Loyola (4-10, 2-2) at
Canisius (7-7, 2-1)
Site: Marine Midland Arena, Buffalo, N.Y.
Outlook: After losing nine straight, Loyola has won its past two games to even its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference record. Saturday, the Greyhounds got a career-high 36 points from junior G Mike Powell (20.6 ppg) to defeat Niagara in two overtimes, 93-86. Powell, who set a school record by going 16-for-16 from the line, has 71 points in the past two games. Canisius leads the series 14-6, winning two of three last season, including a 74-67 decision in the MAAC tournament. Powell totaled 61 points in the three games against Canisius, which is led in scoring this season by junior G Kevin Thompson (14.9 ppg). The Golden Griffins have won five of their past six, with the only loss coming at Kentucky.
Coppin State (5-7, 2-2) at
UMES (4-8, 1-4)
Site: Tawes Gymnasium, Princess Anne
Time: 7: 30 p.m.
Outlook: Coppin began a new home-court winning streak Saturday, defeating Hampton, 81-61, behind 23 points and 10 rebounds from senior F Reggie Welch. The Eagles, who avoided their first 1-3 start in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, may have junior G Antoine Brockington (17.9 ppg) available; he missed the Hampton game with a hip pointer. Coach Fang Mitchell's newest lineup includes freshman Troy Lewis (Randallstown) at point guard and junior-college transfer Fred Warrick at forward. Welch made his second start Saturday, with senior Terquin Mott moving to center and junior Kareem Lewis coming off the bench. UMES lost to then-winless Howard on Saturday, 86-83, committing 35 fouls and getting a combined 18 points from its two leading scorers, junior Gs Cryhten Langhorne and Marcus Cheek.
St. Francis, N.Y. (7-7, 2-4) at
Mount St. Mary's (5-9, 1-5)
Site: Knott Arena, Emmitsburg
Time: 7: 30 p.m.
Radio: WXTR (820 AM)
Outlook: After rallying from 16 down to defeat Monmouth, 61-59, on Wednesday, the Mountaineers fell short against Rider on Saturday, 71-62. Junior F Gerben Van Dorpe and freshman r rTC Greg Harris each had 14 points, but the lack of an inside game is hurting the Mount. Coach Jim Phelan's team has lost eight of its past 10, and he might go with a smaller lineup tonight. The Mount leads the series 14-10; the teams split two games last season. St. Francis lost at home to Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, 82-71. The Terriers have a prolific shot-blocker in 6-10 C Richard Lugo, who's approaching the school's freshman record. Freshman G Jan Espinosa is an excellent three-point shooter, and junior G John Thomas averages about 15.0 ppg and is among the Northeast Conference's leaders in steals and free-throw percentage. The Terriers are one of the lowest-scoring teams in the NEC, but they have one of the stingiest defenses.
Pub Date: 1/20/97