WEEKEND WRAP

THE BALTIMORE SUN

COPPIN STATE (3-8)

Tonight: At South Carolina State (3-8, 1-1 in the MEAC), 7:30, WOLB (1010 AM). Coming off its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season loss in three years, Coppin State faces the Bulldogs, who who have lost four of their last six conference games at home. Derrick Patterson has scored 35 points in his past two games for S.C. State, which has had four straight winning seasons in the MEAC. Stephen Stewart leads Coppin State with 13.7 ppg.

This week: At UMES, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., WOLB (1010 AM); Delaware State, Saturday, Coppin Center, 7:30 p.m., WOLB (1010 AM).

Fast breaks: Coppin State, the two-time defending regular-season MEAC champion, had its 32-game conference winning streak stopped in a 61-59 loss at North Carolina A&T; on Saturday. The Aggies built a 19-point lead in the first half and went into halftime leading 34-27. Coppin State got back in the game with improved shooting and Aggies foul trouble, taking a three-point lead with 4:44 left. The Aggies rebounded as John Floyd hit a three-pointer with 4:06 left to tie the score at 54. Phillip Allen's short jumper with 1:27 remaining gave the Aggies the lead for good. Coppin State's Keith Carmichael and Tariq Saunders each had 12 points.

LOYOLA (4-7)

This week: At Maine, tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.; At Niagara, Thursday, 7 p.m.; At Canisius, Saturday, 2:05 p.m.

Fast breaks: Patrick Evans scored a career-high 18 points to lead four Delaware players in double figures in an 86-70 win at Loyola on Saturday. Loyola has dropped six straight to Delaware, and has lost three straight for the first time this season. B. J. Pendleton (16.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg), who had a season-high 25 points, hit a three-pointer that got the Greyhounds to within five with 4:58 left in the first half. But in the second half, the Fighting Blue Hens built their largest lead of the game at 77-54 with 4:40 left. Delaware shot 62 percent from the floor and out-rebounded Loyola, 45-31. Matt Walker and David Credle each scored nine points for the Greyhounds, who have lost five in a row.

MARYLAND (11-3)

This week: At Florida State, tomorrow, 7 p.m., WBAL (1090 AM); Wake Forest, Saturday, Cole Field House, 2 p.m., WBAL (1090 AM).

Fast breaks: Maryland lost to North Carolina for the ninth time in ++ 10 meetings with a 100-90 loss at Chapel Hill, N.C. The Terps have a 1-3 record against ranked opponents. Limited to 20 minutes because of foul trouble, Maryland center Joe Smith still had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Johnny Rhodes led the Terps with 21 points.

UMES (6-6)

Tonight: At Bethune-Cookman (3-7, 1-0 in the MEAC), 8. Latroy Strong scored a career-high 29 points as Bethune-Cookman beat Delaware State, 89-84, on Saturday to end a six-game losing streak. The Wildcats won with a 23-2 run that erased a seven-point deficit. UMES defeated Florida A&M; by five on Saturday and Delaware State by 24 on Tuesday.

This week: Coppin State, Thursday, Tawes Gymnasium, 7:30 p.m.

Fast breaks: Aaron McKinney scored 26 points and UMES connected on five free throws in the final 18 seconds to defeat Florida A&M;, 74-69. in a MEAC game Saturday. McKinney scored five of UMES' final seven points with one minute left in the game.

MORGAN STATE (0-10)

Tonight: At North Carolina A&T; (2-5, 1-0 in the MEAC), 7:30, WEAA (88.9 FM). North Carolina A&T;, last year's MEAC tournament champion, has won 11 of its past 14 conference games, including four straight. The Aggies' John Floyd had a game-high 15 points and six rebounds in a 61-59 upset of Coppin State on Saturday. North Carolina A&T; had lost four straight before that win. Morgan State has lost 13 of its past 17 conference games.

This week: At UMBC, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. WEAA (88.9 FM); UMES, Saturday, Hill Field House, 7:30 p.m., WEAA (88.9 FM)

Fast breaks: South Carolina State used an 18-4 burst at the start of the second half to take a 15-point lead and beat Morgan State, 83-61, on Saturday. Brandon Battle led Morgan State, which overcame a 10-4 deficit with a 12-3 first-half run, with 14 points and Scott Deas added 12.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-6)

Tonight: At St. Francis (Pa.) (4-7), 7:30, WQSI (820 AM). St. Francis (4-7) dropped its fourth straight game, 74-63, to Rider on Saturday. Sophomore Terrence Martin had 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. The Red Flash fell behind 23-4 in the opening seven minutes. The Mount St. Mary's backcourt of Chris McGuthrie (20.8) and Riley Inge (13.2) provides most of the points. The Mountaineers lead the series, 20-13.

