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State basketball roundup (March 15): Towson women beat Hofstra, 69-48, advance to CAA final

Towson women’s basketball made program history Friday by earning its first trip to the Colonial Athletic Association championship game. Nukiya Mayo scored a game-high 22 points and the Tigers beat Hofstra, 69-48, in a CAA semifinal in Newark, Del.

Towson (19-12) advances to Saturday’s championship versus Drexel, a 73-69 overtime winner over Northeastern, at 1 p.m.

The fourth-seeded Tigers scored a CAA-championship record 29 points in the second quarter, followed by 19 points in the third quarter to distance themselves from the Pride (11-22). Qierra Murrary (Milford Mill) had 10 points and six assists for Towson.

Ryan Holder (Roland Park) made a layup 45 seconds into the game for a 2-0 Towson lead. Both teams traded baskets through the first four minutes. Kionna Jeter ended a scoring drought of 2:03 by making two free throws for the Tigers. After another scoreless run, Murray made free throws with 1:51 left and Towson had a four-point lead on 55.6 percent shooting from the field.

The Tigers held Hofstra to seven points, while scoring 29 in the second quarter. Mayo had 13 points and Towson had an 18-point lead with 5:51 left in the first half. The Tigers led 43-17 at the break.

Bethune-Cookman 58, UMES 57: Angel Golden scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Wildcats (20-10) over the Hawks (17-14) in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference semifinal at the Scope in Norfolk, Va. Bethune-Cookman finished on a 21-10 run in the fourth quarter to win. Ciani Byrom had 13 points for UMES.

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