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December 31, 1990




COPPIN STATE (4-6) * WHAT'S AHEAD: At South Carolina State Thursday; at New Orleans Sunday.

* FASTBREAKS: The Eagles begin defense of their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship Thursday, then make the final stop on a difficult non-conference schedule Sunday at New Orleans . . . Coppin State finished third in the Toledo MVP Classic, beating the host team 87-66 behind Reggie Isaac's 30 points . . . The Eagles took a 21-3 lead in the consolation. They were victimized by a slow start in the semifinals, when they lost to Middle Tennessee State, 73-67.

LOYOLA (5-4) * WHAT'S AHEAD: At Manhattan Wednesday.

* FASTBREAKS: The Greyhounds will be looking for their first-ever road win in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Wednesday . . . Loyola was the preseason choice to finish eighth in the nine-team league after winning just two conference games a year ago, but the Greyhounds have a three-game win streak and rising confidence.

MARYLAND (6-3) * WHAT'S AHEAD: At Wake Forest Wednesday, at home vs. Clemson Saturday (1 p.m.).

* FASTBREAKS: Maryland opens its Atlantic Coast Conference season against Wake Forest (5-2), which hasn't played since Dec. 22, when it beat Richmond 82-56 . . . The Terps kept saying the ECAC Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden would be their only shot at winning a tournament this year, and they made the most of the opportunity, upsetting No. 12 South Carolina 78-69 in Saturday night's final . . . Junior point guard Walt Williams had a super tournament, scoring 26 points in the championship game to go with 30 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the 86-81 victory over Rutgers in the first round . . . The Terps actually outrebounded South Carolina, 34-33, led by Cedric Lewis with nine. Lewis also had 12 points against the Gamecocks.


* FASTBREAKS: When the Hawks begin their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule, they will be playing for the first time in 23 days . . . UMES continues on to Daytona Beach next Monday to play Bethune-Cookman, then comes to Baltimore to play Morgan State and Coppin State before its next game in Princess Anne Jan. 19.

MORGAN STATE (0-9) * WHAT'S AHEAD: At Arkansas State Wednesday; at South Carolina State Saturday.

* FASTBREAKS: The Golden Bears were clobbered 128-71 by No. 24 New Mexico State late Saturday; sophomore forward Glenn Smith's 28 points and nine rebounds were the lone bright spots . . . His teammates shot 27.6 percent from the field . . . Morgan State plays its home opener Jan. 12 against UMES.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (2-8) * WHAT'S AHEAD: Off until Jan. 8, at home vs. Monmouth.

* FASTBREAKS: John Miller's 16.3 scoring average tops the Mountaineers, but former Mount St. Joseph prep teammate Alex Watson leads in rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots . . . Watson tied a school record with 14 assists in a 92-80 victory over Colgate Saturday, and he fouled out with 3:10 left . . . The 6-foot-3 leaper is also two points shy of 1,000 for his career.

NAVY (3-6) * WHAT'S AHEAD: Lafayette Wednesday (7 p.m.) and East Carolina Saturday (1:30 p.m.), both at Halsey Field House.

* FASTBREAKS: The Midshipmen play their Colonial Athletic Association opener Saturday . . . They lost both of their games in the Blue Angels Classic in Pensacola, Fla., falling to UNC-Charlotte 117-109 and Towson State 90-75 . . . The Navy offense fizzled in the second half against Towson, getting just 33 points . . . The Middies are scoring 90.0 a game, but allowing 93.3.

TOWSON STATE (3-4) * WHAT'S AHEAD: Bucknell Friday (7:30 p.m.) at the Towson Center.

* FASTBREAKS: The Tigers will be playing their first home game in 30 days Friday . . . They split at the Blue Angels Classic, getting routed by Alabama but avenging one of their losses with a 90-75 defeat of Navy that featured a 33-7 spurt to start the second half . . . Freshmen John James and Matt Campbell had seven rebounds apiece.

UMBC (1-8) * WHAT'S AHEAD: Bucknell Wednesday (7:35 p.m.) at UMBC Fieldhouse; at Loyola of Chicago Saturday.

* FASTBREAKS: The Retrievers will have had 10 days off by the time they play Bucknell, and coach Earl Hawkins' bruised and battered team needed the rest . . . The visit to Chicago is followed by games at Maryland and Kansas.


* FASTBREAKS: Frostburg State (4-3) comes back from the holiday break to host the Adventures in Travel Classic Friday and Saturday . . . Johns Hopkins (5-4) is at Carnegie Mellon Saturday for a University Athletic Association game . . . MAC Southeast Section rival Washington (3-5) goes to Moravian for a weekend tournament, trying to resume its winning ways of recent years.


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