Tow­son women edge Ge­orge Ma­son for best start since 2008-09

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Sianni Martin, Raven Bankston and Jor­dyn Smith com­bined for 57 points Sun­day to lead the Tow­son women’s basketball team to a 79-75 win over Ge­orge Ma­son (3-4) to im­prove to 5-0. Martin fin­ished with a game-high 20 points, Bankston had 19 and Smith added a ca­reer-high 18 for the host Tigers, who are off to their best start since the 2008-09 team started 5-0. Af­ter trail­ing by three at the half, Tow­son outscored the Pa­tri­ots 25-18 in the third quar­ter for a 62-58 lead. The Tigers opened the fourth quar­ter on a 6-2 run and took their largest lead of the game, 68-60, with 7:44 to play. Ge­orge Ma­son scored seven of the next nine points to cut Tow­son’s lead to three, 70-67 with 4:35 to go, but a 3-pointer from Bankston pushed the Tigers’ ad­van­tage back to six, 73-67, with 3:43 re­main­ing. Af­ter a 6-1 run brought the Pa­tri­ots within 74-73 with 2:35 left, Smith scored four straight points to ex­tend Tow­son’s lead to 78-73 with 27 sec­onds to play. Bri­anna Bush added10 points for the Tigers, who had four play­ers score in dou­ble fig­ures for the sec­ond straight game. MORE WOMEN: Pan­dora Wil­son scored a game-high 21 points and Lakiah Sims added 17 points and seven re­bounds, but host UMBC (2-3) fell to Prince­ton, 69-58. The Tigers (2-4) outscored the Retriev­ers 19-4 and shot 47.1 per­cent from the field in the fourth quar­ter and used an 11-0 run to pull away. MEN: Ja­cobi Boykins scored a ca­reer-high 26 points, in­clud­ing six 3-point­ers, to lead host Louisiana Tech to a 74-53 win over UMES (0-6). Erik McCree added 14 points and nine re­bounds for the Bull­dogs (3-2), who shot 51 per­cent from the field. Lead­ing by just four at half­time, Louisiana Tech broke away mid­way through the sec­ond half with a 13-3 run over a nearly five-minute span to make it 56-41 with 9:43 to go. Bakari Copeland led the Hawks with 14 points and Ryan Andino added 10. re­ceive a fla­grant foul. He fin­ished with 14 points, eight as­sists and two re­bounds as the Wizards won, 94-91.

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