State men: Towson routs James Madison, 73-47

Five Tigers scored in double figures and the host Towson men's basketball team used a strong second-half performance to win, 73-47, over James Madison on Saturday.

The Tigers (10-9, 5-1 Colonial Athletic Association) have won six of their past seven and have a winning record after 19 games for the first time since the 1999-2000 season, in which the Tigers also started 10-9.

Towson led 31-28 at halftime and outscored the Dukes 42-19 in the second half, holding the visitors to 26.9 percent shooting.

Leading 47-36 with 9:50 left, the Tigers started to pull away when freshman Jerome Hairston and junior Mike Burwell connected on back-to-back 3-pointers 23 seconds apart to increase the lead to 53-36. From that point on, the Dukes were never closer than 15 points.

Jamel Flash gave the Tigers their largest lead of the game on a jumper with 53 seconds left for a 73-45 advantage.

Jerrelle Benimon, who recorded his NCAA-leading 13th double double of the season, posted 13 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Tigers. Bilal Dixon connected on four of eight shots from the field while scoring 13 points, with seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Hairston added 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting. He also made three of six shots from 3-point range.

Morgan State 80, Hampton 78: After shooting even more anemically than normal in the opening 20 minutes, the host Pirates (5-11, 2-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) heated up and erased a nine-point halftime deficit. However, Hampton's Jasper Williams missed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and Dewayne Jackson's game-high 24 points powered the Bears (5-9, 2-1) to victory.

Despite shooting just 26 percent (8-for-31) in the first half, the Pirates stayed in the game by going 14-for-14 from the free-throw line in the half (31-for-36 overall).

Mount St. Mary's 80, Central Connecticut State 75: Julian Norfleet and Xavier Owens each scored 18 points to help the visiting Mount (7-10, 2-4 Northeast Conference) beat the Blue Devils (7-10, 3-3).

Norfleet made a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 35 seconds left to give Mount the lead. The Mount made its free throws the rest of the way to win.

Norfolk State 75, Coppin State 68: Malcolm Hawkins had 19 points and the host Spartans (10-10, 5-0 MEAC) shot 20-for-24 from the foul line to beat the Eagles (4-15, 1-3).

UMES 58, Delaware State 53: Four Hawks finished in double figures, as UMES earned its first win of the season.

The Hawks (1-13, 1-1 MEAC), who made 30 of 40 free throws, led the entire game, with their largest lead of 15 points coming with 15:19 in the second half. Donald Williams II had a breakaway drive to the lane and finished with a dunk to capitalize on the steal by Ishaq Pitt.

Lincoln (Pa.) 66, Bowie State 64, OT: The host Bulldogs (7-9, 3-4 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) were outscored 12-10 in overtime.

Johns Hopkins 67, Dickinson 55: Jimmy Hammer had a career-high 22 points to lead the visiting Blue Jays (10-7, 6-4 Centennial) past the Red Devils (12-5, 7-3).

St. Mary's 59, Salisbury 50: Brendon McFall scored 16 points for the host Seahawks (16-2, 5-1 Capital Athletic Conference) and the Sea Gulls (12-6, 3-2) never got closer than two points. Travon Vann had 17 points for Salisbury.

Franklin & Marshall 71, McDaniel 58: The host Diplomats (14-3, 9-1 Centennial Conference) built a 40-21 halftime lead en route to defeating the Green Terror (10-7, 4-6).

Muhlenberg 77, Washington College 48: A big run to open the second half gave the host Mules (10-7, 6-4 Centennial) control. The Shoremen fell to 2-15, 2-8.

Arcadia 77, Stevenson 75: Christian Roberts had a game-high 19 points, but the visiting Mustangs (9-7, 3-7 Middle Atlantic Conference) fell to the Scarlet Knights (11-6, 6-4).

Drew 65, Goucher 60: Trae Lindsay (Patapsco) had 12 points in a losing effort by the host Gophers (5-11, 3-3 Landmark Conference).

Messiah 66, Hood 52: The visiting Blazers (10-6, 4-5 MAC) were outscored by 13 in the second half.

Justin Bowens had 12 points for Hood.

Marymount 71, Frostburg State 53: The loss ended a two-game winning streak by the Bobcats (7-11, 2-4 CAC).

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