The American University men's basketball team turned a 10-point first-half lead over host Loyola (Md.) into a five-point second-half deficit, then rallied to force overtime, in which it outscored Loyola 14-6 to earn a 74-66 nonconference win last night in Baltimore.
Junior center Saliou-Binet Telly had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Eagles, who improved to 3-1. Loyola, led by guard Damien Jenifer's 17 points, dropped to 3-2.
American jumped to a 14-7 lead, and led 34-31 at halftime. In the second half, Loyola went on a 16-4 run to take a five-point lead with 13 minutes 29 seconds left in regulation.
American rallied to tie, but Loyola led 59-54 with 1:08 to play. American got within one, before Loyola's Jason Rowe hit a free throw to push the lead to two. Telly hit a baseline jumper to send the game to overtime. The Eagles built a quick seven-point lead on two baskets by freshman forward Tim Washington and a three-point play by Telly.
All five starters scored in double figures for American, which struggled from the outside, making just 1 of 19 three-point attempts, and was 9 of 16 from the free throw line. The Egles held Loyola to one three-pointer, and had 15 steals while forcing 25 Loyola turnovers.
NAVY 82, COAST GUARD 46: Sitapha Savane scored 15 points and had six blocks to lead the host Midshipmen. Chris Williams added 13 points for Navy (2-3).
Navy led 39-23 at halftime on Scott Long's jumper at the buzzer. Long, the first freshman to start a game for Navy since the 1995-96 season, got the first four points of the second half, and Savane added two more, as Navy stretched its lead to 45-23. Navy led by 38 points in the second half, and Coast Guard (1-1) got no closer than 18. The Bears made only 16 of 65 shots, going 3 of 23 on three-point attempts. Jon Murphy led the Bears with 10 points.
VIRGINIA TECH 83, UNC ASHEVILLE 61: The Hokies' Rolan Roberts scored 26 points to lead Virginia Tech (2-0) over the Bulldogs (0-5). Dennis Mims and Russ Wheeler each added 12 points for the Hokies, who shot 46 percent. Down 39-17 at the half, the Bulldogs scored 44 points in the second half, improving their shooting to 50 percent. Brett Carey led the Bulldogs with 14 points, while Adam Earnhardt added 11 points and eight rebounds.
McNEESE STATE 55, NAVY WOMEN 47: McNeese State's Eunice Mayo and Tifany Green each scored 10 points to lead the Cowgirls (2-1) at home. Erica Hayes led Navy (1-3) with a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds. Teammate Hilary Goodrich added 11 points. McNeese shot 30.6 percent from the field and held the Midshipmen to 22.9 percent.