game from guard and reigning league Player of the Week Jesse Reed, who averages 13.1 points per game but opened Wednesday's contest by scoring 15 of American's first 21 points.
Navy (7-13, 2-7), meanwhile, lost its fourth straight. The Midshipmen, led by guard Zach Fong's 11 points, clearly missed leading scorer Tillman Dunbar, suspended for the rest of the season Jan. 15 for violating team rules.
Bowie State 62, Virginia State 59: The visiting Bulldogs (10-11, 4-6 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association), led by Andre Jackson (Western Tech) with 15 points, won their third in a row.
The Trojans fell to 11-8, 4-4.
Catholic 86, Goucher 76: Alex Noble had 19 points in a losing effort for the host Gophers (7-11, 2-5 Landmark Conference).
The first-place Cardinals improved to 12-6, 6-1.
Navy 48, American 44: The defending Patriot League champion Mids (17-3, 9-0) held off a late rally by the Eagles (13-7, 6-3) to win their ninth straight.
American drew to within 38-37 on a pair of free throws by Alexis Dobbs with 4:12 left in the game.
Navy outscored the Eagles, 11-6, the rest of the way to win. Kara Pollinger had a game-high 17 points for the Mids.
UMES 68, New Jersey Institute of Technology 61: The host Hawks (4-13, led by Mariah McCoy with 27 points, held on to beat the Highlanders (5-19).
UMES' bench outscored NJIT 52-6, led by freshman McCoy.
With less than eight minutes to go, the Hawks extended their one-point lead, 44-43, with a 15-5 run over the next three minutes.
NJIT responded by going on an 11-2 run to narrow the deficit to 61-59 with two minutes left in the game. The Hawks ended the game on a 7-2 run, including five consecutive points from the foul line.
Holy Cross 80, Loyola 65: The host Greyhounds (5-15, 2-7 Patriot League) were outscored 40-28 in the first half.
Lisa Mirachi had 16 points for Loyola; Alex Smith had 17 points for the Crusaders (13-7, 5-4).
Virginia State 94, Bowie State 72: Lamesha Deal scored a game-high 24 points and the host Lady Trojans (16-1, 7-1 CIAA) won their seventh straight.
Brooke Miles and Donia Naylor paced the Bulldogs (7-11, 2-8) with 13 points each. Denver Clyde (North County) added 12 points.
Stevenson 61, Hood 43: Ty Bender (14 points) and Caitlin Roy both totaled a career-high six steals as the host Mustangs forced 33 turnovers to win.
Stevenson (10-8, 8-3 Commonwealth Conference) has won six of its past seven games against Hood (5-12, 2-8) and leads the all-time series 12-11.
The Mustangs jumped out to an 8-0 lead after four consecutive steals and layups, including two by Bender.
The team finished with 13 steals in the first half and a season-high 22 for the game, which ranks sixth all-time.
Catholic 74, Goucher 59: The host Cardinals (13-4, 6-1 Landmark) used a balanced offense to score 37 points per half.
Sharnell Huff had a game-high 36 points for Goucher (5-12, 1-6).
Mary Washington 89, Frostburg State 60: Brianne Comden scored a game-high 27 points for the host Eagles (12-6, 5-5 Capital Athletic Conference).
The Bobcats, led by Simone Wise with 24 points, fell to 3-13, 1-9 and lost their fourth straight.
Gwynedd Mercy 97, Notre Dame (Md.) 21: Erika Deppenschmidt had 17 points, but the visiting Gators (1-18, 1-10 Colonial States Athletic Conference) lost their sixth straight.
Towson at UNC-Wilmington, ppd: 7 The game between the Tigers (13-8, 4-2 Colonial Athletic Association) and Seahawks (6-15, 0-6) has been postponed because of inclement weather to Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.
Salisbury at St. Mary's, ppd.: For a second straight week, the host Seahawks postponed a doubleheader because of inclement weather. The Jan. 22 games against Christopher Newport were pushed back to Monday. Wednesday's games against the Sea Gulls have been moved to today, with the women playing at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m,.
St. Mary's men are 13-4 and 7-2 in the Capital Athletic Conference and the women are 6-9, 3-5. The Salisbury men are 7-10, 3-6 and the women are 10-7, 6-3.
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