Senior guard Bakari Ward's layup with 20 seconds left lifted Goucher to a 64-62 victory over visiting St. Mary's last night in the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament.
The Gophers (22-4) will play Catholic in the CAC championship tomorrow.
Goucher's Darrian Lee picked off a pass in the final seconds to thwart the Seahawks' chance at a final shot.
Ward led Goucher with 18 points. Senior Vice Williams added 11 points.
Prince Innis led the Seahawks (13-13), who were ahead 33-26 at halftime, with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Sheldon Taylor had 15 points and three steals.
Catholic 80, Salisbury State 63: Sean Tuohey scored 14 points, Mike Lepeonka had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Mike Gallagher grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Cardinals (21-5) to an easy win over the visiting Sea Gulls (12-14) in a CAC semifinal at DuFour Center.
George Robinson had a game-high 18 points for the Sea Gulls, who shot just 29.2 percent (21-for-72) from the field. Dan Fisher had 12 points and Bernie Dennison and Victory Jackson had eight rebounds apiece.
Delaware State trailed by as much as 12 points in the first half. Down 35-31 at the half, the Hornets shot 62 percent and outscored UMES 49-38 in the final 20 minutes.
Kevin Wallace led UMES with 17 points.
Morgan State 69, Coppin State 63: The host Bears (11-15, 9-9) assured themselves of fifth place in the MEAC and a rematch with Coppin in the conference tournament next Thursday night at the Richmond (Va.) Coliseum.
Morgan had to hold off a late charge by the Eagles to gain a split of the season series. Coppin handled the Bears, 76-55, in December at the Coppin Center.
Monique Liddell led Morgan with a game-high 23 points and 15 rebounds. Liesha Mitchell led Coppin (13-13, 11-7) with 17 points and Trisha Allen added 13.
Morgan had a 15-point cushion early in the second half before Coppin pulled within 63-60 with 54 seconds remaining.
Towson 80, Drexel 56: Freshman forward Faith Jones made eight of 11 shots and scored a career-high 16 points as the host Tigers (11-15, 6-12) ended a five-game losing streak by rolling over the Dragons (11-15, 7-11).
The win gives the Tigers the No. 7 seed in next week's America East tournament at the University of Vermont. They will play 10th-seeded Boston University in the first round Wednesday.
Towson had five players hit double figures and shot a season-high 56 percent (31-for-60). Shniece Perry had 11 points and 13 rebounds, Mylisa Pilione scored 16 points and Jess Gordon and Jill McGowan each added 14.
The Tigers' 24-point win was their largest margin of victory since an 83-41 win over Charleston Southern in 1995.
Pub Date: 2/26/99