State men's basketball roundup: UNC Wilmington able to fend off Towson, 73-69

Addison Spruill scored 26 points to help visiting UNC Wilmington hold off a spirited upset bid by Towson, 73-69, on Saturday.

The Seahawks (16-11, 11-5 Colonial Athletic Association) bounced back after losing to Delaware, 70-59, on Thursday night, and remain in first place.


The Tigers (12-17, 5-11) led 56-55 with 4:58 remaining. Wilmington answered with a 5-0 surge before Towson tied it at 61 with 2:10 left. Spruill scored four points and Jordon Talley shot 6-for-6 from the line to give the Seahawks a 71-67 lead with 10 seconds left. The Tigers' John Davis scored a layup, and Spruill made a pair of free throws to seal it.

Spruill was 8-for-16 from the field and 10-for-11 from the line. Craig Ponder added 11 points, and Talley finished with 10.


Mike Morsell had 19 points to lead Towson.

UMBC 73, Maine 66: Cody Joyce led five scorers in double figures with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting to lift the host Retrievers (4-23, 2-12 America East) over the Black Bears (3-24, 2-12).

Will Darley finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, and Malcolm Brent added 15 points for UMBC, which ended a seven-game losing streak. Both of the Retrievers' conference wins this season are against Maine.

A layup by Aaron Calixte for the Black Bears cut the UMBC lead to 63-61 with 1:42 left, but Jourdan Grant answered with a layup, and the Retrievers finished 8-for-8 at the foul line to put the game away.

UMBC hit 19 of its 21 free throws overall and shot 50percent from the field. All four of its wins have come when shooting above 50 percent.

Mount St. Mary's 75, Fairleigh Dickinson 64: Byron Ashe tied his career high with 24 points to help the host Mountaineers (14-13, 10-6 Northeast Conference) beat the Knights (7-20, 2-14).

Ashe has scored 24, 23 and 24 in his past three games, including 16 in the second half against Fairleigh Dickinson.

Stephan Jiggetts led the Knights (7-20, 2-14) with 17 points. Mustafaa Jones added 15 and Darian Anderson 13.


North Carolina Central 74, Morgan State 59: Jordan Parks had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Nimrod Hilliard added 19 points with seven assists to lead the host Eagles (21-6, 13-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) past the Bears (7-20, 5-8).

Parks shot 9-for-14 from the field, Hilliard made eight of 13 field goals and Anthony McDonald chipped in nine points for North Carolina Central as the Eagles clinched at least a tie for the regular-season conference championship.

Norfolk State 99, Coppin State 81: RaShid Gaston posted a double double, scoring a career-best 30 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, as the Spartans (17-11, 10-3 MEAC) beat the Eagles (6-21, 5-9).

Gaston finished with 11-for-15 shooting from the field and made eight of nine from the line for Norfolk State. D'Shon Taylor added 23 points and eight rebounds, Malik Thomas had 21 points, and Jeffrey Short chipped in 13.

UMES 68, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 56: Devin Martin scored 22 points, Michael Myers added 17 and the visiting Hawks beat the Bulldogs.

UMES (16-13, 9-5 MEAC) avenged a Jan. 19 overtime loss to South Carolina State, clinching a winning record for the first time since the 1993-94 season. It was the Hawks' 10th road win of the season.


The Bulldogs (10-18, 7-6) were led by freshman guard Ed Stephens with 22 points on 7-for-8 shooting.

UMES led by as many as nine in the first half, but it was tied at 51 with 9:19 to go when UMES went on a 5-0 spurt to go up 56-51 with 6:09 left.

Martin made a 3-pointer with 4:16 left to put UMES up 60-53.

UMES led 41-34 at the break as Myers had 13 points before intermission. The Hawks turned 19 SCSU turnovers into 18 points.