This week: St. Francis (N.Y.), Thursday, Knott Arena, 7:30 p.m., WQSI (820 AM); Long Island U., Saturday, Knott Arena, 7:30 p.m., WQSI (820 AM)

Fast breaks: Coach Jim Phelan registered his 725th victory as head coach in Mount St. Mary's 94-77 win over Robert Morris on Saturday. The win moved Phelan moved past longtime DePaul coach Ray Meyer. McGuthrie had 24 points, including 17 in the second half, to lead the Mountaineers, who are 3-0 in the Northeast Conference for the first time. Robert Morris scored the game's first basket, but Mount St. Mary's came back with 12 unanswered points. Jeff Balistrere contributed 16 points, going 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.

NAVY (6-5)

Tonight: VMI (2-6), Alumni Hall, 7:30, WNAV (1430 AM). Navy has won all 19 games against Virginia Military Institute. The Midshipmen are 5-1 at home, and the Keydets have lost three straight on the road, including a 93-67 loss to Alabama on Saturday. Lawrence Gullette, who scored 21 points against Alabama, is the main scoring threat for VMI, averaging 19.0 points. Navy's Wes Cooper averages 13.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

This week: Lafayette, Wednesday, Alumni Hall, 7:30 p.m., WNAV (1430 AM); At Holy Cross, Saturday, 3 p.m., WNAV (1430 AM)

Fast breaks: Defending Patriot League champion Navy failed to hold a second-half lead and fell to Bucknell, 73-63, in its conference opener Saturday. The Midshipmen were ahead 30-28 halftime and still led midway through the second half when Kevin Wenk (20 points) sparked a 9-0 Bucknell run. Wenk, who had not scored more than nine points in a game this season, scored seven in a row to turn a 41-41 tie into a 48-41 Bucknell lead. Navy was led by Cooper, who scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Michael Heary scored 14 points for the Midshipmen and hit two free throws to run his streak to 18 in a row.

TOWSON STATE (5-4)

Tonight: Liberty (4-6), Towson Center, 7:30, WITH (1230 AM). Liberty, last season's Big South Tournament champion, has lost five straight, including a 60-57 setback against UMBC Saturday. Leading scorer, Jason Dixon (14.3), was held to 10 points against the Retrievers. Towson State swept the series with the Flames last year. Ralph Blalock (18.1 ppg) managed only 10 points in the Tigers' loss to Radford on Saturday.

This week: At Coastal Carolina, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Fast breaks: Radford ended Towson State's 22-game home-court winning streak -- dating to Jan. 9, 1993 -- with a 71-68 victory. The Highlanders jumped out to an 11-point lead in the first half by shooting 58.6 percent from the floor and led 47-40 at halftime. Towson State scored six straight points in the first minute of the second half to close to within 47-46. But three-point plays by senior Antoine Dalton helped put Radford up 53-46 with 17:35 remaining. Towson State closed to within two points three times but couldn't tie the game or take the lead. Towson State committed 22 turnovers. Jason Crump led the Tigers with 16 points.

UMBC (3-7)

Tonight: Radford (7-4), UMBC Fieldhouse, 7:30. Radford rebounded from a 16-point loss to UNC-Greensboro on Wednesday to defeat Towson State by three. Anthony Walker (14.5) scored 22 and has scored in double figures in nine of 11 games this season. Chris Harvey added 11 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Artie Walker (8.1 ppg) has scored 35 points in his past three games.

This week: Morgan State, UMBC Fieldhouse, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., WWLG (1360 AM); At Charleston Southern, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Fast breaks: Sophomore forward Marc Lay scored 12 points, including a key three-pointer late in the game, to lead UMBC to a 60-57 win over defending conference champion Liberty on Saturday. Lay's three-point goal with 2:04 remaining gave UMBC a 56-50 lead. UMBC hit just three of six three throws in the waning minutes and Barry Taylor's three-point goal with 14 seconds left cut the margin to 59-57, but the Retrievers held on. Eric Wyatt was the only other UMBC player in double figures with 10.

DIVISIONS II and III

Fast breaks: Kelvin Clayton scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds to earn Most Valuable Player honors as host Frostburg State (7-3) defeated Chowan, 72-50, in the championship game of Stangel's Invitational. . . . Kyle Jefferson (Hammond) had game highs of 36 points and 12 rebounds for Salisbury State (5-7) in a 93-84 loss to Albright. . . . Daveiid St. Rose led the Green Terror with 21 points in a 109-87 loss to Elmira. . . . Greg Roehrig led four Johns Hopkins players in double figures with 21 points and had 13 rebounds in an 80-75 loss to the University of Chicago. . . . Ben Harris scored 19 in a 57-56 victory over Drew.

WOMEN

Fast breaks: Loyola's Patty Stoffey scored 12, including the 2,000th of her career, leading the Greyhounds to a 63-55 women's victory over George Mason. . . . Trinette Tucker, a midyear transfer from Fairfield University last year who became eligible this semester, scored 32 points to lead Towson State over Radford, 76-68.

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