Coppin's home streak hits 21 with 99-76 romp

February 03, 1991|By Jerry Bembry

At the rate Coppin State has been beating opponents at home, it might be easier for visiting teams to begin mailing in their appearances.

Coppin opened leads of as many as 24 points in the second half for a 99-76 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win over Howard University before an overflow homecoming crowd last night at the Coppin Center.

Coppin forward Larry Stewart scored 36 points and guard Reggie Isaac had 32 -- 24 in the second half -- as the Eagles (12-8, 7-1) won their eighth straight game and 21st straight at the Coppin Center.

Howard (3-18, 2-8) was led by 23 points from forward Tyrone Powell and 15 points from Milton Bynum. It was the second time in seven days that the Bison lost to Coppin.

Isaac had sat down for more than 10 minutes in the first half after picking up his second foul, but scored nine points during a 14-0 run early in the second that gave the Eagles a 64-41 lead five minutes into the second half.

"The second half I felt like I had to come out and score," said Isaac, who hit 15 of 21 field-goal tries. "I can count on one hand how many times I've been in foul trouble, and it was real hard watching because Larry [Stewart] had a lot of pressure on him."

Stewart scored 21 in the first half on eight-of-nine shooting. But the Eagles were never able to shake the Bison and took a 45-36 halftime lead with Isaac watching much of the action from the bench.

"I don't think [Isaac] came out with the intensity he needed, and when you don't play with intensity, you create dumb fouls," Coppin coach Fang Mitchell said. "The whole team came out with the intensity in the second half, and that was the big difference."

Isaac scored Coppin's first basket in the second half, but the Bison came back with five straight to cut the Coppin lead to 47-41. But the Eagles broke the game open with the 14-0 run.

The Bison pulled to within 64-49, scoring eight straight after the Coppin run, but Coppin opened leads by as many as 24.

Stewart's 36 points were one shy of his career high of two weeks ago in a win against Florida A&M. The 6-foot-8 forward also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

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