Coppin State wins in exhibition game

November 18, 1990

Coppin State's basketball team, preparing to make a run at a second straight National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament bid, defeated Sparta of Czechoslovakia, 93-87, last night in an exhibition game.

The Eagles were led by Reggie Isaac and Larry Stewart, who scored 27 points each. Isaac, Michael Johnson and James Mazyck led the team in assists with six each.

Marcus Hammond was Coppin State's leading rebounder, with six.

Ivan Benes paced Sparta's offense, hitting all five of his three-point attempts and scoring 17 points.

Coppin State will travel to Oklahoma next Saturday to play the University of Tulsa.

SPARTA (87) -- Blahah 5-6 0-0 10, Belik 2-3 0-0 5, Benes 5-11 2-2 17, Jezdik 7-11 0-0 15, Forejt 4-8 0-1 8, Cimoradsky 3-4 0-0 6, Zidek 2-2 1-2 5, Zyoral 4-4 0-0 9, Janouch 4-7 4-4 12. Totals 36-56 7-9 87.

COPPIN STATE (93) -- Isaac 9-17 6-6 27, Johnson 4-9 4-6 12, J.Hammond 2-4 1-2 5, Woods 2-3 1-2 5, Stewart 9-20 9-14 27, Mazyck 0-2 0-1 0, Saunders 0-0 0-0 0, M.Hammond 2-4 0-0 4, Brown 4-5 0-0 11, Howard 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 33-65 22-33 93.

Halftime--Coppin 52-38. 3-point goals--Sparta 8-9 (Belik 1-1, Benes 5-5, Jezdik 1-1, Zyoral 1-1, Janouch 0-1), Coppin 6-9 (Isaac 3-6, Brown 3-3). Rebounds--Sparta 26 (Belik 6), Coppin 34 (M.Hammond 6). Assists--Sparta 14 (Belik, Janouch 3), Coppin 24 (Isaac, Johnson, Mazyck 6). Total fouls--Sparta 22, Coppin 13. Fouled out--Blahah, Forejt. A--1,300.

Big Apple NIT

DURHAM, N.C. -- After only two games, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has reason to believe this will be another successful basketball season.

Riding a strong defensive effort -- the Blue Devils forced 24 turnovers -- Duke routed Boston College, 100-76, Friday night to earn a berth in the semifinals of the Big Apple National Invitation Tournament.

Bill McCaffrey and Thomas Hill scored 15 apiece to lead sixth-ranked Duke (2-0).

"Our team played very well, especially on defense. The last 12 minutes of the first half, I don't think we can play any better than that," Krzyzewski said. "I didn't expect us to be this good defensively this early in the season. I'm excited about our defense."

Duke will play No. 2 Arkansas, which routed No. 15 Oklahoma, 110-88, Friday night, in a semifinal game on Wednesday. Winners of the Notre Dame-Iowa and East Tennessee-Arizona games will advance to the other semifinal.

Boston College coach Jim O'Brien also was impressed by the Blue Devils' defense.

"We had never played a team that had a better defensive performance against us than Duke did tonight," O'Brien said. "That was as good a defensive effort as I've seen since I've been a coach."

Duke took command 2 1/2 minutes into the game, launching a 24-2 run that included 20 straight points, while holding Boston College (1-1) scoreless for 6 1/2 minutes. Two free throws by freshman Grant Hill tied the game at 6-6 with 17:33 to go in the half and the Blue Devils quickly turned the game into a rout. Grant Hill scored eight of Duke's first 10 points.

By the time Boston College's Doug Able converted a layup with 9:45 left in the half, Duke led 30-10 on the way to a 44-25 advantage at halftime.

"I thank Mike [Krzyzewski] for calling off the dogs," O'Brien said. "I think the score could have been a lot higher than it actually was."

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