Coppin rolls to 99-72 triumph

December 22, 1990|By Mike George | Mike George,Special to The Sun

MIAMI -- Coppin State took a 23-point halftime lead and never looked back, rolling to a 99-72 victory over host Florida International last night in the consolation game of the Golden Panther Holiday Classic at Golden Panther Arena.

Coppin State shot 59 percent from the field and 45 percent (9-for-20) from three-point range. Larry Stewart led the Eagles with 26 points , and Reggie Isaac had 24.

"We came out and played like we knew we had to," Coppin coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell said. "We were disappointed in the way we played last [Thursday] night [a 71-70 loss to Clemson], and we wanted to come out of here with a win."

The Eagles (3-5) led from the opening tipoff, as Isaac and Stewart went to work from the outside. The Eagles went on a 28-9 run during the first 11 minutes ofthe game, and FIU (2-7) never recovered.

Coppin State kept the momentum through the half and took a 46-23 halftime lead.

For the half, the Eagles shot 68 percent from the field. Isaac had 14 points and Stewart 13. FIU was held to 28 percent.

The Golden Panthers cut into the lead at times during the second half, but the consistent scoring by Coppin State sealed the win.

Isaac, who set a tournament record with six three-point baskets in Thursday's game, said that the defense allowed them the shots from the outside.

"They first came at us with a man-to-man, but our size and quickness was too much for them," Isaac said. "We came out pumped and we did the job."

"We are a better shooting team on the perimeter," Mitchell said. "If a team centers on Isaac, then we have players who can take up the slack."

The Golden Panthers' problems continued in the second half, and they hit only 39 percent of their shots for the game. Grady Thompson led the way with 20 points.

FIU head coach Bob Weltlich said he was disappointed.

"We were getting decent shots, but they just wouldn't go down," Weltlich said. "We were getting intimidated from the inside, and their perimeter game was very strong."

COPPIN STATE (99) -- Yarbray 5-7 3-4 13, Isaac 9-20 2-2 24, Johnson 5-6 1-2 15, Mazyck 1-4 1-4 3, Woods 1-1 2-3 4, J. Hammond 0-2 0-0 0, Saunders 0-0 0-0 0, McCollum 2-2 2-2 6, L. Stewart 12-17 2-3 26, M. Hammond 1-2 3-5 5, Brown 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 37-62 16-25 99.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (72) -- Lewis 2-3 0-0 4, Guilbeaux 1-3 0-0 2, Pinder 1-3 0-0 2, Greer 3-6 0-2 8, Dixon 2-4 0-2 6, Bocachica 2-13 5-8 11, Thompson 7-18 4-6 20, Caudle 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 1-3 1, D. Stewart 7-11 4-4 18, Steinberg 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-63 14-25 72.

-- Halftime--Coppin St. 46, Fla. International 23. 3-point shots--Coppin St. 9-20 (Isaac 4-11, Johnson 4-5, Mazyck 0-1, Woods 0-1, Brown 1-2), Fla. International 8-24 (Guilbeaux 0-2, Pinder 0-1, Greer 2-5, Dixon 2-3, Bocachica 2-7, Thompson 2-6). Rebounds--Coppin St. 44 (L. Stewart 11), Fla. International 31 (D. Stewart 8). Assists--Coppin St. 12 (Yarbray 5), Fla. International 17 (Pinder 6). Fouled out--none. Total fouls--Coppin St. 18, Fla. International 22. A--350.

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