Local basketball roundup (Dec. 9): UConn holds off Coppin State despite woes
From Sun staff and wire reports|
Dec 09, 2017 | 9:58 PM
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.
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.