Coppin holds off North Carolina A&T;, 76-64; Sims sparks decisive run; Navy women fade vs. Yale, suffer 12th straight loss; State


Joe Brown scored 23 points and Rasheem Sims provided Coppin State with some crucial offense in the second half as the host Eagles defeated North Carolina A&T;, 76-64, last night in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.

Coppin (7-13, 7-4) saw an 11-point lead crumble in the second half as Bruce Jenkins led a 15-0 North Carolina A&T; run with eight points.

Jenkins' dunk with 13 minutes left gave the Aggies (8-10, 6-5) a 52-48 advantage.

Sims responded by scoring 13 of Coppin's 20 points over the next eight minutes as the Eagles went ahead to stay, 68-62.

UMBC 58, Robert Morris 54: Andre Williams scored 17 and visiting UMBC (8-11, 4-5) held off a late rally to win a Northeast Conference game.

Robert Morris (9-9, 6-3) closed to 56-54 with less than a minute to play on consecutive three-point baskets.

St. Francis, Pa. 84, Mount St. Mary's 66: The host Red Flash (7-11, 4-5) shot 63 percent in the first half and committed just nine turnovers in the game on the way to beating the Mountaineers in a Northeast Conference game.

Konata Springer scored a career-high 22 for the Mountaineers (5-13, 4-5).

UMES 94, Howard 81: Kevin Wallace had a game-high 30 points to lead the Fighting Hawks (7-13, 4-7) to their second straight MEAC win.


Yale 58, Navy 50: Another Navy comeback fizzled in the final five minutes and the Bulldogs handed the Midshipmen their 12th defeat in a row in a nonleague game at Alumni Hall.

Navy (2-16) came from a 12-point deficit to move within 41-40 with 6: 18 to play before Yale went on a 13-2 run.

Freshman Maria Smear (St. Mary's) led Yale (6-11) with 18 points.

Coppin State 63, North Carolina A&T; 56: Kiesha Brooks and Liesha Mitchell each scored 18 to lead the host Eagles (10-10, 8-3) over the Aggies (1-18, 0-12) in a MEAC game.

Morgan State 84, South Carolina State 59: Shakira Smith had a game-high 22 points and Angela Creek and Kimberly Harris came off the bench to score 15 apiece, as the Bears (10-8, 7-3) won a MEAC game at Hill Field House.

Loyola 75, Rider 62: Five players scored in double figures, led by Shannon Cohen's career-high 15 points, as the host Greyhounds (8-12, 5-6 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Howard 81, UMES 60: Andrea Gardiner had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Bison (10-8, 8-1) ended a three-game winning streak by the Fighting Hawks (5-14, 4-8) with a MEAC win in Princess Anne.

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