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Sparrow leads UMBC to first win of season in men's basketball

Guard Wayne Sparrow (St. Frances) scored a career-high 20 points, including four key free throws in the final minute, as UMBC held off visiting Longwood for a 58-53 victory Sunday, the team's first victory of the season. The Retrievers (1-9) lost their first nine games after repeatedly struggling to compensate for the loss of top scorer Rodney Elliott (John Carroll), who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the season opener. The Retrievers had problems again Sunday but made enough plays to win. Sparrow converted a pair of one-and-ones in the final 41 seconds to help the Retrievers hold on. The game was tied at 44 when UMBC scored eight straight points, and it never trailed again. Sparrow broke the tie with a 3-pointer before forward Devarick Houston (13 points) got a dunk and guard Malcolm Brent (14 points) drilled a 3-pointer for a 52-44 lead. Longwood tried to rally but hurt its cause with a pair of turnovers in the final minute. Longwood fell to 3-7.

More: Connecticut's Amida Brimah couldn't be stopped against Coppin State, finishing with a game-high 40 points as the Huskies rolled to a 106-85 victory over the visiting Eagles. The 7-foot-2 center went 13-for-13 from the field, nine of which were dunks, and hit 12 of 16 free throws. Brimah added 12 rebounds to complete his doubledouble. Guard Ryan Boatright helped Connecticut (4-3) outside by making four 3-pointers and finishing with 22 points as the Huskies ended a three-game losing streak. Coppin State (1-9) couldn't match up inside with the Huskies, who held a 45-24 edge in rebounding and got a number of high-percentage shots from in close. The Eagles had few problems on offense, led by forward Arnold Fripp (25 points) and guard Christian Kessee (22 points). But Coppin State allowed the Huskies to score over 50 points in both halves. … In his first action of the season, former Maryland signee Trayvon Reed had four fouls, a block and no points in eight minutes for Auburn during a 72-61 loss to Clemson.

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