Today's games

January 13, 1996

Maryland (6-5) at No. 8 Wake Forest (9-1)

Site: Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Time: Noon

TV/Radio: ESPN/WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: Maryland (0-2 in the ACC) must defend 6-10 Tim Duncan and a host of capable three-point shooters. Both teams win with defense, but Wake Forest (2-0 ACC) is playing it better to this point. The Demon Deacons are second in the ACC in scoring defense, second in field-goal percentage defense and -- thanks to Duncan -- first in blocks. The Terps are eighth in those categories. Wake has the bonus dimension of being a good perimeter-shooting team with three of the ACC's top six three-point shooters, led by 6-10 forward Ricky Peral (21 of 37, 56.8 percent).

Mount St. Mary's (6-4) at St. Francis, N.Y. (6-5)

Site: PE Center, Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.

Time: 2 p.m.

Radio: WQSI (820 AM)

Outlook: The Mountaineers are 2-0 in the NEC and coming off Thursday night's 78-56 win at Rider. Senior G Riley Inge continues his hot streak -- he again led the Mount in scoring, this time with 23 points -- and sophomore C Gerben Van Dorpe had seven blocks in the first half. St. Francis is 0-3 in the NEC. Senior G Robert Bailey has made at least one three-pointer in 18 straight games.

Navy (6-6) at Lafayette (2-10)

Site: Kirby Fieldhouse, Easton, Pa.

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen are coming off a 60-57 upset of conference favorite Bucknell Wednesday night. Sophomore Eddie Lucas scored 17 points and senior center Alex Kohnen added 10. Navy is 6-0 when Kohnen, averaging 6.8 points, scores in double figures. The Leopards have lost six straight, but have matched last year's victory total (2-25) by beating Cornell and Columbia. Navy won both meetings last season.

Coppin State (5-7) at Delaware State (3-8)

Site: Memorial Hall, Dover, Del.

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles won their second straight, 72-69, over UMES and are 2-0 in the MEAC. Terquin Mott had 26 points and Reggie Welch added 24. Coppin leads the series, 21-8, and has won eight in a row. The Eagles defeated Delaware State, 83-57, in the quarterfinals of last season's conference tournament. Coach Fang Mitchell is 18-2 against the Hornets. Delaware State is led by sophomore F Brian Parker (14.8 ppg).

Charleston Southern (6-7) at UMBC (1-11)

Site: UMBC Fieldhouse

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Can the season get any worse for the Retrievers? Still coping with the unexpected death of sophomore G Matt Skalsky, they have lost 11 in a row and may be without their leading scorer. Senior G Tony Thompson left Wednesday night's 79-63 loss to Liberty with a sprained ankle and is doubtful for tonight. UMBC is 0-2 in the Big South under first-year coach Tom Sullivan. The Retrievers lost to Charleston Southern twice last season, when the Bucs won the conference title.

Boston University (6-7) at Towson State (6-5)

Site: Towson Center

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Towson won its first NAC home game Thursday night, 78-65, over Northeastern, and is 2-1 in the conference. Ralph Blalock (18.5 ppg) scored 24 points and Scooter Alexander (11.7 ppg) -- who is looking better each game -- added 15. Michael Keyes had 13 points and five assists. The Tigers are 72-14 at the Towson Center over the last seven years. Boston leads the series, 2-0, its most recent win coming in 1983 by 82-77. The Terriers suffered a 62-50 loss to Delaware on Thursday and are 3-2 in the NAC.

Howard (0-10) at UMES (8-6)

Site: Tawes Gymnasium, Princess Anne

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Radio: WTGM (960 AM)

Outlook: The Fighting Hawks had a three-game winning streak broken Thursday night, but not before throwing a scare into Coppin State, which escaped with a 72-69 victory. Senior F Aaron McKinney had a game-high 34 points and was 9-for-12 from beyond the arc. The Hawks are 3-1 in the MEAC. UMES lost to Howard in overtime last season, 76-75, then defeated the Bison, 81-66, a month later.

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