State basketball roundup (Jan. 15): Lyles' 35 lift UMBC over Hartford, 78-56
From Sun staff reports|
Jan 16, 2018 | 3:00 AM
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.
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.
Jason Dunne led Hartford (10-9, 3-2) with 22 points.
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.
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.
By John Evans III
Jan 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM
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.