Tonight's Games

January 12, 1995

LOYOLA (4-8) at NIAGARA (3-11)

Site: Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Convention Center

Time: 7

Outlook: Loyola and Niagara are both battling to end slides. The Greyhounds, who have dropped a season-worst four straight in nine days, fell to Maine, 71-59, Tuesday. Loyola's Ramone Jones added 15 of a career-best 17 points in the second half. B. J. Pendleton (16.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg) was shut out in the first half, but finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Niagara has lost 32 of its past 41 games after going 23-7 two seasons ago. The Purple Eagles have been plagued with poor shooting, hitting only 30 percent of their shots in a 56-51 loss to Boston U. on Monday. The Greyhounds beat Niagara twice last season, but the Purple Eagles lead the series, 6-4.

MORGAN STATE (0-11) at UMBC (4-7)

Site: UMBC Field House

Time: 7:30

Radio: WWLG (1360 AM), WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: Morgan State, one of three remaining winless teams in Division I, is off to its worst start in eight seasons. The Bears have shown some improvement, shooting 42 percent in their past two games. Brandon Battle has led Morgan State with 22 points in his past two games. Morgan State has lost 13 straight to state schools. After starting the season 1-7, UMBC -- which is 4-2 at home -- has reeled off three straight wins, holding opponents under 60 points each game. Marc Lay is the Retrievers' most consistent offensive player, averaging 12.2 points.

COPPIN STATE (4-8) at UMES (6-7)

Site: Tawes Gymnasium, Princess Anne

Time: 7:30

Radio: WOLB (1010 AM)

Outlook: Coppin State looks to break a shaky beginning to its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule against upstart UMES. After losing their first conference game in two seasons, the Eagles needed overtime to beat 3-9 South Carolina State on Monday. Keith Carmichael scored 26 points against S.C. State with his eighth three-pointer tying the game at the end of regulation. UMES broke out to a 2-0 record in the MEAC, before losing to Bethune-Cookman by five Monday. Coppin State won both meetings with UMES last season by an average of 13 points.

ST. FRANCIS (N.Y.) (3-5) at MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-7)

Site: Knott Arena, Emmitsburg

Time: 7:30

Radio: WQSI (820 AM)

Outlook: Mount St. Mary's three-game winning streak was stopped with a 82-80 loss to St. Francis (Pa.) on Monday. Chris McGuthrie (21.7), who is 34th in the nation in scoring, is on a tear, accumulating 80 points in three games. His backcourt mate, Riley Inge, averages 12.8 points per game. St. Francis is rebuilding, finishing 1-26 last season. The Terriers lost to Monmouth, 82-70, Monday. The Mountaineers, who have won five of the past six meetings with the Terriers, lead the series, 11-8.

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