Rodney Green and Kammani Barrett each scored 15 points, and Jerrell Williams had 12 points and 11 rebounds as host La Salle defeated Morgan State, 64-61, yesterday in the season opener for both teams.
Jermaine Bolden had 14 points and Rogers Barnes 13 for Morgan State, which made only 21 of 64 shots.
Neither team had more than a five-point lead in the second half, which had 10 lead changes and six ties.
With the score tied at 58, Williams scored five straight points, giving La Salle (1-0) a 63-58 lead with 16.2 seconds to go.
Bolden then hit a three-point shot with nine seconds left, and after Barrett made 1 of 2 free throws with 2.7 seconds remaining, Bolden missed a long, off-balance three-pointer at the buzzer.
Both teams struggled in the first half, with La Salle hitting eight of 22 shots and the Bears making eight of 30.
BOWIE STATE 79, LINCOLN (PA.) 78:: Darren Clark's foul away from the ball at the end of regulation put the visiting Lions in a position to win the game, but Corey Stevens missed both free throws and the Bulldogs held on to win their season opener. Bowie State (1-0) was up eight with 40 seconds left when Lincoln cut the lead to one on a three-pointer by the Lions' Damian Hyman as time was expiring. Carlos Williams had 23 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Bulldogs. Delano Johnson added 17 points.
UMBC 91, STEVENSON 54: : Seniors Darryl Proctor and Jay Greene helped unveil the America East championship banner before the game and dominated play in the Retrievers sixth straight home-opening victory. Head coach Randy Monroe is 4-1 in openers. Proctor scored 20 points and added nine rebounds and four steals in 34 minutes, while Greene added 17 points and nine assists. The 2009 Bob Cousy (Collegiate Point Guard of the Year) preseason nominee became the second player in school history to surpass 500 career assists (505) and needs just three more to become the school's all-time leader.
The Mustangs were led by guards Greg Woody and Chase Lancaster, who tallied 12 points each.
The Retrievers never trailed, converting their first six field-goal attempts and jumping out to a 19-5 lead five minutes into the game.
LOYOLA 78, HARVARD 69: : Loyola's Kaitlin Grant scored a career-high 21 points, and the Greyhounds (1-0) beat the Crimson (0-1) in the first game of the University of South Florida Shootout at the Sun Dome.
Grant was 7-for-8 from the free-throw line and made seven of her 13 field-goal attempts. She scored 13 points in the first half and finished with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
"Kaitlin did a good job of taking what she was given today," Loyola coach Joe Logan said. "We got the ball to her in some good situations, and she was able to take advantage of them."
Loyola will meet the winner of the shootout's second game - between the host Bulls and Central Connecticut State - in the championship game today at 2 p.m.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 75, UMBC 56: : UMBC junior guard Carlee Cassidy scored 23 of her career-high 31 points in the first half, but the Retrievers shot just 28.8 percent from the field in a loss to the host Colonials at the Charles E. Smith Center.
Cassidy is just the 15th Retriever to score 30 points or more in a game and the first since Ana Goncharova had 33 against New Hampshire on Jan. 29, 2005. In addition, the second of her personal-best six three-pointers was the 100th of her career, making her the third-fastest Retriever to reach the milestone, as she hit the mark in her 60th game.
George Washington led 6-3 two minutes into the game before Cassidy took over, leading the Retrievers on a 21-3 run with 16 of their first 18 points to give UMBC a 24-9 advantage at the 11:30 mark. The Colonials made just one of seven shots during that stretch.
But the hosts would not be denied for long, ending the period on a 27-9 spurt and taking the lead just 34 seconds before halftime. The Retrievers hit just three of their final 17 attempts in the half, and the Colonials went into the locker room ahead, 36-33.
The Colonials opened a six-point lead before a brief 7-0 UMBC run gave the visitors a 45-44 advantage with 13:56 remaining. But George Washington held the Retrievers to three field goals the rest of the way and none in the final six minutes to secure the victory.
Freshman guard Michelle Kurowski was the only other Retriever in double figures, as she scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds in her college debut.
GOUCHER 81, TRINITY (D.C.) 16: : Four freshmen playing the first game of their college careers scored in double figures for the visiting Gophers (1-0). Goucher scored the first 14 points of the game, keeping the Tigers (0-1) off the scoreboard until a basket by Jamie Lepak with 8:57 remaining in the first half. At halftime, Goucher enjoyed a 32-6 lead.
Elizabeth von Ende was the leading scorer for Goucher with 19 points.
BALDWIN-WALLACE 73, SALISBURY 34: : Kylie Hall had 10 points in a losing effort for the visiting Sea Gulls (0-1) at the Kean Tip-Off Tournament. The Yellow Jackets (1-0) shot 44.4 percent from the field to take a 45-23 lead at the half. Salisbury faces Delaware Valley at 11 a.m. today.
ST. MARY'S 75, RAMAPO 48: : Kiely Murphy and Bethany Townsend totaled 65 points to power the host Seahawks (1-0) past the Roadrunners (0-1) in the opening round of their tournament. Ramapo's Lindsey Gripenburg led all scorers with 36 points. St. Mary's advances to today's final at 4 p.m.