Loss ousts Morgan men as MEAC champions

March 01, 2011|By From Sun staff and news reports

Thomas Coleman scored 21 points and Marc Hill made six free throws in the final minute as North Carolina A&T beat visiting Morgan State, 68-60, Monday night.

The victory by the Aggies (15-15, 9-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) ended a three-year reign by the Bears (15-12, 10-5) as conference regular-season champions, giving Bethune-Cookman the No. 1 tournament seed.

North Carolina A&T led 46-34, in the second half, but after Morgan State cut it to six points, 60-54, Hill missed two free throws for the Aggies. A 3-pointer by the Bears' Aric Brooks (St. Frances) made it 60-57 with 1:39 left.

Hill got three more chances to go to the line down the stretch and made both shots each time to keep the Aggies ahead.

Nic Simpson had 12 points and Hill 11 for the Aggies.

Rodney Stokes (Old Mill) led Morgan State with a career-best 18 points, Brooks had 13 and Kevin Thompson (Walbrook) and Dewayne Jackson 11 each.

Coppin State 76, Norfolk State 69: Jordan Lee (Loch Raven) scored a game-high 20 points and the Eagles (15-13, 10-5 MEAC) made 24 of 28 free throws to defeat the host Spartans (9-19, 7-8).

Lee, who was 6-for-10 from the field and 5-for-5 from the foul line, led four players in double-figure scoring for the Eagles. Michael Harper had 14 points and Vince Goldsberry and Tony Gallo each had 13 points.

Honors: Navy freshman forward J.J. Avila was voted the Patriot League's Rookie of the Year, and junior Jordan Sugars was named to the All-Patriot League second team. Freshman Isaiah Roberts joined Avila on the All-Rookie team. Avila, who was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week eight times this year, is the second Midshipman to be voted Rookie of the Year, joining David Robinson (1984). … Holy Cross junior guard Devin Brown (City) was selected to the second team. . … Loyola junior forward Shane Walker was named to the All-MAAC third team, and freshman guard Justin Drummond was selected to the All-Rookie team. … Delaware freshman guard Devon Saddler (Aberdeen) was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week.

Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week for the second straight week. The freshman averaged 22.5 points and 3.5 assists in two conference games, including a career-high 28 points in Sunday's 87-76 loss at No.19 North Carolina. Stoglin also had 17 points and four assists in the Terps' 78-62 win over visiting Florida State.

Division III tournament: St. Mary's College of Maryland was selected as one of 13 sites hosting four teams for first- and second-round competition in the NCAA Division III tournament. Friday night's first game will pit No. 8 Randolph-Macon against Alvernia at 5:30 p.m.; St. Mary's will take on Medgar Evers at 7:30 p.m.

Women

Saint Francis (Pa.) 62, Mount St. Mary's 61, OT: The visiting Mount (8-21, 5-13) nearly spoiled the Red Flash's Northeast Conference regular-season title hopes, but Brittany Lilley scored a layup with 3.7 seconds left in overtime to give Saint Francis (18-11, 14-4) the regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

Mary Dunn paced the Mount with 13 points and finished 16th in school history in points with 1,191 and fourth in rebounds with 851.

Coppin State 64, Norfolk State 50: Freshman Kyra Coleman scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the visiting Eagles (11-16, 8-7 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) ended a two-game losing streak by beating the Spartans (9-17, 2-13).

Coleman sparked a second-half rally as she scored 16 of her 20 points after halftime in helping Coppin State overcome a four-point deficit at the break.

No. 15 Maryland (23-6, 9-5) earned the No. 4 seed and a bye in the ACC quarterfinals at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. The Terps will play their opening game Friday against the winner of Thursday's game between No. 5 Georgia Tech (21-9, 9-5) and No.12 Virginia Tech (11-18, 1-13).

More tournament news: Johns Hopkins will make its ninth appearance in the Division III NCAA tournament, drawing Richard Stockton on Friday in Newport News, Va. Host Christopher Newport will play York, Pa.

Honors: Loyola's Miriam McKenzie (Oakland Mills) was named to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference first team. McKenzie, a 5-10 junior guard, averaged 14.2 points per game, second best in the league. Erica DiClemente and Katie Sheahin were named to the second team. Maryland freshman Alyssa Thomas was named ACC Rookie of the Week. …Navy freshman forward Jade Geif was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week.

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