Navy men's basketball tried to make do without the services of J.J. Avila but its losing streak grew to 15 games. The visiting Midshipmen made just four of 16 second-half shots and Lafayette outscored them 29-17 in the second half. The Leopards won, 62-41, Saturday at the Kirby Sports Center.
Avila, the Mids' leading scorer and rebounder, was suspended indefinitely last week for a violation of Naval Academy rules. He is averaging 15.9 points and 7.2 rebounds a game.
Navy (3-19, 0-8 Patriot League) trailed 33-24 at the half and came within five after two possessions in the second half. But a scoreless drought that lasted 61/2 minutes allowed Lafayette (10-13, 5-3) to push the lead from five to 17 points. Isaiah Roberts had seven points for the Mids. Nick Petkovich had 11 for Lafayette.
Navy scored the next five points to trim the margin to 45-33 with 12:01 to play on a Brandon Venturini 3-pointer, but Lafayette scored the next 10 points to take its largest lead of the game at 55-33 with 5:44 left.
Navy made just one field goal in the last 12 minutes.
Maine 77, UMBC 76, OT: The host Retrievers (3-19, 2-8 America East) rallied from a 10-point deficit to force overtime, but fell to the Black Bears (11-10, 5-5).
UMBC led 76-73 with 19 seconds left in overtime before Maine went on a 4-0 run. Raheem Singleton made two free throws with seven seconds left for the win.
The game was tight with nine lead changes and eight ties. UMBC's Chase Plummer led all scorers with 28 points.
UMES 78, Howard 65: Hillary Haley scored a game-high 22 points to lead the host Hawks (5-16, 2-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) past the Bison (5-18, 2-8).
The win ends a four-game losing streak. Simuel Frazier had 20 points for Howard.
Drexel 65, Towson 57: Frantz Massenat scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half as the visiting Dragons (19-5, 11-2 Colonial Athletic Association) won their 11th straight.
Marcus Damas had a career-high 26 points for the Tigers (1-24, 1-12).
Robert Morris 67, Mount St. Mary's 62: The visiting Colonials (17-8, 8-4 Northeast Conference) scored eight of the final 11 points to beat the Mount (6-17, 4-8).
Johns Hopkins 73, Swarthmore 56: George Bugarinovic scored 13 points and the visiting Blue Jays (12-9, 8-6 Centennial Conference) went on a 22-0 run over a five-minute span in the second half to pull away from the Garnet (1-20, 1-13).
Goucher 66, Drew 64: Damon Brooks hit a running floater with 5.6 seconds left and the host Gophers (4-17, 1-10) got their first Capital Athletic Conference win. The Rangers (5-17, 3-8) led 39-28 at the half.
Hood 75, Stevenson 67: Ramon Smith scored a game-high 19 points and the visiting Blazers (13-9, 5-8 CAC) took the lead for good with 6:43 left in the first half. Jason Jones had 18 points for the Mustangs (5-17, 2-11).
St. Mary's 67, Marymount 58: Devin Spencer (Towson Catholic) scored 16 points and the visiting Seahawks (16-6, 10-3 CAC) won their second straight. St. Mary's led 28-25 at halftime.
Salisbury 61, Mary Washington 57: The visiting Sea Gulls (12-9, 5-7 CAC) made 10 of 12 free throws in the final minutes of play to beat the conference-leading Eagles (15-6, 10-2).
Haverford 51, McDaniel 49: Christopher Cowles converted a three-point play and hit a layup with 47 seconds left to draw the visiting Green Terror (7-14, 4-10 Centennial) within two, but no closer.
The Fords (8-13, 6-8) led by as many as 16 points in the first half.
Dickinson 79, Washington College 74: The host Shoremen (13-8, 9-5 Centennial) put together a 22-8 run in the second half but fell to the Red Devils (12-9, 9-5).
Kevin Breslin led the Shoremen with 22 points.
Wesley 82, Frostburg State 75: Chris Douglas of Landover scored a career-high 26 points on eight of 12 from the field, three of five from 3-point range and seven of 10 from the line to power the host Wolverines (9-12, 7-5 CAC) past the Bobcats (11-11, 8-5).Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun