8:48 PM AKST, December 30, 2012
Men's college basketball
Cormier, Loyola lose at Memphis, 78-64
Loyola junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) nearly matched his career high in scoring, but his efforts were not enough to overcome an impressive offensive display by host Memphis on Sunday. The Tigers recorded 18 assists on 22 baskets, shot 44.9 percent from the field and made five of 12 shots from beyond the arc, rolling to a 78-64 victory. Junior guard Joe Jackson had 22 points and seven assists for the Tigers (9-3), who have won seven of their past eight games. Cormier posted 25 points with five rebounds and five steals, finishing two points shy of his career-high 27 points against Coppin State on Nov. 28. Cormier was one of three players who scored in double figures for the Greyhounds (9-5); senior forward Erik Etherly had 15 points and nine rebounds, while senior guard Robert Olson had 11 points and five rebounds. Loyola amassed a 36-24 rebounding advantage, but the Greyhounds shot only 37.9 percent from the field (2-for-12 from 3-point range) and attempted just 17 free throws.
More Division I: Sophomore guard Johnny Dee scored a game-high 24 points and made all four of his free-throw attempts in the final 13 seconds to lead host San Diego to a 66-63 win over visiting Morgan State (3-7) on Saturday night. Toreros senior guard Cameron Miles scored nine of his 12 points in the second half but almost cost the Toreros (7-8) the game at the free-throw line. He made one of four foul shots in the last two minutes. After missing a free throw on a one-and-one situation with 26 seconds left, Morgan State's Blake Bozeman made two free throws with 21 seconds left to cut the lead to 62-60. Dee converted two free throws with 13 seconds left to give San Diego a 64-60 lead. Morgan State's DeWayne Jackson responded with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one point with eight seconds remaining. Justin Black kept Morgan State in the game, making consecutive jumpers, including a 3-pointer with 5:26 left in regulation that gave the Bears a 56-55 lead. It was Morgan State's first lead since 2:30 remained before halftime. Morgan State would not make a field goal again Jackson's 3-pointer with eight seconds left. San Diego went on a 6-1 run, converting on its next three possessions after Black's 3-pointer, to build a 61-56 lead with 3:48 remaining. Morgan State has yet to play a home game. The Bears started with three games in the Old Dominion Tournament in Norfolk, Va. They followed that with seven consecutive road games, culminating with Saturday's game at San Diego. They play their first home game Jan. 5 against St. Joseph's.
Division III: Host Hood (7-4) never trailed in defeating St. Vincent (8-4) to win the first-ever Rotary Tournament on Sunday. Freshman guard Matt Galloway scored 16 points and was named tournament Most Valuable Player. Junior guard Cameron Cook (Calvert Hall) added 16 points. ... Host Hampden-Sydney (11-1) won, 73-58, over Johns Hopkins in the final game of the Bojangles Holiday Challenge. Senior Mike Rhoads led the Blue Jays (5-5) with 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting to earn All-Tournament team accolades, while sophomore George Bugarinovic and sophomore Jimmy Hammer each chipped in 11 points. Hammer also dished out a career-high five assists and had two steals. ... Guards Donn Hill (Bel Air) and Nick LaGuerre (Lansdowne) earned spots on the Seahawk Holiday Classic All-Tournament team after leading St.Mary's to a 2-0 tournament record. The Seahawks (10-1) closed out the event with a 79-54 win over Misericordia for their 10th consecutive victory. Hill finished with 19 points and five steals, both season bests. LaGuerre had 16 points. ... Frostburg State (5-8) held the lead for most of the second half but had to hold off a late rally by Washington College (0-11) to come away with a 74-73 win in the consolation game of the Randolph-Macon Coaches Classic in Ashland, Va. Christian Jackson led all players with 29 points and 11 rebounds for Frostburg. Stephen Poarch led the Shoremen with 22 points and a career-high seven assists. ... McDaniel hit 17 of its 20 free-throw attempts, including going 7-for-8 in the final minute, to secure a 64-55 victory over FDU-Florham (3-7) in the championship game of the Trinity (Conn.) Invitational. Andrew Merlo led the Green Terror (6-4) with a career-high 27 points. Trevor Sykes and Will Green paced the Devils with 17 points apiece.
Women's college basketball
Johnson leads Towson in comeback win over Maine
The Towson women's basketball team overcame a 10-point deficit and scored 14 of the final 20 points to for a 69-64 victory over Maine (1-11) in its final nonconference game of the season. The Tigers (6-5) had three players score in double figures, led by freshman guard Dominique Johnson's 20 points. "I thought we came out a little flat to start the game and didn't give Maine enough credit but we made the adjustments we needed to earn the victory," Towson coach Joe Mathews said. Johnson, junior guard Tanisha McTiller and sophomore guard Ciara Webb turned in strong second-half performances, combining for 34 of the Tigers' 39 points in the final 20 minutes. Johnson added two steals, one assist and a block while putting up the first 20-point game of her career. McTiller finished with 15 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds for her first double double. Webb finished with 13 points while junior forward Nyree Williams had nine points and seven rebounds.
More Division I: American created a turnover and scored on a layup with 0.2 seconds left to cap a 17-4 run in a 48-46 nonconference victory against host Mount St. Mary's. After the Eagles (7-5) tied the game on a 3-pointer with nine seconds left, Alexis Dobbs forced a turnover close to midcourt. The ball scooted down to the American basket, where Dobbs picked it up and scored on a left-handed layup to give the Eagles the victory. Jacqueline Brewer paced the Mount (4-6) with 15 points, while Selina Mann registered eight points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in the loss. Ti'Asia McGeorge fueled American with 11 points while Geleisha George chipped in 10 points and Dobbs had seven points. ... Host Navy (7-6) cruised to a 67-51 win over Marshall (6-7). Audrey Bauer tied a career high with 18 points and set a career high with 12 rebounds to lead the Midshipmen in both categories and record her first career double double. ... Whitney Edie and Kenzie Williams combined to score 47 points, leading host Missouri State to an 88-75 victory over Coppin State. Edie scored a game-high 26 points, while Williams added 21 points to lead the Bears (8-4). Shawntae Payne scored a game-high 18 points for Coppin State (4-9), while Larrisa Carter added 15 points and 14 rebounds. Leola Spotwood added 13 points and Janelle Lane had 12 points for the Eagles.
Division III: Vassar (7-1) topped Washington College, 66-53, in the consolation game of the Montclair State Holiday Tournament in Montclair, N.J. Cydni Matsuoka led Vassar with a game-high 19 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Nyah Berg added 16 points and three steals, while Caitlin Drakeley chipped in nine points, four assists, five rebounds, and two blocks. Junior forward Latisha Pledger led the Shorewomen (6-5) with a team-high 16 points and game-best 13 rebounds.
—From Sun staff and news services