State basketball roundup (Nov. 28): Brionna Jones sparks Terps women to win vs. Pitt
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Nov 28, 2015 | 11:17 PM
Maryland wouldn't let fatigue slow it down.
Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) had 22 points and 14 rebounds and No. 6 Maryland beat Pittsburgh, 70-49, on Saturday night in the final game of the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 16 points to help the Terps (6-0) win for the third time in three days.
"It was a hard-fought battle between both teams," coach Brenda Frese said. "It started to show, three games in three days. It wasn't the prettiest, but we found a way. We dominated the glass and had some uncharacteristic turnovers we need to improve upon. I like how we hung tough down the stretch to come away with a championship."
Maryland led 19-11 at the end of the first and scored the first 11 points of the second quarter to go up 31-11. Pitt rallied with an 11-2 run and trailed 33-22 at the half. The Panthers held the Terps scoreless for the final 5:09 of the period and forced eight turnovers in the second quarter.
Maryland was up 11 early in the third quarter before scoring 16 of the final 21 points in the period to take a 55-33 lead. Walker-Kimbrough had seven points during the spurt. Pitt tried to rally in the fourth, scoring 13 of the first 15 points in the period, but that's as close as the Panthers could get. Aysia Bugg and Yacine Dopp had all 13 of the points.
Diop finished with 14 points and Kalista Walker added 12 for Pitt (4-2), which was outrebounded 50-22.
"We knew rebounding was going to be key tonight," Panthers coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. "Going in to the game we knew we didn't match up with their size, but our kids competed for 40 minutes and that is all we ask them to do. This was a great learning experience for our young team going up against one of the best teams in the country."
Colorado State 82, Navy 73, 2OT: The Rams (5-1) outlasted the Mids (4-2), outscoring them 15-6 in the second overtime of the championship of the Navy Classic.
Navy led 32-29 at the half but fell behind with 4:36 left in the third quarter.
The Mids came back from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game. Sarita Condie made two free throws with a second left in regulation to force overtime. Taylor Dunham finished with a game-high 28 points for Navy.
North Florida 74, Towson 72, OT: A second-half push by the visiting Tigers (2-4) fell short as the host Ospreys (2-5) used 3-pointers to force overtime and win at their North Florida Tournament.
Towson led 65-62 with 13 seconds left in regulation before North Florida's Kiefer Hadley made a 3-pointer with one second left. In overtime, Raven Bankston made a driving layup, was fouled and converted the free throw for a 72-71 Tigers lead with 43 seconds left.
Again, the Hawks used the long ball as Claire Ioannuidis made a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left for the win.
Columbia 63, Loyola Maryland 53: The visiting Greyhounds (2-4) led in the third quarter but fell to the Lions (4-1).
Bri Betz-White led Loyola Maryland with 20 points. Jeneh Perry had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Greyhounds (1-5) scored six straight points, the final four by Andre Walker, for a 76-74 lead with 40 seconds left in regulation. Siena's Nico Clareth (Calvert Hall) tied it with 13 seconds left before Wright blocked Walker's jumper.
Franz Rassman gave Loyola a 78-77 lead in overtime, but Brett Bisping's 3-pointer started a run of nine points for the Saints, who outscored the Greyhounds 14-6 in the extra period.
Navy 71, Jacksonville 65: Jace Hogan scored 17 points, leading five Midshipmen in double figures at the Spartan Showcase in Greensboro, N.C.
Shawn Anderson and Will Kelly had 12 points apiece, and Tilman Dunbar and Tim Abruzzo scored 10 each for Navy (5-2), which led by as many as 19 in the second half. Kelly added eight rebounds and six blocks.
Darius Dawkins made six 3-pointers and scored 24 points for the Dolphins (2-4).
Colgate 71, UMBC 63: Austin Tillotson scored 17 points with seven assists as the Raiders (2-3) beat the host Retrievers (1-6).
The Retrievers battled back to close on a 14-9 run late in the second half and trailed 62-56 with 1:55 to play, but a steal and ensuing bucket by Tillotson helped keep Colgate in the lead. Will Darley led UMBC with 18 points.
High Point 82, Morgan State 72: John Brown scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the host Panthers (4-2) held off the Bears (2-4).
High Point led 39-37 at the break but pulled away in the second half. The Panthers held a 74-59 lead with 5:19 left to play after Jorge Perez-Laham hit a 3-pointer, but Morgan State scored nine unanswered points to make it 74-68 with 3:13 left. Phillip Carr's shot pulled the Bears within 75-70 with 2:19 left.