State hoops: Towson men hold off UMBC, 77-66

From Sun staff reports
.@Towson_MBB needed a strong defensive performance to deny UMBC its first win this season Saturday.

The Towson men's basketball team held host UMBC without a field goal for 8:19 in the second half to earn its sixth straight victory, 77-66, on Saturday.

The Retrievers (0-5) pulled with one point on Malcolm Brent's layup with 10:04 remaining in the game. The Tigers (6-1) took control as Eddie Keith II drove and passed to John Davis down low to start a 24-7 run. Mike Morsell had five points, including a 3-pointer from the corner to push the advantage to double figures with four minutes left.

The lead would remain in double digits as Four McGlynn made all eight free throws in the final four minutes. The junior finished 13-for-13 from the line and with a game-high 22 points.

After hitting 16 of 23 shots from the field and taking a 36-33 halftime lead, the UMBC offense cooled in the final 20 minutes.

Four Retrievers scored in double figures, led by Wayne Sparrow (St. Frances), who scored a career-high 17 points. Cody Joyce (Southern-AA) added 12 points but fouled out after playing 26 minutes.

UMBC recorded season bests in scoring and field-goal percentage (24-for-48, 50 percent) but allowed a season-high 77 points to Towson (6-1), which shot 53.7 percent (23-for-41) from the field.

St. Francis (Pa.) 85, Navy 68: The Red Flash (3-3) shot a season-best 65 percent from the field to secure victory over the host Midshipmen (2-5).

St. Francis shot 70 percent in the opening half and had four players score in double figures.

"I thought Saint Francis played very well," Navy coach Ed DeChellis said. "It was an embarrassing performance by us. … I thought they made every shot they took, especially early. We had no answers for them, and it snowballed from there."

The Red Flash's Ollie Jackson scored a game-high 20 points and knocked down six 3-pointers.

Brandon Venturini had 13 points for the Mids.

UMES 72, Fordham 67: Mike Myers had 20 points to lead the visiting Hawks (2-6) past the Rams (1-4).

UMES built a six-point halftime advantage before trading buckets with Fordham in the second half.

Women

Coppin State 68, Virginia Union 54 Bria Harris and Janelle Lane (Woodlawn) scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, to power the host Eagles (1-4) past the Division II Panthers (3-2).

Coppin State shot 45.5 percent from the floor to take a 37-15 lead at the half. The team's largest lead, of 25 points, came with 12:35 left in the game.

Ashle Freeman and Lady Walker each scored 16 point for Virginia Union.

Navy 60, Grand Canyon 51: The host Mids (4-3) broke a halftime tie at 30 to beat the Lopes (1-4) at their Navy Classic.

Taylor Dunham had 13 points and Haley Unger added 12 for Navy, which took a 40-33 lead with 12:17 left in the game.

La Salle 62, Towson 49: LaTorri Hines-Allen scored a game-high 29 points, but the Tigers (2-4) fell to the Explorers (4-2) at the Long Island University Brooklyn Turkey Classic.

La Salle outscored Towson 31-19 in the first half, including a 10-0 run over the last 4:27, and led by as many as 18 in the second half.

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