North Carolina A&T got the go-ahead basket from guard Richard Pauk with five seconds left to knock off Morgan State, 68-67, in overtime Saturday night and send the Bears to their first loss in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The Aggies (7-13, 3-2) trailed 11-2 early in the game but got back into it quickly and trailed just 33-29 at halftime. Both teams squandered opportunities late in regulation and were tied at 59 heading into overtime.
The Bears (6-11, 4-1) entered with the highest-scoring offense in the league at 81.8 points per game but were held in check by the Aggies. Morgan State shot just 31.9 percent from the field and went 7-for-28 from 3-point range.
Moreover, a familiar problem hurt the Bears as well. Morgan State, which entered the weekend ranked last in the league in free-throw shooting at 64.1 percent, missed 10 of its 24 foul shots.
North Carolina State A&T guard Lamont Middleton led all scorers with 26 points and Pauk added 25.
The Aggies won despite being outrebounded 50-43 and giving up 22 offensive boards, in part because it went to the free throw line 37 times and made 29.
Guard Justin Black led Morgan State with 19 points. Center Ian Chiles finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
UMBC 60, Hartford 58: Freshman guards Bryan Harris and Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) combined for 30 points, helping the Retrievers hold off the visiting Hawks.
Harris and Elliott scored 15 points apiece for UMBC (6-14, 2-5 America East Conference), which had lost three in a row and nine of 11. Sophomore guard Taylor Dyson scored 15 points and junior guard Yolonzo Moore II added 13 for Hartford (10-12, 4-3), which had won three in a row.
The Retrievers dominated the first half, shooting 48.3 percent from the field and making six of 12 from 3-point range while holding the Hawks to 31.6 percent shooting. Dyson came off the bench to score 13 points in the first half for Hartford, but Hawks starters were held to nine points on 2-for-12 shooting.
Harris also had 13 points in the opening period, helping the Retrievers take a 39-26 lead into the break. The Hawks cut the deficit to eight several times on several occasions in the second half, but a layup by Elliott put the Retrievers up 55-42 with eight minutes remaining.
Hartford responded with a 9-1 run to cut UMBC's lead to 56-51 with 5:38 to go. The Retrievers went 2:54 without a basket until Taylor made a layup with 5:06 to play.
The Hawks cut UMBC's lead to 58-56 on a 3-pointer by junior guard Wes Cole with 3:25 to go and then tied the game when junior center Jamie Schneck scored inside with 2:29 remaining. Harris made two free throws to put the Retrievers back on top, and the Hawks missed three shots in the final 14 seconds.
LIU-Brooklyn 75, Mount St. Mary's 71: Trailing by as many as 13 points in the second half, the visiting Mountaineers (7-12, 3-3 Northeast Conference) could not complete their comeback against the Blackbirds (7-12, 2-4).
Freshman Byron Ashe scored a career-high 18 points for the Mount in the loss.
Loyola Maryland 67, Colgate 60: The host Greyhounds (9-10, 4-4 Patriot League) held off the Raiders (7-12, 1-7) behind 21 points from Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons).
Loyola's R.J Williams (St. Frances) contributed a career-high 15 points.
Holy Cross 67, Navy 52: The Crusaders (11-9, 5-3 Patriot) never trailed in a rout of the Midshipmen (7-12, 2-6).
Holy Cross was led by Justin Burrell's 17 points. Navy's Worth Smith had a game-high 19.