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State basketball roundup (Nov. 19): UMBC men fall to Colgate, 93-88

Jordan Burns made 12 of 15 shots for a career-high 26 points, Will Rayman hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points and the Colgate men's basketball team (2-1) rallied in the second half to beat visiting UMBC.

It was Colgate's most points since scoring 101 at the Citadel on Dec. 2 last season.

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Jairus Lyles had 26 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and four steals for the Retrievers (1-3). Arkel Lamar added 24 points and eight rebounds. The duo combined to make five of UMBC's 14 3-pointers and K.J. Maura hit all four of his attempts from beyond the arc.

Rutgers 64, Coppin State 39: Eugene Omoruyi came off the bench to score 19 points and add eight rebounds while Corey Sanders added another 13 points off the bench to lead the host Scarlet Knights (4-0) past the Eagles.

Coppin State jumped out to an 11-7 lead after back-to-back 3-pointers. Rutgers answered with a 10-0 run and never looked back, taking a 28-22 halftime lead.

Rutgers (4-0) continued to build on the lead to start the second half. The Eagles would get within nine at 43-34 at the 10:22 mark but Rutgers answered with a 13-0 run to put the game away.

Coppin State (0-5) was led by Tre Thomas, who scored 10 points off the bench.

"It was unbelievable effort. We are proud of our guys. We don't want them to hold their heads down," Eagles coach Juan Dixon said. "The score doesn't indicate what type of game it was. We fought hard."

Coppin State did not take a free throw until Thomas went to the line for a foul shot with 10:22 left in the game. It was the Eagles' only foul shot of the game.

Women

The Connecticut women's basketball team continued its run of blowing out ranked opponents, despite having its best shooter on the bench Sunday with a foot injury.

Kia Nurse scored 21 points to lead six UConn players in double figures as the top-ranked Huskies beat visiting No. 15 Maryland, 97-72.

UConn improved to 3-0, with every win coming by at least 25 points against Top 25 competition.

Gabby Williams had an unusual triple double for Connecticut: The senior had 15 points and 11 rebounds, but committed 10 turnovers. She also had five steals.

Two other Huskies had double doubles. Duke transfer Azura Stevens had 18 points and 12 rebounds. The 6-foot-6 forward made her first start for UConn in place of All-American Katie Lou Samuelson, who sprained her left foot in Friday night's game against California.

Maryland's Kaila Charles led all scorers. She had 29 points and 12 rebounds. Ieshia Small had 12 points and Brianna Fraser added 11 for the Terps (2-2), who lost last week to defending national champion South Carolina.

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"I thought we grew as a team," coach Brenda Frese said. "With a very inexperienced freshman-sophomore backcourt, to be able to force UConn into 25 turnovers I thought was extremely positive for our group. To be able to get 72 points up against the defense that they play, force 16 steals, some very positive things for our young team to be able to build off of."

The Huskies took control of the game early on, breaking a 7-7 tie by going on a 19-2 first-quarter run.

Nurse scored 14 points in the first half, going 4-for-5 from 3-point range as the Huskies built a 46-21 halftime lead. She finished 5-for-8 from beyond the arc.

UConn also dominated underneath, outrebounding Maryland 57-35 and outscoring the Terps in the paint 52-36.

Maryland fell to 0-7 against Connecticut. The Terps lost last year's matchup by just six points and were one of four teams that UConn didn't beat by double digits (Florida State, Tulane and Mississippi State were the others).

Charles' double double was her second this season and the fourth of her career.

"That's who she is," Frese said. "She wants the responsibility. She accepts it. You can see she's the only player who played all 40 minutes."

The Terps head home to play Howard on Tuesday night.

Pittsburgh 81, Towson 63: Yacine Diop scored 24 points to lead the host Panthers (3-1) over the Tigers (0-3).

Danielle Durjan led Towson with 17 points. Raine Bankston added 16 points and Etalyia chipped in 12 off the bench.

No. 16 Marquette 83, Loyola Maryland 63: Allazia Blockton scored 19 points and Erika Davenport added 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Golden Eagles (1-1) over the visiting Greyhounds.

Stephanie Karcz scored a career-best 27 points and had nine rebounds for Loyola Maryland (1-3). Alexis Gray added 13 points. Loyola committed 18 turnovers leading to 29 points.

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