State basketball roundup: Robinson's layup in OT lifts Mount St. Mary's

From Sun staff and wire reports

Junior Robinson sank the winning layup with 15 seconds left in the extra period and Mount St. Mary's edged host St. Francis (Pa.), 81-80, in overtime on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (10-9, 4-2 Northeast Conference) trailed 80-79 when Robinson made the layup. He was set up after Greg Alexander missed a 3-pointer and Chris Wray snagged the offensive rebound before passing to Robinson. St. Francis' Keith Braxton missed a 3 at the other end and Andre Wolford missed the second-chance attempt as time expired.

Wray led the Mountaineers with 22 points and eight rebounds. Robinson finished with 20 points and 10 assists, Jonah Antonio had 15 points and Donald Carey had 11 points and eight assists.

Jamaal King scored a career-best 31 points for the Red Flash (10-7, 4-2).

Mount St. Mary's trailed through much of the second half. Alexander tied it up 75-all on a free throw with six second left in regulation to force the overtime.

Towson 99, William & Mary 73: Mike Morsell scored 23 points, making 5 of 6 behind the 3-point line, and Zane Martin added 20 points as the visiting Tigers (13-6, 3-3 Colonial Athletic Association) shot 64 percent from the floor to beat the division-leading Tribe (12-5, 5-1).

The loss was the first in Colonial Athletic Association play for William & Mary (12-5, 5-1), and ended a five-game win streak. Towson (13-6, 3-3) made 13 3-pointers in 22 attempts (59 percent) and placed six in double figures. Eddie Keith II added 15 points, Brian Starr 13, Deshaun Morman 11 and Justin Gorham 10 for the Tigers.

Towson trailed by as many as 13 before catching up to lead 49-43 at halftime. The Tigers pushed that lead to 75-55 on a Morsell 3-pointer with 10:52 left in the game.

Nathan Knight led the Tribe with 22 points and David Cohn added 20 — only two after halftime — as shots wouldn't fall in the second half. William & Mary made 9 of 23 after halftime and just 1 of 10 from distance.

UMBC 89, UMass-Lowell 62: Jarius Lyles scored 21 points and K.J. Maura added 17 on 6-of-7 shooting, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range, to help the visiting Retrievers (12-7, 3-1 America East) beat the River Hawks (6-10, 0-3).

Joe Sherburne also hit 5-of-6 3-pointers and finished with 15 points and Arkel Lamar scored 14 for UMBC. The Retrievers shot 58 percent (33 of 57) from the field, including 64 percent (16 of 25) from behind the arc — both season highs.

Lamar, Maura and Lyles combined to hit four 3s as UMBC opened a 10-point lead fewer than seven minutes in and Sherburne added another in a 7-0 spurt that made it 27-12 midway through the half. UMass Lowell, which never led, trailed by double figures the rest of the way.

Jahad Thomas had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the River Hawks. UMass Lowell has lost five in a row overall and three straight against the Retrievers.

North Carolina A&T 69, Morgan State 67: Davaris McGowens scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds and the host Aggies (9-8, 2-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) held on to beat the Bears (7-10, 3-1).

Amari Hamilton added 13 points for the Aggies (9-8, 2-0 MEAC). Denzel Keyes had 12 points and five rebounds and Femi Olujobi chipped in 10 points.

Morgan State jumped to a 12-2 start but Hamilton sank back-to-back 3-pointers after that to spark a 15-4 run that gave the Aggies a 19-14 edge with 8:35 left in the half. The teams were tied 37-37 at intermission.

North Carolina A&T pulled ahead early in the second half and a McGowens jumper followed by a Hamilton 3-pointer made it 55-54 with 9:06 to play and the Aggies led the rest of the way.

Tiwian Kendley scored 20 points to lead Morgan State. Phillip Carr added 18 points and seven boards.

North Carolina Central 81, Coppin State 61: Pablo Rivas had 23 points and 14 rebounds and host N.C. Central (9-8, 3-0 MEAC) beat Coppin State (1-18, 1-3).

Rivas was 4 of 7 from 3-point range, Alston Jones scored 16, Larry McKnight Jr. added 15 points and Reginald Gardner Jr. 11 for NCCU (9-8, 3-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), which was 15 of 17 from the foul line.

North Carolina Central pushed the lead into double digits for good with a 9-3 run that ended at 53-38 with 12:53 to go. North Carolina Central later had a 15-3 run to extend to the largest lead of the game at 75-49.

Cedric Council Jr. had 14 points and Karonn Davis scored 11 for Coppin State.

Savannah State 87, UMES 59: The visiting Hawks (5-14, 1-3 MEAC) have lost eight of their last 10 games.

Women

UMBC 66, UMass-Lowell 54: Brittani Burgess scored a career-high 16 points and the host Retrievers (2-15, 1-3 America East) broke a 13-game losing streak. The River Hawks fell to 3-13, 0-3.

UMES 68, Savannah State 56: The visiting Hawks (4-12, 1-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) closed out strong on a 25-10 run to beat the Tigers (2-12, 0-3).

N.C. Central 60, Coppin State 52: Cold shooting (16.7 percent) in the second half troubled Coppin State (3-13, 2-2 MEAC). N.C. Central improved to 4-12, 2-1.

N.C. A&T 67, Morgan State 60: The host Aggies (7-7, 2-0 MEAC) finished on a 22-16 run to beat the Bears (10-7, 3-1).

St. Francis (N.Y.) 82, Mount St. Mary's 73: Alex Delaney paced the host Terriers (5-10, 1-3 Northeast Conference) with a career-best 30 points. The Mount fell to 6-10, 3-2.

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