Today's games

February 22, 1997

Navy (17-8, 9-2) at Holy Cross (8-17, 5-6)

Site: Hart Center, Worcester, Mass.

Time: 3 p.m.

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen, riding a six-game winning streak, can win the Patriot League title outright with a victory. It would give Navy a first-round bye in the conference tournament. If Navy loses, Colgate or Bucknell could clinch first place. The Mids won the first meeting with Holy Cross in Annapolis on Jan. 29, 83-75, behind junior F Michael Heary's career-high 38 points. Heary leads the team in scoring (17.5). The Crusaders lost Thursday night to Bucknell, 71-61. Senior G Damion Ezell is their top scorer (15.8).

No. 12 North Carolina (18-6, 8-5) at No. 14 Maryland (20-6, 9-4)

Site: Cole Field House, College Park

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/Radio: Chs. 54, 9/WBAL (1090 AM), WTOP (1500 AM)

Outlook: The Terrapins meet one of the country's hottest teams in the Tar Heels, who have won six straight and shot 50 percent or better in eight of their past 10 games. They also held Wake Forest to a season-low 31 percent in Wednesday's 74-60 victory in Chapel Hill. Sophomore G Vince Carter (12.6 ppg) is finally living up to the hype that marked his arrival last season; he has been in double figures in nine of the past 10 games. Sophomore F Antawn Jamison (18.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg) is still the toughest matchup for Maryland. Jamison and Keith Booth (19.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg) likely will go head-to-head, but the Terrapins need to get Obinna Ekezie (10 ppg, 6.6 rpg) going, as well. Ekezie had his best game this year against the Tar Heels. It will be interesting to see if Gary Williams will go to a smaller lineup, as he did in Wednesday's 76-68 win at Georgia Tech, if the Terrapins get into foul trouble.

Charleston Southern (14-11, 7-6) at UMBC (4-21, 1-12)

Site: UMBC Fieldhouse

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: UMBC had been playing much better, but was no match for Liberty on Thursday, 84-66. Sophomore G Michael van Veen had 19 points. The Retrievers lost to Charleston Southern last month, 64-57. The Buccaneers have the Big South Conference's leading scorer in senior G Brett Larrick (19.0 ppg), but senior G Errol McPherson (17.2 ppg, 5.3 apg) is out for the season with an injury. This is the regular-season finale for both teams.

North Carolina A&T (13-8, 11-3) at Morgan State (6-17, 5-10)

Site: Hill Field House

Time: 4 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: Morgan lost its fifth straight Thursday, 78-58, at Delaware State, lowering its road record to 0-15 and falling farther in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference standings. North Carolina A&T moved into second place in the MEAC with Thursday's 71-62 win over Hampton. A&T defeated Morgan, 84-63, on Jan. 11. The Aggies are led by senior F Kimani Stewart (14.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg), who's shooting better than 57 percent from the field.

St. Francis, Pa. (12-13, 9-8) at Mount St. Mary's (13-12, 9-8)

Site: Knott Arena, Emmitsburg

Time: 7: 30 p.m.

Radio: WXTR (820 AM)

Outlook: It took awhile, but the Mountaineers finally got above .500 with Thursday's 81-70 win over Robert Morris, their eighth victory in 10 games. They're guaranteed a first-round bye in the Northeast Conference tournament. St. Francis lost to Rider on Thursday, 73-66, ending a four-game winning streak. The Mount defeated St. Francis, 63-59, last month. This is the final regular-season game for both teams, who are tied for fifth in the NEC.

Delaware (14-14, 8-9) at Towson State (7-18, 4-13)

Site: Towson Center

Time: 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams are coming off non-America East losses Tuesday. Towson State led three times in the second half before falling to West Virginia, 100-86, ending a two-game winning streak. Junior Fs Ralph Biggs and Derick Newton had 22 and 19 points, respectively. Delaware lost to St. Joseph's, 77-65. The Blue Hens are the highest-scoring team in America East and boast the conference's top scorer and rebounder in senior Greg Smith.

Pub Date: 2/22/97

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