State men: Towson gets road win over Coppin State, 81-79
By Sports Xchange
Jan 05, 2014 | 1:46 AM
Towson won for the first time on the road this season, beating Coppin State, 81-79, on Saturday at Coppin's Physical Education Complex.
The Tigers (9-6) were led by senior forward Jerrelle Benimon's 20 points.
The Eagles (4-10) lost for the sixth straight time since beginning the season 4-4.
Towson led from start to finish, holding a 37-31 halftime lead. But Coppin State, last in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in points allowed per game (79.1), hung around in the second half.
The Tigers opened a 13-point lead in the first half and led by as many as 14 in the second half. With about seven minutes left to play, however, the Eagles crept within 60-59 on a 3-point shot by sophomore guard Sterling Smith.
Benimon hit a 3-pointer with five minutes left, giving the Tigers a little cushion with a 66-60 lead. Towson sophomore guard Four McGlynn iced the game by making a pair of free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining. That gave Towson an 81-77 lead.
Virginia Military Institute 128, Washington College 54: QJPeterson scored a game-high 20 points and the Division I host Keydets (7-6) went on a 25-8 run in the first half and routed the visiting Shoremen (3-7).
Washington College trailed 17-10 with 15:16 left in the first half when VMI went on a 25-8 run to take a 42-18 lead with 9:15 to go in the first half. Tim Marshall sparked the run by scoring 10 of his team's 25 points. The Keydets took a 70-25 lead into halftime.
VMI outscored the Shoremen 58-20 to provide the final margin.
Kevin Cunningham led Washington College with 11 points and had nine rebounds.
Johns Hopkins 66, Valley Forge Christian 57: Jimmy Hammer had 19 points and the Blue Jays (5-6) held off a late rally by the Patriots (6-5) in the consolation game of the Juniata Invitational.
Hopkins led by as many as 11 points in the second half.
Hood 85, Elizabethtown 64: Matt Galloway and Cameron Cook (Calvert Hall) combined for 48 points, hitting six 3-pointers apiece to lead the host Blazers (8-3, 2-2 Commonwealth Conference) past the Blue Jays (4-7, 1-3).
The victory stretched the Blazers' winning streak to five straight, the longest for Hood since the 2011-12 season.
Galloway's shooting helped the Blazers build the lead in the first half, and Cook's shooting put the game out of reach in the second half.
Johnson C. Smith 84, Bowie State 73: Ray Gatling had 15 points, but the Bulldogs (6-7, 0-2 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) fell behind in the second half to the host Golden Bulls (10-2, 2-0).
Christopher Newport 72, Frostburg State 59: The host Captains (10-1, 3-0 CAC) took control in the second half and led by as many as 13 points.
Jabari Kamau had 19 points for the Bobcats (0-10, 0-4).
Penn State Mont Alto 65, McDaniel 62: Andrew Merlo hit four straight free throws after a technical foul to pull the visiting Green Terror (7-4) within one with six seconds remaining. A second later, Bobby Ingram made two free throws and the Lions (12-0) won.