State hoops: Cephas' late 3-pointer lifts Coppin State men to 77-74 win

Taariq Cephas scored 18 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final seconds, and the Coppin State men's basketball team edged South Carolina State, 77-74, on Saturday.

The host Eagles (5-18, 4-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) led by 15 points two minutes into the second half. The Bulldogs (9-16, 6-4) went on a 10-0 run, which included eight straight points by Edward Stephens, and closed to 59-58 with 11:08 remaining. Six lead changes and two ties followed, and with 25 seconds left, Cephas made a 3-pointer to give Coppin State a 76-74 advantage.


Coppin State got all but 11 points from four players — Sterling Smith scored 18, Arnold Fripp had 17 and Dallas Gary 13. Cephas finished 5-for-7 from the field and 4-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Stephens led South Carolina State, tying his career high with 26 points.


Morgan State 67, Savannah State 57: Cedric Blossom had 26 points and nine rebounds to lift the host Bears (5-18, 3-6 MEAC) over the Tigers (5-17, 1-7).

Blossom, of Columbia, finished 9-for-15 from the field and hit eight of nine free throws. Rasean Simpson contributed 16 points and nine rebounds for Morgan State, which controlled the boards 43-24 and held a 23-13 advantage in made free throws to halt a three-game skid.

Lehigh 69, Loyola Maryland 63: Tim Kempton scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Mountain Hawks (13-10, 7-5 Patriot League) over the host Greyhounds (9-14, 5-7).

Justin Goldsborough contributed 13 points while Jesse Chuku and Kahron Ross had 11 and 10, respectively, for Lehigh, which shot 51.1 percent on 47 attempts from the field and held a 17-8 advantage in made free throws.


Eric Laster led Loyola with 16 points, Barnard had 14 and Andre Walker 10.

New Hampshire 80, UMBC 46: Matt Miller scored 16 points, Jacoby Armstrong added 14 and the host Wildcats (14-10, 7-4 America East Conference) rolled past the Retrievers (3-20, 1-9).

New Hampshire shot 59 percent overall, including 10-for-17 from 3-point range. Miller made three of five shots from beyond the arc.

Cody Joyce scored 14 points for UMBC, which fell behind 41-18 in the first half.

James Madison 63, Towson 61: Ron Curry hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Dukes the win over the host Tigers.

Curry's shot from the top of the key hit the front rim, then went off the backboard and in, giving him a career-high 27 points.

Yohanny Dalembert and Joey McLean added 14 apiece for James Madison (14-11, 7-5 Colonial Athletic Association).

John Davis had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Towson (11-14, 4-8).

Mount St. Mary's 63, Central Connecticut State 46: Chris Martin hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points to help the visiting Mountaineers (11-12, 7-5 Northeast Conference) past the Blue Devils (3-22, 1—11) for the fifth straight time.

5-foot-5 Junior Robinson, the shortest player in Division I this season, scored 13 points for Mount Saint Mary's, and Byron Ashe had 11.

Hampton 64, UMES 61: Reginald Johnson scored 21 points, including four of the Pirates' final five in the last 1:11, to help host Hampton win.

With the game tied at 58 with little more than a minute left, Johnson made a layup and one of two at the free-throw line to give Hampton (9-14, 5-5 MEAC) a three-point lead. After Mike Myers cut the lead to two for UMES with a free throw, Johnson hit one of two again. The Hawks had a final opportunity to tie, but Devin Martin missed from long range.

Myers led UMES (13-12, 6-4) with 18 points.


UMBC 69, New Hampshire 55: Taylor McCarley scored a career-high 29 points and set a school record by making 17 free throws as the host Retrievers (8-15, 3-7 America East) rallied in the second half to win.

McCarley went 17-for-21 from the free-throw line to break the record of 16 set by Katie Brooks on Nov. 21, 2008. The Wildcats fell to 14-9, 6-5.

Lehigh 75, Loyola Maryland 61: The host Mountain Hawks (16-6, 8-4 Patriot) took a 40-24 halftime lead that the Greyhounds (6-17, 4-8) could not overcome.

Lehigh's Lexi Martins had a game-high 21 points. Jeneh Perry had 12 points for Loyola Maryland.

Savannah State 72, Morgan State 58: Kenyata Hendrix scored a game-high 20 points and Bria Dorsey added 19 as the visiting Tigers (11-10, 6-3 MEAC) beat the Bears (8-13, 5-4).

South Carolina State 68, Coppin State 58: The host Eagles (3-17, 2-7 MEAC) saw their eight-point halftime lead evaporate in the second half because of 26.3 percent shooting from the field.

The Tigers improved to 13-8, 6-4.

Army 58, Navy 46: Kelsey Minato scored a game-high 23 points as the Black Knights (17-5, 9-3 Patriot) won the Star Game.

Justice Swett had 13 points for the Midshipmen (13-10, 7-5). Army outscored Navy 33-22 in the second half.

Central Connecticut State 60, Mount St. Mary's 49: The visiting Mount (7-15, 5-6 NEC) trailed the Blue Devils (14-8, 10-1) by 10 points with four minutes left and cut the deficit to 52-49 before Central Connecticut scored the final eight points.

Jacqueline Brewer scored a game-high 19 points for the Mountaineers.

Hampton 71, UMES 43: The visiting Hawks (7-13, 4-6 MEAC) trailed 40-14 at halftime en route to their second straight loss.

Mali Tate-Defreitas had a game-high 23 points for the Pirates (11-11, 7-2).