Freshman Kelvin Parker scored a career high 20 points to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 64-51 victory over visiting Saint Francis (Pa.) at Knott Arena. Trailing 29-25 at the half, the Mountaineers (6-16, 4-7 Northeast Conference) outscored the Red Flash (5-17, 4-7 NEC) 39-22 in the second half to pull away for the win.
Mount St. Mary's opened the second half on a 16-5 run to take the lead for good at 43-36 with 12:12 left in the game. Parker had eight consecutive points during the run, including back-to-back three-pointers that extended the lead to 39-35.
After a Saint Francis free throw, Raven Barber and Danny Thompson had back-to-back dunks on feeds from Josh Castellanos to stretch the lead to 43-36. Saint Francis answered with four consecutive points, but the Mount put the game away with a 15-2 spurt to make the score 57-42 with 2:29 left.
Parker finished the game with 20 points, four rebounds and three assists for his first collegiate 20-point effort. He was 8-for-13 from the field and 4-for-7 from three-point range. The freshman walk-on is averaging 15.7 points over the past three games.
Castellanos added 15 points and seven assist while Julian Norfleet chipped in 11 points in the victory. The Mount held a commanding 34-to-19 advantage on the boards in the game, including 11 offensive rebounds on 14 misses shots in the second half.
The Mount has now won five in a row against Saint Francis (Pa.) and 13 of the last 14 games in the series.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Saturday when Robert Morris visits for a 4:00 p.m. contest.
Loyola 70, Canisius 62: Miriam Mckenzie scored 22 points as the Greyhounds (9-13, 5-6 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) defeated the visting Golden Griffins (10-12, 4-7 MAAC) at Reitz Arena. Loyola never trailed in the game and avenged a 65-55 loss to Canisius just six days ago in Buffalo.
The Greyhounds had four players finish in double figures. In addition to Mckenzie, Katie Sheahin scored 17, Kara Marshall had 15, and Nneka Offodile added 10. Jamie Ruttle had a game-high 24 points for the Golden Griffins. Loyola outrebounded Canisius 36-26 including and 18-3 advantange on the offensive glass.
The Greyhounds led by as many as 19 in the second half but the Golden Griffins cut the lead to as little as five with 2:21 remainig in the game. However, Loyola scored the next six points to seal the victory. Loyola's next game is at home on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Rider University.
Virginia Commonwealth 66, Towson 59: The Rams (13-8, 6-4 Colonial Athletic Association were led by 23 points from Courtney Hurt in their 66-59 road victory against the Tigers (12-9, 3-7 CAA). Hurt did most of her scoring from the chairty stripe, where she was 13-of-16 on the night.
VCU's Andrea Barbour had 18 points and Robyn Hobson added 14. Despite shooting only 57.1 percent from the free throw line and 15.4 percent from beyond the arch the Rams were able to hold off Towson to secure their sixth conference win of the season.
Deree Fooks had a team-high 14 points for the Tigers and Krystin Fields and Tanisha McTiller had 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Bowie State 58, Virginia Union 49: Center Chanita Jordan recorded a double-double to lead the Lady Bulldogs (4-14, 4-7 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) past the visiting Panthers (8-11, 5-5 CIAA). Jordan finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Virginia Union had a five-point lead at halftime behind eight first-half points from forward Vicki Collier but the Panthers were outscored by 14 after the break. Collier finished with a double-double of her own and led all scorers with 14 points and tied for a game-high with 10 rebounds. Bowie State shot 50 percent from the field in the second half and saw their lead grow to as large as 10 in the game's final stages.
Five Lady Bulldogs finished in double figures. Along with Jordan's 12, Juliette Turner had a team-high 13 points and Jasmine Jacobs added 11. Guards Cortney Baynard and Brooke Miles each finished with 10 points.
Off the court
Maryland men: First-year Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, who was ejected in the second half of Wednesday night's 90-86 double-overtime loss at Miami, will not be suspended for Saturday's home game against North Carolina.
An Atlantic Coast Conference spokesman emailed The Baltimore Sun today to say that John Clougherty, the league's director of officials, will not take any further action against Turgeon after reviewing the incident. Turgeon was ejected after arguing an offensive foul call against freshman Nick Faust with 7:46 remaining in regulation.
Loyola men: The Greyhounds' game at Rider on Feb. 24 will be televised by ESPN2. It will be Loyola's first appearance on ESPN2 since a game against Duke in December 2008.
Johns Hopkins men: Senior forward Tim McCarty and junior forward Alex Pandrangi were named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District first team. Salisbury senior forward Mike Atkins (Broadneck) also made the team.