Hopkins men, women earn shots at Centennial titles

Navy men erase deficit, slip past Army, 43-37

UMBC women rally, 48-46

State

February 29, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Five players scored in double figures for Johns Hopkins, including three with 20 or more, and the Blue Jays advanced to the Centennial Conference championship by outlasting Ursinus, 107-101, in Lancaster, Pa.

The Blue Jays will play Franklin & Marshall, a 75-49 winner over Gettysburg.

Frank Mason led third-seeded Johns Hopkins with 30 points. Eric Toback and Matt Righter added 23 apiece to help offset a 42-point performance by Ursinus' Dennis Stanton.

Ursinus (16-10), the tournament's second seed, led 48-42 at the half, but the Blue Jays (17-8) shot 66.7 percent in the second half and scored 65 second-half points.

Each team had six steals, and the two combined for just two blocks.

In the other semifinal, top-seeded F&M (23-3) outscored Gettysburg (15-12) 41-19 in the second half. Duran Searles scored 15 points and Jackiem Wright and Steve Juskin each added 14 for the Diplomats.

Navy 43, Army 37: The visiting Mids (5-22, 2-12 Patriot League) rallied from a nine-point, second-half deficit to win their second straight, and coach Don Devoe, who is retiring at season's end, improved his record over the Black Knights (6-20, 3-11) to 26-3.

LaRoche 44, Frostburg State 42: Brandon Kelley's layup with 20 seconds remaining in overtime in Erie, Pa., the only shot made in the period, lifted the Redhawks (14-14) over the Bobcats (15-13), who lost the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament championship game for the second time in three years.

Mount St. Mary's 57, Wagner 38: The visiting Mountaineers (9-18, 7-10) remained in the Northeast Conference playoff picture behind a solid defensive effort and 18 points from Landy Thompson for a victory over the Seahawks (12-15, 9-8).

A win tomorrow over Monmouth and a Wagner win over Sacred Heart would put the Mountaineers in the tournament.

Women

Johns Hopkins 85, Franklin & Marshall 76: The host Blue Jays (23-2) won for the 11th straight time and will play McDaniel for the Centennial Conference championship today at 2. Maureen Myers led the Blue Jays with a game-high 33 points. Courtney Tierney scored 23 for the Diplomats (12-12).

Jacqueline Pundt scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds for McDaniel (22-3), which topped Muhlenberg, 83-76, in the other semifinal. Kristen Piscaldo scored a game-high 22 points for the Mules (19-7).

UMBC 48, Hartford 46: The host Retrievers (4-21, 4-12 America East) rallied from 11 points down and did not give up a field goal to the Hawks (18-9, 9-7) in the final 8:38. Sharri Rohde led UMBC with 15 points.

Wagner 66, Mount St. Mary's 57: Carrie Walker scored 11 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in her second game back from a hand injury and the host Seahawks (8-10, 11-15 Northeast Conference) ended a five-game losing streak. Beth Foster and Samira Rashid each scored 14 points for the Mountaineers (8-9, 9-17).

Army 65, Navy 60: The visiting Mids (13-16, 6-8 Patriot League) trimmed a 14-point deficit to five in the final minutes, but Katie Mcfarlane (16 points) converted a three-point play to help seal the victory for the Black Knights (14-13, 6-8). Adrienne Roseti scored 17 points for Navy. The Mids attempted 12 free throws to 36 for the Black Knights.

Mary Baldwin 77, Hood 76: The Blazers (20-8), who did not lose a conference game in the regular season, missed three shots in the final seconds, losing the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference tournament final in Chambersburg, Pa. The Squirrels (20-8), behind Lynn Malone's 32 points, earned a spot in the NCAA Division III tournament.

In the consolation game, Chestnut Hill (17-11) got a game-high 21 points from Bethann Castone to beat the College of Notre Dame, 69-57. The Gators (14-12) got 14 points from Casie Hall.

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