Chandrea Jones scored 17 points, including 13 in the second half, as Syracuse rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to defeat Coppin State, 69-65, in the Women's National Invitational Championship tournament yesterday in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Jones finished 6-for-18 from the field and led four Orange players in double figures. Fantasia Goodwin and Erica Morrow each had 14 and Nicole Michael added 12 for Syracuse (1-0).
Shalamar Oakley led Coppin State (2-3) with 20 points, while Rashida Suber had 19 and Sesalie Johnson added 14. Jennifer Matin posted her third double-figure rebounding game of the season with 14.
The Orange outscored Coppin State 12-1 from the foul line. Syracuse attempted 23 free throws, while the Eagles attempted only three.
Oakley tied the game at 63 with 2:11 to play with a jumper.
Jones gave Syracuse the lead for good at 65-63 with a basket at the 1:48 mark of the second half.
Trailing by four, Suber connected on a jumper to cut the lead to 67-65 with 27 seconds remaining.
The Eagles intentionally fouled Jones with 16 seconds remaining and she missed both free-throw attempts, giving Coppin State a chance to tie, but the Eagles turned the ball over and Morrow hit two free throws with four seconds to play to seal the victory.
Mount St. Mary's 55, Lafayette 51 -- Tiffany Green scored with 24.1 seconds remaining to lift the visiting Mountaineers (1-1) past the Leopards (1-2). Green took the inbounds pass on the left side of center court and drove down the lane for the up-and-under shot to give the a 53-51 advantage. Vanessa Van De Venter's shot from the left missed and freshman Leah Westbrooks hauled in the rebound with 7.1 seconds remaining. Hassanah Oliver sealed the win with two free throws with 1.7 seconds left. Green finished the game with six points and three assists. Westbrooks had six points and six rebounds while Oliver notched 12 points and a career-high eight rebounds.
UMES 67, Niagara 60 -- After being down by 13, the host Hawks (2-1) went on a 6-0 run with 1:59 left to beat the Purple Eagles (2-1). "I am really pleased with our character and composure," UMES coach Fred Batchelor said. "This was a tough game for us. I am proud of the way we came through, coming from 13 down. This is going to be a big win for us. They are a great program and a great team. I grew up 20 minutes from there, so it is nice to get the win for my friends and family back home." Tiffany Reid and April McBride led the scoring effort for the Hawks with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Reid added five assists.