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College Sports Roundup

By Mathew Schlissel

Online Exclusive


The men's basketball team allowed Colorado to shoot 55.3 percent from the floor and fell to the Buffaloes, 80-63, Sunday in the opening round of the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was Coppin State's (1-9) ninth straight loss. The Eagles were led by freshman Michael Harper, who scored 11 points. Colorado held Coppin State leading scorer Tywain McKee to just nine points, which halted his streak of scoring in double figures at 32 games. The Eagles are back on the road against Oklahoma Saturday.


The women's basketball team held George Washington to just 33 percent shooting from the field but fell to the Colonials, 53-35, Saturday in Washington, D.C. Loyola (7-5) cut the lead to four on a Siobhan Prior three-pointer with 7:18 to play, but the Colonials finished the game on 19-3 run to seal the victory. Prior led the Greyhounds with 12 points, while forward Kaitlin Grant grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. Loyola faces Fairfield in Connecticut Sunday.


The men's basketball team defeated Bryant, 72-51, Saturday in College Park. Junior guard Greivis Vasquez led the Terps with 19 points and six rebounds. Maryland (9-2) also received a strong performance from junior Landon Milbourne, who scored 15 points, while Eric Hayes added 14. The Terps forced 19 turnovers and had 14 steals while limiting the Bulldogs (1-10) to 33 percent shooting from the floor. The Terps host Charlotte Saturday.


The men's basketball team fell to St. Mary's 76-60 at the Shamrock Classic Championship game last Sunday night in Moraga, Calif. The Bears (5-7) were led by Kevin Thompson, who had 18 points and six rebounds. Jermaine Bolden added 14 points while Rodney Stokes grabbed six rebounds and scored 10 points. Morgan State travels to College Park Jan. 7 to face the Terps.


Dave Brandt has been named the men's head soccer coach at the Naval Academy. Brandt is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history at any level. Brandt comes to Navy from Messiah College, where he compiled a 246-26-12 record in 12 seasons, winning six NCAA Division III National Championships. He has won three National Soccer Coaches Association of America Coach of the Year awards (2000, '02, '04) and was the fastest coach in the NCAA men's soccer history to reach the 200-win mark.


The football team has replaced Gordy Combs with one of his former players, Rob Ambrose, to become the school's fourth head coach. Ambrose, a 1993 Towson graduate and native of Middletown, Md., was a member of the Connecticut football staff for seven years. He joined the Huskies staff in 2002, after spending a year as the head coach at Catholic and the previous nine seasons as an assistant at Towson. At Connecticut, Ambrose served as quarterbacks coach and worked with record-setting quarterback Dan Orlovsky, currently the starter with the Detroit Lions. Ambrose was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2005.

The men's basketball fell at Lafayette, 70-63, Sunday in Easton, Pa. The Tigers (5-7) jumped out to a 15-4 lead, but the Leopards got hot from beyond the arc and a 10-0 run quickly erased Towson's big lead. Junior Hairston led the Tigers with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds while Jarrel Smith added 15 points and 11 boards. Towson hosts James Madison Saturday.


Freshman Chauncey Gilliam scored 21 points, to lead the men's basketball team over Nebraska, 66-64. The win by the Retrievers halted the Huskers' 31-game non-conference home winning streak and was UMBC's first victory over a team from one of the top six conferences in the country. Senior Darryl Proctor tallied his third double-double of the season with 15 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. The Retrievers host Stony Brook Saturday.

The women's basketball team lost its third consecutive game, falling to Louisiana Tech, 83-62, Sunday in the University of Virginia's Marriott Cavalier Classic at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va. Freshman forward Erin Brown scored 15 points to lead four Retrievers in double figures. UMBC made just 10 of 35 field goal attempts (28.6 percent) while the Lady Techsters shot 50 percent from the floor. Junior guard Carlee Cassidy tallied 14 points on four three-pointers, while sophomore Meghan Colabella added 10 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals. UMBC faces Vermont Jan. 7 in Burlington.

Posted December 29, 2008