Goucher squeaks past St. Mary's in semifinals

Ward's layup at : 20 gives Gophers 64-62 win, spot in CAC final vs. Catholic

February 26, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Senior guard Bakari Ward's layup with 20 seconds left lifted Goucher to a 64-62 victory over visiting St. Mary's last night in the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament.

The Gophers (22-4) will play Catholic in the CAC championship tomorrow.

Goucher's Darrian Lee picked off a pass in the final seconds to thwart the Seahawks' chance at a final shot.

Ward led Goucher with 18 points. Senior Vice Williams added 11 points.

Prince Innis led the Seahawks (13-13), who were ahead 33-26 at halftime, with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Sheldon Taylor had 15 points and three steals.

Catholic 80, Salisbury State 63: Sean Tuohey scored 14 points, Mike Lepeonka had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Mike Gallagher grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Cardinals (21-5) to an easy win over the visiting Sea Gulls (12-14) in a CAC semifinal at DuFour Center.

George Robinson had a game-high 18 points for the Sea Gulls, who shot just 29.2 percent (21-for-72) from the field. Dan Fisher had 12 points and Bernie Dennison and Victory Jackson had eight rebounds apiece.

Delaware State 80, UMES 73: Terence Hood scored a game-high 21 points to lead the host Hornets (8-18, 5-13) over the Fighting Hawks (9-16, 7-11) in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.

Delaware State trailed by as much as 12 points in the first half. Down 35-31 at the half, the Hornets shot 62 percent and outscored UMES 49-38 in the final 20 minutes.

Kevin Wallace led UMES with 17 points.

Women

Morgan State 69, Coppin State 63: The host Bears (11-15, 9-9) assured themselves of fifth place in the MEAC and a rematch with Coppin in the conference tournament next Thursday night at the Richmond (Va.) Coliseum.

Morgan had to hold off a late charge by the Eagles to gain a split of the season series. Coppin handled the Bears, 76-55, in December at the Coppin Center.

Monique Liddell led Morgan with a game-high 23 points and 15 rebounds. Liesha Mitchell led Coppin (13-13, 11-7) with 17 points and Trisha Allen added 13.

Morgan had a 15-point cushion early in the second half before Coppin pulled within 63-60 with 54 seconds remaining.

Towson 80, Drexel 56: Freshman forward Faith Jones made eight of 11 shots and scored a career-high 16 points as the host Tigers (11-15, 6-12) ended a five-game losing streak by rolling over the Dragons (11-15, 7-11).

The win gives the Tigers the No. 7 seed in next week's America East tournament at the University of Vermont. They will play 10th-seeded Boston University in the first round Wednesday.

Towson had five players hit double figures and shot a season-high 56 percent (31-for-60). Shniece Perry had 11 points and 13 rebounds, Mylisa Pilione scored 16 points and Jess Gordon and Jill McGowan each added 14.

The Tigers' 24-point win was their largest margin of victory since an 83-41 win over Charleston Southern in 1995.

Pub Date: 2/26/99

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