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State basketball roundup (Nov. 22): Towson men hand Georgia Southern first loss in Gulf Coast title game

ESTERO, FLA. — Mike Morsell scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds and Towson edged previously unbeaten Georgia Southern 70-67 in the Gulf Coast Showcase on Wednesday night.

Eddie Keith II made a three-point play to give Towson the lead for good, 63-62, with 1:25 to play. Morsell made a layup after that and Brian Starr sank three free throws in the final 25 seconds to help keep the Tigers (5-1) on top.

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Starr finished with 15 points, Deshaun Morman added 13 and Keith chipped in nine points and five rebounds.

The Tigers led 29-22 at halftime but Georgia Southern closed in late in the second half and Montae Glenn dunked and Mike Hughes sank two free throws to give the Eagles (5-1) a 59-55 edge with 4:43 left. A pair of Keith free throws and a 3 by Starr had the Tigers back up 60-59 with 2:41 remaining.

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Jake Allsmiller led the Eagles with 18 points. Glenn and Hughes added 11 apiece.

Women

Iowa 90, Morgan State 46: The Hawkeyes (5-0) used a 21-7 run in the second quarter to take control and beat the Bears (2-3) at the Puerto Rico Classic at Cardinal Gibbons in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Braennan Farrar had 13 points for Morgan State.

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Alaska Anchorage 69, UMES 59: The Hawks (1-3) took an 18-13 lead in the first quarter but faded as the host Seawolves (6-0) won a first-round game of the Great Alaska Shootout on Tuesday.

Bairesha Gill-Miles had 17 points for UMES, which faces Binghamton in today's consolation game at 4 p.m.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

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