State hoops roundup (Feb. 24): Lyles' free throw lifts UMBC men over Binghamton in OT, 80-79
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Feb 25, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Jairus Lyles scored 25 points, including the winning free throw in the final seconds, as host UMBC (7-23, 3-12 America East Conference) edged Binghamton (7-21, 4-11) in overtime, 80-79, on Wednesday night.
The Bearcats tied the game at 79 with 1:17 to play in overtime, then missed two scoring attempts from inside before Lyles was fouled and went to the line.
He made the first free throw with eight seconds to go and the Retrievers held on for the win.
Will Darley added 22 points and Joe Sherburne had 15 for UMBC.
In the second half, a 3-pointer by Darley had the Hawks up 72-65 with 1:53 to go but two turnovers helped Binghamton cut the deficit to 73-70 with 29 seconds left.
Then the Bearcats' Marlon Beck II made a 3-pointer with two seconds left to tie the game and sent it into overtime.
American 72, Navy 65: On a night when storms drenched the area, American University rained down a host of 3-pointers to hand visiting Navy a 72-65 loss, its third straight since last week.
Senior guard Jesse Reed scored 21 points and freshman guard Delante Jones had 20 for the Eagles (10-18, 7-9 Patriot League) to complete the season sweep of a Midshipmen team that had 11 true road wins entering the game.
Navy could only manage 1-for-1 from 3-point range. Opponents have made 43 3-pointers against the Mids in their three-game slide.
Coming on the heels of a 80-78 double-overtime overtime loss to Army-West Point, Navy got off to a strong start, going up 24-13 at with 6:38 left in the first half. But turnovers, missed shots and the usual free-throw troubles helped the Eagles fight back to trail 32-29 at halftime. But after controlling the game early in the second half, the Mids let American make an 8-0 run capped off by a 3-pointer by Reed at 4:37 to put the Eagles ahead for good.
Despite the loss, senior center Will Kelly put up a career-high 22 points and had his 189th career block to tie Class of 2000 grad Sitapha Savane for second in program history.
"I just try to do everything I can to help the team," Kelly said. "If that means blocking shots, then I will try to do that every chance I get."
DeChellis emphasized earlier in the week that his team needed to do the little things right to break out of its funk.
"We aren't playing with a lot of confidence," DeChellis said. "We started playing too fast offensively."
The Midshipmen dominated the paint early, scoring 12 of their first 14 points coming from the inside. Kelly started 5-for-5 for 10 points as the clear focal point on offense for Navy. Sophomore guard Shawn Anderson was also key, putting up seven first-half points and finishing with 11, despite missing practice Monday with an illness. But shooting 48 percent from the free-throw line and failing to defend the perimeter seemed to prove Navy still has some demons to exercise.
"Free-throw shooting has been an Achilles heel for us," DeChellis said. "We lose the game because we can't make free throws."
- Steven Pimpo, Baltimore Sun Media Group
Morgan State 89, Norfolk State 72: Rasean Simpson had 18 points and nine rebounds and Andre Horne Jr. hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 to help the host Bears (7-20, 5-9 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) upset the Spartans (14-15, 10-4).
Morgan State, which shot 51 percent in the first half, held a 42-28 lead behind Horne's 13 points and Kyle Thomas' 10. Thomas capped the first-half scoring with a 3-pointer from the corner for the Bears' sixth 3.
Thomas finished with 16 points, Donte Pretlow added 13 and Cedric Blossom had seven assists for Morgan State, which entered the game last in the league.
D'Shon Taylor had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Norfolk State, which remains in third place.
Loyola Maryland 78, Holy Cross 63: Andre Walker scored 15 points to help lift the host Greyhounds (9-19, 8-9 Patriot League) over the Crusaders (10-18, 5-12).
Franz Rassman scored 13 points, Tyler Hubbard had 11 and James Fives had 10 off the bench, including two 3-pointers, for Loyola, which ended a four-game losing streak.
The Navy women's basketball team outscored American 20-6 in the fourth quarter to come away with a 65-52 victory Wednesday night at Alumni Hall in Annapolis. It marked the 12th year in a row in which the Mids won on Senior Night.
Curtis, a senior, finished 5-for-8 from the field and added eight rebounds and four steals for Navy on Senior Night.
Sarita Condie and Molly Sanders added 10 points each for the Mids, who have won five of their past six games.
Loyola Maryland 59, Holy Cross 49: Bri Betz-White and Colleen Marshall each scored 16 points to help the Greyhounds (12-15, 9-7 Patriot) top the Crusaders (12-15, 9-7).
Lisa Mirachi added 11 points and Jeneh Perry had a game-high 12 rebounds for Loyola, which won its second straight game.
The Greyhounds shot 41.7 percent (10-for-24) from beyond the arc.
Binghamton 70, UMBC 56: Pandora Wilson scored 21 points and Taylor McCarley added 18, but the visiting Retrievers (17-11, 8-8 America East) fell to the Bearcats (13-15, 8-7).