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December 21, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

College basketball

Jumper in final seconds gives UMBC men their first victory

UMBC guard Chris De La Rosa's jumper from the left elbow with 1.9 seconds remaining broke a tie and gave the Retrievers (1-9) a 59-57 victory Sunday at American in a game that was postponed one day because of snow. Sophomore wing Chauncey Gilliam (Hammond) led all scorers with 17 points. Forward-center Robbie Jackson (Aberdeen) had 12 points and 10 rebounds. De La Rosa added 11 points, five assists and committed no turnovers in 34 minutes.

More men: : Calvin Lee scored 18 points and Troy Franklin (Mount Carmel) finished with 17 to lead Towson (3-5) to an 82-74 win over Hampton (2-9). Robert Nwankwo added 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Tigers, while RaShawn Polk chipped in with 12 points. The game was postponed from Saturday. The Pirates trailed for much of the second half but went on a 10-0 run, and a 3-pointer from Vincent Simpson cut Towson's lead to 68-65 with 3:44 remaining. Another 3 from Simpson made the score 72-70 with 1:26 left, but the Tigers made 10 of 10 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Women: : Erica DiClemente led a balanced Loyola scoring effort with a career-high 19 points, and the Greyhounds (4-5) earned an 81-74 victory over UMBC (4-5). Miriam McKenzie (Oakland Mills) added 12 points, and Kaitlin Grant and Katie Sheahin each scored nine. Grant had a game-high 12 rebounds. In all, eight Loyola players scored seven or more points. Michelle Kurowski scored 25 for the Retrievers.

Capitals: Saturday night

Sparked by Ovechkin, Washington rallies past Oilers

Alex Ovechkin scored his 22nd and 23rd goals early in the third period and Tomas Fleischmann added the go-ahead goal in the Washington Capitals' 4-2 comeback victory over the host Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. "I challenged him and started him right off the bat in the third and he came through," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "The reason he is the best player in the planet is that instead of going, 'Woe is me, why is the coach yelling at me?' he took up the challenge and said, 'I'll show you' and got three points and led us to the victory." Ovechkin drew the Capitals within a goal at 32 seconds of the third, then tied it at 6:37 with a sharp-angle shot that eluded goalie Jeff Deslauriers. Fleischmann gave Washington the lead with 6:47 left, and Ovechkin helped set up Nicklas Backstrom's goal with 3:41 to play. Michal Neuvirth made 26 saves for his first victory in three games this season. The Capitals (22-8-6) reached 50 points in a franchise-record 36 games. The previous record of 37 games was set in 1984-85 - before the NHL started awarding points for losses after regulation.

Wizards: Saturday night

Hot at home, Suns tire out exhausted Washington

Steve Nash had 15 points and 15 assists before sitting out the fourth quarter Saturday night in a 121-95 rout of the Washington Wizards that pushed the Phoenix Suns to 10-0 at home. Amare Stoudemire had 23 points and 14 rebounds and Jason Richardson scored 22, as the Suns remained the only team in the NBA without a home loss. Gilbert Arenas, who had 45 points and 13 assists as the Wizards ended a six-game losing streak with a win at Golden State on Friday, scored 22 in 23 minutes but made just six of 21 shots. Phoenix shot 52 percent to 36 percent for the Wizards. "Everybody was trying to carry it over," Washington's Nick Young said of the team's play the previous night, "but it's tough to play back-to-back fast-break games." Young had 20 points and Antawn Jamison 15 for Washington, which finished its West Coast swing with a 1-3 record.

Et cetera

Rescheduled Crab Bowl set to kick off tonight

The Maryland Crab Bowl, a senior football all-star game that was snowed out Saturday, is scheduled for 7 tonight at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Baltimore regional team will consist of players from Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore Howard, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, Cecil, Harford, Carroll and Garrett counties and the Eastern Shore. The Washington regional team will consist of players from Montgomery, Prince George's, Calvert, St. Mary's and Charles counties. A youth game will be played at 5:30 p.m. For information, call 301-346-4035.

- From Sun staff and news services

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