Half-court buzzer-beater lifts Goretti boys past Loyola

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Half-court shot lifts Goretti boys to win

With 1.9 seconds left, Gavin Rajahpillay (nine points) dribbled to half-court and launched a 45-foot running floater that beat the buzzer to lift the host St. Maria Goretti boys basketball team over Loyola, 54-53, on Sunday. The Dons (9-7) took their first lead, 49-47, since the first half on a 3-pointer by Matt Dunn with 1:28 left. But Loyola shot 2-for-6 from the foul line in the final 55.9seconds to allow the Gaels (10-6) to stay in the game. In the first quarter, Dan Vigus (13points) scored seven points to fuel a 9-2 run for a 14-11 lead. Goretti used four 3-pointers in the second quarter to take a 27-26 lead at the half. Rajahpillay made layups to close the first half and open the second, and a 7-2 run gave the Gaels a 42-34 lead to end the third. Loyola's patient offense battled back in the closing minutes of the fourth behind Mitch Cross' 3-for-3 effort from the line to tie the game at 44 with 3:21 left. A putback by Jordan Floyd (15 points) and a 3-pointer by Dunn gave Loyola the lead.

Running: The hosts of Running Maryland's "The Runaroud" will talk to Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck) in a phone interview during the first installment of the show today at 5 p.m. on 1300 AM. Last year, Centrowitz won the NCAA and U.S. national titles in the 1,500 meters and took bronze in the event at the world championships. Centrowitz will discuss the highlights of the 2011 track season, his plans and goals for this year, training for the London Olympics and the stresses of turning pro, among other topics.

Men's college basketball: After scoring a season-low 27 points Wednesday and tying a Division I record, Towson set a new one by shooting 31 percent and falling to host Old Dominion, 75-38, on Saturday night. The Tigers (0-16, 0-4 Colonial Athletic Association) now have sole possession of the NCAA Division I record for consecutive losses with 35. New Jersey Institute of Technology set the overall record of 51, but did it when transitioning from Division II to Division I.

Pro basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers (1-3) earned their first win in franchise history with a 131-108 victory Saturday over the Manhattan Pride (0-4) in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League. Guard Terry Hosley (Maryland Bible) led the Shuckers with 23 points, guard Adrian Bowie (Maryland) scored 21, forward Jamarr Johnson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and forward Danny Quinn (Archbishop Spalding/Towson) added 11 points and 13 rebounds. The win came in Bob Topp's debut as Shuckers head coach.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

D.C. United: Seattle Sounders FC has signed former United defender Marc Burch. Terms were not disclosed. Burch, 27, had been selected by Seattle during the Major League Soccer re-entry draft Dec.12. He had spent the past five seasons with United.

NHL: Patrick Marleau recorded a goal and two assists as the San Jose Sharks continued their home dominance over the Washington Capitals with a 5-2 win Saturday. Torrey Mitchell added a goal and an assist, and defensemen Jason Demers, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for San Jose, which improved to 11-0-1 against Washington at home since Dec. 2, 1995.

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