Today's Games

January 07, 1995

MORGAN STATE (0-9) at SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (2-8)

Site: SHM Memorial Center, Orangeburg, S.C.

Time: Noon

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: The Bears, still searching for their first victory, have gone 0-8 on the road this season. Morgan has been idle since a 60-40 loss at Clemson on Dec. 29. The Bears, who have lost seven games to Division I opponents, have fallen by an average of nearly 30 points per game. This is the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for Morgan, which has dropped 49 of its past 51 conference games. South Carolina State is coming off a 62-55 conference loss to Howard on Thursday; Derrick Patterson and Jay Joyner had 13 points each to lead the Bulldogs.

RADFORD (6-4) at TOWSON STATE (5-3)

Site: Towson Center

Time: 2 p.m.

Radio: WITH (1230 AM)

Outlook: The Tigers, coming off a 78-64 victory over Howard, will try to extend their 22-game home winning streak, including 15 straight against Big South opposition. Junior G Ralph Blalock (19.1) paces the Towson offense. Junior F Steve Thomas is averaging 13.3 points aand 7.9 rebounds. Radford is led by senior C Antoine Dalton (16.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and sophomore G Anthony Walker (14.5 ppg, 6.6 apg).

NAVY (6-4) at BUCKNELL (1-9)

Site: Davis Gym, Lewisburg, Pa.

Time: 3 p.m.

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen, who defeated Florida International and William and Mary in their previous two outings, begin defense of their Patriot League title. Senior F Wes Cooper leads the balanced Navy offense in scoring (13.1) and rebounding (8.3 ). Fast-improving freshman G Michael Heary has scored 64 points in the past four games to raise his average to 10.2. He has made 33 of 34 free throws. Sophomore G Brian Walker is averaging 5.3 assists. Bucknell, which has beaten only Lafayette, is led by junior point G Sekou Hamer (11.4 ppg) and swing man Gordon Mboya (11.2 ppg).

LIBERTY (4-5) at UMBC 2-7)

Site: UMBC Fieldhouse

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Retrievers, beginning their Big South Conference play against the defending champions, registered their first victory over a Division I team Thursday night by rallying to beat Boston University, 60-57. Sophomore F Marc Lay leads UMBC in scoring (11.9) and rebounding (5.2). Junior G Tony Thompson is averaging 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds. Senior C Pascal Fleury ranks among top five shot blockedrs in the country (4.0). Liberty has lost its last four games. Senior C Jason Dixon leads the Flame with 14.8 ppg and 10.9 rpg.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-6) at ROBERT MORRIS (2-7)

Site: Sewall Arena, Coraopolis, Pa.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Radio: WQSI (820 AM)

Outlook: The Mount is off to a 2-0 start in Northeast Conference play, beating Fairleigh Dickinson and Marist earlier this week. The backcourt of Chris McGuthrie (20.5) and Riley Inge (13.0) leads the offense. The Colonials have lost five straight, most recently against Wagner and Monmouth. Senior F Gabe Jackson leads the team in scoring (16.3) and rebounding (7.3).

COPPIN STATE (3-7) at NORTH CAROLINA A&T (1-5)

Site: Corbett Center, Greensboro, N.C.

Radio: WOLB (1010 AM)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles, who have gone unbeaten in the past two MEAC seasons, face their first conference test against the Aggies, who won the MEAC tournament last year. Sidney Goodman and Stephen Stewart are each averaging 14.3 points. Michael Thomas is the Eagles' top rebounder (7.0). The Aggies have lost four straight, dropping road games to Duke, Virginia, George Mason and St. Peter's. Last year's scoring leader, Phillip Allen, has had injuries.

DELAWARE (4-5) at LOYOLA (4-6)

Site: Reitz Arena

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Radio: WCAO (600 AM)

Outlook: Loyola will be looking to rebound from consecutive road losses to St. Joseph's and Notre Dame. The Greyhounds trailed the Irish by only three points midway in the second half before bowing, 78-68. B. J. Pendleton leads Loyola in scoring (15.5) and rebounding (5.9). Darius Johnson is averaging 14.3 points. After a 4-1 start, the Blue Hens have lost four straight. Greg Smith ( 15.9) and Teca Arsic (15.8) pace Delaware.

UMES (5-6) at FLORIDA A&M (3-7)

Site: Gaither Center, Tallahassee, Fla.

Time: 8 p.m.

Outlook: After losing their first five road games, the Hawks won their MEAC conference opener at Delaware State Tuesday, 75-51. Terrell Harris and John Woods scored 19 and 18 points for UMES, respectively. Florida A&M ended a six-game losing streak Wednesday with an 83-80 win over Bryan College.

No. 7 MARYLAND (11-2) at No.1 NORTH CAROLINA (9-1)

Site: Smith Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Time: 9 p.m.

TV/Radio: Chs. 7, 54/WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: In what will be the first big matchup in the ACC this season, the Terrapins are trying to show they belong with the big boys. The Tar Heels will try to make up for Wednesday night's loss at N.C. State. While everyone is pointing to the matchup of sophomore centers Joe Smith (20.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.3 bpg) and Rasheed Wallace (17.8 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.9 bpg), a potentially more important duel will be between sophomore forwards Keith Booth (12.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Jerry Stackhouse (21.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg). Earlier in the season, Booth and Smith helped get UMass All-American Lou Roe in foul trouble, but the former Dunbar star wound up fouling out himself and it cost the Terps. The Terps have an advantage in experience and depth, but must get help off the bench.

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