State hoops: Navy men edged by Boston University, 62-59
From Sun staff reports|
Feb 05, 2015 | 3:21 AM
Eric Fanning spotted up on the right wing for his only 3-point attempt of the game with six seconds left and made it, then blocked a final shot to finish with 20 points as host Boston University defeated Navy, 62-59, in men's college basketball Wednesday night.
Fanning, a sophomore, sent Navy's Will Kelly sprawling on his game-winning shot, scoring 20 or more for the third straight game as Boston University (9-13, 5-6 Patriot League) ended a three-game skid.
Navy (8-15, 4-7) had battled back from 10 points down and led 59-58 with just over a minute left when Worth Smith stole the ball and ran for a layup. Fanning hit the second of two free throws with 1:06 left, tying the score at 59.
Smith was called for a double dribble, setting up Boston University's final possession. Navy's Zach Fong, getting his first start in place of Brandon Venturini (ankle), hit five 3-pointers for 15 points. Smith added 14.
Northeastern 69, Towson 62: Scott Eatherton scored 15 points and grabbed four rebounds as the host Huskies (16-8, 8-3 Colonial Athletic Association) took an early lead and held it to beat the Tigers (11-13, 4-7).
T.J. Williams finished with 15 points and seven assists for Northeastern. David Walker added 13. The team hit 71.4 percent from the field and six of seven from beyond the arc.
Northeastern jumped to a 21-10 lead midway through the first period and had a 39-26 advantage at the break.
In the second half, Williams made a 3-pointer to extend the Huskies' lead to 55-38, with 11:49 to play. Bryon Hawkins tried to rally Towson over the next three minutes — making a 3-pointer and a jumper — but the Tigers were hampered by poor shooting (39.6 percent) and could not close the gap.
Hawkins led Towson with 11 points.
American 64, Loyola Maryland 49: John Schoof scored 15 points and the host Eagles (13-10, 6-5 Patriot) rolled past the Greyhounds (9-13, 5-6).
American has won two straight since ending a three-game losing streak, and is tied with Lafayette and Lehigh for third place in the league.
Schoof, who shot 4-for-5 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line, has 1,007 career points.
Jesse Reed scored 17 points and Charlie Jones 12 for American. Kevin Panzer finished with eight points, nine rebounds, six assists and two blocks.
Reed did not miss a shot in the first half, scoring 11 points in the first eight minutes to give American a 16-4 lead, and the Eagles led by double digits for all but eight seconds the rest of the way.
Navy 48, Boston University 40: The host Mids (13-9, 7-4 Patriot) won their second straight as Chloe Stapleton scored 11 points.
The Terriers fell to 4-18, 1-10. Navy was in control, leading for nearly 27 minutes and by as many as 13 points. The lead changed twice.
Clodagh Scannell had a game-high 14 points for Boston University.
The Terriers shot 38.3 percent overall and improved in the second half to 41.7 percent from the field. Navy was limited to 35 percent shooting but shot a 5-for-11 in the first half from beyond the arc.
American 55, Loyola Maryland 44: The host Greyhounds (6-16, 4-7 Patriot) rallied but fell short against the Eagles (14-8, 9-2).
Colleen Marshall led Loyola with 13 points, while Jeneh Perry added 12 points and seven rebounds.
American was led by Jen Dumiak's 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Michelle Holmes also had a double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Loyola will return to action Saturday when it travels to Lehigh for a 2p.m. contest.
UMass-Lowell 84, UMBC 78: Capree Garner scored a season-high 31 points, and the host Retrievers (7-15, 2-7 America East) shaved a 23-point deficit to three late in the game, but fell to the River Hawks (10-12, 4-6).
Garner's effort was the 21st 30-point performance in school history and the first since Michelle Kurowski scored 30 against Binghamton in January 2011.
UMBC trailed 49-26 with a minute to play in the first half and 49-30 at the break. Paced by Garner's seven points, the Retrievers scored the first 11 points of the second half in just 3:52 to close within 49-41.
The visiting River Hawks steadied themselves after a bevy of early second-half miscues and restored the lead to 55-45 on a layup by Kayla Gibbs with 12:32 remaining. But UMBC made another push, outscoring UMass Lowell 14-7 and coming within 62-59 on a layup by sophomore guard Emily Russo (Glenelg) with eight minutes to play.