Digest: UMBC men nip JMU, 62-61, in hoops; Loyola beats UMass-Lowell

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Jairus Lyles had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead the Retrievers over the Dukes.

Jairus Lyles had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Joe Sherburne scored 18 points to help UMBC (9-3) hold on for a 62-61 win over host James Madison (1-11) on Friday. The Dukes' Joey McLean missed with five seconds left and K.J. Maura secured the defensive rebound to seal the win. The Retrievers began the second half with a 20-8 run and led 47-35 after Maura hit a 3-pointer with 13:12 remaining. Lyles made a 3 four minutes later to push the lead to 52-39 before the Dukes rallied.

More men's college basketball: Andre Walker scored 19 points and Jarred Jones (John Carroll) 17 to lead host Loyola Maryland to a 69-60 victory over Massachusetts-Lowell on Friday. Walker and Jones have been the Greyhounds' leading scorers, with both averaging double figures. Jones had the better shooting day, making 7 of 13 while Walker was just 5 of 21, though he had three 3-pointers. Chuck Champion added 13 points, and Cam Gregory had 10 rebounds. The Greyhounds (6-5) have won four of their past five in completing their nonconference schedule. Jahad Thomas had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the River Hawks (4-9).

Women's college basketball: Host George Washington (8-5) used an 8-2 run in the second quarter to take the lead for good and went on to win 74-64 over Loyola Maryland (4-7). Kelli Prange had a game-high 20 points for the Colonials. Carly Monzo and Alexis Gray had 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Greyhounds.

Football recruiting

Five-star DE Kaindoh commits to Fla. State

Five-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh, who decommited from Maryland in November, committed to Florida State on Friday night, he announced on Twitter. "Thanks be to God, my family and friends for their continuous support throughout this difficult process, and to all the other Universities that gave me the opportunity to further my education & playing career," he wrote. Kaindoh, a Baltimore native and former Mount Carmel standout, wrote that he will enroll early for the spring semester. In April, Kaindoh announced that he was committing to the Terps. After taking his official visit to Maryland on Oct. 1, Kaindoh traveled from IMG Academy (Fla.), where he has played for the past two seasons, to Florida State for an official visit two weeks later. Kaindoh, rated as the second-best weak-side defensive end and the No. 21 overall prospect in the nation, according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings, picked the Seminoles over Penn State, Alabama and Georgia among at least 30 reported scholarship offers.

Et cetera

Pointers' Lambert shifts from girls to boys coach

Sparrows Point girls soccer coach Joe Lambert has been named the school's boys soccer coach. Lambert, The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Girls Soccer Coach of the Year this fall, had near-perfect success in his three seasons coaching the girls program. He served as an assistant coach when the Pointers won their first Class 1A state title, and he has since guided them to three more. He went 50-2 in his three seasons and claimed the past two Baltimore County championships. This fall, the boys went 10-5 and reached the Class 2A North Section I final, falling to Eastern Tech, 2-0.

Glenn Graham

Varsity boys lacrosse: Colin Campbell an assistant coach for South River last year, was recently hired as the team's head coach. He'll replace Michael Hicks, who stepped down Dec. 1 after one year, during which the Seahawks went 10-7 and reached the Class 4A-3A East Section II final. Campbell, who has taught social studies at South River for five years, played high school lacrosse at St. Mary's, from which he graduated in 1994, before playing collegiately at Fairfield and St. Mary's, his alma mater. He has been an assistant at Leonardtown, Annapolis, St. Mary's and South River, and is in his fifth year as the director of the Anne Arundel Youth Lacrosse Club.

— Bob Hough, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Horse racing: Laurel Park will host North America's only Christmas Eve live card today with a nine-race program. First-race post time is noon. Highlighting the card is a starter allowance featuring stakes-placed Flash McCaul, I Came to Party, Coltimus Prime and Michael Dickinson-trained Scorch, plus a $42,000 allowance event over 6 furlongs. Laurel will be closed Christmas Day, then hold a Monday program before ending its 52-day fall meet Friday and next Saturday.

Basketball: Former Dunbar point guard Muggsy Bogues, the shortest player in NBA history at 5 feet 3, and former Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan are among the first-time candidates announced this week by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The first-year slate also includes shooting guard Tracy McGrady, center Ben Wallace, referee Jake O'Donnell, coach Bob Saulsbury, coach Bill Self and coach Harry Statham. Among non-first-year players on the ballot are forwards Chris Webber and Mark Aguirre and guards Tim Hardaway, Maurice Cheeks, Kevin Johnson and Sidney Moncrief. Bogues, 51, who still owns a house in Ellicott City, played at Wake Forest and spent most of his 13-season NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets. He also played for the Washington Bullets, Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors, and coached the WNBA's Charlotte Sting. Phelan, 87, coached the Mount men from 1953 to 2003, compiling a record of 830-524 and winning the 1962 NCAA championship.

Youth football: Antwain Littleton rushed for 238 yards and two first-half touchdowns as Maryland rolled to a 40-14 victory over Seattle, 41-14, on Tuesday to win the Football University eighth-grade national championship in Naples, Fla. Jalil Farooq added 100 rushing yards. Maryland beat Massachusetts, 27-18, in the semifinals Sunday.

NFL: The Washington Redskins waived linebacker Nick Moody and signed linebacker Lynden Trail from the practice squad.

Major League Lacrosse: David Gross, the first commissioner in league history, announced that he will step down after the 2017 season. Gross, who was vice president and general manager of the Boston Cannons from 2001 to 2003, has been commissioner since 2004.

College baseball: UMES named Ryan West pitching coach and Chris O'Neill assistant coach.

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