Morgan State’s Stunning Win At Arkansas Headlines Night in Local Hoops

November 24, 2009 | Glenn Clark

Here is a rundown of all of the local hoops action Tuesday night. Morgan State stunned Arkansas, Navy topped Towson, Coppin State beat UMBC, Loyola won at Dartmouth, the Maryland women upended Samford, and the UMBC women topped Towson.

You can see my recap of Maryland’s loss to Cincinnati on the front page here at All stories from the AP or official releases….

Holmes scores 34, Morgan State tops Arkansas 97-94

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Reggie Holmes scored 34 points, including a pair of free throws with 6.3 seconds remaining to lead Morgan State past Arkansas 97-94 Tuesday night.

Rotnei Clarke missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Razorbacks after hitting a pair of 3-pointers to keep the game within reach with 14.1 seconds and 6.5 seconds remaining.

Clarke finished with a team-high 26 points. Mike Washington added 21 points and Marshawn Powell and Julysses Nobles scored 17 points each for the Razorbacks (2-2).

Morgan State (4-1) hit 34 of 41 free throws. Holmes sunk 13 of 15 from the line.

The Razorback loss snapped a 45-game winning streak at Bud Walton Arena against nonconference opponents. That was the second-longest streak in the nation.

Eagles Improve to 4-1 with Victory over UMBC

BALTIMOREVince Goldsberry scored a season-high 18 points leading five players in double figures and Coppin State improved to 4-1 for the first time since the 1976-77 season with a 77-66 victory over UMBC on Tuesday at the Retriever Activities Center.
Goldsberry was 4-of-8 from the floor and 10-of-10 from the line to lead the Eagles. Kareem Brown had 17 points, including three three-point baskets, and Lenny Young added 15 points as the CSU backcourt combined to score 55 of the Eagles points on the night.

Ceslovas Kucinskas
had 12 points and Sam Coleman added 10 points for Coppin State.
UMBC, which fell to 0-4 on the season, was led by Chauncey Gilliam who had 20 points, while Robbie Jackson scored 17 points and collected 11 rebounds.
Coppin State had only 11 turnovers and shot 87.5 (21-of-24) percent from the free throw line.
The Eagles outscored the Retrievers 15-4 over the final 1:53 of the game to withstand a late UMBC charge. Coppin State was aided by making 13 of 14 free throw attempts down the stretch.
Coppin State led by as much as 19 points midway through the second half only to watch UMBC eventually cut the lead to 62-58 with 1:53 to play.

Harris’ career-high leads Navy past Towson 87-70

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Chris Harris scored a career-high 37 points and Navy defeated Towson 87-70 on Tuesday night.

Harris, who’s previous high was 30 points against Villanova on Dec. 22, also was 12 of 12 from the free-throw line. Harris has now made 33 straight free throws.

After ending the first half with on a layup and free throw by Harris, Navy (2-3)opened the second half with two unanswered baskets for seven straight points and an eight-point lead on Mark Veazey’s layup with 18:03 remaining.

Navy, which ranked 333rd in the nation in field goal percentage coming in (35.1) shot 52.8 percent (28 of 53) against the Tigers.

In the two team’s last meeting, early in the 2007-08 slate, the Midshipmen suffered their biggest loss of the season 86-68.

Jordan Sugars added 24 points for the Midshipmen.

The Tigers (1-2) were led by RaShawn Polk with 19 points and Jarrel Smith with 15.

Loyola rolls past Dartmouth 58-41

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) Shane Walker recorded a double-double and Loyola (Md.) outscored Dartmouth 14-1 in the final 7:33 for a 58-41 victory on Tuesday night.

Walker had 14 points and 11 rebounds and the Greyhounds (3-2) outscored the Big Green 31-16 in the second half to ruin Dartmouth’s home opener.

Dartmouth (0-4) took a 38-37 lead on Josh Riddle’s free throw with 12:11 remaining in the game, but Loyola scored seven consecutive points for a 44-38 lead with 8:25 left.

