Loyola Maryland, Navy men fall in opening round of Patriot League tournament

With 86-69 victory, Coppin State lone winner among local men's teams in MEAC play

March 04, 2014|Sports Xchange

Lafayette had four players finish in double figures Monday and pulled away late in the second half to beat eighth-seeded Loyola Maryland, 84-71, and advance to the Patriot League tournament quarterfinals.

The host Greyhounds (11-19) ended their first season in the conference with the opening-round home loss.

No. 9 seed Lafayette (11-19) led 42-35 at the half after closing on a 10-3 run. The Greyhounds cut it to three, 53-50, on a pair of free throws by guard Jarred Jones with 12:41 to play, but the Leopards went on a 14-6 run and cruised from there. Lafayette had no problems solving Loyola's defense, shooting 63.6 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from 3-point range.

Jones led the Greyhounds with 28 points off the bench, and he also pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked two shots. Point guard R.J. Williams dished out 10 assists.

Loyola went 2-7 in its final nine games after senior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) was lost for the season with a broken hand suffered against Army on Feb. 1.

Colgate 57, Navy 51: Host Colgate overcame a shaky start and hung on late to beat cold-shooting Navy, 57-51, in an opening-round Patriot League tournament game.

The Midshipmen (9-21) ended their season with a five-game losing streak. They have lost 14 consecutive games in conference tournament play, the longest such active streak in Division I.

The Raiders (13-17), who started the game making seven turnovers in the first seven minutes, took the lead for good on a 7-0 run that gave them a 27-21 halftime advantage.

Colgate didn't clinch the win until guard Damon Sherman-Newsome hit two free throws with 7.9 seconds left to give the Raiders a 55-51 cushion. Colgate guard Austin Tillotson added two more free throws with 1.7 seconds remaining.

Navy guard Brandon Venturini led all scorers with 24 points on 11-for-21 shooting. The rest of the team shot 9-for-31 from the field.

Coppin State 86, Howard 69: Andre Armstrong and Daquan Brickhouse combined to score 43 points as the host Eagles (10-19, 7-8 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) ended a five-game losing streak with a comfortable victory over the Bison (7-23, 5-10).

Florida A&M 78, Morgan State 73: Anthony Hubbard's 20 points and a strong second half were not enough for the host Bears (12-15, 10-5 MEAC), who lost to the Rattlers after a 3-pointer by Jamie Adams with 1:39 to play gave Florida A&M (13-16, 8-7) the lead for good.

Norfolk State 77, UMES 65: Despite 20 points and 13 rebounds from Troy Snyder, the Hawks (5-23, 3-12 MEAC) lost to the host Spartans (17-12, 11-4) for the sixth straight time.


Florida A&M 79, Morgan State 61: Jasmine Grice scored 25 of her game-high 40 points to lead a furious second-half rally that vaulted the Lady Rattlers to a win over the host Bears.

The Lady Rattlers (15-13, 9-6) trailed 37-31 before forcing Morgan State (4-24, 2-13) into 14 second-half turnovers while holding the Bears to 28.6 percent field-goal shooting in the final 20 minutes.

Coppin State 82, Howard 70: Kyra Coleman scored a game-high 29 points to lead the host Eagles (15-13, 12-4 MEAC) past the Bison.

Coleman went 14-for-18 from the free-throw line, finishing with more made free throws than Howard (10-18, 6-9) attempted.

Norfolk State 61, UMES 57: Junior guard Jessica Long scored a game-high 19 points, but the Lady Hawks (7-20, 3-12 MEAC) were unable to complete a late comeback as they lost to the host Spartans (12-14, 8-7).

Robert Morris 71, Mount St. Mary's 65: In a battle of the top two teams in the Northeast Conference, the host Colonials (18-11, 14-4 NEC) came out just ahead.

Ashley Christie had 18 points and seven steals for the Mount (18-12, 13-5), which will be the No. 2 seed in the NEC Tournament.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

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