Tonight's games

January 04, 1996

South Carolina State (4-4) at Morgan State (1-10)

Site: Hill Field House

Time: 7:30

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: The Bears have lost seven in a row since defeating UMBC in their only other game at Hill Field House on Dec. 7. The latest loss was Tuesday, 98-58 to Marquette. Senior G Paul Grant led the Bears, as he has many times this season, with 14 points. Morgan continues to struggle with its shooting, going 19-for-68 from the field. This is the MEAC opener for both schools. South Carolina State is coming off consecutive losses by a combined 12 points.

St. Joseph's (4-3) at Loyola (2-7)

Site: Reitz Arena

Time: 7:30

Radio: WCAO (600 AM)

Outlook: Loyola ended a seven-game losing streak with a 73-55 win over Holy Cross last week in the consolation round of the Otis Spunkmeyer Classic in Oakland, Calif. Senior Teron Owens has 34 points in two games since moving into the starting lineup at shooting guard. Sophomore Mike Powell (19.2, 5.0 rpg) switched to the point after John McDonald left school over the Christmas holiday. Junior F Anthony Smith, a transfer from Duquesne, has 31 points in two games since becoming eligible. This is Loyola's first home game in a month. St. Joseph's leads the series, 16-6, including last season's 83-53 win. The Hawks have beaten Loyola 12 straight times. The Greyhounds' last win came in 1930.

Towson State (4-4) at New Hampshire (1-7)

Site: Recreation and Sports Complex, Durham, N.H.

Time: 7:30

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: This is the first meeting between these schools and Towson's first game in the NAC. Against their common opponent, New Hampshire lost to Navy by three points, and Towson defeated the Midshipmen by 14. The Tigers are led by senior F/G Ralph Blalock at 18.8 ppg. Senior F Stevie Thomas is averaging 11.6 ppg and 7.0 rpg, and senior G Scooter Alexander averages 10.9 ppg. Towson's first three losses were by a combined 15 points. Damon Cason (Southern-B) has a separated shoulder and isn't expected back until the end of January.

Rice (7-3) at Navy (4-5)

Site: Alumni Hall, Annapolis

Time: 7:30

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook:The Midshipmen have dropped three straight, most recently in overtime against St. Bonaventure and a one-point loss to Harvard Tuesday night, when they were held to a season-low 48 points. Coach Don DeVoe continues to juggle his starting lineup. Rice has won five straight.

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