State college basketball roundup: Towson beats Bradley in Charleston Classic, 62-60

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Byron Hawkins had 24 points as Towson basketball held off a late charge by Bradley to win, 62-60.

Byron Hawkins had 24 points and the Towson men's basketball team (2-3) held off a late charge by Bradley (1-4) to win, 62-60, and take seventh place at the Charleston Classic in South Carolina.

Towson led by 16 in the second half before Bradley rallied to cut the lead to 53-51. But John Davis (14 points) hit a jumper, the Braves missed five of their next six shots, and Hawkins scored the final seven points as Towson avoided going 0-3 this weekend.

Hawkins closed the tournament with another strong performance. The sophomore had a career-high 28 points in Friday's 76-60 loss to Mississippi.

“I thought we played really well for 30 minutes, but that last eight minutes … thank God for Hawkins bailing us out,” Towson coach Pat Skerry said. “I think Byron is playing at a really high level. He's taken a big step, and now if we can get three or four other guys we know are good players getting up to the level they're capable of, we're going to be a pretty good club.”

Cal Poly 78, UMBC 65: Joe Sherburne scored a season-high 19 points for the Retrievers (1-4), but the Mustangs (3-2) shot 15-for-27 from beyond the arc in the Maui Jim Invitational final in Hawaii.

Sherburne, who has scored in double figures in four of his first five games, shot 7-for-11 from the field and 3-for-7 from behind the arc. Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) added 13 points and five assists, while Cody Joyce scored 11 points.

Women

Xavier 61, UMES 56: The Hawks (1-3) rallied from a 14-point deficit but came up short as the host Musketeers (2-1) held on.

UMES shot 43 percent (16-for-37) from the field after the break, including 6-for-11 from beyond the arc. The Hawks outscored Xavier in the paint (32-14) and had fewer turnovers (15-6) but couldn't overcome a tough-shooting first half.

Moengaroa Subritzky scored a team-high 17 points for UMES. TeAmber Burke scored 15 points and added six rebounds.

Navy 52, N.C. A&T 48: Ashanti Kennedy scored a game-high 16 points and Taylor Dunham scored nine points and added four rebounds and three assists off the bench as the host Mids (2-1) defeated the Aggies (0-3).

Trailing 48-39 with 4:33 remaining, A&T scored five of the next seven points to pull within four, 50-46, with 25 seconds left. After the Aggies missed a 3-pointer, Kennedy was fouled with seven seconds remaining and hit both of her free throws to give Navy a six-point lead, 52-46.

Coppin State 81, Towson 69: Omaah Tayong scored 16 points in 19 minutes to lead the Eagles (1-3) over the host Tigers (0-3).

After trailing 54-48 at the end of the third quarter, the Eagles outscored the Tigers 33-15 over the final 10 minutes on 12-for-19 shooting.

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