Loyola Maryland evened its record in the Patriot League with a 72-68 victory over visiting Lehigh on Saturday at Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds, who won for only the second time in their past eight games, improved to 7-8 overall and 2-2 in the Patriot League. Lehigh lost for the fourth time in its past five games, slipping to 8-9 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) led all scorers with 25 points. Senior guard Mackey McKnight paced Lehigh with 17 points — all in the second half.
Loyola trailed once, within the first minute of the game. The Greyhounds' biggest lead was 50-36 with 13:44 left after senior forward Jordan Latham's layup.
After Lehigh closed to within 68-64 with 35 seconds left, Latham sealed it by making two free throws with 24.4 seconds remaining.
Loyola took a 35-32 lead into halftime, thanks to the Greyhounds outscoring Lehigh 18-10 in the paint. Lehigh turned the ball over eight times in the first half.
UMBC (5-11, 1-2) led 78-75 with possession and 50 seconds to play, but turned the ball over, giving it to Maine (3-12, 1-2) with 17.8 seconds left.
However, the Black Bears returned the favor, throwing the ball away and giving the Retrievers another opportunity to ice the game.
Malik Garner missed two free throws, and the Retrievers fouled guard Xavier Pollard to prevent a game-tying 3-pointer. Pollard made the first free throw, and a lane violation on the second gave UMBC the ball.
Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) made one of two free throws to push the margin back to three.
The Bears (4-10) are 2-0 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play for the first time since 2011. They've won seven in a row against South Carolina State (5-10, 1-1).
Morgan State led 36-23 at halftime and blew the game open with an 11-2 run to start the second half.
Savannah State, after losing 10 of 11 games, won two straight for the second time this season in moving to 4-12 overall.
Coppin State (4-11, 1-1) lost its seventh straight. The Eagles' last victory came Dec. 11 against UMBC.
The Tigers received a big game from freshman forward Jyles Smith, who scored 14 points and grabbed a career-best 20 rebounds.
Norfolk State 66, UMES 62: In a MEAC game between two teams trying to shake losing streaks, the visiting Spartans ended their four-game skid. UMES fell to 2-13 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
Pendarvis Williams' pair of free throws with one second left sealed the victory for Norfolk State. Williams led the Spartans with 20 points, including four free throws in the final 20 seconds.
The Spartans not only shook off the losing streak, they also shook off the rust of an eight-day break between games. The win kept them atop the conference with a 3-0 mark, and they are 9-7 overall.
Army 60, Navy 55: The visiting Black Knights scored the first 12 points of the second half to overcome a four-point deficit and win.
The win put Army (8-7, 4-0 Patriot League) over the .500 mark for the first time this season and kept the Black Knights in a three-way tie with American and Boston University at the top of the conference.
Army has won five in a row and seven of its past eight after starting the season 1-6.
The Midshipmen (6-9, 1-3) have lost six of their past seven.
Mount St. Mary's 88, St. Francis (N.Y.) 82: The Mount overcame the Terriers (10-7, 1-1 Northeast Conference) at home for its first conference win of the season.
Julian Norfleet scored 24 points and was 9-for-17 from the field with four rebounds and three assists for the Mount (5-10, 1-1). Norfleet has scored 20 or more points in five of the past seven games.
Bowie State 60, Shaw 59: Ray Gatling's final-second free throw lifted the host Bulldogs (7-9, 1-4 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) over the Bears (6-9, 4-1).
Gatling scored a game-high 18 points.
Johns Hopkins 76, Swarthmore 47: The visiting Blue Jays (7-6, 4-2 Centennial Conference) won their third straight with a victory over the Phoenix (5-8, 2-4).
McDaniel 65, Haverford 51: The Green Terror (9-4, 4-2 Centennial Conference) fended off a second-half rally to defeat the Black Squirrels (4-7, 0-6) at home.
Franklin & Marshall 57, Washington College 54: Despite a game-high 16 points from John Weston, the host Shoremen (3-10, 2-4 Centennial) lost to the Diplomats (9-4, 5-1).
Stevenson 86, Lebanon Valley 72: An early 14-0 run in the second half pulled the visiting Mustangs (9-3, 4-1 Commonwealth Conference) past the Dutchmen (4-7, 2-3).
Hood 68, Arcadia 66: The Blazers (9-4, 3-3 Commonwealth Conference) pulled off their fourth-largest rally ever, coming back from 13 points down to defeat the visiting Knights (6-7, 1-5).
Goucher 91, Moravian 90, 3OT: Alex Noble scored 31 points as the Gophers (7-6, 2-0 Landmark Conference) beat the Greyhounds (6-6, 1-2).
Marymount 79, Frostburg State 60: The Bobcats (0-12, 0-6 Capital Athletic Conference) dropped their 12th straight to the visiting Saints (10-3, 3-2).
York 60, Salisbury 57: The Gulls (4-8, 1-4 CAC) fell short on the road against the Spartans (2-11, 1-5).
Salisbury had a chance late in the game, down 59-57 with 14 seconds left to play, but were unable to complete the comeback.
St. Mary's 84, Southern Virginia 49: The Seahawks (9-3, 4-1 CAC) won their fifth straight at the Knights (3-5, 0-0).
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