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State basketball roundup (Feb. 27): Champion helps Loyola advance in Patriot League tournament

Chuck Champion gave host Loyola Maryland the lead in the closing minutes and extended the lead in the final seconds as the ninth-seeded Greyhounds won 82-79 over Army West Point on Tuesday.

Loyola (9-21) took the lead, 67-66, for good on a Champion jumper with 5:20 left to play. The Greyhounds led by as many as seven points the rest of the way, but the Black Knights (13-17) cut the lead to 80-79 with 11 seconds left.

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Champion (13 points) made two free throws with six seconds left for the final score. Tommy Funk's desperation 3-pointer for Army was off the mark. Loyola advances to play at top-seeded Bucknell in Thursday's quarterfinal.

The Greyhounds shot 65.4 percent from the field in the second half and made seven of its last eight field goals Andrew Kosetcka scored 20 points, and Andre Walker had 13 of his 19 after halftime for Loyola and KaVaughn Scott added 10 with eight rebounds.

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Funk finished with a game-high 21 points for the Black Knights.

UMBC 62, Hartford 53: Senior guard K.J. Maura (San Juan, P.R.) scored a career-high 25 points as the visiting Retrievers (21-10, 12-4) earned the second seed in the America East playoffs.

The 21 wins matches last year's total and is tied for the second-most in school history. Hartford's four-game winning streak was halted and the Hawks fell to 18-12 overall and 11-5 in the conference.

UMBC will host seventh-seeded UMass Lowell in the America East quarter-finals on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

The 5'8" Maura tied his career best with six treys, knocking down 6-of-9 from distance and 8-of-12 overall. He connected on his first two free throws of the night to break UMBC's record for consecutive free throws made with 33.

Junior forward Joe Sherburne added 13 points for the victors and graduate student guard Jarius Lyles had 10 points and a game-high five assists.

Women

Bowie State 56, Shaw 37:Kyah Proctor scored 19 points to lead the Bulldogs (18-8) past the Bears (6-23) in the first round of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament in Charlotte, N.C. Bowie State led by nine to start the fourth quarter and held off Shaw's rally.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

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