Today's games

March 01, 1997

Morgan State (8-17, 7-10) at Howard (7-18, 7-10)

Site: Burr Gymnasium, Washington

Time: 4 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: Morgan needs a repeat victory over the Bison to avert the play-in game of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament. If the Bears lose, they likely will meet Maryland-Eastern Shore, the ninth seed, Monday at Morgan. F Chris Watson, the team's top scorer, is expected back from a sprained ankle that forced him to miss Monday's win over South Carolina State. Morgan won the first game, 88-69, on Feb. 3 with Tremaine Byrd scoring 28 points and Rasheed Sparks adding 19 points and nine rebounds. But the Bears are 0-15 on the road and Howard has won two straight at home.

UMES (10-15, 6-11) at Coppin State (17-8, 14-3)

Site: Coppin Center

Time: 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles already have wrapped up their fifth straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season title and seventh in eight years. They have won three straight and 13 of the past 14 games and are the No. 1 seed for the league tournament. With a loss, UMES will be consigned to the tourney play-in game Monday between the eighth and ninth seeds. Coppin won the first meeting, 85-79, with Reggie Welch scoring 32 points. C Terquin Mott missed that game with an injury.

MAAC tournament

Loyola (13-13, 10-4) vs. Niagara (10-16, 5-9)

Site: Marine Midland Arena, Buffalo, N.Y.

Time: 9: 30 p.m.

Radio: WWLG (1360 AM)

Outlook: Other than in 1994, when upsets paved the way to its only NCAA berth, Loyola has never gone past the quarterfinals in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, but the Greyhounds are favored against Niagara. Loyola owns eight straight wins over the Golden Eagles. The Greyhounds won nine of their last 10 MAAC games to finish with the third seed, and sixth-seeded Niagara won only three of its last 14. Loyola is led by all-MAAC G Mike Powell (16.2 ppg), second-team F Anthony Smith (15.3) and all-rookie selection Jason Rowe (14.1). F Chris Watson (17.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg) is the top player for Niagara. Depth is a concern for the Greyhounds, as coach Brian Ellerbe typically uses just seven players.

Pub Date: 3/01/97

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