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State men: Westmorland's 38 lead Bowie to first CIAA tourney title, 85-74

Byron Westmorland (Mervo) scored a career-high 38 points and visiting Bowie State claimed its first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament championship with an 85-74 victory over Livingstone on Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C.

Bowie State (16-13) shot 56.4 percent from the field and 67.9 percent from the free-throw line.

The Bears (22-6) trailed by two at halftime, before Bowie State stretched the lead in the second half, outscoring them 42-33.

Morgan State 58, UMES 45: Sophomore forward Shaquille Duncan scored 17 points, leading the Bears over visiting UMES.

Senior forward DeWayne Jackson added 15 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three blocked shots for Morgan State (12-14, 8-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), which has won three in a row and six of its past seven.

Junior forward Troy Snyder had 16 points and seven rebounds to lead UMES (2-23, 2-12), which has lost three in a row and 10 of its past 11.

Morgan State dominated UMES when they met in Princess Anne on Feb. 16, shooting 59.7 percent while holding the Hawks to 31.3 percent. The Bears blew that game open in the first half, outscoring the Shore Hawks 43-24, but this one was not so easy.

The first half was closely contested and ended with Morgan State clinging to a 20-19 lead. The Bears finally created separation in the second half. After falling behind 21-20, they went on an 18-0 run to take control.

Bucknell 62, Navy 46: Cameron Ayers scored 14 points and Bryson Johnson had 12 as the Patriot League-leading Bison (25-5, 12-2) never trailed against the host Midshipmen (8-22, 2-12) in the largest crowd in Alumni Hall history for a game not against Army.

Bucknell scored 13 of the game's first 15 points and made 49 percent of its shots from the field (23-for-47), including eight of 14 3-pointers.

Navy was led by Brandon Venturini, who scored 13 points, and Worth Smith with 11.

Mount St. Mary's 103, Fairleigh Dickinson 86: Freshman Shivaughn Wiggins paced the Mount (16-13, 11-7) with a career-high 28 points to defeat the host Devils (7-24, 2-16).

The fifth-seeded Mountaineers face host fourth-seeded Bryant on Wednesday in the Northeast Conference tournament quarterfinals.

Julian Norfleet became the 44th player in Mount history to reach 1,000 career points with his 15-point effort.  The junior guard has 1,007 points for the Mountaineers.  It is the first time the Mount has scored 100 points since a 103-86 win over LIU Brooklyn on Jan. 14, 1995. 

St. Mary's 85, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 76: The host Seahawks (24-3), led by Nick LaGuerre with 19 points, overcame an eight-point deficit in the second half to beat the Engineers (20-5) in the opening round of NCAA Division III tournament.

St. Mary's outscored MIT 40-31 in the second half to advance to face host Alvernia, a 97-78 winner over Albertus Magnus, in Saturday's second round.

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