Tonight's games

February 20, 1997

UMBC (4-20, 1-11) at Liberty (19-8, 9-3)

Site: Vines Center, Lynchburg, Va.

Time: 7

Outlook: These teams could meet again next week in the first round of the Big South Conference tournament in Lynchburg, Va. First-place Liberty has won seven of its past eight, the only loss coming in double overtime to UNC-Asheville. Senior C Peter Aluma (15.3 ppg, 6.3 rebounds, 82 blocks) has been a bit of a disappointment, but he still poses matchup problems for UMBC. Only one Retriever averages double figures in scoring: sophomore G Alhamisi Simms (10.9 ppg), who has come off the bench the last two games.Simms scored 19 in a 65-52 loss to Liberty on Jan. 13.

Robert Morris (3-21, 2-14) at Mount St. Mary's (12-12, 8-8)

Site: Knott Arena, Emmitsburg

Time: 7: 30

Radio: WXTR (820 AM)

Outlook: The Mountaineers won for the seventh time in nine games Monday night, defeating St. Francis of N.Y., 86-69. Senior G Silas Cheung scored 25 points off the bench for the Mount, which is in sixth place in the Northeast Conference. Robert Morris, the last-place team in the NEC, lost to Monmouth, 82-59, and has dropped six in a row. Robert Morris is 0-13 away from home and assured of the 10th seeding in the league tournament. Junior G Damien Delts leads the Colonials at 12.3 ppg and 6.6 rpg.The Mount won the earlier game between these teams, 80-73, on Jan. 23.

South Carolina St. (12-10, 11-3) at Coppin State (15-8, 12-3)

Site: Coppin Center

Time: 7: 30

Outlook: Coppin rebounded from Saturday's 86-82 upset loss at Florida A&M by winning for the 11th time in 12 games, 73-56, at Bethune-Cookman on Monday. Junior G Anthoine Brockington had 19 points, and junior C Kareem Lewis added 18 points. Their production was needed because senior F Terquin Mott was serving a one-game suspension for disciplinary reasons, and senior F Reggie Welch didn't play because of a broken left hand. Both players, who average a combined 31 points a game, are expected to be available tonight. Coppin moved into first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, a half-game ahead of South Carolina State, which brings the league's probable Player of the Year, junior G Roderick Blakney (22.8 ppg). Blakney had 34 points in a 92-88 win over Coppin on Jan. 9.

Morgan State (6-16, 5-9) at Delaware State (5-17, 5-9)

Site: Memorial Hall, Dover, Del.

Time: 8

Outlook: These teams are tied for seventh place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Morgan had been tied for fourth before losing four straight games. The Bears fell to 0-14 on the road with Monday night's 64-54 loss at Florida A&M. They shot just 29 percent from the field. Sophomore G Rasheed Sparks (13.1 ppg) led Morgan with 19 points. Delaware State is coming off Monday's 87-86 overtime victory over Howard and is looking to avenge a 77-60 loss to Morgan on Jan. 18.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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