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State men: Mount St. Mary's shuts down Loyola, 70-58

Morgan, McDaniel and Stevenson win; UMBC, Towson, Hopkins lose

From Sun staff reports

3:21 AM EST, December 8, 2013

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Loyola Maryland (5-3) went without a field goal for more than five minutes in the first half and for nearly 10 minutes in the second, and Mount St. Mary's (3-7) capitalized to defeat the visiting Greyhounds, 70-58.

Despite having not scored for a stretch of 5minutes, 22seconds, Loyola trailed just 32-27 at halftime, and the Greyhounds had played for less than three minutes with their leading scorer, Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons). He got his second foul 2:47 into the game and sat the rest of the half.

Cormier scored his first points of the game with 17:15 left in regulation, and he had two more layups as part of an 8-3 Loyola run that cut the deficit to 39-37 with 14:46 to go.

A layup by Cormier at 11:34 in the second half was the Greyhounds' last field goal until a basket by Damion Rashford with just 1:43 remaining. Loyola hit eight free throws during that stretch, but the Mountaineers extended their lead to 16 before Rashford's layup.

Lehigh 70, UMBC 68: Freshmen Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) and Chase Plummer sparked a second-half rally, but the Retrievers (3-7) fell to the host Mountain Hawks, 70-68.

Elliott scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, including a steal with 12 seconds left that cut the deficit to 69-68. After Lehigh (5-5) hit just one of two free-throw attempts two seconds later, Elliott drove to the lane, but his 5-footer was too strong and the Mountain Hawks got the rebound with 0.7 seconds to play.

Trailing 60-57 with 1:16 left, Plummer drew a foul, but converted just one of two from the line to cut the deficit to two points.

After a Lehigh field goal, a Retrievers turnover and two free throws by the Mountain Hawks, Plummer banked in a 3-pointer to make it 64-61 with 39 seconds remaining.

Lehigh answered with four straight free throws before UMBC's Quentin Jones (Mount St.Joseph) hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left. Two seconds later, Elliott stole the inbounds pass and converted a layup to bring the visitors within two points, setting up the final sequence.

Morgan State 87, Howard 58: Justin Black scored 17 points and led five teammates in double figures as the host Bears (2-7, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) beat the visiting Bison (2-9, 0-1).

Morgan shot a season-best 59percent from the floor and outrebounded Howard 38-25.

Sam Houston State 67, Towson 55: Terrance Motley scored 14 points to lead the Bearkats (7-3) over the Tigers (6-4) on the final day of the Etech Lumberjack Classic in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Jerrelle Benimon scored 14 points and senior swingman Rafriel Guthrie had 13 for Towson, which fell to 0-4 on the road this season.

Sam Houston State had a 32-25 lead at halftime and extended its lead to 47-31 with 12 minutes remaining.

The Tigers outshot the Bearkats percentage-wise from the field, but Towson committed 11 turnovers and Sam Houston State had three.

McDaniel 97, Ursinus 60: Tim Stewart scored 22 points to lead the visiting Green Terror (4-2, 2-2 Centennial Conference) over the host Bears (1-6, 0-4).

McDaniel had four of its five starters reach double figures, including Wesley Brooks, who had a career-high 18 points in the first half. Phillip Perry (Annapolis Area Christian) and Duane Echols (Hammond) had 14 and 10 points, respectively, for a Green Terror team that scored its most points in a conference matchup since a 98-94 victory over Johns Hopkins on Jan. 23, 1996.

A free throw by Perry made it a 30-point game at 71-41 with 11:24 to play, and the Bears got no closer than 26 the rest of the way.

Stevenson 87, Arcadia 81, 2OT: Justin Kuntz had career highs in points and rebounds with 25 and 17, respectively, to lead the visiting Mustangs (6-1, 3-0 Middle Atlantic Conference) over the Knights (3-3, 0-2).

Stevenson had a double-digit lead erased in the second half. Aaron Lee-Webb made a layup to tie the game with less than one second left and was fouled, but missed the free throw. A layup by Kuntz that could have won the game at the end of the first overtime was blocked. The Mustangs scored the final seven points of the game to clinch it.

Gettysburg 60, Washington College 59: A free throw by Connor Poston with four seconds remaining proved to be the difference as the host Bullets (3-4, 2-2 CC) defeated the Shoremen (2-4, 2-2).

Washington College was whistled for a foul with four seconds left, sending Poston to the line for a pair of free throws. Poston missed the first attempt but made the second to give the Bullets a 60-59 lead. A long 3-point attempt by John Weston went off the rim for the Shoremen and Gettysburg held on for the win.

Muhlenberg 91, Johns Hopkins 75: Jimmy Hammer scored a team-high 19 points but the Blue Jays (4-5, 2-3 Centennial Conference) fell to the host Mules (6-1, 3-1).

Muhlenberg shot 54.2 percent from the field and 46.7 on 3-pointers and took a 45-29 halftime lead. Malique Killing had 32 points, six assists and six rebounds for the Mules. Muhlenberg had 40 points in the paint to Johns Hopkins' 12.

Hood 100, Lycoming 89: Cameron Cook (Calvert Hall) and Chris Cook each had 20 points and the Blazers (3-2, 1-1 Commonwealth Conference) scored a home-record 100 points in a win over the Warriors (4-3, 1-2).

Hood led 34-32 and went on a 21-8 run to take a 55-40 lead at halftime. Lycoming got within 84-83 with 2:12 left, but Chris Cook made two free throws to start a 16-6 run to end the game.

Goucher 72, Merchant Marine 65: The Gophers (3-3, 1-0 Landmark Conference) overcame a 40-28 halftime deficit to beat the visiting Mariners (2-3, 0-1).

Goucher outscored Merchant Marine 22-10 to open the second half and made 23 free throws in the half.

St. Mary's 67, Penn State-Harrisburg 60: The visiting Seahawks (5-1, 2-1 Capital Athletic Conference) held off a second-half rally by the host Lions (3-4, 1-1).

Wesley 84, Frostburg State 68: The Bobcats (0-7, 0-2 CAC) had four players score in double figures, but it wasn't enough to overcome the visiting Wolverines (6-1, 2-1).