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State basketball: Loyola men fall to St. Joe's

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Forward Ronald Roberts Jr. had 20points to lead four players in double figures as Saint Joseph's beat host Loyola Maryland, 88-77, on Saturday.

Reserve forward Isaiah Miles (Milford Mill) added 17 points, guard Chris Wilson had 17 points and three assists, and guard Langston Galloway scored 14.

Loyola (5-5) was paced by guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), who had 27 points and 11 rebounds.

The Hawks (6-4) led 60-24 before the Greyhounds came back and made the score look respectable in the second half.

Saint Joseph's made 13 of its first 20 shots from the field and led 50-21 late in the first half on a basket by Roberts.

The Hawks led 60-24 at halftime by shooting 64.5 percent from the field.

Cormier entered the game as one of the top scorers in the country, at 23.8 points per game.

Jacksonville State 72, Coppin State 61: The Gamecocks used a strong second half to race past the Eagles and take third place in the BVI Tropical Shootout in the British Virgin Islands.

Gamecocks guard Darion Rackley scored a game-high 20 points.

Forwards Michael Murray and Arnold Fripp and guard Taariq Cephas all had 13 points for the Eagles (4-7), who lost their third game in a row. Cephas also had four assists, the seventh time this season he has had at least that many.

Coppin State led 29-27 at halftime, but Jacksonville State (6-9) had the game tied at 34 within the first four minutes of the second half.

North Dakota State 90, Towson 82: Marshall Bjorkland and Taylor Braun combined for 56 points to lead the host Bison past the Tigers.

Their work overcame a big effort from Towson's Jerrelle Benimon, who came within three points of his career high with a game-high 29 points.

Towson (7-6) had three other players in double figures. Guard Four McGlynn scored 16 points and forward Timajh Parker-Rivera added 11. Guard Mike Burwell got all of his 12 points in the second half.

North Dakota State (9-4) went on a late surge for a 35-32 lead at halftime, and was still up 68-58 a little more than three minutes later before Towson began whittling away.

Towson managed to get it to a six-point game with 1:03 left but could draw no closer in the final minute.

Northern Kentucky 72, Navy 65: The visiting Midshipmen couldn't hold a lead in the second half and fell to the Norse.

Northern Kentucky (4-7) trailed by as many as seven points in the second half but took a 61-60 lead on a 3-pointer by guard Todd Johnson with 4:43 to play.

After Navy went back ahead on two free throws by guard Brandon Venturini, Northern Kentucky scored the next five points to jump back on top at 66-62.

Forward Worth Smith brought the Mids (5-5) back within one by making a 3-pointer, but Norse guard Tyler White answered with a 3-pointer of his own with the shot clock expiring.

Wilmington 65, UMES 62: The host Hawks failed to protect the lead and lost to the Division II Wildcats.

The last time UMES (2-7) lost to a non-Division I opponent was in 1992.

UMES, led by Louis Bell with 15 points, held a nine-point lead with just more than 10 minutes left in the game. But Wilmington (6-8) went on a 15-5 run and made its free throws down the stretch to win.

George Washington 74, UMBC 61: Maurice Creek scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the first half, and the host Colonials won their fifth straight.

Brett Roseboro led the Retrievers (3-9) with 13 points. Freshman guard Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) scored in double figures for the fifth straight game and had 10 points.

UMBC, which fell to 0-8 on the road, hung tough in the first 20 minutes after falling behind 10-2 at the outset. The Retrievers hit 14 of 28 shots but were hurt by 11 turnovers, which led to 13 points.

Hood 72, Bryn Athyn 66: Justin Bowens scored 14 points and the host Blazers won a come-from-behind victory over the Lions at the Rotary Holiday Tournament.

Bryn Athyn (3-6) led 37-30 at halftime. Reggie Daniels made a 3-pointer with 7:30 left in the game to give Hood (4-3) the lead for good.

Women

Loyola Maryland 56, UMBC 49: Nai Brown scored 17 of her game-high 23 points in the second half and the host Greyhounds used a 14-2 run to pull away from the Retrievers.

This was the second game in a row Brown has scored 20-plus points. Nneka Offodile had her first career double double, tying a career-high 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Loyola (3-7) trailed by as many as 15 points two minutes into the second half when Sara Tarbert connected on a jumper for UMBC (1-9).

Over the next two minutes, the Greyhounds eventually pulled within single digits for the rest of the game.

With 6:50 remaining in regulation, freshman Lisa Mirarchi forced a Retrievers turnover and brought the ball back the Greyhounds' side of the court. Brown drew a foul, and her free throw knotted the score at 43.

Mount St. Mary's 85, UMES 61: A career-high 22 points from Ashley Christie along with Kayla Grossett's first career double double (10 points, 11 rebounds) helped the host Mount (5-6) win its third straight and improve its home record to 3-1.

Shawnee Sweeney had 17 points for the Hawks (3-8).

American 64, Coppin State 42: The host Eagles shot 48.4 percent from the field in the first half to take a 37-19 lead at the break and go on to win.

American (7-3) was led by Shaquilla Curtis with 14 points. Larrisa Carter (16 points) and Kyra Coleman (15 points) led Coppin State (4-6).

Maine 72, Towson 58: After some early lead changes, the host Bears took the lead for good with 11:01 left in the first half.

Maine (6-5) would lead by as many as 18 points in the second half. Tanisha McTiller led the Tigers (4-7) with 16 points.

Hood 76, Frostburg State 71: Ronje James (Pikesville) had a career-high 31 points, but the Bobcats (2-6) fell to the Blazers (2-6).

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

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