Keith Appling scored 17 points on 8-for-11 shooting as top-ranked Michigan State beat visiting Mount St. Mary's, 98-65, on Friday.
Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine added 15 points each for Michigan State (7-0), which shot 63.1 percent from the field without leading scorer Gary Harris, who rested an ankle injury. Adreian Payne chipped in eight points and six rebounds, and Branden Dawson grabbed a game-high 10 boards as the Spartans outrebounded Mount St. Mary's 40-31.
Will Miller paced the Mountaineers (2-6) with 15 points — all coming in the first half on 5-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc — while Julian Norfleet added 13 despite shooting 4-for-15 from the field. Rashad Whack and Byron Ashe had 10 points each for Mount St. Mary's.
No. 22 Michigan 87, Coppin State 45: The host Wolverines didn't have leading scorer Nik Stauskas for their game with the Eagles. They also didn't have a problem.
Freshman guard Zak Irvin lit it up from the 3-point arc for a game-high 24 points for Michigan (5-2).
Stauskas, who averaged 23.3 points last week in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and is scoring 20.3 points per game through six games, rolled his ankle and was held out.
Dallas Gary led Coppin State (2-3) with 11 points, and Taariq Cephas contributed 10.
Towson 84, The Citadel 59: Every team makes a run of some kind during a basketball game.
Not every team makes the kind of run Towson did in its rout of The Citadel in the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland event at SECU Arena.
Towson led just 26-24 after Citadel guard Matt Van Scyoc drilled a 3-pointer with 4:20 left in the first half. By the time Towson forward Marcus Damas hit a foul shot with 17:02 remaining in the game, the score was 50-25, meaning the Tigers uncorked a 24-1 run in 7:18.
In that span, The Citadel (3-5) missed all nine of its shots from the field and Towson (5-2) made nine of 12.
Bowie State 95, Virginia-Lynchburg 82: Cameron Knox (W.E.B. DuBois) and Carlos Smith (Forest Park) each scored 18 points to lead the Bulldogs (4-4) past the Dragons (4-8) at the Chick-fil-A-Classic at Virginia State.
Bowie State led 57-33 at halftime.
Johns Hopkins 67, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 65: In the final 1:16, George Bugarinovic made a free throw and a layup and Gene Williams made two free throws as the Blue Jays (4-2) escaped the host Stags (3-2) in the opening round of the Wells Classic.
No. 8 Maryland 100, Texas Southern 59: The Terps (6-1) controlled both ends of the floor and Alyssa Thomas led with a game-high 23 points at the San Juan Shootout.
Thomas added 10 rebounds for her sixth double double in seven games. Freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added a career-high 17 points.
Maryland controlled the game from the tip-off, leading by more than 20 at the break. The Tigers (3-3) chipped into the lead early in the second half, but after a timeout called by coach Brenda Frese, the Terrapins went on a 12-0 run to answer. Maryland held Jazzmin Parker, the nation's leading scorer with 28.0 points per game, to 23 points, with just one field goal in the second half.
Rider 60, UMBC 48: The Retrievers (1-6) turned the ball over 21 times and the Broncs (2-4) outscored them 40-22 in the second half at the Navy Classic.
Sara Tarbert had 14 points and 10 rebounds for UMBC.
Navy 81, Brown 61: Jade Geif led four Mids in double figures with 13 points as host Navy (5-2) beat the Bears (2-3) at the Navy Classic.
Navy shot 51.9 percent from the floor to take a 41-25 first-half lead.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun