Coppin's L. Mitchell shoots into record books; With 23 points in Eagles' 77-74 victory, she becomes school's all-time top scorer; State


Liesha Mitchell scored 23 points, becoming the all-time leading women's scorer at Coppin State, as the Eagles held off Florida A&M;, 77-74, last night in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at the Coppin Center.

Mitchell had 19 first-half points to help Coppin State (12-12, 10-5 MEAC) build a 35-30 lead at the break. Her three-pointer with 1: 21 left in the first half gave Mitchell 1,263 career points, moving her past Pamela Pratt (1,261).

Florida A&M; (7-14, 5-8) tied the score at 74 on a three-point play by Tomekia Peterson with 43 seconds left.

Jackie Johnson-Stewart answered with a jumper for Coppin State before Mitchell made one of two foul shots with 14 seconds left in the game.

Navy 61, Colgate 50: Despite injuries incurred by leading scorer Erica Hayes and point guard Marisa Ball, the Midshipmen (4-18, 2-7) defeated the Red Raiders in a Patriot League game at Alumni Hall in Annapolis.

The victory was the second in three games for struggling Navy, which lost at Colgate 10 days earlier.

Jennifer Bombinski scored 16 points and Hilary Goodrich added 15 for the Midshipmen.

Mount St. Mary's 94, Long Island 71: Megan Gardiner scored a season-high 20 points as the host Mountaineers ran their winning streak against the Blackbirds to 22 games.

Deanna Butters registered her third double double of the season for the Mount with 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and Vera Feldbusch had 17 points.

The Mountaineers had a 16-point lead (38-22) in the first half and led by as many as 26 with under four minutes to play.

Bethune-Cookman 74, Morgan State 64: Exzavia Cunningham had a game-high 30 points as the Wildcats (11-11, 7-6 MEAC) ended the Bears' winning streak at five games and their home winning streak at 10.

Shakira Smith and Kimberly Harris had 12 points apiece for the Bears (13-9, 10-4).

Canisius 75, Loyola 68: Sophomore Shauna Geronzin scored nine of her game-high 32 points in the overtime period as the Griffins (7-17, 4-11) overcame a 17-point deficit to win a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at Reitz Arena.

Canisius trailed 41-24 at halftime before a 15-3 run late in the second half put the Griffins ahead 55-54 with 3: 43 remaining in regulation.

Canisius broke from a tie at 59 by scoring nine of the first 12 points in the extra period.

Sherika Wilson's 16 points off the bench led Loyola (9-15, 6-9).

UMBC 87, St. Francis, N.Y. 56: The host Retrievers (6-17, 3-10) never trailed and ended a five-game losing streak with a Northeast Conference win. Jesse Brown's 18 points led six double-digit scorers for UMBC.

The Retrievers led 34-21 at halftime and 50-30 with 16: 55 remaining after a 16-5 run.

Washington College 80, Bryn Mawr 27: Four players scored in double figures, led by Kate Bierzonski's 19 points, as the Shorewomen (8-14) overwhelmed the Mawrtians (3-14) in a nonconference game in Chestertown.

Hood 60, College of Notre Dame 48: Melissa Kelly tied a career high with 31 points as the host Blazers defeated the Gators for the first time in school history.

Welsey 92, Villa Julie 38: Nicky Benton scored a game-high 31 points and went over 1,000 points for her career as the host Wolverines (14-8) rolled over the Mustangs (3-16). Delena DeShields led Villa Julie with 16 points.


UMES 59, Hampton 58: Two free throws by Benji Surprin with six seconds left gave the Fighting Hawks (9-15, 6-9) a MEAC win over the Pirates (11-11, 8-5) in Hampton, Va.

Demetrice Reese and Kevin Wallace led UMES with 24 and 16 points, respectively.

Reese made a jumper with one minute remaining to pull the Hawks within two. Wallace then blocked a shot by Hampton with 33 seconds to go.

The Pirates were led by LaSean Howard, who finished with 15 points and five rebounds. Marseilles Brown had 14 points and six rebounds.

Western Maryland 84, Villa Julie 76, OT: Sophomore guard Erik Larson had a career-high 15 points and eight rebounds as the host Green Terror (4-18) ended a seven-game losing streak.

Sophomore center Jermaine Smith had game highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds for Villa Julie (7-15).

Western Maryland scored the first five points in overtime, then later ran off seven straight to take a 79-70 lead.

The Mustangs trailed 66-63, but Steve Johnson scored with 44 seconds left and added a free throw with 35 seconds to go to make it 66-66 and force overtime.

Salisbury State 69, Wesley 63: Victor Jackson came off the bench and scored 19 points to lead the visiting Sea Gulls (16-6) to a nonconference win over the Wolverines (5-17).

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