Eastern Kentucky's 2nd-half run too much for Morgan men
Reggie Holmes (St. Frances) scored at least 20 points for the 11th time in 12 games, but it wasn't enough for Morgan State in the Bears' 76-62 loss to Eastern Kentucky in the first round of the Dr Pepper Classic on Tuesday in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Colonels (8-4), who had lost two straight games, shot 51.1 percent from the field (23-for-45) and used a 10-1 run to break away early in the second half. Eastern Kentucky led 36-31 before Joshua Jones and Josh Taylor hit 3-pointers to help the Colonels take a 44-31 advantage with 17:30 remaining in the game. Morgan State's Kevin Thompson (Walbrook) hit a free throw before Jones capped the run with a layup and a 46-32 lead with 16:25 left. The Colonels' lead stayed in double figures the rest of the way. Holmes finished with 25 points and Thompson 14 for Morgan (7-5). Justin Stommes scored 20 to lead Eastern Kentucky, Jones added 16 and Taylor 15.
More Morgan: : Thompson was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday. The senior forward recorded a career-high 23 points and 25 rebounds, the most by any NCAA player in a game this season, in an 87-80 win over Towson on Dec. 22. He is averaging 14.5 points and 13.4 rebounds (second in the nation). Thompson has been chosen as the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season.
UMBC women 62, Fordham 56: : Senior guard Carlee Cassidy scored 16 of her game-high 18 points in the second half, helping the Retrievers (6-6) rally for a victory on the second day of the Rams' Holiday Classic. Sophomore guard Michelle Kurowski scored all of her 12 points in the second half and grabbed seven rebounds for the game. Guard Kyara Weekes led Fordham (6-7) with 16 points, and forward Randall Hurst had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Cassidy moved into second place on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 1,391 career points, surpassing Missy Quille and Angel Webb. She averaged 22.5 points and shot 48.3 percent from the field in two games at the tournament.
Loyola women 60, San Francisco 51: : Miriam McKenzie had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Kaitlin Grant recorded 10 points and 12 rebounds, tying her season high, and the Greyhounds beat the Dons to finish third in the Wildcat Holiday Classic at Villanova. Loyola (5-6) broke a tie less than two minutes into the second half and never relinquished the lead. Erica DiClemente added 15 points in the win. Rheina Ale led the Dons (4-12) with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Mount St. Joseph women 60, Penn 48: : Mary Dunn had 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the visiting Mount (4-6) to victory. Hassanah Oliver added 11 points and six assists, while Lauren Howell and Sandra Andresson each chipped in eight points in win. Caitlin Slover paced the Quakers (0-9) with 16 points.
UMES women 61, Mississippi Valley State 49: : Senior forward April McBride scored 25 points, leading the Hawks to a win in the Georgia State Invitational in Atlanta. Junior guard Casey Morton added 11 points for UMES (2-4). Guard Ka'Neshia Smith had a team-high 11 points for the Devilettes (3-6).
Loyola men: : Senior guard Brett Harvey was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference co-Player of the Week for the second time in his career. He scored a game-high 25 points, including nine straight to erase a three-point deficit in the final 3:48, in Loyola's 72-67 win over Indiana on Dec. 22. Siena's Alex Franklin shared the award with Harvey.
UMES men: : Junior guard Kevin White was chosen as the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week. White had three steals in a 87-69 loss at Northern Illinois on Dec. 22 and added 13 points and eight rebounds, both career highs.
UMBC men: : Freshman wing Brian Neller was named America East Rookie of the Week. Neller hit three of six 3-point attempts and scored nine points in the Retrievers' 71-34 loss to Virginia Tech on Dec. 22.
Rider women: : Freshman Caitlin Bopp (Institute of Notre Dame) was picked as the MAAC Rookie of the Week for the second straight week. The forward-center recorded nine points, 14 rebounds (six offensive) and two blocks in the Broncs' 67-46 loss to Syracuse on Monday.
Goalie Varlamov sent to Hershey to recuperate
The Washington Capitals sent goalie Semyon Varlamov to American Hockey League affiliate Hershey as he comes back from an injury. Varlamov has been sidelined since Dec. 7, missing nine games, because of what the team is calling a lower-body injury. He is 12-1-2 with a 2.21 goals-against average and .924 save percentage for the Southeast Division-leading Capitals. Varlamov is expected to rejoin the Capitals next week.
- From Sun staff and news services