Notre Dame cruises past Mount, 78-64

Thomas leads No. 21 Irish

Coppin State defeated by No. 19 Cincinnati, 76-56


College Basketball

November 30, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Once Chris Thomas found the range, Notre Dame had nothing to worry about.

Thomas overcame poor early shooting to score 22 points, and Chris Quinn had 15 points and five assists, leading No. 21 Notre Dame past Mount St. Mary's, 78-64, yesterday in South Bend, Ind.

Thomas began the game 1-for-5 from the field, but went 6-for-7 the rest of the way.

He stayed patient when the Mountaineers used a box-and-one to try to keep the ball out of his hands.

"We are trying to get Thomas down the floor and have Quinn come up and handle" the ball, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "I told him in the second half, `You know, you are going to see this all the time, so get used to it.' "

At one point, Thomas made six straight shots, including five three-pointers.

Notre Dame (2-0) improved to 15-1 in November in four seasons under Brey, while Mount St. Mary's (0-5) has lost eight straight road games dating to last season.

No. 19 Cincinnati 76, Coppin State 56: Field Williams matched his career high with 24 points, hitting eight of his 10 three-point shots, and the Bearcats relied on their trapping defense to beat the visiting Eagles.

Cincinnati (3-0) forced 29 turnovers that set up 30 of its points and prevented Coppin State (2-4) from getting too close.

Tony Bobbitt added 21 points for the Bearcats, who put up the most points this season against the Eagles.

Jimmy Boykin scored 21 points for Coppin State, which has played two games in Cincinnati but none at home. The Eagles lost their season opener at Xavier, 62-37, in the Black Coaches Association Classic two weeks ago.

Goucher 68, Guilford 65: Pierre Jones scored 17 to lead the Gophers (2-2) past the Quakers (1-3) in the second round of the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Thanksgiving Classic.

The Gophers led by as many as 10 in the second half, but Guilford had a chance to tie with 10 seconds left, missing two shots and turning the ball over with 2.5 seconds left.

Wilkes 74, St. Mary's 65: The Colonels (3-1) overcame a 40-29 deficit on the boards to defeat the visiting Seahawks.

The Colonels hit nine three-pointers, including five by John Sclafani, who finished with a game-high 19 points and added four assists.

Four players scored in double figures for St. Mary's (0-3), including Joe Farina (13), Dan Engelstad (12), guard Matt Miller (10) and Donovan Gaspard (15).

Muskingum 73, Frostburg 37: Zach Ross scored a game-high 21 points as the visiting Fighting Muskies (3-1) held the Bobcats (2-2) to the seventh lowest scoring output in school history.

The Bobcats shot 25 percent from the floor and committed 24 turnovers.

Ross scored 18 of his points in the first half, including 15 of his team's first 16, as Muskingum opened a 39-13 halftime lead.

Winston-Salem State 75, Bowie State 72: The host Bulldogs (4-1, 0-1) lost their first game of the season, despite 23 points from Anton Jenifer.

Winston-Salem State (5-1, 1-0 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) was led by 16 points from Terris Sifford, 15 from Audly Wehner and 13 from Alleggria Guinn.

The Bulldogs committed 20 turnovers, which Winston-Salem State turned into 25 points. Winston-Salem also outscored Bowie 36-16 in the paint and got 32 points from its bench to the Bulldogs' 12.


No. 13 North Carolina 76, UMBC 34: Leah Metcalf and Ivory Latta scored 16 points to lead the Tar Heels past the visiting Retrievers.

UMBC was within 10 points of the Tar Heels until the last minute of the first half, when UNC opened up a 35-21 advantage.

The Tar Heels (4-0) scored on seven of their first eight possessions of the second half, extending their lead to 48-24.

The Retrievers (0-3) never got closer than 22 points in the second half.

No. 21 Arizona 67, Navy 61: Shawntinice Polk scored 19 points and sparked two key runs to lead the Wildcats (2-2) past the Mids (2-2) in the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu.

After a 17-5 Navy run tied the score at 48 with less than eight minutes left, Polk scored on two consecutive possessions while Navy failed to score on four straight trips up the floor. Three minutes later, Arizona led by eight.

Courtney Davidson led Navy with 21 points. Adrienne Roseti added 15 for Navy, which missed 19 of 24 three-point attempts.

Bowie State 76, Winston-Salem State 68: Allison Hardy scored 36 and dished out five assists as the host Lady Bulldogs outlasted the Lady Rams.

Bowie State (2-4, 1-0 CIAA) shot 60 percent from the floor and hit 14 of 19 free throws in the second half.

Hardy hit 12 of the Lady Bulldogs' 24 field goals and their only two three-point shots.

Johns Hopkins 67, Lake Forest 59: Ashanna Randall scored a team-high 18 points to lead four Blue Jays in double figures in the opening round of the McWilliams Classic at Washington University in St. Louis.

Hopkins (4-0) faces the host Bears in today's championship.

Rowan 79, St. Mary's 69: A 19-4 run by the visiting Profs (4-0) late in the contest ended any chance of the Seahawks (0-3) picking up their first win.

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