FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (2-5) at NAVY (4-4)
Site: Alumni Hall, Annapolis
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)
Outlook: Navy fell to New Hampshire by two on Wednesday, missing a three-pointer at the buzzer. The Midshipmen had balanced scoring with three players in double figures. G Brian Walker also had seven assists. Florida International snapped a four-game losing streak with a 30-point victory over Lamar on Wednesday. Leland Johnson, a junior college transfer, scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half and four other Golden Panthers players reached double figures.
LA SALLE (5-2) at MOUNT ST. MARY'S (2-5)
Site: Knott Arena, Emmitsburg
Radio: WQSI (820 AM)
Outlook: Jim Phelan (722-384), in his 41st year at the Mount, gets the first opportunity tonight to coach against his alma mater, where he starred in the early '50s. After splitting their first four games, the Mounts have lost on the road to Oklahoma, San Francisco and Virginia Commonwealth. The backcourt combination of Chris McGuthrie (20 ppg) and Riley Inge (11.7) keys the offense. Sophomore C Randy Edney is averaging 8.5 rebounds. La Salle has lost to Arizona and Maryland after starting the season 5-0. The Explorers shot only 43 percent from the field in a 96-80 loss to the Terps Tuesday night. Senior G Kareem Townes (23 ppg) is the main scoring threat.
AMERICAN (0-9) at MARYLAND (7-2)
Site: Cole Field House, College Park
Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)
Tickets: About 1,100 remain and can be purchased at Cole Field House or by calling (301) 314-7070 or (800) 462-TERP.
Outlook: No. 9 Maryland has won a school-record 38 consecutive games against nonconference opponents at Cole Field House. The Terps are shooting to win their 10th game in December, a feat only accomplished once by Maryland. Injury-riddled American, which has dropped six straight to the Terps, is off to its worst start in 40 years. The team captain and an All-Colonial Athletic Association first-team selection, senior F Tim Fudd suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Eagles' first game. Three other seniors for the Eagles are questionable against the Terps. Senior C Christian Ast leads American in scoring (18.2) and rebounding (7.6). But Ast will have to match up against Terps sophomore C Joe Smith (20.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, three blocks per game). In their last meeting, Maryland defeated American, 98-67, at Cole in 1992.
UMBC (1-6) at LSU (5-3)
Site: Pete Maravich Center, Baton Rouge, La.
Outlook: UMBC has won only one of its past 16 road games. The Retrievers, who lost to Xavier by 19 on Wednesday, also haven't won a road game in December in two years. With a 105-70 victory over Georgia State on Wednesday, Louisiana State broke a three-game losing streak. The Tigers are paced by sophomore Ronnie Henderson (23.1 points per game) and freshman Randy Livingston (12.8 assists per game). Shooting 39 percent as a team, UMBC must find ways to stop the running Tigers, who average 101.5 points a game. The Retrievers have scored no more than 77 points this year and have totaled more than 60 points in one of their last four games. UMBC leading scorer Marc Lay (11.4) has averaged just six points in his past five games.