Morgan State put together a 7-0 run during the final two minutes of play, but two missed free throws by Ali Ameer with 1.4 seconds left allowed Cal Poly to escape with a 62-61 victory Friday at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena.
Kevin Thompson finished with a game-high 23 points in the fifth consecutive loss by the Bears. David Hanson had 17 points for the Mustangs (3-2), who set season highs for 3-pointers (10) and 3-point percentage (.455).
Amaurys Fermin and Will Taylor each added 12 points for Cal Poly, which advances to face Mississippi Valley State today at 2 p.m. The Mustangs opened their four-game run at the Las Vegas Invitational with a 42-36 defeat of USC (Nov. 19) before dropping a 75-52 decision Tuesday at UNLV.
During Friday's earlier game, Mississippi Valley State (1-4) defeated Tennessee State (2-4) in double overtime, 90-89. Morgan will face Tennessee State today at 11:30 a.m.
At the close of a first half that featured six lead changes, eight ties and neither program holding a lead larger than four points, a 3-pointer by Dylan Royer with five seconds left gave Cal Poly a 31-30 lead at the break.
Albany 69, Navy 62: Gerardo Suero scored 21 points, including the final six of seven free throws to give the host Great Danes (3-3) the victory over the Midshipmen (2-4).
Navy has lost four straight. The Great Danes trailed 32-26 at the half before outscoring the Mids 27-13 over the first 10 minutes of the second half.
LouisIana Tech 73, UMES 54: The Hawks' lead evaporated in the second half when the Bulldogs (2-1) outscored UMES (1-5) by nearly a 2-1 ratio in the opening round of the Jim Thorpe Classic in Laramie, Wyo.
UMES will face host Wyoming tonight at 9.
Bowie State 76, Cheyney 70: Darren Clark went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final minutes of play as the Bulldogs (3-0) won a come-from-behind victory over the Wolves (0-4) in the opening round of the Fresh Coast Classic in Milwaukee.
Bowie State faces Lincoln University, an 82-66 winner over Fisk, in today's championship at 4 p.m.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun