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State basketball roundup (Jan. 15): Lyles' 35 lift UMBC over Hartford, 78-56

Jairus Lyles scored a season-high 35 points to help host UMBC beat Hartford, 78-56, on Monday night.

Lyles eclipsed the 30-point mark for the third time this season and seventh of his career. He was 12-for-20 from the field, including 6-for-11 from distance. The Retrievers made 50 percent of their shots with 12-for-29 shooting from 3-point range.

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Joe Sherburne added 13 points and Jourdan Grant 12 for UMBC (13-7, 4-1 America East), which won its ninth straight home game. Nolan Gerrity grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds.

UMBC ended the first half on a 7-0 run for a 31-20 lead behind Lyles' 14 points.

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Jason Dunne led Hartford (10-9, 3-2) with 22 points.

The Hawks were held to 34.5 percent shooting for the game.

Both teams were coming off hot-shooting games. UMBC knocked down 16 of 25 3-pointers in its 89-62 victory at UMass Lowell, while Hartford made 18 of 23 in a 97-65 home win against Binghamton.

Freshman forward Alex King led the way as Army pretty much led wire-to-wire in beating Navy before a sellout crowd at Alumni Hall.

North Carolina Central 77, Morgan State 63: Raasean Davis had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Pablo Rivas added 15 points and the host Eagles (10-8, 4-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) beat the Bears (7-11, 3-2).

Morgan State led 18-8 after the opening seven minutes, but NCCU went on a 23-2 run — with seven points by Davis. It was tied at 43 early in the second half until Davis scored five straight during a 10-0 run and the Eagles' lead didn't dip below eight points the rest of the way.

Jordan Perkins had 12 points and six assists for NCCU, which has won six straight.

The Eagles entered leading the league by holding their opponents to 69.1 points per game. NCCU, which also sits atop the league in rebounding at 36.5, outrebounded the Bears 44-32.

Tiwian Kendley made 13 of 16 free throws and scored 26 points for Morgan State.

The Bears were 19-for-27 at the free-throw line and 4-for-14 from 3-point range.

North Carolina A&T 60, Coppin State 47: The host Aggies (10-8, 3-0 MEAC) pulled away during the second half despite 11 points, five rebounds and four assists by Karonn Davis of the Eagles (1-19, 1-4).

South Carolina State 66, UMES 62: Damani Applewhite and Janai Rayner-Powell had 13 points each and the host Bulldogs (7-12, 3-1 MEAC) beat the Hawks (5-15, 1-4) for their third straight win.

Frost led the Hawks with 16 points, Logan McIntosh scored 13 and Cameron Bacote added 10.

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After two straight victories, the Mids returned home Sunday and turned in one of their best performances of the season in routing archrival Army, 70-44.

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Hartford 65, UMBC 54: Allison McGrath scored 10 of her season-high 13 points in the fourth quarter for the visiting Retrievers (2-16, 1-4 America East), but the Hawks (12-6, 4-1) used a 14-0 fourth-quarter run to stay in front.

North Carolina A&T 64, Coppin State 63: Alexus Lessears made a jump shot with four seconds left to lead the host Aggies (8-7, 3-0 MEAC) over the Eagles (3-14, 2-3).

Genesis Lucas scored 22 points and Chance Graham added 20 for Coppin State.

North Carolina Central 60, Morgan State 57: Alyssa Thompson scored 14 points and Paulina Afriyie added 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the host Eagles (5-12, 3-1 MEAC) over the Bears (10-8, 3-2).

Tykyrah Williams had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Adre'onia Coleman added 11 points for Morgan State, which lost its second straight.

LIU Brooklyn 53, Mount St. Mary's 48: The visiting Mountaineers (6-11, 3-3 Northeast Conference) whittled a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to two but fell short against the Blackbirds (7-9, 3-2).

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