Local basketball roundup (Dec. 9): UConn holds off Coppin State despite woes

Local basketball roundup (Dec. 9): UConn holds off Coppin State despite woes
Coppin State head coach Juan Dixon, left, talks with Coppin State's Karonn Davis during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) (Jessica Hill / AP)

UConn's top three scorers hit just 14 of their 41 shots and the Huskies turned the ball over 15 times against winless Coppin State.

But host Connecticut held on to win 72-59 on Saturday, behind 15 points from Jalen Adams, 14 from Terry Larrier and 13 from Christian Vital.


"We're not going to be sorry for winning the game," said Vital. "Would we like to have won the game in a better fashion? Absolutely. But that's why it's a long season. We're student-athletes and we're going to try and learn from this."

UConn (7-3) dominated in the paint, outscoring Coppin State 26-16, outrebounded the Eagles 50-26, including 21-5 on the offensive glass, and getting 21 second-chance points to just seven for their opponents from Baltimore.

Lamar Morgan scored a career-high 30 points to lead Coppin State (0-10). Morgan, a junior college transfer, came into the game averaging just 5 points, but hit eight of his 12 shots, including seven of 11 from 3-point range. Morgan's previous season high was eight points.

Lehigh 75, Mount St. Mary's 60: Kahron Ross scored 18 points and became Lehigh's all-time assists leader as the host Mountain Hawks (5-5) dominated the second half to win.

Junior Robinson hit all eight of his free throws and scored 20 with four assists for the Mount (3-7).

Binghamton 77, Loyola Maryland 64: Willie Rodriguez scored 22 points and the visiting Bearcats (7-4) won their sixth straight, beating the Greyhounds (1-8).

Chuck Champion scored 17 points with four assists to lead Loyola, which has lost five straight and has yet to defeat a Division I team this season.

Manhattan 80, Morgan State 66: Rich Williams scored 16 points and had a career-high eight assists to lead teh host Jaspers (4-5) past the Bears (4-6),

Martez Cameron scored 16 points to lead Morgan State (4-6), which has lost four straight. LaPri McCray-Pace added 12 points and Antonio Gillespie had 11.


Towson 76, Loyola Maryland 67: The visiting Tigers (4-4) outscored the Greyhounds (2-7), 43-30, in the second half to win their third straight overall. Raine Bankston scored 17 points for Towson. Stephanie Karcz had a game-high 23 points for Loyola.

Mount St. Mary's 82, Rider 78: Sophomore Ashlee White scored a career-high 36 points, including 26 in the second half, to led the host Mount (2-7) past The Broncos (2-7).

The 36-point performance was the most by a Mountaineer since Myriam Baccouche in 2003.

Wake Forest 92, UMES 50: Martha Thompson had a game-high 23 points, but the Hawks (1-7) fell the host Demon Deacons (6-5). The win marked the fourth straight for Wake Forest and coach Jen Hoover got her 100th career victory.