Del. State rips Morgan UMBC falls to Liberty

February 21, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Javan Steadman scored a game-high 23 points and had eight assists to lead Delaware State to a 78-58 win yesterday over Morgan State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game in Dover, Del.

Brian Walker added 21 points and Chris Nurse 11 for the Hornets (6-17, 6-9), who won their third straight. The Bears (6-17, 5-10) lost their fifth in a row.

Delaware State led 26-21 at halftime and 41-38 with 11: 44 remaining before a 12-6 spurt increased the Hornets' lead to 53-44 on a free throw by Nurse, who had 16 rebounds.

Tremaine Byrd led Morgan State with 14 points. The Bears made just two of 21 three-point attempts and were out-rebounded 51-36.

Liberty 84, UMBC 66: Center Peter Aluma scored 20 points as the host Flames (20-8, 10-3) beat the Retrievers (4-21, 1-12) in a Big South Conference game.

UMBC, which trailed 41-28 at the half, was led by Michael van Veen's 19 points.

Liberty used a 10-4 run early in the second half to seal its eighth win in nine games.

Women

South Carolina State 69, Coppin State 68: The Eagles (7-16, 7-9 MEAC) let a 10-point lead at home slip away when Monique Ewing swished a pair of free throws with seven seconds left. Coppin's Kristi Webb had missed the front end of a one-and-one with six seconds left.

Coppin, which had battled back from an eight-point second-half deficit, took a 67-57 advantage on Stephanie Ready's layup with 2: 19 left.

But the Eagles missed four of five free throws in the final 43 seconds, and South Carolina State (5-18, 3-12) outscored them 10-1.

Ready finished with a career-high 21 points, and Lisa Briggs added 20 points and 16 rebounds for Coppin.

Morgan State 65, Delaware State 56: Faith McGriff scored 15 of her team-high 23 points in the second half as the Bears (12-11, 9-6) won a MEAC game on the road. Monique Liddell added 15 points for Morgan State, which led 25-17 at halftime.

Pub Date: 2/21/97

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