Coppin State too strong, rolls over UMES, 106-72

January 14, 1992|By Bill Free

Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell tinkered and he tinkered some more with his lineup last night.

It was a good night for trying different combinations because winless University of Maryland Eastern Shore was in town.

While Mitchell shuffled players in and out of the game on the way to a 106-72 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory at the Coppin Center, UMES coach Bobby Wilkerson was helpless on the Hawks bench.

No matter where he looked, all he saw were the same players who had been blown out by Division III Salisbury State in the game before he took over as head coach.

Wilkerson has not been accustomed to such humiliation. He was a member of Bob Knight's 1976 Indiana University basketball team that won the NCAA championship.

The Hawks (0-13 overall and 0-7 under Wilkerson) were no match for Coppin State's full-court press and were virtually out of the game at halftime, trailing 48-27.

When the Coppin State lead ballooned to 75-39 with a little more than 10 minutes left, Mitchell called off the press and began to relax on the Eagles bench.

"I try to be a decent human being," said the intense Mitchell. "The only reason I had the press on in the second half was because that's the way we play."

Darren Woods led Coppin with 17 points, and Simon Edwards paced UMES with 24 points.

One of the highlights for Coppin State last night was the return to action of point guard Larry Yarbray who had been out with an Achilles' injury.

Yarbray looked nearly 100 percent healthy as he ran the offense and scored 15 points in a relief role. Yarbray came off the bench with 14 minutes 25 seconds left in the first half and played off and on the rest of the game.

None of the Coppin players were on the floor for long stretches, as Mitchell used 12 players in the easy victory.

"All these guys are about the same," said Mitchell. "I didn't think we came to play in the first five minutes but we did well the next 25 minutes and then tailed off."

Coppin led by as much as 82-42 before UMES spurted in the final minutes.

"I had five midgets on the floor at the end," said Wilkerson. "They're all guards. I'm going to start those five guys the next game because they gained us a little respect."

Wilkerson, who chewed out his players at length after the game, said this was an important game for UMES because he was in Baltimore.

"I'm starting to do some recruiting and wanted to make a good showing since we were here," said Wilkerson.

UMES (0-13) -- Arnold 1-2 4-4 6, Cane 4-7 1-2 11, Gordon 3-6 2-5 9, Edwards 10-19, 3-5 24, Kimbrew 2-5 1-4 6, Jenkins 3-9 4-7 11, Huger 0-1 1-2 1, Richards 1-1 0-0 2, Harris 1-3 0-0 2, Hudgins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-54 16-29 72.

COPPIN STATE (7-5) -- Yarbray 6-13, 3-5 13, Goodman 3-5 5-9 11, Carmichael 6-9 1-1 15, Johnson 3-4 0-2 6, Woods 6-13 5-6 17, Robinson 3-6 0-0 6, Massey 0-1 0-0 0, Saunders 5-9 0-0 13, Scott 4-8 5-6 13, Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Dickerson 2-4 1-2 6, Howard 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 40-75 20-34 106.

Halftime--Coppin St. 48, UMES 27. 3-point goals--UMES 6-16 (Cane 2-4, Gordon 1-3 Edwards 1-4, Kimbrew 1-1, Jenkins 1-3, Harris 0-1), Coppin St. 6-6 (Carmichael 2-2, Saunders 3-3, Dickerson 1-1,) Fouled out--UMES (Cane, Jenkins) Rebounds--UMES 35 (Jenkins, 8), Coppin St. 50 (Scott, 10). Assists--UMES 7 (Gordon, Edwards 2), Coppin St. 20 (Yarbray, 7). Total fouls--UMES 31, Coppin St. 28. Technicals--UMES (Cane). A--1250.

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