State basketball roundup (Feb. 17): Mount St. Mary's remains in chase for top seed in NEC after 74-69 victory

Junior Robinson scored 30 points, including a pair of clinching free throws as visiting Mount Saint Mary's (16-13, 10-6) rebounded from a pair of setbacks and defeated Sacred Heart, 74-69, on Saturday to remain in the running for a top seed in the upcoming Northeast Conference playoffs.

Sean Hoehn scored on a layup that pulled Sacred Heart (9-20, 4-12) to within 72-69 with nine seconds remaining but, after the final media timeout, Mount Saint Mary's inbounded to Robinson, who was fouled and sank both free throws with three seconds to play, pushing a third-straight loss out of reach. Hoehn missed a layup at the buzzer.


Despite being out-rebounded 48-26, the Mountaineers (16-13, 10-6) pressured Sacred Heart into 35-percent shooting (23 of 65) with 18 turnovers that they turned into 28 points.

Jonah Antonio and Donald Carey added 11 points each for the Mountaineers.


Kinnon LaRose led Sacred Heart (9-20, 4-12) with 21 points and 10 boards, Hoehn and Mario Matasovic scored 16 each, Matasovic with 11 rebounds.

Navy 62, Boston University 48: Mo Lewis had career highs of 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the visiting Mids (19-10, 10-6 Patriot League) past the Terriers (12-15, 8-8).

Hasan Abdullah and Shawn Anderson both had 13 points for Navy, which won its fourth straight overall and sixth straight on the road. Tom Lacey also had 12 points.

Cedric Hankerson had 11 points for Boston U., which has lost five straight— their longest conference skid since losing eight straight in the 1999-00 season.

Lewis scored six points and the Midshipmen hit 8 of 12 shots in an 18-3 run that gave them an 11-point lead in the first half. The Terriers missed all six shots and had six turnovers in the nine minutes between baskets and trailed 31-26 at the half.

BU had a quick surge to open the second half and grabbed a one-point lead but Navy answered with an 11-3 run.

Bethune-Cookman 89, Coppin State 85: Brandon Tabb scored a season-high 34 points and knocked down 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the final 17 seconds as the visiting Wildcats (15-12, 9-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference ) beat the Eagles (4-23, 5-8).

Lucian Brownlee scored 25 points to lead Coppin State.

The Wildcats entered the game tied for second place, two games behind Savannah State with four games left in the regular season, including a battle with the Tigers on Saturday.

N.C. Central 77, UMES 49: Pablo Rivas scored 15 points off the bench and the host Eagles (13-13, 7-5 MEAC) rolled past the Hawks (6-22, 2-11).

Almad Frost had 18 points for UMES.

James Madison 69, Towson 66: Zane Martin had a game-high 21 points, but the host Tigers (18-10, 8-7 Colonial Athletic Association) fell to the Dukes (9-19, 5-10).


Greg Jones made two free throws with 2:34 left in the game for a 64-62 James Madison lead.


Navy 59, Boston U. 48: The host Mids (22-4, 12-3 Patriot) went on a 12-6 run in the third quarter and beat the Terriers (10-15, 5-10). Navy's Taylor Dunham led all scorers with 17 points.

UMES 80, N.C. Central 69: Keyera Eaton had a game-high 21 points to lead the visiting Hawks (9-16, 6-7 MEAC) past the Eagles (6-19, 4-8). UMES used a 30-17 run in the second quarter to separate.

Bryant 67, Mount St. Mary's 64: Masey Zegarowski made the game-winning jumper with eight seconds left to lift the visiting Bulldogs (8-16, 7-6) over the Mount (8-17, 5-9).

Katrice Dickson had a game-high 21 points for Mount St. Mary's.

Colgate 71, Loyola Maryland 60: Izzy Therien had 18 points, but the visiting Greyhounds (7-19, 5-10 Patriot) fell to the Raiders (6-20, 2-13). Colgate went on a 17-9 run in the second quarter.

Bethune-Cookman 75, Coppin State 63: Chance Graham had a game-high 24 points, but the host Eagles (6-18, 5-7) fell to the Wildcats (19-4, 11-0). The win marked the 12th straight for Bethune-Cookman.

Albany 79, UMBC 45: The host Great Danes (22-5, 11-3 America East ) opened with a 24-7 run and beat the Retrievers (3-24, 2-12).

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