New Mexico races past Coppin State, 74-56

Navy women lose final of Navy Classic, 60-53

State

December 22, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Danny Granger and Troy DeVries, playing for the first time this season, gave an instant lift to struggling New Mexico men's basketball team, leading the Lobos to a 74-56 win yesterday over Coppin State in Albuquerque, N.M.

Granger, the former standout at Bradley who transferred to New Mexico last January, scored 18 points - 14 in the second half - and had 9 rebounds. DeVries, who left Portland State at the end of the 2002 fall semester, scored 11 points and had a career-high 12 assists, the most by a New Mexico player in 12 years.

The Lobos (4-3) scored the first 13 points and turned the game into an early rout as the Eagles (3-8) hit only one field goal in the first 14 minutes. The Eagles hit five field goals in the first half, all of them three-pointers.

Jimmy Boykin led Coppin State with 21 points.

Robert Morris 70, UMES 63: Aaron Wellington led all scorers with 22 points in a losing effort for the visiting Hawks (0-3).

Women

Seton Hall 60, Navy 53: The Pirates (7-3) used a 19-rebound advantage to help defeat the host Mids (4-6) in the championship game of the Navy Classic.

Seton Hall out-rebounded Navy by a 51-32 margin, including a 17-8 advantage in offensive rebounds.

Northeastern beat Eastern Illinois, 68-58, in the consolation game.

Central 72, Washington College 55: Ashley Nekola had 21 points and nine rebounds as the Dutch (3-4) downed the Shorewomen (2-4) at the Adidas D-3 Desert Shootout in Las Vegas.

Both teams committed 17 turnovers.

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