Weekend Wrap

January 10, 1994

Loyola (5-3)

This week: Tonight vs. Navy, 7:30; Wednesday vs. UMBC, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday vs. Siena, 1 p.m.

Fast breaks: The Greyhounds are 2-0 on their five-game homestand after defeating Maine, 83-71, Saturday. Loyola's 5-3 record is its best after eight games since the 1986-87 season. Senior F Michael Reese scored 31 against Maine and is averaging 25.3 points in three games since returning to the Greyhounds. Freshman G Darius Johnson scored a career-high 17 on Saturday, and freshman PG Milton Williams handed out 10 assists. Loyola shot a season-high 54 percent from the field (32-for-59) against Maine, and shot over 50 percent in both halves for the first time this season. The Greyhounds also tied their season high for steals (14), led by Reese's five.

Maryland (8-3)

This week: Tomorrow vs. Florida State, 8 p.m.; Saturday at Wake Forest, 4 p.m.

Fast breaks: The Terps held a two-point lead over second-ranked North Carolina with nine minutes remaining before a late dry spell led to a 75-70 loss on Saturday. From the time the Terps led to the final minute, Maryland's only basket was a baseline jumper by Duane Simpkins with 5:38 to go. Maryland shot 39 percent, making 12 of 35 shots after halftime. Freshman C Joe Smith scored a game-high 25 to go along with 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Smith also held Tar Heels All-American Eric Montross to 14 points. After hitting nine of 14 three-point shots in a 91-88 upset of No. 12 Georgia Tech on Tuesday, Maryland was 1-for-15 from three-point range against North Carolina.

Morgan State (2-8)

This week: Tonight vs. North Carolina A&T, 7:30; Saturday at UMES, 7:30 p.m.

Fast breaks: The Bears lost to South Carolina State, 73-59, in their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener Saturday. Morgan State fell behind by 10 points in the first six minutes and never led. The Bears committed 24 turnovers and shot 35.4 percent from the field. Morgan State F Gerald Jordan, who had 31 points and 22 rebounds in the team's come-from-behind win at George Mason, finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Mount St. Mary's (3-7)

This week: Tonight vs. St. Francis (Pa.), 7:30; Thursday at St. Francis (N.Y.), 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at Long Island, 2 p.m.

Fast breaks: The Mount's 85-84 loss to Robert Morris Saturday extended its losing streak to six. Shelton Carney's tip-in with one second left was the game-winner. Mount St. Mary's was coming off a 73-71 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday when Chris McGuthrie's potential game-tying basket rimmed out as time expired. Rebounding has been a key weakness for the Mount, which has been out-rebounded by an average of 43-29 this season. The Mount appeared to have pulled out the victory in the final 17 seconds when Samba Johnson stole the in-bounds pass and fed McGuthrie for a layup that gave the Mountaineers an 84-83 lead. PG Riley Inge set a school record with 15 assists. McGuthrie scored a game-high 26 and Michael Watson added 22.

Towson State (5-6)

This week: Tonight at Liberty, 7:30; Saturday vs. Coastal Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Fast breaks: The Tigers were routed in their Big South opener by Radford, 82-58, on Saturday. It was Towson State's worst conference loss since 1987. Scooter Alexander, the Tigers' leading scorer, averaging 18.0 points, was held to nine. It was the first time in 41 games that Alexander failed to reach double figures in scoring. Alexander was 4-for-19 from the field (21 VTC percent), and Towson State shot 33 percent (19-for-58). C John James (8.7 ppg) scored a career-high 13 and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the Tigers.

UMBC (1-7)

This week: Tonight at Radford, 7:30; Wednesday at Loyola, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday vs. Charleston Southern, 3 p.m.

Fast breaks: The Retrievers' losing streak reached seven after Saturday's 89-79 loss to Liberty in their Big South opener. Liberty shot 65 percent (26-for-40), including 8-for-10 from three-point range. Skip Saunders led the Retrievers with 23 points, and Kevin Bellinger had 15. The Flames built a double-digit lead midway through the second half and never let the Retrievers cut it to less than nine the rest of the way.

UMES (5-5)

This week: Tonight vs. Bethune-Cookman, 7:30; Thursday at Howard, 8 p.m.; Saturday vs. Morgan State, 7:30 p.m.

Fast breaks: The Hawks reached .500 by winning their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener, 63-49, over Florida A&M Saturday. UMES pulled away with a 17-4 run over the final seven minutes. Terrell Harris led four double-digit scorers for UMES with 18 points. Dale Harrison had 15, Aaron McKinney added 11 and Kenya Mobley contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.


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