Shooting 69.1 percent, Coppin romps, 109-43

January 22, 1991|By Jerry Bembry

A caption in yesterday's editions of The Sun incorrectly identified a Coppin State basketball player as Larry McCollum. The player pictured was Larry Stewart.

The Sun regrets the error.

After last night's 109-43 blowout of Bethune-Cookman, Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell briefly grabbed a copy of the game videotape and flung it onto his desk.

"This is one tape," Mitchell said, "that I'm not going to look at again."

That's because Mitchell, always seeking perfection, got a near-perfect effort as his team shot a season-high 69.1 percent from the field in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game. The Eagles (8-8, 4-1) could have packed its offense away after the first half, when they scored 53.


"It was a spectacular performance tonight, and the defense was supurb," said Mitchell, whose team held the Wildcats to 31.7 percent shooting from the field. "Defense is where it all started. I'm not happy most of the time with our effort, but I'm happy tonight."

Coppin has won 19 straight at home, and Bethune-Cookman dealt Coppin its most recent home defeat. But the Wildcats (4-14, 3-4) were never in this one, as Coppin as shot 69 percent (20 of 29) from the field in the first half on their way to a 53-24 lead.

In the second half, Coppin opened with a 32-13 run over the first 10 minutes for the 85-37 lead. The Eagles, with reserves in the game, coasted.

Guard Reggie Isaac led Coppin with 29 points, and forward Larry Stewart scored 28 and grabbed 16 rebounds. The only reason why the two didn't have career nights (Stewart had career highs of 37 points and 21 rebounds Saturday against Florida A&M) was that Mitchell pulled both players with 10 minutes left.

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