State men (Jan. 27): Loyola Maryland shoots down Holy Cross, UMBC falls
By Sun Staff and Wire Reports
Jan 27, 2016 | 11:33 PM
Hot shooting helped Loyola Maryland notch a road Patriot League win on Wednesday as the Greyhounds beat Holy Cross, 71-54.
Jarred Jones (John Carroll) and Andre Walker combined to score 21 straight points in the second half, and the Greyhounds (5-13, 4-4 Patriot League) shot a season-best 57.7 percent from the field to cruise past the Crusaders (8-12, 3-6).
Jones finished with game-highs of 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Walker added 15 points, 11 in the second half, and three assists.
A basket by Jones in the paint 1:57 into the second half started the stretch in which the two shouldered the scoring load, and a three-point play by Walker with a layup and free throw 25 seconds later pushed the Greyhounds' advantage to 46-28.
Holy Cross then scored 14 of the next 16 points to get within 48-42, on a 3 by Robert Champion three with 12:56 left in regulation. Coming out of a Loyola timeout, Walker hit a 12-foot pull-up jumper, then scored on Loyola's next possession to put the lead back into in double figures. Karl Charles led the Crusaders with 17 points. found room in the paint to score, but Walker came back with a pair of free throws to make it 54-44 Loyola.
Binghamton 66, UMBC 57: The visiting Retrievers (5-17, 1-6 America East) scored their fewest points in league play this season, falling to the Bearcats (5-15, 2-5).
The Retrievers had averaged 78.3 points per game in their six previous America East contests. But UMBC never got untracked against the Bearcats, shooting only 38.8 percent from the floor.
Jourdan Grant (Archbishop Spalding) and Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) were the lone Retrievers in double figures with 10 points apiece. Binghamton's Willie Rodriguez hit all nine of his free throws and led all scorers with 24 points, and guard Marlon Beck hit five 3s in a 19-point effort.
UMBC trailed, 32-23, at the half and fell behind by as many as 19 points at 52-33 with 9:00 remaining. The Retrievers would whittle the gap to 55-47 after a trey3 by Elliott with 5:24 to play, but a 5-0 Bearcat response restored a double-figure advantage.
For UMBC, Jairus Lyles entered averaging 26 points per game and was coming off a career-high 32-point effort at Vermont on Sunday, but he connected on only three of 11 shots from the field and finished with a season-low eight points. He led UMBC with eight rebounds.
The Retrievers struggled against Binghamton's 2-3 zone, hitting only 8-of-22 shots in the first half and misfiring on 8-of-10 from behind the arc.
Coppin State 73, North Carolina A&T 68: Terry Harris Jr. scored 22 and collected seven rebounds, and Keith Shivers added 16 points as the host Eagles defeated the Aggies.
James Sylvester hit two free throws with 2:34 to play to give Coppin State a 68-60 lead with 2:34 to play. North Carolina A&T went on an 8-2 run, capped when Ahmad Abdullah hit a jumper with five seconds left to cut the lead to 70-68 but the Aggies ran out of time.
Coppin State (5-14, 3-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) led 33-30 at the break.
Sam Hunt finished with 16 points, Abdullah had 15 and James Whitaker had 13 points for North Carolina A&T (5-17, 2-6). The Aggies have lost 10 of their past 11 games.
The teams combined to commit 47 fouls.
Coppin State, which hit four 3s, has made at least one 3-pointer in 178 straight games, the longest streak in the NCAA.