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Digest (Feb. 7): Freshmen ignite Loyola Maryland in men's basketball win; Navy turns up defense in victory

From Sun staff and wire reports

Freshmen Isaiah Hart and Brent Holcombe scored 17 points each and host Loyola Maryland defeated American, 72-69, on Wednesday night.

American (5-19, 2-11 Patriot) trailed by nine with two minutes left but used an 8-0 surge, including 3-pointers from Stacy Beckton and Cheikh Diallo, to get within 70-69.

However, Cam Gregory's bucket for the Greyhounds (8-16, 6-7) with 23 seconds left provided the final points.

Loyola never trailed and took the lead for good five minutes into the game and had a 12-point advantage with 8:51 remaining.

Navy 69, Holy Cross 34: Cam Davis and George Kiernan combined to score 32 points and the visiting Mids (16-10, 7-6 Patriot League ) held the Crusaders (8-16, 5-8) to the second fewest point total allowed in program history.

Jehyve Floyd led Holy Cross with nine points.

Women

Navy 62, Holy Cross 54: Bianca Roach scored 15 points to lead the host Mids (18-4, 8-3 Patriot League) past the Crusaders (10-12, 5-6).

Other double digit scorers for Navy were: Taylor Dunham (13), Hannah Fenske (12) and Laurel Jaunich (10). The Mids led 23-20 in the first half.

American 69, Loyola Maryland 56: The host Eagles (19-4, 12-0 Patriot League) opened with a 15-9 run and beat the Greyhounds (7-16, 5-7). The win marked the 13th straight for American.

ET CETERA

Major League Soccer: D.C. United acquired Jamaican national team defender Oniel Fisher from Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for $50,000 in general allocation money. The 26-year-old has made 27 MLS appearances (18 starts) in three seasons with Seattle after he was selected by the Sounders in the second round (40th overall) of the 2015 draft.

College hockey: Stevenson freshman Casey Storck was named the United Collegiate Hockey Conference women's Rookie of the Week. ... Stevenson senior Jacob Caffrey was named the UCHC men's Goaltender of the Week.

Men's college lacrosse: The Capital Athletic Conference picked Salisbury as the favorite to defend its title. Frostburg State was selected to finish fourth. ... St. Mary's College has moved Saturday's 1 p.m. home and season opener against Ferrum to St. Mary's Ryken.

College baseball: Coppin State was picked to finish third in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Northern Division in a preseason poll of league head coaches and sports information directors. Delaware State was picked to win the Northern Division with 13 of 18 first-place votes, followed by Norfolk State, the Eagles and UMES . Bethune-Cookman also received 13 first-place votes to take the top position in the South. ... Coppin State junior first baseman Nazier McIlwain was named to the Perfect Game MEAC Preseason All-Conference Team.

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