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Towson men’s basketball suspends season after positive coronavirus test

The Towson men’s basketball program put its season on hold Saturday afternoon after an unidentified player tested positive for the coronavirus.

The team announced that the positive test for COVID-19 occurred Friday morning and then was confirmed by a polymerase chain reaction test Saturday.

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The Tigers said they have postponed three upcoming games, all at SECU Arena: George Washington on Monday, La Salle on Dec. 16, and Morgan State on Dec. 19. They said they are working to find new dates for those games.

Their next game is Dec. 22 at George Mason.

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The team had already been forced to pull out of three games this week. A positive test by a member of the program caused the cancellation of Tuesday’s game at Maryland and then a postponement of Thursday’s home opener against Coppin State. Saturday’s game at UMBC was also postponed.

VCU 60, Mount St. Mary’s 42: The Mountaineers (1-3) dropped a nonconference matchup at the Siegel Center in Richmond. Freshman Dakota Leffew paced the Mount with a career-best 14 points, hitting 5 of 7 from the field, including 3 of-5 from 3-point range.

George Washington 85, Coppin State 69: Anthony Tarke scored a game-high 22 points for the second straight game but it was not enough as George Washington pulled away from the Eagles (0-2) during the closing minutes at Charles E. Smith Center in Washington.

Tarke made 8 of 17 shots from the floor and also led Coppin with eight rebounds along with two steals and an assist. Three other Eagles finished in double figures as Domantas Sakickas hit four 3s for 14 points in his CSU debut and both DeJuan Clayton and Kenan Sarvan added 10 points apiece.

Clayton was credited with eight rebounds as well to go with three assists and four steals. He now has 1,312 points, tying him for 10th on Coppin’s all-time scoring list with Keith Carmichael and one-point shy of Hall of Famer Joe Pace, who led Coppin to a 1976 NAIA National Championship.

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Morgan State 65, St. Peter’s 57: A balanced effort carried the Bears (2-0) to a home victory. Ja’Niah Henson scored 12 points to lead Morgan, while Ashia McCalla added 11 points and Khaliah Hines supplied nine. Nina Carpenter, Sydney Searcy and Takara Ware each scored eight.

Towson 108, Longwood 89: Kionna Jeter scored 32 points and had five assists as the Tigers (3-1) turned back the host Lancers (0-4).

Shavonne Smith added 23 points and 14 rebounds for Towson, while teammate Allie Kubek added 17 points and seven rebounds.

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