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State hoops: N.H. men rally past UMBC, 92-86

UMBC guard Brian Neller hit a 28-footer at the final buzzer, but the visiting Retrievers trailed the entire overtime period and lost to New Hampshire, 92-86, in men's basketball Wednesday.

Neller hit five 3-pointers, scored 19 points and moved into third place on UMBC's all-time 3-pointer list with 241.

Joey Getz scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Retrievers (6-19, 4-8 America East). Senior guard Ryan Cook (St. Vincent Pallotti) added 15 points.

The Wildcats (7-16, 3-8) were led by Patrick Konan with 22 points.

UMBC led by as many as 16 points in the first half, hitting 50 percent from the field, but struggled during the final 25 minutes, finishing at 41.8 percent for the game.

The teams went to overtime tied at 74 and remained deadlocked at 78 after the Retrievers' Chase Plummer hit two free throws with 3:10 left. But Scott Morris knocked down a 3 with 2:47 remaining to give New Hamphire the lead for good.

UMBC had one opportunity to tie the game, trailing 86-83 with 20 seconds left after the Wildcats' Ferg Myrick missed two free throws. Getz drove all the way to the basket and drew a foul, but only converted only one of two free throws with 12 seconds to play. Myrick redeemed himself by sinking two foul shots with 10 seconds left, and Konan added a pair with four seconds to play to provide the final margin.

Catholic 71, Goucher 43: The Gophers (6-17, 4-9) stayed within striking distance of the Cardinals (21-2, 11-1 Landmark) into the second half, but Catholic outscored them 41-20 over the final 20 minutes to clinch the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

double of the season.

Salisbury 72, St. Mary's 71, OT: Elijah Gore made two free throws with eight seconds remaining in overtime to lift the host Sea Gulls (17-7, 8-3 Capital Athletic Conference) over the Seahawks (21-3, 9-2).

McDaniel 76, Swarthmore 71, OT: After a Garnet (6-18, 5-12 Commonwealth) 3-pointer at the buzzer forced overtime, the Green Terror scored the first seven points of the extra session and never looked back. Andrew Merlo netted his fourth 20-point game of the season for the Green Terror (13-11, 7-10 CC) with seven of his 21 points coming in overtime.

Franklin & Marshall 73, Johns Hopkins 54: George Bugarinovic's 12 points for the Blue Jays (15-9, 11-6 Centennial Conference) weren't enough to overcome the host Diplomats (18-6, 13-4).

Frostburg State 66, Marymount 61: After a sluggish first half, Bobcats (9-15, 3-8 CAC) used much of the second half to overcome a 29-23 halftime deficit and rally past the Saints (7-18, 2-10).

Ursinus 74, Washington College 72: Malik Draper of the Bears (10-14, 8-9 Commonwealth ) scored the game-winning layup with 3.1 seconds left to cap a game-closing 15-5 run to lift the host over the visiting Shoremen (4-20, 4-13).

Women

UMBC 59, New Hampshire 50: Kristin Coles scored a season-high 16 points as the Retrievers (9-16, 5-7 America East) beat the Wildcats (9-14, 4-7)

Virginia Union 65, Bowie State 39: The host Panthers (11-11, 8-6 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assocation) outscored the Bulldogs (6-15, 3-10) in the first half 39-18 and rolled.

Bria Robinson led Bowie State with 13 points. Ashle Freeman had 15 point for Virginia Union.

Salisbury 68, St. Mary's 48: Courtney McManus scored a game-high 17 points to lead the host Sea Gulls (13-11, 6-5 Capital Athletic Conference) to their third straight victory.

Salisbury outscored the Seahawks (10-11, 4-7), 38-17, in the first half.

Ursinus 61, Washington College 59: Freshman Caroline Shimrock scored a game-high 22 points, including the winning nine-foot jumper with six seconds left, to lift the host Bears (12-12, 9-10 Centennial Conference) over the Shorewomen (10-14, 8-11).

Johns Hopkins 54, Franklin & Marshall 49: Alex Vassila made a layup with 2:01 left in the game to give the visiting Blue Jays (15-10, 13-7 Centennial ) a lead, 48-47, they would not relinquish.

Vassila, who finished with a game-high 23 points and scored her 1,000th career point, would score four of the next six points.

The Diplomats fell to 7-17, 4-15.

Marymount 70, Frostburg State 52: The host Bobcats (6-18, 2-9 Capital Athletic Conference) have lost three in a row. The Saints (21-4, 11-1) clinched the conference regular-season title with the win.

Catholic 61, Goucher 43: The host Cardinals (23-1, 12-1 Landmark) never trailed the Gophers (6-17, 2-11).

Navy 59, Holy Cross 35: Alix Membreno had a doubledouble with 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Mids to victory over the visiting Crusaders. Christine Ganser led Holy Cross (12-12, 4-5 Patriot League) with nine points. Navy (15-9, 8-1) shot 41.5 percent from the field.

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