North Carolina A&T got the go-ahead basket from guard Richard Pauk with five seconds left to knock off Morgan State, 68-67, in overtime Saturday night and send the Bears to their first loss in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The Aggies (7-13, 3-2) trailed 11-2 early in the game but got back into it quickly and trailed just 33-29 at halftime. Both teams squandered opportunities late in regulation and were tied at 59 heading into overtime.
The Bears (6-11, 4-1) entered with the highest-scoring offense in the league at 81.8 points per game but were held in check by the Aggies. Morgan State shot just 31.9 percent from the field and went 7-for-28 from 3-point range.
Moreover, a familiar problem hurt the Bears as well. Morgan State, which entered the weekend ranked last in the league in free-throw shooting at 64.1 percent, missed 10 of its 24 foul shots.
North Carolina State A&T guard Lamont Middleton led all scorers with 26 points and Pauk added 25.
The Aggies won despite being outrebounded 50-43 and giving up 22 offensive boards, in part because it went to the free throw line 37 times and made 29.
Guard Justin Black led Morgan State with 19 points. Center Ian Chiles finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
UMBC 60, Hartford 58: Freshman guards Bryan Harris and Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) combined for 30 points, helping the Retrievers hold off the visiting Hawks.
Harris and Elliott scored 15 points apiece for UMBC (6-14, 2-5 America East Conference), which had lost three in a row and nine of 11. Sophomore guard Taylor Dyson scored 15 points and junior guard Yolonzo Moore II added 13 for Hartford (10-12, 4-3), which had won three in a row.
The Retrievers dominated the first half, shooting 48.3 percent from the field and making six of 12 from 3-point range while holding the Hawks to 31.6 percent shooting. Dyson came off the bench to score 13 points in the first half for Hartford, but Hawks starters were held to nine points on 2-for-12 shooting.
Harris also had 13 points in the opening period, helping the Retrievers take a 39-26 lead into the break. The Hawks cut the deficit to eight several times on several occasions in the second half, but a layup by Elliott put the Retrievers up 55-42 with eight minutes remaining.
Hartford responded with a 9-1 run to cut UMBC's lead to 56-51 with 5:38 to go. The Retrievers went 2:54 without a basket until Taylor made a layup with 5:06 to play.
The Hawks cut UMBC's lead to 58-56 on a 3-pointer by junior guard Wes Cole with 3:25 to go and then tied the game when junior center Jamie Schneck scored inside with 2:29 remaining. Harris made two free throws to put the Retrievers back on top, and the Hawks missed three shots in the final 14 seconds.
LIU-Brooklyn 75, Mount St. Mary's 71: Trailing by as many as 13 points in the second half, the visiting Mountaineers (7-12, 3-3 Northeast Conference) could not complete their comeback against the Blackbirds (7-12, 2-4).
Freshman Byron Ashe scored a career-high 18 points for the Mount in the loss.
Loyola Maryland 67, Colgate 60: The host Greyhounds (9-10, 4-4 Patriot League) held off the Raiders (7-12, 1-7) behind 21 points from Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons).
Loyola's R.J Williams (St. Frances) contributed a career-high 15 points.
Holy Cross 67, Navy 52: The Crusaders (11-9, 5-3 Patriot) never trailed in a rout of the Midshipmen (7-12, 2-6).
Holy Cross was led by Justin Burrell's 17 points. Navy's Worth Smith had a game-high 19.
North Carolina Central 87 Coppin State 63: N.C. Central (13-5, 4-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) routed Coppin State (6-13, 3-3) behind 56.3 percent 3-point shooting.
Jeremy Ingram of N.C. Central led all scorers with 24 points.
Bethune-Cookman 69, UMES 63: The Hawks, (2-15, 0-5 MEAC) despite having a seven-point lead at the half, could not hold off the Wildcats (3-19, 1-6).
Bethune-Cookman's Malik Jackson led all scorers with 27 points.
Bowie State 70, Chowan 64: Led by Andre Jackson's 20 points, the Bulldogs (9-11, 3-6, 2-1 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) defeated the Hawks (6-10, 2-6, 0-2) in a game in which Bowie State never trailed.
Johns Hopkins 81, Muhlenberg 70: Despite 33 points from Malique Killing, the Mules (11-6, 6-4 Centennial Conference) fell to the Blue Jays (10-7, 7-3).
Jimmy Hammer led Hopkins with 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field.
Gettysburg 67, Washington College 64, OT: Sean Gordon of the Bullets (7-10, 5-5 Centennial) made a jump shot with 30 seconds left to send the game into overtime, and then sealed the game with a free throw to defeat the Shoremen (4-13, 3-7).
McDaniel 78, Ursinus 69: Despite a late rally by the Bears (2-15, 0-10 Centennial), the Green Terror (13-4, 8-2) held on at home to win its sixth straight.
Stevenson 80, Arcadia 78: Alfonzo Hawkins (City) made a jumper with one second left to lift the host Mustangs (12-4, 7-2 Commonwealth Conference) over the Knights (6-10, 1-8).
Arcadia went on a 12-2 run late to tie the score at 78.
Hood 78, Messiah 77: Cameron Cook hit a buzzer-beating jump shot off an offensive rebound as the Blazers (12-4, 6-3 Commonwealth) upset the visiting Falcons (14-2, 8-2), ranked No. 17 in Division III.
Drew 79, Goucher 74: After being behind for most of the first half, the host Rangers (9-8, 3-3 Landmark Conference) stormed back to defeat the Gophers (7-10, 2-4).
Drew was led by a game-high 25-point performance from John Ford.
Christopher Newport 84, Frostburg State 41: The Captains (12-4, 5-3 Capital Athletic Conference) took over late in the game, outscoring the Bobcats (2-15, 1-8) 53-21 in the second half.
Salisbury 78, Penn State-Harrisburg 55: The Sea Gulls (7-10, 3-6 CAC) routed the Lions (6-11, 3-6) in a game Salisbury led by 30 in the second half.
Dominic Milburn led the way for the Sea Gulls with 15 points.
St. Mary's 52, Marymount 49: The Seahawks, (12-4, 6-2 CAC) ranked No. 24 in Division III, completed their first CAC series sweep with their victory over the Saints (12-5, 5-4).
Nick Laguerre led St Mary's with 14 points.
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