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State men: UMES falls to Villanova and ex-Gaels guard Booth, 81-44

Villanova forward Kris Jenkins pushes the ball upcourt against UMES during the second half.
Villanova forward Kris Jenkins pushes the ball upcourt against UMES during the second half. (Eric Hartline / USA Today Sports)

UMES couldn't stop a balanced attack and tenacious defense in its first-ever game against host Villanova (2-0) in an 81-44 loss Monday night.

Wildcats sophomore Kris Jenkins made a career-high 15 points, and juniors Daniel Ochefu and Dylan Ennis and senior Darrun Hilliard each scored 10 points against the Shore Hawks (0-2).

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Devin Martin led the Wildcats with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

UMES managed just 14 points and committed 13 turnovers over the first 20 minutes. The Hawks were just 5-for-20 from the field in the period and 2-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc.

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Villanova hit seven of its first 14 attempts from the field to grab a 23-8 lead less than eight minutes into the game.

The Wildcats' lead at halftime was 45-14. Villanova owned a 16-2 edge in points off turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

The Wildcats converted 29 of 51 field goals in the game, while UMES made just 13 of 38.

Ten Villanova players scored, including freshman Phil Booth (Mount Saint Joseph), whose seven points were the first of his career.

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Covenant 83, Goucher 69: Ben Phelps scored a career-high 17 points to lead three Scots in double figures as visiting Covenant won the first-ever meeting between the schools.

Twelve players scored for the Scots (1-1). Phelps was 6-for-8 from the field, including three 3-pointers. TJ Cox scored 14 points and had three steals, while Chris Boyd added 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks in the victory.

Covenant jumped out quickly on the Gophers (0-2) in the first half. A layup by Teron Ferguson with 15:18 left in the half gave the Scots an 11-3 lead, one they would not relinquish. The Scots went into halftime with a 49-20 lead. Covenant increased its lead to 57-24 after Ferguson made another layup with 16:43 left in the game.

Covenant shot 45.8 percent for the game and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. The Scots had 16 assists, led by three apiece from Colton McGriff and Daniel Garrett. Both teams had 41 rebounds.

Women

Catholic 66, St. Mary's College 47: Freshman guard Kerri Kline led the visiting Seahawks (0-2) with 12 points while sophomore center Nina Haller had nine points and a game-best nine rebounds, but it was not enough.

A jump shot by Haller with 8:34 left in the first half brought St. Mary's to within 18-17, but the score would never get as close for the rest of the game after Cardinals (2-0) sophomore guard Michelle DeSantis answered with a layup.

The Seahawks shot 38.1 percent from the field and committed 16 turnovers during the half. They trailed 25-20 at halftime after Catholic junior guard Jayni Webster scored five straight points.

The Cardinals started the second half with a 24-6 run from which the Seahawks wouldn't recover.

For the game, St. Mary's shot 32 percent from the field and 19 percent from beyond the arc.

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