Breaking Coppin runs up score, but fails to run down opponent

November 20, 1991|By Jeff Fletcher | Jeff Fletcher,Evening Sun Staff

Coppin State's home court has a shot clock, but the Eagles don't need it. The post-Larry Stewart Eagles run and run and run.

So they couldn't have picked a better opponent for their final exhibition game than the Maryland All-Stars, who beat the Eagles, 96-89, last night at Coppin Center.

"I thought this was an excellent test," said Eagles coach Fang Mitchell, who was not so happy after Coppin pounded the Burundi national team, 100-29, two weeks ago. "We learned a lot."

The Eagles have to play uptempo because they don't have the size to play four-passes-and-throw-it-inside basketball. And there was none of that last night.

The All-Stars, a team of former college players, played a 94-foot game from the opening tip. After a few sluggish minutes, the Eagles followed.

For most of the first half, the teams ran up and down the court, with neither able to put much of a run together, and Coppin went into the locker room with a 46-44 lead.

But in the second half, Coppin stopped making shots and started making turnovers, which the All-Stars converted into baskets. They pulled ahead by as many as 11 points in the last 10 minutes.

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