College Basketball Report


) COPPIN STATE (15-8) * WHAT'S AHEAD: at Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Fla.tonight; South Carolina State Thursday at Coppin Center.


* FASTBREAKS: The Eagles are closing in on their second straight regular-season title in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference . . . They take an 11-game win streak into's tonight's game . . . Thursday's game is the last of the season at the Coppin Center, and S.C. State is tied for second place in the MEAC.

LOYOLA (11-11) * WHAT'S AHEAD: Manhattan tonight (7:30) at Reitz ArenaWCAO-AM 600; at Niagara Thursday; at Canisius Saturday.


* FASTBREAKS: Every game is bigger than the previous one for the Greyhounds, who have climbed from ninth to sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference by winning five of their last six . . . For the first time since November, Loyola's field goal percentage tops the opposition's . . . Manhattan is second in the MAAC (13-9 overall, 8-3). Sophomore forward Keith Bullock, Metro Atlantic Rookie of the Year last year, has been instrumental in Manhattan's success this season.

MARYLAND (12-10) * WHAT'S AHEAD: Georgia Tech Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; NortCarolina Saturday at 1 p.m., both at Cole Field House.

* FASTBREAKS: Vince Broadnax led the Terps in scoring with 18 points in Maryland's 101-81 loss to Duke Saturday . . . Garfield Smith continued his recent string of improved play with 16 points and six rebounds . . . Guards Matt Roe and Kevin McLinton shot a combined 7-for-25 . . . Duke hit 12 of 18 attempted three-pointers.

MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE (4-18) * WHAT'S AHEAD: at Howard Wednesday; Florida A&Saturday; at Wicomico Civic Center.

* FASTBREAKS: The Hawks, in last place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, have lost eight straight . . . Following the game at Howard, UMES plays its last four regular-season games at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury.

MORGAN STATE (5-18) * WHAT'S AHEAD: at Delaware State tonight (8); South CarolinState Saturday at Hill Field House.

* FASTBREAKS: The Golden Bears are 5-4 since an 0-14 start, and have climbed to sixth place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference . . . Senior forward Marcus Sheffield had 18 second-half points in a 97-85 win at Bethune-Cookman Saturday . . . Leading scorer Glenn Smith suffered an eye injury in the game.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (8-14) * WHAT'S AHEAD: at Bucknell tonight (7:30, WQSI-AM 820); aMarist Thursday; at Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday.


* FASTBREAKS: A double-overtime loss at Monmouth assured the Mountaineers of a losing record for the second time in three Division I seasons . . . Senior forward Scott Murphy has been hot lately, particularly from three-point range.

NAVY (6-16) * WHAT'S AHEAD: American tonight (7, WNAV-AM 1430) aHalsey Field House; at Richmond Wednesday; George Mason Saturday at Halsey.

* FASTBREAKS: The Midshipmen are headed to their fourth straight losing season since David Robinson's departure . . . They are 2-8 in the Colonial Athletic Association, where senior guard Erik Harris is first in steals and assists, and second in scoring.

TOWSON STATE (15-7) * WHAT'S AHEAD: Drexel Wednesday at Towson Center; aHofstra Saturday.

* FASTBREAKS: The defending champion Tigers are 9-0 in the East Coast Conference, where the last regular-season unbeaten was Temple, in 1982 . . . Towson State, which has won 10 of its last 11, needs just one more win to secure a quarterfinal bye in the first round of the ECC tournament.

UMBC (2-20) * WHAT'S AHEAD: at Delaware Wednesday; Rider Saturday aUMBC Fieldhouse.


* FASTBREAKS: The Retrievers have one win in their last 20 games, and are 1-7 in the East Coast Conference . . . UMBC will try to snap a 17-game road losing streak Wednesday, but then plays three of its last four regular-season games at home.


* FASTBREAKS: If Johns Hopkins (13-9) can beat Haverford Wednesday and win at Washington Saturday, it will be assured a berth in the Middle Atlantic Conference playoffs . . . The Shoremen (8-13) have won three straight . . . Andre Foreman is averaging 31.3 points for Salisbury State (16-6), and the junior forward needs 32 in Wednesday's home game against Lincoln to reach 2,000 for his career . . . Bowie State (7-15) is looking at a low seed in the CIAA tournament.


* FASTBREAKS: Maryland (15-8, 8-2) upset sixth-ranked North Carolina State 86-85 Saturday to sweep the season series. They'll host 20th-ranked Clemson Thursday night and travel to North Carolina Saturday . . . UMBC (14-8) can take over sole possession of first place in the East Coast Conference with a win at Delaware Thursday . . . Frostburg State (18-1) will go for a school-record 18th straight win tonight at Shenandoah . . . Injury-riddled Loyola (4-16) snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 67-51 win over Iona.