Rassman lifts Loyola Md. to narrow overtime win in men's basketball

Junior forward Franz Rassman scored with one second remaining in overtime to lift Loyola Maryland to a 61-59 victory over Fairfield on Sunday at the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival at Barclays Center. Junior guard Tyler Hubbard scored 21 points to lead Loyola (4-7), which had lost three in a row. Freshman guard Andre Walker had 14 points and nine rebounds. Junior forward Marcus Gilbert scored 14 points to lead Fairfield (4-8). In a tight final seven minutes of regulation, the teams exchanged leads several times. The Stags went up 55-53 on two free throws by Gilbert with 1:30 remaining, but a layup by junior guard Eric Laster tied the game with 1:16 to go. The Greyhounds had a chance to win in regulation, but Walker missed two jumpers in the last five seconds. The game was tied at 59 when Rassman made a layup with one second remaining.

More Division I: Marquette's Luke Fischer finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots as the host Golden Eagles soared past Morgan State, 81-53. Fischer finished 6-of-6 from the field, and Juan Anderson added 14 points for Marquette (8-4), which shot 60.4 percent from the field. Cedric Blossom (Hammond) led the way with 21 points for Morgan State (2-11), which shot 32.3 percent overall. The Golden Eagles held the Bears scoreless for more than nine minutes in the first half en route to a commanding 37-17 lead at intermission. Morgan State trimmed the deficit to 15 early in the second half before Fischer converted a three-point play as part of a 9-0 burst to push the margin to 53-29. … Evansville took advantage of a road-weary Coppin State team and avoided a huge upset as the Purple Aces dropped the visiting Eagles, 85-80. Evansville (10-2) jumped out to a 45-30 lead during a high-scoring first half, but Coppin State wouldn't go away, taking a 69-68 lead with 4:12 left in the game. But the Purple Aces, behind a game-high 32 points from guard D.J. Balentine, regained the lead shortly after and pulled away to win. Guard Sterling Smith paced the Eagles (1-12) with 22 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Forward Arnold Fripp posted a doubledouble (13 points and 11 rebounds). … Mike Myers finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds and teammate Devon Walker added 21 points as visiting UMES defeated Duquesne, 78-69. Myers scored 18 of his points in the final 20 minutes to help the Hawks, who led most of the game, remain in command in the final minutes. UMES went just 6-24 last year but now is 7-8 and has won six of its past eight games. … Justin Goldsborough scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Lehigh rallied for a 58-55 victory over host UMBC. The Retrievers led for long stretches in the second half and were up 52-46 before Lehigh (6-5) scored 12 of the game's final 15 points. After falling behind, UMBC (2-10) cut the deficit to 56-55 when guard Wayne Sparrow (St. Frances) drilled a 3-pointer with 35.7 seconds remaining. Lehigh guard Corey Schaefer missed the front end of a one-and-one with 23.3 seconds, but the Retrievers turned the ball over three times in the final 7.9 seconds.


Women's college basketball

Hines-Allen leads Towson in win over George Mason


Towson used a balanced team effort to earn a 72-70 win over visiting George Mason. Four Tigers (4-7) scored in double figures, including redshirt senior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen and freshman guard Breonn Hughey, both of whom had doubledoubles. George Mason (8-5) got off to a quick start, with Jasmine Jackson's 3-pointer giving the Patriots an 8-2 lead less than three minutes into the game. Towson responded by scoring 19 of the next 24 points and had a 33-21 lead at halftime. The Patriots held a 55-34 advantage in rebounding but shot just 31.1 percent from the field; the Tigers finished 44.8 percent overall. Hines-Allen led the Tigers with 23 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth doubledouble of the year. Hughey had 11 points and 10 assists.

More Division I: Loyola Maryland fell to visiting George Washington, 72-49. Junior Jeneh Perry led all Greyhounds (2-9) with 13 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Bri Betz-White added 12 points. George Washington (10-2) started the game with three turnovers, helping Loyola to a 6-5 lead. After the break, however, the Colonials responded with a 17-2 run. … Coppin State closed its nonconference schedule with a 63-52 loss to visiting Virginia Commonwealth. Junior guard Janelle Lane's 17 points led the Eagles (1-10), her 13th career game and sixth this season with double-digit scoring. After taking a 34-30 lead into halftime, the Rams (8-4) went on a 9-0 run to start the second half and pull away.

Et cetera

No. 3 Mount St. Joseph boys basketball wins big in Del.

Nigel Jackson scored 17 points, including 15 after halftime, to lead the No. 3 Mount Saint Joseph boys basketball team past St. Georges (Del.), 63-47, at the Slam Dunk to the Beach in Lewes, Del. Darryl Morsell added 12 points for the Gaels, while Randy Miller had 11.

College football: Navy senior guard Jake Zuzek, senior fullback Noah Copeland, senior linebacker Jordan Drake, junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds and junior defensive end Will Anthony were named to Phil Steele's All-Independent team.

Women's college bowling: Bowie State was ranked sixth in the National Tenpin Coaches Association's first-ever Division II/Division III national poll.

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