Today's games

February 22, 1996

North Carolina-Greensboro (15-9) at UMBC (4-20)

Site: UMBC Fieldhouse

Time: 5:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: HTS/WWLG (1360 AM)

Outlook: No team will look tougher than UMBC's last opponent, Drexel, which dominated the Retrievers on Tuesday in an 87-55 win. Now it's back to Big South competition. UMBC is 2-10 in the league and assured of the seventh seed in next week's tournament in Lynchburg, Va. The Retrievers won't get far unless freshman Alhamisi Simms breaks out of his shooting slump. Though he had 16 points against Drexel, including 14 in the second half, he was just 5-for-17 from the field. Senior G Tony Thompson continues to lead UMBC in scoring at 16.3 ppg. This game originally was scheduled for Feb. 3, but an ice storm caused its postponement. Greensboro (9-3 in Big South) defeated UMBC last month, 77-65, despite 20 points and nine rebounds from Thompson. Greensboro's Tony Daughtry scored a season-high 18 points. The Spartans, coming off Monday's 62-58 non-conference loss to N.C. Charlotte, are vying for the No. 1 seeding in the tournament. Senior Brian Brunson averages 12.0 ppg and 5.2 rpg. Senior Eric Cuthrell averages 9.0 rpg.

South Carolina State (18-6) at Coppin State (15-9)

Site: Coppin Center

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The rematch comes quickly. South Carolina State downed the Eagles on Monday, 81-69, behind 21 points from senior F Derrick Patterson (16.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg), and the Bulldogs took over sole possession of first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference at 13-1. Coppin fell to 12-2 and lost to a MEAC opponent during the regular season for only the third time in four years. S.C. State hadn't beaten the Eagles since February 1992. Senior G Allen Watson scored 21 points Monday, and junior C Terquin Mott (19.4 ppg) added 17. But junior F Reggie Welch (17.3 ppg) was held to three. The Eagles will try to extend the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 40 games.

This game was postponed Jan. 8 because of inclement weather.

Fairfield (15-8) at Loyola (10-12)

Site: Reitz Arena

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Radio: WCAO (600 AM)

Outlook: These teams are tied for second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at 7-4. This is the highest Loyola has been this late in the season in its seven years in the MAAC. The Greyhounds are coming off one of their grittiest wins in recent years, a 64-63 overtime victory at Canisius on Monday. Junior Anthony Smith (15.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg) scored 19, including the clinching free throw with seven seconds left in overtime. The Greyhounds overcame an injury to freshman F Nsilo Abraham (broken nose) and early foul trouble from sophomore G Mike Powell (20.0 ppg, 4.2 apg), who was limited to 11 points. Fairfield won the most recent game between these schools, 71-68, on Feb. 13. Junior G Greg Francis (16.8 ppg) scored 19 points, and the Stags held off a late Loyola rally. Powell had 31 points. Fairfield fell out of a first-place MAAC tie with Iona with Monday's 67-61 loss to the Gaels. Junior F Shannon Bowman averages 15.0 ppg and 6.4 rpg. Fairfield ranks last in the MAAC in scoring defense, allowing 71.8 ppg. Loyola is fourth at 66.3 ppg.

Maryland (13-9) at N.C. State (14-11)

Site: Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, N.C.

Time: 9 p.m.

TV/Radio: ESPN/WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: Maryland's Johnny Rhodes needs seven steals to pass former N.C. State guard Chris Corchiani and become the all-time steals leader in the ACC. The Terps have won three in a row in the series, including a 77-74 overtime victory Jan. 20, when Keith Booth had 14 points and 15 rebounds. The Terps are 5-6 in the ACC, the Wolfpack 3-9. State has lost three in a row, and is 3-7 this season in games decided by five points or less. Todd Fuller is averaging 20.8 ppg in the ACC, but had a season-low eight against the Terps' Obinna Ekezie in January. The Wolfpack averages 27.5 three-point shots a game, but hits only 31.4 percent from beyond the arc.

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