Vermont tops Towson despite 32 from Biggs Mount St. Mary's women, Bowie women romp

State

January 30, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Vermont's Tony Orciari scored 25 points and Tyler Murphy added 15 as the Catamounts retained a share of first place in America East with a 76-71 win over visiting Towson University last night.

Vermont (13-6, 8-3) shot 54.9 percent and had 18 assists on 28 baskets to overcome a 32-point effort from Towson's Ralph Biggs.

Biggs, who tied his career high, scored 29 in the second half to help the Tigers (4-13, 2-8) close the gap.

Vermont led 54-39 on Matt Chotkowski's two foul shots with 13: 51 left before Biggs led a Towson comeback. Biggs scored in the lane with 4: 30 left to cut Vermont's lead to 66-62.

Vermont's Murphy then made a three-pointer, and Biggs came back with a three-pointer to make it 69-65 with 2: 37 left.

Ryan Lexer scored 17 for Towson.

Women

Mount St. Mary's 63, St. Francis (N.Y.) 46: Megan Gardiner scored 26 and had 10 rebounds to power the visiting Mountaineers (11-8, 7-2) past the Terriers in a Northeast Conference game.

Gardiner scored all 14 Mount points over a 9: 34 stretch of the second half in which the Terriers (7-11, 4-5) were held scoreless.

St. Francis was held to 28 percent shooting (14-for-50).

Bowie State 93, St. Paul's 62: Rashida Brooks led all scorers with 25 points and had 11 rebounds as the visiting Bulldogs (18-1) defeated St. Paul's (1-17). Rebecca Rolle scored 17 points and Tarsha Wilson 13 for Bowie State.

Liberty 65, UMBC 39: Sharon Wilkerson led all scorers with 18 and the host Flames (19-0, 6-0) never trailed en route to a Big South Conference win over the Retrievers (5-15, 2-5).

Monica Logan led UMBC with 12 points.

Liberty had 17 points off turnovers and 17 second-chance points.

Gallaudet 86, Western Maryland 67: Ronda Jo Miller's game-high 29 points and Dawn Birley's 21 powered the host Bison (15-2) past the Green Terror (10-7) in a nonconference game.

Katie Haley led Western Maryland with 14 points.

Miller, a 6-foot-2 sophomore center who entered the week as the top scorer in NCAA Division III with a 28.5-point average, became the sixth Gallaudet player to reach 1,000 points.

Pub Date: 1/30/98

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