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State basketball roundup (March 1): Bucknell turns back challenge from Loyola; Morgan, Coppin fall

Zach Thomas notched his 14th double-double of the season with 27 points and 11 rebounds and top-seeded Bucknell survived upset-minded No. 8 seed Loyola Maryland, 83-78, on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League men's basketball tournament.

The host Bison (23-9) move on to a semifinal matchup against No. 5 seed Boston University. The Terriers (15-15) ousted No. 4 seed Lehigh 88-82.

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Bucknell made 27 of 38 free-throw attempts, compared to a 5-of-12 effort from the Greyhounds (9-22).

Delaware State 87, Morgan State 80: The host Hornets (4-27, 2-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference ) led by as many as 19 points in the second half and beat the Bears (11-18, 7-9).

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Tiwian Kendley and Martez Cameron each scored 16 points for Morgan State.

Howard 78, Coppin 71: Karonn Davis had a career-night in the final home game of his career but it was not enough as the Coppin State  dropped its regular season finale to Howard on Thursday night at the PEC Arena. A graduate student from Philadelphia, Pa., Davis scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-23 shooting with three 3-pointers. Davis also matched a career-high with nine assists to go with eight rebounds, just missing out on a triple double.

Prior to the game, Davis along with seniors Tre' Thomas and Blake Simpson were honored in a ceremony as they all were playing in the final home games of their collegiate careers. Thomas and Simpson both got starting nods and Thomas recorded two points, a rebound and an assist, while Simpson also grabbed a board.

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Delaware State 60, Morgan State 56: Ryan Jones made two free throws with 15 seconds left to give the host Hornets (6-23, 5-11 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) the lead, 57-56, for good.

Braennan Farrar had 19 points for the Bears (15-14, 8-8). Delaware State's NaJai Pollard led all scorers with 23 points.

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