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State basketball roundup (Jan. 14): Walker's 43 lift Loyola men over Lafayette

Andre Walker scored a career-high 43 points to help the Loyola Maryland men's basketball team beat visiting Lafayette, 83-77, on Sunday.

Walker, a senior, was 16-for-26 shooting with six 3-pointers to top his previous high of 35 set against Boston University last season. He was one point shy of tying the program's single-game record by Jim Lacy (1948) and Joel Hittleman (1954). Walker also had six rebounds and four steals.

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Walker moved into 11th on Loyola's scoring list, passing Bob Connor (1967-1971) and B.J. Pendleton (1991-1995).

Isaiah Hart added 15 points with a career-high seven assists and Cam Gregory had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Loyola (5-12, 3-3 Patriot League). The Greyhounds shot 56 percent from the field but were just 9-for-19 from the free-throw line.

Matt Klinewski led Lafayette (4-13, 2-4) with 25 points. Alex Petrie and Justin Jaworski each added 14 points. Petrie tied it at 53 with 12:30 left but Walker scored 17 of Loyola's next 19 points for a 72-58 lead at the 5:59 mark.

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Navy 70, Army West Point 44: The host Mids outscored the Black Knights 60-34 over the final three quarters, pulling away with a 24-point third quarter during which they shot 83.3 percent (10-for-12) from the field.

Navy (14-3, 4-2 Patriot League) has won four of its first six league games, owns a three-game conference winning streak, is 10-0 at home, and hosts Lafayette on Wednesday.

"In the Patriot League, everyone defends everyone better; we haven't been scoring as much," Navy coach Stefanie Pemper said. "We had those two losses in a row, now we have some wins. We're just trying to keep getting better in how we play. I am glad we found a way to get some points on the board.

"We think we're a team that can compete for a championship."

Kaila Clark scored a career-high 21 points, including 12 in the second half, and added seven rebounds.

"Winning is definitely better than losing. We're getting our mojo back," said Clark, who made 10 of 16 shots from the field.

Clark, Taylor Dunham and Hannah Fenske combined to score 55 points for Navy, which beat Army (9-8, 2-4) by at least 20 points for the first time since February 2001. Dunham scored 20 points, hitting all four of her 3-pointers in the second half. Fenske had 14 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers to open the second half, which began a game-clinching 22-8 run. Fenske added eight assists and five rebounds. Bianca Roach contributed six assists.

Playing without starting senior guard Jenae McNeal, the Black Knights still had plenty of firepower in forwards Aliyah Murray and Madison Hovren, the Patriot League's preseason pick as Player of the Year. Navy effectively defended both players — with Clark and Laurel Jaunich playing major roles.

"Our defense had to do a pretty good job on [Murray and Hovren] for us to do well," Pemper said. "We were trying to post them and make [Hovren] shoot over us and give her things to think about."

Hovren scored a season-low five points, making only two of 13 shots from the field. She grabbed 11 rebounds, but grew more frustrated as the game went on.

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"They definitely got frustrated and it affected them. They ended up not happy with the way they played," said Jaunich, who finished with a career-high nine rebounds and two blocked shots. "Since I am known for my rebounding and defense, I wanted to make an impact on defense."

Murray had 11 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to give Army the offensive lift it needed. Libby Tacka finished as the Knights' leading scorer with 12 points.

— John P. Evans III,

Baltimore Sun Media Group

Lafayette 65, Loyola Maryland 54: Stephanie Karcz scored a game-high 23 points and Ashley Hunter had her first double double with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, but the visiting Greyhounds (3-14, 1-5 Patriot League) fell to the Leopards (7-9, 3-3).

Karcz also added five steals and seven rebounds for Loyola.

Natalie Kucowski had 18 points and nine rebounds for Lafayette.

Delaware 51, Towson 49: Abby Gonzales hit a 3-pointer with 10.7 seconds remaining to give the Blue Hens (11-5, 4-1 Colonial Athletic Association) the lead for good, 49-47, and their fourth straight victory.

Mary Cuevas and Danielle Durjan led the Tigers (7-10, 2-4) with 15 points each.

Raine Bankston added six steals and Nukiya Mayo had eight rebounds for Towson, which had won two straight games.

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