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NU men fall to UMBC

Justin Fry made two free throws with 4 seconds left and Maryland-Baltimore County beat Niagara, 68-67, Thursday night, snapping a 13-game losing streak while its coach served a one-game suspension.

Randy Monroe sat out after getting ejected against Morgan State Dec. 18. Assistant Aki Thomas took over, ending a skid that included an America East tournament defeat last season.

Niagara (3-11) appeared on its way to victory when Scooter Gillette completed a three-point play with 10:21 left in the first half. That gave the Purple Eagles their biggest lead at 27-11.

But the Retrievers rallied behind Chris De La Rosa's 21 points.

UMBC (1-12) caught Niagara with 11:55 left, when Chase Plummer's layup tied it at 46. Five more ties followed.

Marvin Jordan's three-point try at the buzzer missed.

Skylar Jones led Niagara, which lost its fourth straight, with 15 points.


Women's basketball

Liz Repella scored 15 of her season-best 20 points in the second half to rally the undefeated No. 6 West Virginia Mountaineers to a 62-53, comeback victory over St. Bonaventure.

Asya Bussie added 13 points as the Mountaineers (13-0) overcame their first halftime deficit of the season by outscoring the Bonnies, 47-33, in the second half.

Armelia Horton scored 11 for St. Bonaventure (9-5), which lost for only the second time in its past eight.

The Mountaineers went ahead for good on Vanessa House's layup 4:40 into the second half as part of a 10-1 run.

Elsewhere, the University at Buffalo women led wire-to-wire in a 67-51 win over Rider in the consolation of the Lehigh Christmas City Classic in Bethlehem, Pa. Senior Kourtney Brown was named to the All-Tournament team.

UB allowed a season-low 15 points in the opening half as the Broncs shot just 23 percent from the floor. The Bulls played one of their best defensive halves of the season, recording nine steals and three blocks. Buffalo got off to a quick start, leading by 17-2 just eight minutes into the game.

"I was very pleased with our defensive effort in the first half and I thought that helped get our offense going," said head coach Linda Hill-MacDonald. "In the second half Rider made a couple of runs, but I thought we did a nice job of withstanding the run and then making a couple of our own."

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