From Sun staff reports
1:53 AM EST, December 23, 2012
Visiting Northern Kentucky used an 11-0 run midway through the second half and made five of seven free throws in the final three minutes to beat host Navy, 55-46, on Saturday.
The Midshipmen (6-7) had won their previous three home games and the Norse (2-6), in their first year of Division I basketball and playing their eighth road game of the season, won their second straight.
"We played horrendous today, but we saw this coming for three days. As a coach, you feel helpless when you can't get their attention, and we played like we practiced the last three days," Navy coach Ed DeChellis said. "We aren't going to use any excuses. I was very disappointed with our effort today and how we played."
Navy trailed for most of the second half, but took a 38-37 lead with 8:36 to play on a Tilman Dunbar three-point play, but the Norse's Ernest Watson scored the next 11 points, nine coming on consecutive 3-pointers in a span of 3:07 to give NKU a 48-38 advantage with 4:57 to play.
Watson entered the game 1-for-7 from 3-point range in the first seven games of the year, but went 3-for-4 Saturday.
Navy would get within 48-43 on a 3-pointer by Venturini with 3:54 to play and had a chance to get closer, but Nebraska transfer Eshaunte Jones rebounded his own 3-point attempt and would connect on two free throws on the next possession to push the lead back to seven points and Navy would get no closer than 52-46 the rest of the way.
Western Michigan 87, Mount St. Mary's 66: The host Broncos (8-4) used a 10-0 run late in the first half to take a double-digit lead that they protected the rest of the way.
Shayne Whittington had 24 points for Western Michigan, and Rashad Whack paced the Mount (4-6) with 16 points.
Western Michigan opened with a 9-2 run before Mount St. Mary's answered with a 9-4 run of its own to cut the deficit to 13-12. Later in the half, Julian Norfleet (14 points) made a 3-pointer to cut Western Michigan's lead to 27-21, but the Broncos answered with a 10-0 run for a 16-point advantage.
The Mount shot 40 percent from the field in the game, including just 9-for-31 (.290) from 3-point range. Western Michigan held a 40-21 edge on the boards while shooting 60.4percent overall.
Iowa 80, Coppin State 50: The host Hawkeyes beat the Eagles on the glass and held Coppin to 29.2 percent from the field in a rout at Carver Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa (11-2) outrebounded the Eagles (3-10) by 54-29 to win its sixth straight game.
Aaron White scored a game-high 20 points, including seven dunks and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line for the Hawkeyes.
Andre Armstrong, Sterling Smith and Troy Franklin (Mount Carmel) each had nine points for Coppin, which shot 25 percent from the field in the first half.
Iowa used three big runs in the first half to take control of the game.
After Coppin's Franklin made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 7 with 17:22 left in the first half, the Hawkeyes responded with a 9-0 run.
Adam Woodbury began the run with a free throw and a jumper in the lane and a jumper by Roy Devyn Marble, which increased the Iowa lead to 16-7 with 13:22 left in the half.
Cole ended the run with a jumper from the free-throw line that trimmed the lead to 16-9, but Iowa answered with an 8-0 run that pushed the margin to 24-9 with 7:28 to play in the first period.
Back-to-back baskets by Murray and Taariq Cephas cut the lead to 24-13, but Iowa then closed the half on a 16-1 run that extended the lead to 40-14 at halftime.
Iowa took its largest lead of the game at 67-31 on a layup by Gabriel Olaseni with 7:51 to play in the game.
Coppin State next faces host Arizona State on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Ohio 93, UMES 57: Louis Bell scored a season-high 20 points for the Hawks (0-11), but the host Bobcats (8-4) scored 51 first-half points, including eight 3-pointers to take control.
UMES committed 16 first-half turnovers that Ohio turned into 23points. The Bobcats bench scored 30points.
The Hawks have struggled through their first 10 games in allowing points in the paint, which in the first half UMES controlled. Ohio held a slight advantage in points in the paint, edging the Hawks 12-10 in the first half and finishing 40-20 in Ohio's favor.
Frostburg State 89, Penn State-Altoona 53: Christian Jackson again scored more than 30points and the host Bobcats (4-7) took an early lead and never looked back.
Jackson finished with 33 points, including 22 in the first half. The Lions fell to 4-6 with their third loss in four games.
A 9-0 Bobcats run in the opening 2:16 set the tone, and Frostburg pushed its lead to 20 before 10minutes had elapsed in the first half.
Jackson hit a 3-pointer at 5:24 to give FSU its largest lead of the opening half at 39-10, before holding a 44-16 edge at the break.
St. Mary's 73, Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham 64: Three Seahawks scored in double digits for host St. Mary's (8-1) in its eighth consecutive win.
The Devils fell to 2-6.
Donn Hill (Bel Air) scored 18points on 8-for-13 shooting. Brendan McFall added a season-high 15 points and contributed a career-best four steals.
The Seahawks fell behind early in the first half as FDU-Florham took a 10-5 lead at 14:35. St. Mary's responded with a 12-5 run in a seven-minute span to retake the lead a fourth time. Hill's jumper put the Seahawks ahead for good at 7:37, and then the team continued to build a double-figure margin with Hill capping a 35-14 tear with a jumper for a 35-24 lead at 1:27.
In the final 1:16 of the first half, neither team could make a basket and St. Mary's carried an 11-point advantage into the locker room. Hill paced all players with 10 points.
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