Ronnie Dixon hit a layup to cut the advantage to 44-40 with 7:55 left, but that was the last field goal for Dartmouth.

Loyola outscored the Big Green 14-1 the rest of the way, holding them scoreless for the final 5:41.

Walker made consecutive baskets to give Loyola a 50-40 lead with 5:59 left.

Brett Harvey added 10 points for Loyola.

Riddle led Dartmouth with 11 points.

Maryland Women’s Team Beats Samford 76-49

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Lynetta Kizer scored 20 points on 8-for-8 shooting, and Maryland rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 76-49 victory over Samford on Tuesday night.

Tianna Hawkins contributed 14 points, and Lori Bjork and Dara Taylor each had 11 for the Terrapins (4-1), who won their 40th consecutive home game. Coming off a humbling 84-55 defeat Sunday at Mississippi State, Maryland used an early 24-1 run to take control against the previously unbeaten Bulldogs.

Kizer, a 6-foot-4 sophomore center, nailed her only 3-point try. The only shots she missed were at the foul line, where she was 3 for 5.

Savannah Hill led Samford (3-1) with 14 points. The Bulldogs return four starters from a team that last season went 22-7 and advanced to the Southern Conference semifinals.

But Samford was no match for a young Maryland squad that shot 55 percent – including 7 for 10 from beyond the arc – in going up 43-23 at halftime.

A jumper by Emily London with 45 seconds elapsed to put the Bulldogs up 2-1, but that would be their only lead.

Bjork then made three 3-pointers and a short jumper during a 16-0 run. After a free throw by Samford interrupted the spree, Diandra Tchatchouang connected twice from beyond the arc and Hawkins added a layup to make it 25-3.

The Bulldogs missed 12 of their first 13 shots.

Retrievers Win Thriller, 74-72, at Towson on Cassidy’s Last-Second Layup

TOWSON, Md.—Senior guard Carlee Cassidy (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) hit a layup with one second left to give the UMBC women’s basketball team (2-2) a thrilling 74-72 victory over cross-town rival Towson (2-2) Tuesday evening at the Towson Center.

With the game tied at 61 with six minutes remaining, the Retrievers drained three straight 3-pointers, including two by sophomore forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) to take a game-high nine-point lead, 70-61, with 4:30 to play.

But the Tigers climbed back with seven straight points to pull to within two, 70-68, with 1:15 left. A pair of free throws by sophomore guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) put the Retrievers on top by four with 24 seconds to go, by Towson guard Shanae Baker-Brice hit a layup eight seconds later to make it a two-point game.

The Retrievers turned the ball over on the inbounds pass, and after two missed Towson attempts, Tiger forward Kandace Davis hit a layup to tie the game with six seconds left. UMBC called a timeout to set up the final play, and Cassidy took the inbounds pass from sophomore guard Michele Brokans (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) and drove to the basket for the game-winner.

Baker-Brice’s half-court shot at the buzzer hit the rim and bounced away, giving the Retrievers the 74-72 victory.

UMBC scored the first five points of the game before Towson used a 19-4 run to take a 19-9 lead at the 13:42 mark. Down 23-13, the Retrievers scored 11 straight to take a 24-23 lead with 3:11 to go in the first half, but the Tigers finished the period on a 9-3 run and led, 32-27, at halftime.

Four Retrievers scored in double figures for the third straight game, led by Brown and junior forward Meghan Colabella (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair), who had 16 points apiece. Cassidy finished with 15, while Kurowski posted her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Brokans added eight assists while committing just one turnover.

UMBC drained 11 three-pointers, including eight of 11 attempts in the second half, and Brown made a career high four of six from long range. The Retrievers shot 45 percent from the floor, including 58.6 percent in the second stanza.

Baker-Brice led the Tigers with 21 points and six assists. Towson made eight 3-pointers in the game, including five in the second half.

Cassidy moved into the top five on UMBC’s career scoring list, as she now has 1,282 points.

The Retrievers conclude their three-game road trip on Sunday, Nov. 29, when they take on Bucknell at 2 p.m.