State roundup: UMBC men top Kennesaw State

Cody Joyce (Southern) scored a season-high 21 points and the UMBC men's basketball team held host Kennesaw State to 15 points in the second half to win, 66-53, on Saturday at the KSU Convocation Center.

The win marks the second in a row for the Retrievers (2-9). The Owls fell to 4-8.


UMBC hit a season-high 54.2 percent of its shots from the field (26-for-48) and converted 11 of its final 12 free throws to pull away down the stretch.

Grad student Wayne Sparrow (St. Frances) added 15 points, including making nine of 10 second-half free throws.


The Retrievers outrebounded the Owls 36-28.

Jourdan Grant (Archbishop Spalding) added 11 points and five assists. Senior forward Devarick Houston, from nearby Jonesboro, Ga., had a successful homecoming in front of dozens of family members and friends, scoring eight points and adding six rebounds.

Trailing 38-37 at the break, UMBC opened the second half on a 14-5 run, leading 51-43 after a field goal by Joyce with 11:31 remaining. Kennesaw State scored the next two field goals and had another possession to cut the lead further, but Delbert Love missed a jumper, starting a drought of six consecutive empty possessions for the Owls.

Joyce hit a layup near the end of the shot clock to boost the Retrievers' lead back to 56-49 with 4:42 to play; the Owls got no closer.

American 46, Mount St. Mary's 45: Pee Wee Gardner made the game-winning basket with half a second remaining to lift the host Eagles (7-4) over the Mountaineers (3-6).

Andrew Smeathers and Gregory Graves each scored eight points to pace Mount St. Mary's.

The Mount rallied from a seven-point second-half deficit to take the lead late in the game. Trailing 39-32 with 7:02 left, the Mountaineers scored seven consecutive points to even the score.

Smeathers, playing his first game at Mount St. Mary's after transferring from Butler, hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to start the run. Graves added a pair of free throws, and Taylor Danaher's put-back evened the score at 39 with 4:37 left.


American's Marko Vasic hit a 3-pointer on the next possession, but Smeathers countered with one of his own to tie the game at 42 with 3:38 left.

Gardner's layup with 2:53 on the clock gave the Eagles a 44-42 lead, but the Mount's Khalid Nwandu came through with a 3-pointer with 2:23 left to give the Mount a 45-44 advantage.

The score remained the same from there until Gardner's game-winning basket. The Eagles missed a 3-pointer and a free throw ahead of a missed 3-pointer by Graves with 1:16 left. American turned the ball over with 54 seconds on the clock to give the Mount possession.

After a missed 3-pointer and free throw by the Mount, Gardner then converted a drive in the paint for the winning shot.

Manhattan 73, Morgan State 69: Shane Richards scored 20 points and the host Jaspers (3-7) broke a two-game losing streak with a scoring surge in the final minutes.

Manhattan shot 45 percent (9-for-20) from beyond the 3-point line and benefited from 19 turnovers by the Bears (2-10). Emmy Andujar had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds.


Cedric Blossom scored 18 points, and guard Blake Bozeman added 12 for Morgan State.

Neither team led by more than three points inside the final 9:36 until guard Torin Childs-Harris made a 3-pointer for a 65-61 Morgan State lead. Manhattan tied the game 13 seconds later with four straight free throws by Richards after a personal foul and technical foul called on Bozeman.

Guard Tyler Wilson's layup with 1:53 remaining, a Morgan State turnover and Andujar's offensive rebound put the Jaspers in front for good at 67-65. Manhattan made four free throws during the final 30 seconds.

La Salle 67, Towson 53: Jordan Price scored a season-high 31 points to lead the visiting Explorers (6-5) past the Tigers (7-4).

Jerrell Wright had 10 points for LaSalle, while center Steve Zack had 14 rebounds. The Explorers won for just the second time in seven games.

La Salle scored 24 points off 16 Towson turnovers.


Four McGlynn scored 14 points for the Tigers, who have lost three straight games for the first time in two seasons.

Loyola Maryland 59, Saint Peter's 48: The host Greyhounds (2-7) used a late 23-0 run to take their first lead of the game with 3:02 to play and held on for the win over the Peacocks (0-8), a former conference opponent.

Bri Betz-White led Loyola Maryland with a career-high 19 points, while Jeneh Perry added 15 points. Lauren Daugherty led all players with nine rebounds.

Saint Peter's (0-8), coached by former Greyhounds coach Pat Coyle, was led by Rebecca Sparks' 12 points.

Loyola will have a quick turnaround as it hosts Cornell on Monday at 2 p.m.

Chattanooga 55, Morgan State 40: The host Mocs (8-3) went on a 17-0 run over nearly 13 minutes in the second half to pull away from the Bears (2-9) at their Christmas Classic.


Chattanooga had two double-digit scorers to lead the way: Keiana Gilbert (19 points) and Jasmine Joyner (14 points). Braennan Farrar and Zuri White each scored seven points for Morgan State, which was held to 30percent shooting from the field.

The Mocs outscored the Bears 31-18 in the second half.

American 64, UMES 52: The Eagles (5-5) opened the second half with an 11-1 run and kept the host Hawks (4-6) at bay.

Jen Dumiak led the way for American, going 7-for-14 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line for a game-high 20 points. Ari Booth added 13 for the Eagles.

UMES opened with a 3-0 lead, and its final lead came on a layup by TeAmber Burke with 6:09 left in the first half. The Hawks fell behind 38 seconds later.