Loyola edged by N.C. State

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Coppin loses 10th straight

Mount St. Mary's ends six-game skid

December 30, 2008|By From Sun news services

Ben McCauley had 16 points and host North Carolina State got a key defensive stop in the final seconds to hold off Loyola, 62-60, last night.

Courtney Fells added 11 points for the Wolfpack (8-2), which twice blew double-digit leads before finally bouncing back from last week's last-second loss to Marquette.

N.C. State led by 14 points in the opening minutes and by 16 with 8 1/2 minutes left before surviving a tense final few minutes for the win.

Marquis Sullivan (Archbishop Spalding) scored 21 points for the Greyhounds (4-8), who cut the deficit to 61-60 on a hanging layup from Jamal Barney with 51.3 seconds left.

Then, after forcing a miss from McCauley inside and a missed tip attempt from Brandon Costner, the Greyhounds got the ball back and called timeout with 17.7 seconds left to set up a shot for the win. But when Barney drove the left side toward the goal, McCauley stepped out and forced him into a tough fadeaway shot.

The ball hit the front of the rim and Fells grabbed the rebound, drawing the foul with 0.3 of a second left. He made one of two free throws, and Loyola's final three-quarter court heave came after the horn.

Pepperdine 58, Coppin State 56: : Lorne Jackson made a driving layup with six seconds left to lead the Waves to a win over the Eagles in a consolation game at the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu.

Coppin State's Tywain McKee, who led all scorers with 21 points, made the second of two free throws to tie it at 56 with 42 seconds left.

The Waves (2-12) ended a 12-game losing streak dating to Nov. 16. The Eagles (1-10) dropped their 10th straight.

Mount St. Mary's 68, Bryant 44: : Jean Cajou scored 16 points to help the host Mount beat the Bulldogs and end a six-game losing streak.

Cajou added three assists and three steals, while Shawn Atupem scored 12 points off the bench and Kelly Beidler had his fourth double double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Mountaineers (4-8).

Bryant (1-11), in its first year of a four-year transition into Division I, lost its ninth in a row.

The Mountaineers had dropped five games during their losing streak by six points or fewer.

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