TODAY'S GAMES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Niagara (3-15, 0-6) at Loyola (10-7, 3-4)

Site: Reitz Arena

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WCAO (600 AM)

Outlook: The Greyhounds, smarting after Wednesday's 90-87 overtime loss to St. Peter's, face the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's last-place team, and Loyola needs to win today and Monday against Canisius before embarking on a five-game road trip. The Greyhounds are 4-4 in their past eight games. F Michael Reese (21.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg), F B. J. Pendleton (15.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and point G Tracy Bergan (17.9 ppg, 5.7 apg) continue to pace Loyola. Niagara has lost eight of its past nine and has yet to win on the road. The Eagles are led by G David Bertram (14.3 ppg) and two freshmen, G Carlos Bradberry (9.3 ppg) and F Chris Watson (11.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg).

Georgia Tech (11-8, 2-6) at Maryland (12-5, 5-4)

Site: Cole Field House, College Park

Time: 1:30 p.m.

TV: Channels 2, 7

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: The Terrapins need to shoot better as a team after bottoming out with a 23-for-73 performance in Wednesday's 73-66 loss at Virginia. Remarkably, Maryland was 8-for-17 on three-point attempts in that game and could use that kind of long-range shooting against the Yellow Jackets. Freshman C Joe Smith (20.2 ppg., 10.8 rpg, 3.5 bpg) put up big numbers (28, 13) the first time these teams played, which helped counter F James Forrest's 36-point performance. The 6-7, 260-pound junior was a handful defensively for Maryland freshman Keith Booth, who gave Forrest problems with a 14-point, 11-rebound performance of his own. Forrest (19.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg) and junior G Travis Best (18.5 ppg, 5.9 apg ) are two of the most explosive players in the ACC, but their supporting cast has been inconsistent the past month. Senior G Fred Vinson (10.8 ppg, 20-for-52 on three-point attempts) has moved into the starting lineup, giving the Yellow Jackets a three-guard set. Georgia Tech will be without F Martice Moore, last year's top freshman in the ACC, because of a sprained ankle. With the 6-8 Moore out, Maryland should be able to exploit its advantage at small forward with sophomore Exree Hipp (15.2 ppg).

Navy (8-11, 3-4) at Lehigh (9-10, 5-2)

Site: Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, Pa.

Time: 3 p.m.

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen, struggling to move into contention in the Patriot League, are coming off of one of their best games, a 71-47 pounding of Army. Today, Navy will try to match its longest winning streak of the season -- two. G T. J. Hall (10.8 ppg), F Wes Cooper (9.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and C Alex Kohnen (7.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg) will try to help Navy avenge a 74-69 defeat to Lehigh earlier this season. The Midshipmen will have to contain F Allan Campbell (12.9 ppg), who is shooting 53 percent from three-point range, as well as G Rashawne Glenn (18.4 ppg) and F Jason Sichter (12.5 ppg).

Liberty (9-9, 6-4) at UMBC (5-12, 4-5)

Site: UMBC Field House

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Liberty, fresh off a 60-55 win that knocked Campbell out of first place, is going for its third straight conference victory, but the Flames will have to contend with a UMBC team that is 4-0 at home against the Big South. G Skip Saunders (11.7 ppg), out for the past two weeks with a knee injury, returned briefly during the Retrievers' 89-78 loss at Towson State on Wednesday, and he may see additional time tonight. F Kevin Bellinger (11.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg) has provided UMBC with a lift lately, as he has averaged 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds against the conference. Liberty is led by G Matt Hildebrand (18.3 ppg, 4.8 apg) and C Jason Dixon (14.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg).

Radford (13-4, 7-2) at Towson State (12-7, 7-2)

Site: Towson Center

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Radio: WITH (1230 AM), WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: The top two teams in the Big South battle for first place. Radford, which handed the Tigers an 82-58 defeat to start conference play, leads the league in team shooting (52 percent) and defense (66.3 ppg). The Highlanders, who count LSU among their victims, are led by C Tyrone Travis (15.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg), F Don Burgess (18.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and G Anthony Walker (14.0 ppg). Towson State has won seven of its past eight games to move to the top of the league standings. The Tigers are led by G Scooter Alexander (17.0 ppg) and G Ralph Blalock (15.7 ppg). C John James (9.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg) needs only five blocks to become the school's all-time leader.

St. Francis, N.Y. (1-18, 1-11) at Mount St. Mary's (11-9, 7-5)

Site: Knott Arena, Emmitsburg

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Radio: WQSI (820 AM)

Outlook: The Mountaineers don't figure to be caught off-guard by the Terriers, not after Mount St. Mary's dropped a 91-90 decision Thursday to Long Island, which came into that game with a 1-18 record. It was the third straight one-point loss at home for the Mountaineers, whose prospects fell yesterday when they found out C Randy Edney will need knee surgery and is out indefinitely. G Chris McGuthrie (18.8 ppg) is trying to end a horrendous shooting slump, having made 16 of his past 65 shots. F Michael Watson (14.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg) is back from a sprained ankle and looking strong. St. Francis, which is led by G Norman Marbury (16.7 ppg) and F Ivan Patterson (13.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg), is shooting only 38 percent.

South Carolina State (12-7, 8-1) at UMES (9-8, 5-3)

Site: Tawes Arena, Princess Anne

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Other than Coppin State, South Carolina State is the hottest team in the MEAC. Since losing to the Eagles, the Bulldogs have reeled off eight straight victories, sparked by G Deon Murray (14.1 ppg, 2.4 apg) and G Bernard Toatley (12.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.5 apg). UMES has won six of its past seven and has not lost at Tawes Arena in nearly two months. Like South Carolina State, it has leaned on the strength of its backcourt of Dale Harrison (15.7 ppg, 3.2 apg, 46.6 percent three-point shooter), Terrell Harris (11.9 ppg) and Zack Allison (12.0 ppg). F Kenya Mobley (9.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg) remains a steady inside force.

Coppin State (14-7, 8-0) at Howard (8-9, 5-3)

Site: Burr Arena, Washington

Time: 8 p.m.

TV: BET

Radio: WWIN (1400 AM)

Outlook: After overcoming serious foul trouble to defeat the Bison, 72-60, at home three nights ago, Coppin State faces Howard again. The Eagles, who have won eight straight and are going for their 28th consecutive victory against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, are averaging 75.8 points against the MEAC while giving up only 60.9. F Stephen Stewart (17.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg) is averaging 20.6 points against the MEAC. Sidney Goodman (14.2 ppg, 3.9 apg) and Keith Carmichael (15.4 ppg) continue to provide solid play in the backcourt. F Art Crowder (12.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and G Tommy Brown (11.0 ppg, 3.6 apg) lead the Bison, whose coach, Butch Beard, has guaranteed a Howard victory tonight.

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