Cop­pin State men lose sixth in a row

Ball State edges win­less Ea­gles, 79-77; Loy­ola women fall to Pitt


Tayler Per­sons scored19 points, in­clud­ing the game-win­ning three-point play, and had 10 as­sists to help the Ball State men’s basketball team de­feat Cop­pin State, 79-77, in Las Ve­gas on Mon­day.

Keith Shiv­ers’ bas­ket with 43 sec­onds left gave Cop­pin State (0-6) its only lead of the game at 77-76 be­fore Per­sons con­verted his three-point play with 28 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Trey Moses t hen blocked a shot by Shiv­ers, and the Car­di­nals’ Sean Sell­ers got the re­bound and was fouled. Sell­ers missed two free throws, how­ever, giv­ing the Ea­gles a fi­nal chance, but De­juan Clay­ton missed a con­tested, left-handed layup as time ran out.

All of Per­sons’ points came in the sec­ond half. Moses pulled down a ca­reer-high 16 re­bounds to go with five as­sists, four blocks and four points. Sell­ers added 16 points for Ball State (3-2).

The game was part of the MGM Grand Main Event “mid­dleweight di­vi­sion.”

Shiv­ers had a ca­reer­high 26 points and nine re­bounds.

SOUTH­ERN ILLI­NOIS 73, MOUNT ST. MARY’S 63: Ar­mon Fletcher scored a ca­reer-high 19 points, Thik Bol added a ca­reer-high 16 points with 12 re­bounds, and the Salukis (3-2) ral­lied to beat the vis­it­ing Moun­taineers (1-4) for their third straight win.

Trail­ing 36-35 af­ter eight first-half lead changes, SIU ral­lied to a 42-39 lead on Leo Vin­cent’s 3- pointer, then pulled ahead 48-41 on Aaron Cook’s 3 with11:48 left in the sec­ond half.

Ju­nior guard Ju­nior Robin­son led the Moun­taineers with 18 points and made four of eight 3point­ers. Will Miller fin­ished with 15 points, and Eli­jah Long (John Car­roll) added 11.


PITTS­BURGH 74, LOY­OLA MARY­LAND 44: The host Pan­thers (4-0) outscored the Grey­hounds 21-2 in the sec­ond quar­ter and went on to a com­mand­ing non­con­fer­ence win.

Loy­ola (2-3) fresh­man guard Alexis Gray scored nine of her team-high 11 points in the first quar­ter, in­clud­ing three 3-point­ers. Her 11 points also were a ca­reer high.

BOWIE STATE 58, PUERTORICO-BAYAMON 51: The host Bull­dogs won their sec­ond straight game and im­proved to 3-1 on the year af­ter edg­ing the Liga Atlet­ica In­teruni­ver­si­taria de Puerto Rico school.

Se­nior Den­ver Clyde (North County) had 13 points and11re­bounds, and ju­nior Kyah Proc­tor added 10 points to lead Bowie State against Puerto Ri­coBaya­mon (2-3).

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 77, UMES 58: A lop­sided first quar­ter sent the Hawks to their sec­ond loss in four games.

UMES se­nior guard Mariah McCoy fin­ished with a game-high 24 points and had six 3point­ers, while Chelsea Nel­son had 19 points for the Wolf­pack (4-0), which outscored the Hawks 19-7 in the open­ing pe­riod.

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