- The Washington Times - Monday, November 23, 2009

From combined dispatches

Area men

GEORGE MASON 69, INDIANA 66: Cam Long scored 18 points and hit a 3-pointer with six seconds left to lift the Patriots to a victory over the Hoosiers in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan on Sunday.

Mike Morrison added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Patriots (3-2), who trailed 31-30 after a first half in which neither team led by more than five points.

Maurice Creek scored 15 points and Verdel Jones III added 13 for the Hoosiers (2-3), who took the biggest lead of the game at 36-30 just 55 seconds into the second half.

Indiana freshman Christian Watford hit a free throw with 41 seconds left to tie the game for the 11th and final time at 65-65. After Long’s game-winner, Rashad Whack closed out the scoring with a free throw with one second remaining.

George Mason took seventh place in the tournament with the victory.

AKRON 69, HOWARD 52: Nikola Cvetinovic and Chris McKnight scored 13 points apiece to lead a balanced attack in the Zips’ victory over the Bison in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Anthony Hitchens and Brett McClanahan each added 10 points for the Zips (2-2), who led by as many as 29 before resting most of their starters at the Glenn Wilkes Classic.

Calvin Thompson scored 13 points to lead Howard (0-5).

Area women

NO. 25 MISSISSIPPI STATE 84, MARYLAND 55: Alexis Rack scored a career-high 43 points and led a defensive effort that forced 28 turnovers to lead the Bulldogs to a victory over the Terrapins in Starkville, Miss.

Rack had 12 points and four assists in the first 10:10 of the game as Mississippi State opened a 20-point lead. Her point total is tied for third best for the Bulldogs and was just five points shy of LaToya Thomas’ school record of 48 points set in 2000.

Rack scored in a variety of ways, driving the basket early, following her own misses for putbacks and hitting seven of 13 3-point shots.

No. 6 TENNESSEE 77, No. 12 VIRGINIA 63: Angie Bjorklund scored 24 points and hit the big shots when Tennessee needed them as the Lady Vols beat the Cavaliers in Charlottesville.

Tennessee (3-0) led 40-33 at halftime and pulled away after the Cavaliers (3-1) closed to 42-39. The rally riled up the crowd of 11,895 fans, a record for a women’s basketball game at Virginia.

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