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State men: Benimon leads Towson over Hofstra, 57-50

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Jerrelle Benimon had 17 points and seven rebounds as visiting Towson beat Hofstra, 57-50, in men's basketball Saturday.

Benimon's basket gave Towson a 53-44 lead with 1:10 to go as the Tigers won for the first time in the past eight games at Hofstra.

Towson's Marcus Damas (11 points) made two key baskets down the stretch for the Tigers, who had not won at Hofstra since Feb.25, 2002. Damas' free throw with 49 seconds left gave Towson a 54-46 lead, and his two free throws sealed the win with six seconds to go.

Towson (15-13, 10-5) has won 12 away games this season. The Tigers entered the game tied for third with JMU in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Hofstra (6-20, 3-10) was led by Steve Mejia, who had 13 points. Taran Buie, who entered the game averaging 13.5 points, missed all 11 of his shots from the field and did not score.

Towson's Kris Walden had five assists and Damas added eight rebounds.

Towson took a 44-34 lead with 8:01 to go on a layup by freshman Timajh Parker-Rivera.

Damas gave the Tigers a 46-35 edge on a dunk with 7:03 left. His basket gave Towson a 48-39 lead with 4:28 to play, but Jordan Allen of Hofstra cut the lead to 49-41.

percent from the floor.

Morgan State 87, UMES 55: The visiting Bears (10-12, 6-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) won their third straight.

The Hawks fell to 1-20, 1-9.

Mount St. Mary's 89, Central Connecticut State 80: Rashad Whack scored 22 points while Julian Norfleet added 21 to pace the host Mount (12-13, 7-7 Northeast Conference) past the Blue Devils (10-14, 6-7).

Trailing 44-43 a minute into the second half, the Mount went on an 11-0 run to take a 54-44 lead. Raven Barber started the spurt with a layup, before Sam Prescott converted back-to-back buckets.  Whack capped the run with a 3-pointer and a jumper.

Loyola 80, Siena 57: Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) scored a game-high 24 points and Robert Olson ignited two decisive runs, helping the Greyhounds (19-9, 11-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) beat the Saints (6-21, 4-12).

Olson finished with 20 points and Cormier added five steals and four rebounds for Loyola, which moved within a half-game of first-place Niagara. Erik Etherly added 11 points and Julius Brooks had 10 for the Greyhounds, who have won four of five.

Trenity Burdine scored 12 points to lead Siena, which has lost five in a row. O.D. Anosike had 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

Army 56, Navy 55: Tilman Dunbar missed a jumper in the lane at the buzzer and the visiting Black Knights (12-13, 5-5 Patriot League) held on to win.

Ten Army players scored, led by Kyle Wilson and Ella Ellis with 12 points each. The Black Knights shot 46 percent (20-for-44) from the field, and rallied from a seven-point deficit to gain a split in the season series.

Worth Smith led the Midshipmen (7-19, 1-9) with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Dunbar scored 12 points. percent from the field (16-for-43).

The Mids held a narrow lead for much of the first half and had a 30-24 advantage at halftime.

Delaware State 57, Coppin State 43: Two reserves came off the bench to combine for 27 points to lead the host Hornets (11-13, 6-4 MEAC) past the Eagles (5-21, 2-9).

Tahj Tate posted 14 points for Delaware State, which had lost two in a row and three of its last four.

Taariq Cephas had 14 points for Coppin State, which has lost six in a row and 12 of 14.

Bowie State 67, Chowan 63: Justin Beck (Calvert Hall) scored 15 points and the host Bulldogs (10-13, 6-8 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) held off a rally by the Braves (6-17, 0-14).

Bowie State led the entire second half, but Chowan came within two with 9:09 left in the game.

McDaniel 75, Gettysburg 50: Phillip Perry scored a game-high 20 points to power the visiting Green Terror (14-11, 8-10 Centennial Conference) past the Bullets (12-13, 8-10) in the final game of the regular season.

McDaniel trailed by four at halftime before outscoring Gettysburg 38-29 in the second half.

Johns Hopkins 68, Washington College 67: Jimmy Hammer made what would prove to be the game-winning 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to lift the host Blue Jays (16-9, 12-6) over the Shoremen (4-21, 4-14).

Hopkins will advance to the conference playoffs.

Hopkins scored the first nine points of the game and held a 15-point lead with less than five minutes to play in the first half.

Salisbury 81, Wesley 78, 2OT: The visiting Sea Gulls (17-7, 8-3 Capital Athletic Conference) needed two overtimes to beat the Wolverines (19-5, 9-2).

After a 9-all tie in the first overtime, Salisbury outscored Wesley 9-6 in the second. The Sea Gulls' Tim Harwood finished with 28 points.

St. Mary's 83, Mary Washington 76: Brendan McFall scored a game-high 23 points and the host Seahawks (21-3, 9-2 CAC) came back to win in the second half.

St. Mary's trailed by one at the half but outscored the Eagles (13-11, 6-5) 47-39 in the second half. The Seahawks advance to the conference playoffs.

Stevenson 93, Lebanon Valley 75: Brett Burrier had 21 points to lead the host Mustangs (16-9, 9-9 Middle Atlantic Conference) past the Flying Dutchmen (9-16, 6-12).

Stevenson outscored Lebanon Valley 55-41 in the second half.

Frostburg State 64, York 60: The visiting Bobcats (10-15, 4-8 CAC) used 12 3-pointers and made a defensive stand to beat the Spartans in the regular-season finale.

Christian Jackson finished with 30 points, including four 3-pointers, for Frostburg, which made 11 fields goals in the first half, nine of them 3-pointers.

Lycoming 97, Hood 95: The host Blazers (14-11, 8-10 Centennial Conference) were leading 95-94 with 56 seconds left, but the Warriors (16-9, 9-9) went 3-for-4 on foul shots the rest of the way to win.

Patrick Dougher made both of his free throws for a 96-95 Lycoming lead with 37 seconds left. Jerald Williams went 1-for-2 with 29 seconds left.

Cameron Cook (Calvert Hall) had 27 points.

Scranton 61, Goucher 58: The visiting Royals (19-6, 10-4 Landmark Conference) handed the Gophers (6-18, 4-10) their ninth loss out of the last 10 games.

Troy DeShields had a game-high 27 points for Goucher.

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