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State hoops roundup (Nov. 21): Coppin State men fall to Ball State late, lose sixth in a row

Tayler Persons scored 19 points, including the game-winning three-point play, and had 10 assists to help the Ball State men's basketball team defeat Coppin State, 79-77, in Las Vegas on Monday.

Keith Shivers' basket with 43 seconds left gave Coppin State (0-6) its only lead of the game at 77-76 before Persons converted his three-point play with 28 seconds remaining.

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Trey Moses then blocked a shot by Shivers, and the Cardinals' Sean Sellers got the rebound and was fouled. Sellers missed two free throws, however, giving the Eagles a final chance, but Dejuan Clayton missed a contested, left-handed layup as time ran out.

All of Persons' points came in the second half. Moses pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds to go with five assists, four blocks and four points. Sellers added 16 points for Ball State (3-2).

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The game was part of the MGM Grand Main Event "middleweight division."

Shivers had a career-high 26 points and nine rebounds.

Chris Wray had 21 points and 10 rebounds and his dunk with a second left in overtime lifted Mount St. Mary's over host George Mason, 78-76, on Friday night.

Southern Illinois 73, Mount St. Mary's 63: Armon Fletcher scored a career-high 19 points, Thik Bol added a career-high 16 points with 12 rebounds, and the Salukis (3-2) rallied to beat the visiting Mountaineers (1-4) for their third straight win.

Trailing 36-35 after eight first-half lead changes, SIU rallied to a 42-39 lead on Leo Vincent's 3-pointer, then pulled ahead 48-41 on Aaron Cook's 3 with 11:48 left in the second half.

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Junior guard Junior Robinson led the Mountaineers with 18 points and made four of eight 3-pointers. Will Miller finished with 15 points, and Elijah Long (John Carroll) added 11.

Women

Pittsburgh 74, Loyola Maryland 44: The host Panthers (4-0) outscored the Greyhounds 21-2 in the second quarter and went on to a commanding nonconference win.

Loyola (2-3) freshman guard Alexis Gray scored nine of her team-high 11 points in the first quarter, including three 3-pointers. Her 11 points also were a career high.

Bowie State 58, Puerto Rico-Bayamon 51: The host Bulldogs won their second straight game and improved to 3-1 on the year after edging the Liga Atletica Interuniversitaria de Puerto Rico school.

Jarius Lyles scored 29points on 11-for-19 shooting and sparked a late run that helped host UMBC rally to beat Kennesaw State, 93-85, on Saturday.

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Senior Denver Clyde (North County) had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and junior Kyah Proctor added 10 points to lead Bowie State against Puerto Rico-Bayamon (2-3).

North Carolina State 77, UMES 58: A lopsided first quarter sent the Hawks to their second loss in four games.

UMES senior guard Mariah McCoy finished with a game-high 24 points and had six 3-pointers, while Chelsea Nelson had 19 points for the Wolfpack (4-0), which outscored the Hawks 19-7 in the opening period.

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