Men's college basketball
Loyola's rally falls short; Navy wins at BB&T Classic
Visiting Loyola fought back to within one point after trailing by 22 in the first half, but Ryan Olander scored six straight points and Fairfield (4-3, 1-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) held on for a 65-55 victory Sunday. The Greyhounds (3-4, 0-1) trailed 42-23 three minutes into the second half when they scored 15 straight points as part of an 18-1 run that spanned 8:14 and brought them within two at 43-41. The stretch was capped by an and-one by freshman guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), who scored seven points during the run. The Greyhounds got as close as one once, coming when senior guard Jamal Barney (Southwestern) completed a conventional 3-point play with a free throw to make the score 47-46 with 6:45 to play. But Fairfield pounded the ball inside to the seven-foot Olander and he responded with a pair of layups around two free throws to push the margin to 53-46 with 4:39 remaining. Loyola scored just one field goal over the next 4:19 while the Stags made six free throws, two layups and a jump shot to increase their lead to 11 with 16.3 left to play. Sophomore guard Robert Olson led Loyola with 16 points.
More Division I: Jordan Sugars scored 20 points in his first game back from a hand injury to lead Navy (4-6) to a 64-57 victory over George Washington (2-5) in the middle game of the BB&T Classic in Washington. O.J. Avworo added 10 points for the Midshipmen, who won for the third time in four games and earned their first win at the event, a tripleheader featuring mostly area teams, since 2005. Navy shot 44 percent from 3-point range while holding George Washington to just 14 percent from beyond the arc.
Women's college basketball
Navy's comeback thwarted; Morgan State falls to Elon
Host Navy missed three game-tying 3-point field-goal attempts during the last 100 seconds of a 60-55 loss to Delaware. Two free throws by Elena Delle Donne gave the Blue Hens (6-1) a 58-50 lead over Navy (4-4) with 2:57 left. The Mids sliced the margin to five when senior Angela Myers made a 3-point field goal 15 seconds later. Myers then stole the ball and scored on a layup to make the score 58-55 with 2:21 remaining. Myers, who scored 13 of the Midshipmen's final 16 points, finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Navy senior Cassie Consedine finished with 18 points. Delle Donne had a game-high 20 but shot just 7-for-23.
More Division I: Ali Ford scored 15 of her game-high 24 points in the first half to lead Elon (5-3) to a 69-61 victory over host Morgan State (5-4). The Bears used a 14-5 run to get within 61-54 after back-to-back 3-pointers from MyQueisha Bratton with 5:08 to play, but Morgan State would get no closer. The Phoenix got 13 points each from Kelsey Evans and reserve Julie Taylor (Atholton). Bratton came off the bench to score 15 for the Bears. Erin Hawkins and Brittany Dodson added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Towson's MVP goes to Ibia, senior defensive tackle
Senior defensive tackle Yaky Ibia won the Doc Minnegan Award as Towson's Most Valuable Player. Ibia was an All-Colonial Athletic Association second-team selection; a co-captain, he was second in the CAA with a 13.5 tackles for lost yardage. Other winners were senior wide receiver Hakeem Moore, offensive player; senior linebacker Donte Blakey, defensive player; sophomore defensive back Jordan Dangerfield, special teams player; graduate student quarterback Jeremy Jayne, Tiger Award; sophomore quarterback Brian Potts, Tiger Scholar-Athlete Award; wide receiver Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron), offensive scout team player; linebacker Kenton Powell, defensive scout team player; wide receiver Derrick Joseph, special teams scout team player; Dan Crowley '01, Tiger Football Alumni Dedication Award; and Greg Heitner, '96, Ed Molen Service to Tiger Football Award.
Gillick on Hall ballot today; Spalding's K.K. Smith honored
Former Orioles general manager Pat Gillick will learn this morning whether he has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Gillick is one of 12 candidates on the Hall's Expansion Era (1973 to present) Committee to Consider Managers, Umpires, Executives and Long-Retired Players. The candidates must receive at least 12 votes from a 16-person committee made up of former players, executives and writers. The other 11 candidates are: players Vida Blue, Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Al Oliver, Ted Simmons and Rusty Staub; manager Billy Martin; team owner George Steinbrenner; and players association executive Marvin Miller. Gillick won the World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies and led the Orioles to the American League Championship Series in 1996 and 1997.
Varsity football: The Annapolis Touchdown Club named Archbishop Spalding's K.K. Smith its Rhodes Trophy winner as the best player in Anne Arundel County. Smith, a running back and linebacker, helped the Cavaliers win back-to-back Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championships. This season, he rushed for 1,849 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also had 12 receptions for three touchdowns, returned two punts for touchdowns and scored off a fumble recovery. At linebacker, the senior had 61 tackles, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The Rhodes Trophy is voted on by public and private school football coaches in Anne Arundel County.
—Katherine Dunn, Varsity Letters
—From Sun staff and news services