Today's games

January 28, 1996

Maryland (9-6) at Duke (11-7)

Site: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, N.C.

Time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 2/WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: Starting with Duke, the Terps (2-3 ACC) enter a pivotal stretch with four road games in their next five. They must win at Duke (2-4 ACC) if they're going to make a serious run in the ACC. Two underclassmen have played big of late -- 6-9 sophomore C Obinna Ekezie, averaging 9.3 ppg and 9.5 rpg as a starter, and 6-0 freshman G Terrell Stokes, with a 3-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in ACC games (starting point guard Duane Simpkins has as many turnovers as assists in league play). Maryland swept Duke last season, but the Blue Devils have won 15 of the past 17 and 21 of the past 24 in the series.

Hartford (3-14)

at Towson State (10-6)

Site: Towson Center

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Seniors Scooter Alexander and Ralph Blalock combined for 40 points Friday night in Towson State's 91-83 win over Vermont. The Tigers (6-2 NAC) made it easier to forget their previous game, a 20-point loss to Hofstra. Towson has won five of its past six, including an 88-73 victory at Hartford on Jan. 20, when Michael Keyes scored 17 points. Blalock is averaging 18.6 ppg, Alexander 12.4 ppg. Hartford (3-7 NAC) lost its third straight, 90-66, to Delaware on Friday despite 14 points and 14 rebounds from Justin Bailey (10.1 ppg). Ryan Howse averages 14.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg.

Manhattan (9-8) at Loyola (6-9)

Site: Reitz Arena

Time: 2 p.m.

TV: HTS (delayed broadcast, 11:30 p.m.)

Outlook: Earlier this month, Loyola held the Jaspers to 28 percent shooting from the field in a surprising 59-54 win. The Greyhounds (3-2 MAAC) have won five of their past seven. Sophomore G Mike Powell averages 18.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 4.0 apg. Junior F Anthony Smith (15.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg), senior G Teron Owens (10.2 ppg) and freshman F Nsilo Abraham (9.1 ppg, 4.9 rgp) also have been strong during Loyola's surge. The Greyhounds edged St. Peter's on Tuesday, 64-63 -- their first one-point win in almost four years. They shot a season-best 51 percent and made 12 steals. Smith had 17 points and Powell had a career-high eight assists. Manhattan (2-3 MAAC) is coming off Thursday's 61-40 rout of Siena. They lead the series, 13-5. Sophomore F Heshimu Evans averages 13.4 ppg for Manhattan.

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