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State basketball (March 4): Urrutia lifts UMES men past Morgan State, 78-73

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Bryan Urrutia had 18 points to lead six UMES players in double figures as the Hawks narrowly defeated Morgan State, 78-73, in men’s basketball Monday night.

Gabriel Gyamfi and Ahmad Frost added 12 points apiece for the Hawks. Ryan Andino, A.J. Cheeseman and Isaac Taylor each scored 10. Urrutia also had seven turnovers but only four assists. Gyamfi had three blocks for the Hawks, while Frost posted six rebounds. Cheeseman had nine rebounds.

Isaiah Burke had 17 points for the Bears. Stanley Davis added 16 points and 13 rebounds. Martez Cameron had 10 points.

The Hawks evened the season series against the Bears with the win. Morgan State defeated UMES, 66-53, on Jan. 5.

UMES (6-24, 4-11 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) finishes the regular season against Delaware State at home Thursday. Morgan State (9-19, 4-11) closes the regular season against Coppin State at home Thursday.

Women

Morgan State 57, UMES 53: Adre’onia Coleman scored 19 points and the visiting Bears (9-20, 7-8 MEAC) ended a four-game losing streak with a victory over the Hawks (15-13, 11-4).

Ciani Byrom scored 13 points for UMES, which committed 20 turnovers, leading to 16 points for Morgan State. Byrom, who averages a team-best 15.8 points per game, was held to 6-for-18 shooting from the field, including 1-for-9 from 3-point range.

Naomi Bolasingh added 13 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Bears, who finish the regular-season with a home game against Coppin State on Thursday at 7 p.m.

St. Francis Brooklyn 69, Mount St. Mary’s 65: Ebony Horton scored 18 points to lift the host Terriers (17-12, 11-6 Northeast Conference) over the Mountaineers (14-14, 8-9).

Juliette Lawless scored 17 points for Mount St. Mary’s, which lost just the second time in its past six games.

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