College basketball roundup: La Salle defeats Morgan, 79-74

Towson falls to Buffalo

UMBC loses to Central Conn. State

Mount wins

November 21, 2010|By Baltimore Sun Staff

Aaric Murray scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and La Salle held off Morgan State, 79-74, on Saturday in the second game of the Cancun Challenge.

The Explorers (3-1) took a 39-22 halftime lead after shooting 59.3 percent from the field (16 of 27) compared with 27.8 percent (10 of 36) for the Bears (1-2).

Morgan State opened the second half on a 22-5 run, with Aric Brooks making a layup to tie the score at 44 with 12:48 to go. The Bears extended their lead to three points and were ahead 52-49 when the Explorers used a 14-3 run to take the lead for good.

Morgan State's Justin Black scored a game-high 20 points. Black hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 78-74 but could pull no closer. Murray had nine blocks to break the school's single-game record, the last coming with 24 seconds left to play.

La Salle controlled the tempo in the first half, going on an 18-2 run and holding Morgan State scoreless for four minutes.

Trailing 39-22 at the half, the Bears went on a second-half run to cut the lead to six.

Buffalo 87, Towson 76: The Tigers (1-2) made a late run but couldn't overcome the Bulls (2-1).

Buffalo led by as many as 14 points, but Towson came within four with four minutes left on RaShawn Polk's 3-pointer.

Isaiah Philmore led the Tigers with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Braxton Dupree added his first double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

The Bulls have beaten the Tigers in their past two meetings.

Central Connecticut State 82, UMBC 74: The Retrievers (0-3) cut the lead to three with under 12 minutes left before the host Blue Devils (3-0) pulled away.

Central Connecticut State's Shemik Thompson scored his 1,000th career point.

Junior guard Chris De La Rosa posted his second double-double, scoring a career highs 30 points and pulling down 11 rebounds for UMBC.

The Retrievers led by 11 points in the first half, thanks largely to freshman Chase Plummer scoring 12 of the first 22 points.

Mount St. Mary's 68, Savannah State 62: Julian Norfleet made a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left in overtime and Shawn Atupem added a three-point play to lift host Mount St. Mary's (1-2) over the Tigers (1-4).

Norfleet and Atupem combined to score 34 points — 16 and 18, respectively.

The Mount was able to extend the margin to 66-57 on a pair of free throws by Atupem with 43 second left, but Savannah State cut the lead to 66-62 with 15 seconds left. Norfleet and Lamar Trice each went 1-for-2 from the line to close the scoring with eight seconds left.

Louisiana Tech 80, Navy 65: DeAndre Brown scored 15 points, all in the first half, as the Bulldogs (4-1) beat the Midshipmen (1-4) in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer at UC-Irvine.

Brown made five of six 3-point shots in the opening half, but missed all seven of his tries after intermission. Olu Ashaolu added 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Kenyon McNeaill also scored 12 points and had eight assists for the Bulldogs.

Brandon Gibson had 11 points and six rebounds, and Darius Redding added 10 points for Louisiana Tech.

Jordan Sugars led Navy with 11 points, while Mark Veazey and J.J. Avila scored 10 points each. Veazey had seven rebounds.

Frostburg State 56, St. Mary's 54: Jamal Bracken was the Most Valuable Player in the Pride of Maryland tournament and helped lead the Bobcats (3-0) over the Seahawks (2-1) at Stevenson to open their season with a tournament championship.

Bracken scored 17 points for Frostburg against St. Mary's and averaged just over 15 points per game in the tournament.

UMES 86, Kean 68: Dishawn Bradshaw scored 18 points to power the host Hawks (1-3) past the Cougars (2-1).

UMES started the game on an 11-2 run at the 15:45 mark. The Hawks held the Cougars to only free throws until the 14:33 mark with a layup by Jonathan Jones (31 points) to make the score 11-6.

With less than 10 minutes to go, Kean tied the game at 17 before taking a six-point lead. Hillary Haley hit a long 3-point basket coming out of the timeout to come within three at 29-26.

The Hawks took the lead at 34-33 with a three-point play by Haley at the 1:30 mark. Haley was fouled again and this time made a 4-point play with a basket from the corner to put UMES up 40-36 going into halftime.

McDaniel 62, Johns Hopkins 40: The Green Terror (2-1) — led by Devon Lesniak with 13 points — shot nearly 50 percent from the field to take fifth place in the Pride of Maryland Championship. The Blue Jays fell to 1-2.

McDaniel started the second half with a 14-0 run, increasing its lead to 44-17 with 12 minutes left in the game.

Salisbury 71, Juniata 65: Mike Maczko made two free throws with 3:47 left and the Sea Gulls (2-1) pulled away to win the Doc Greene Invitational at Juniata.

The Eagles fell to 1-2. Maczko finished with a career-high 25 points.

Stevenson 65, Hood 64: Greg Woody (Mount St. Joseph) hit a fade-away jumper as time expired to lift the Mustangs (2-2) over the Blazers (2-2) in the third-place game of the Pride of Maryland Championship.

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