From Sun staff reports
12:17 AM EST, December 5, 2012
Carl Jones had 15 points and C.J. Aiken and Langston Galloway added 14 each as Saint Joseph's came back to beat host Coppin State, 67-55, on Tuesday night in men's basketball.
Both teams were coming off losses on the road Saturday to nationally ranked teams. The Eagles lost, 87-51, at No.1 Indiana, while the Hawks, from the Atlantic 10, lost at Creighton, 80-51. Saint Joseph's was picked to win its conference, while Coppin was pegged to finish 10th out of 13 teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Coppin fell to 1-7 overall Tuesday despite 27 points and 12 rebounds from Michael Murray. Saint Joseph's (6-2) got 10 points from reserve Chris Wilson. Patrick Cole had seven assists for Coppin, and Sterling Smith had 11 points.
The Hawks led 28-16 before Coppin went on a 15-0 run to take a 31-28 lead with 1:10 left in the first half. The Eagles led 31-30 at halftime even after Murray missed an open shot at the buzzer.
Saint Joseph's took a 36-31 lead early in the second half, but the Eagles tied the game at 36 on a 3-pointer by Smith. But the Hawks began to get several fast-break chances and took a 51-44 lead on a basket by Jones with 11:45 left in the game.
Aiken hit two free throws with 9:01 to play to give the Hawks a 54-44 lead, their largest of the game at that time.
Galloway hit a 3-pointer to make it 61-49 with 5:25 to go, and the Hawks sailed to the win.
Troy Franklin, a transfer from Towson, was dressed but did not play for Coppin because of a coach's decision, according to a school spokesman. He played at Mount Carmel and entered play Tuesday with an average of 11.9 points per game.
The Hawks play next Tuesday at Villanova, while Coppin State is at Marshall on Saturday. The Eagles play next Wednesday at UMBC.
George Mason 74, UMBC 63: The host Patriots jumped out to a 21-4 lead and cruised at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.
Sherrod Wright, who finished with a game-high 23 points, scored the Patriots' first five points. He had all 13 of his first-half points in the early run, converting five of six shots, including three of four from behind the 3-point arc.
Marko Gujanicic came off the bench to score 14 points for the Patriots (6-3), who got 11 points and seven rebounds from Jonathan Arledge and 10 points and three blocked shots from Erik Copes.
Brett Roseboro led the Retrievers (2-6) with 14 points. Chase Plummer scored 13 points for UMBC, and Ryan Cook added 12.
The Retrievers trailed by as many as 19 points before scoring the last nine points of the half. The stretch, which included two 3-pointers from Brian Neller, cut the Patriots' lead to 30-20 at the break.
UMBC pulled within seven points three times in the second half but never got closer. Five consecutive points by Arledge with about 10 minutes to go stretched the advantage to 58-45.
George Mason plays at home again Saturday against Northern Iowa. UMBC is back in action Thursday at home against American.
Navy 69, William & Mary 64: The host Midshipmen (6-4), led by Chloe Stapleton with 20 points, bounced back from Saturday's 63-47 loss to High Point in the championship of its own Classic.
Emily Correal had a game-high 21 points for William & Mary (2-5).
Glenville State 81, Bowie State 78: Jasmine McIntosh had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the host Bulldogs in a losing effort.
The Pioneers (6-1) led 53-41 at the half but were outscored by nine points in the second. Ginny Mills had a game-high 23 points for Glenville State.
Washington College 71, Ursinus 40: The host Shorewomen (5-1, 3-1 Centennial Conference) held a 69-37 advantage in rebounds to beat the Bears (4-3, 2-2).
Kelly Mitchell led Washington College with 10 points. The 31-point margin of victory is their largest in their all-time series. The 40 points scored by Ursinus was also the lowest output in 32 all-time meetings between the two schools.
Dickinson 56, Johns Hopkins 51: Despite holding the visiting Red Devils (6-2, 2-2 Centennial) to a season low in points, the Blue Jays (3-6, 1-4) stumbled down the stretch.
Dickinson rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit, using a 16-2 run over 12 minutes.
Stacy Fairey led Hopkins with 15 points.
Shenandoah 59, Frostburg State 48: The host Bobcats (2-4) erased a pair of double-digit deficits in the second half and challenged the visiting Hornets (2-6) until the final horn.
Stephanie Straka made a layup at 12:50 that capped an 11-2 run as Frostburg State trailed 37-35. Nearly seven minutes later, Elaina Hummel grabbed an offensive rebound and made a layup that capped an 8-2 run that brought the Bobcats to within 49-45 with 5:57 to play.
That was as close as the contest would get for Frostburg as Shenandoah opened up a 14-point lead and pulled away.
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