UMBC trounces Wagner, goes to 5-0 in Northeast; Iona gets past Loyola with 20-2 2nd-half run; State men


Kennedy Okafor scored 18 points as UMBC remained unbeaten in the Northeast Conference with a 77-57 victory over Wagner last night in Staten Island, N.Y.

The Retrievers (6-5, 5-0) used an 11-2 run to take a 30-20 lead with 5: 15 left in the first half and were ahead 39-29 at halftime.

The Seahawks (3-8, 1-4) were within 44-37 when UMBC scored five points on a layup by Okafor, two free throws after a technical foul was charged against the Wagner bench and a free throw on the ensuing possession.

The Retrievers shot 56 percent for the game (26-for-46).

Frantz Pierre-Louis had 18 points and eight rebounds for Wagner.

Iona 83, Loyola 71: Jason Young scored 17 points and the Gaels (5-7, 2-2) used a 20-2 run in the second half to take control of the game and beat the Greyhounds (5-5, 0-3) in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Tariq Kirksay added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Gaels (5-7, 2-1), who had lost six of their past seven games.

Jason Rowe had 26 points for the Greyhounds (5-5, 0-3), who led by as many as eight points in the first half before settling for a 43-42 halftime lead.

Long Island U. 83, Mount St. Mary's 65: Richie Parker was 10-for-12 from the field and scored 30 points as the Blackbirds ended a five-game losing streak with a win over the Mountaineers in New York.

Parker, who was also 10-for-13 from the free-throw line, had 21 points in the first half when the Blackbirds (2-9, 2-3 Northeast Conference) built a 43-23 lead.

Terrence Wilson and Melvin Whitaker each had 14 points and Greg Harris added 13 for the Mountaineers (4-7, 2-3), who lost their third straight.

North Carolina A&T; 61, Coppin State 53: Marque Carrington scored 12 points as the host Aggies (4-7, 2-2) rallied to beat the Eagles (2-11 1-2) in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.

Fred Warrick scored 16 to lead Coppin State, which shot just 32 percent for the game, and 28 percent in the second half.

South Carolina State 62, Morgan State 44: Mike Wiatre scored a game-high 20, including four of seven three-pointers, as the host Bulldogs (5-7, 4-0) downed the Bears (3-8, 2-1) in an MEAC game.

Jason Demory's three-pointer cut Morgan's deficit to 45-39 with 5: 30 to play. But the Bulldogs pulled away with an 11-2 run.

Florida A&M; 86, UMES 79: Monroe Pippen scored 25 and had 13 rebounds to lead the Rattlers (1-10, 1-3) over the host Hawks (4-6, 2-2) in an MEAC game.

The Hawks, who were led by Jason Conway's 22 points, led 55-45 early in the second half, but Florida A&M; rallied and took the lead for good at 56-55.

Virginia State 94, Bowie State 79: The Trojans (3-0, 1-0 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) had four double-digitscorers, led by Jeffrey McCall with 21, to top the Bulldogs (0-5, 0-1).

William Brown's 15 points led Bowie State.

Pub Date: 1/03/99

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