State hoops (Jan. 24): Mount St. Mary's men team alone in first after beating FDU
From Sun staff and news services|
Jan 25, 2016 | 12:22 AM
Gregory Graves scored 22 points and Mount St. Mary's beat host Fairleigh Dickinson, 87-72, on Sunday to move into sole possession of first place in the Northeast Conference.
The Mountaineers (9-12, 6-2) started with an 18-2 run and kept their lead in double figures the rest of the game. The Mount led 44-25 at halftime.
Chris Wray and BK Ashe added 14 points each and Taylor Danaher had 11 points for the Mountaineers, who were 24-for-28 at the free-throw line.
Marques Townes had career highs of four 3-pointers and 26 points for Fairleigh Dickinson (9-10, 5-3), which committed 24 turnovers and fell into a second-place tie with Wagner (12-7, 5-3), which lost to visiting Sacred Heart, 67-58.
Vermont (12-9, 4-2 America East) shot over 58 percent, including 9-for-21 on 3-point attempts.
UMBC (5-16, 1-5) was led by Jairus Lyles with a career-high 32 points on 11-for-20 from the field. He was 5-for-7 beyond the arc with five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) added 13 points.
UMBC led 66-63 with 4:40 to go, but Steidl hit a 3-pointer to spark a 10-1 run for Vermont. Lyles made a 3-pointer with 1:16 left to trim the Retrievers' deficit to three, but Cam Ward responded with a 3-point play.
Hofstra 64, Towson 60: Asia Jackson scored 20 points off the bench and the Pride (15-3, 6-1 Colonial Athletic Association) used an 8-0 run late in the fourth quarter to defeat the visiting Tigers (5-13, 2-5).