State basketball roundup: Loyola routed by Syracuse, 70-37

Rakeem Christmas scored 18 points and had nine rebounds to lead host Syracuse to a 70-37 victory over visiting Loyola Maryland on Tuesday night.

Freshman Chris McCullough finished with 17 points and has double figures in his first five games for the Orange (4-1). Trevor Cooney had 13 points for Syracuse, which made just two of 12 shots from 3-point range.


Guard Tyler Hubbard scored 11 of his 21 points in the first half for the Greyhounds (2-3). Guard Eric Laster had 14 points for Loyola, which was just 10 of 52 (19.2 percent) from the field.

Syracuse bounced back with two straight wins since losing to California, 73-59, in the semifinals of the 2K Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project on Thursday. That loss knocked the Orange out of the Top 25 for the first time since November 2009.


Syracuse held Loyola scoreless for more than 10 minutes to open the game, while opening a 14-0 lead. The Greyhounds eventually settled down and pulled to within 21-11 on a layup by Laster midway through the first half.

However, Christmas scored 10 points and Syracuse led 28-16 at the break. Loyola made just four field goals in the opening half.

McCullough scored eight points as the Orange opened the second half on a 14-1 run, increasing the margin to 42-17 with 14:23 left. Syracuse controlled the run of the play the rest of the game and Cooney made the Orange's first 3-pointer to provide a 50-26 lead with 10:12 remaining.

Elon 74, Morgan State 73: Luke Eddy's game-winner with 6.8 seconds left completed a 19-point comeback in a victory over the Bears on the first day of the Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya Hotel.


Led by Eddy and Elijah Bryant, the Phoenix (2-2) erased a 19-point deficit with a 25-5 run over a seven-minute stretch, capped off by a deep jumper by Bryant with less than a minute to play to give Elon a 72-71 lead.

Morgan State (0-5) responded when Blake Bozeman made a layup to put the Bears ahead 73-72 with 15.3 seconds left.

But with the clock ticking away, Eddy drove strong to the basket near the right baseline for a layup with just 6.8 seconds remaining to put Elon back up by one.

Bozeman's 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed.

Howard 68, UMBC 54: James Daniel scored a game-high 19 points, and teammate James Miller added 18 as the visiting Bison defeated the host Retrievers.

The combination of Daniel (sophomore guard) and Miller (sophomore guard/forward) was too much for UMBC (0-4) to overcome as Howard (3-3) won its second straight game.

Daniel made five of 12 from the field and eight of 11 from the line. Miller didn't miss much, hitting six of nine shots and all four free throws.

He also added five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Daniel and Miller carried Howard from the start. They combined for 21 first-half points as the Bison took a 31-26 lead at the break.

Miller made all three of his shots from the field and posted nine points while Daniel added 12 more.

The Bison controlled the pace and slowly stretched the lead throughout the second half as UMBC never drew closer than five points.

UMBC coach Aki Thomas played at Howard, and this was the first time he'd coached against his alma mater.

Junior guard Aaron Morgan led UMBC with 13 points, but the Retrievers shot just 36 percent from the field as their early-season offensive problems continued.

Bucknell 58, UMES 55: Chris Hass scored six of his game-high 17 points in the final 23 seconds, including three go-ahead free throws with 5.3 seconds left, as the Bison (2-4) beat the Hawks (1-5) at the Progressive Legends Classic subregional game at Toledo's Savage Arena.

Robert Morris 75, Coppin State 58: Janelle Lane (Woodlawn) scored 18 points, but the host Eagles (0-4) fell to the Colonials (2-2).

The Colonials made three 3-pointers in the first three minutes and added a 2-pointer for an 11-2 lead.

Oklahoma State 73, Morgan State 43: The host Cowgirls (4-1) outscored the Bears (2-4), led by Tracey Carrington with 15 points, in the second half.

Towson 59, UMBC 54: Capree Garner had a game-high 20 points, including a 3-pointer with 56 seconds to go, to cut the deficit to 54-53, but a turnover in the final 33 seconds halted the rally and the host Retrievers (3-2) fell to the Tigers (2-2).

Navy 84, George Mason 79: The host Mids (2-3) got 40 points off the bench and had six players score in double digits to surge past the Patriots (3-2).

UMES 63, Cheyney 38: Shawnee Sweeney had 13 points to lead the host Hawks (1-4) past the Wolves (1-3).

Recommended on Baltimore Sun