James Madison spurts past Coppin State, 95-76

December 08, 1992|By Gary Davidson | Gary Davidson,Contributing Writer

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Coppin State point guard Sidney Goodman had just scored 28 points, but he wasn't feeling all that happy after last night's loss to James Madison.

Goodman's career-high point total -- which included six of eight three-point attempts -- was not nearly enough to prevent the Dukes from dumping Coppin, 95-76, before 5,000 loud supporters at the James Madison Convocation Center.

After last Tuesday's opening 85-61 setback at Kansas State, Eagles coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell suggested loudly and definitively to Goodman that the sophomore captain play with more intensity and distribute the ball better.

"The points don't faze me. It was a loss," said Goodman, who averaged 6.3 points last season and had nine against Kansas State. "If I had lesser points and gotten the rest of the team into the game more, I would [feel better]."

Despite the fact Goodman had only two assists and accounted for 37 percent of the Eagles' points, Mitchell said he was pleased with how Goodman responded to the lecture.

"After the K-State game, we screamed at him, telling him he had to get more involved in the game . . . show his leadership," said Mitcell. "This is his best game so far in his career. We can shoot the basketball.We just need to spread it around a little more. I was pleased because [Goodman] was trying to get the ball to people."

Coppin (0-2), which never led, came out trying to run and gun with the taller, quicker, deeper Dukes (3-0). That was a mistake.

After James Madison guard Bryan Edwards opened the scoring with a 15-foot baseline jumper and Goodman's backcourt mate Stephen Stewart responded with a layup, the Dukes, with all five starters contributing, ran off 14 points for a 16-2 advantage with 5:10 elapsed.

James Madison, coming off Saturday's 89-80 home victory over Auburn, extended its lead to 19 before Goodman sank a three-pointer and, 30 seconds later, a foul shot to narrow the Eagles' margin to 40-29 with 5:49 left before the break.

COPPIN STATE -- Nekkers 0-0 0-0 0, Goodman 8-14 6-8 28Carmichael 1-2 0-0 3, Roberts 0-0 0-2 0, Robinson 3-5 0-0 8, Locke 0-0 0-0 0, Saunders 4-10 1-2 11, Thomas 3-4 0-0 6, Scott 3-15 3-7 9, Stewart 3-11 4-5 11, Howard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-61 14-24 76.

JAMES MADISON -- Robinson 1-3 0-0 2, McLinton 3-3 1-2 7, Edwards 5-8 1-2 13, Venson 0-1 0-2 0, Culuko 5-6 8-8 22, Davis 4-8 2-3 11, Chambers 2-2 2-4 6, Carter 6-8 0-0 14, Ritter 8-11 4-4 20, Cuk 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 34-53 18-25 75.

Halftime--James Madison 56-41.Three-point goals--CS 12-22 (Goodman 6-9, Carmichael 1-1, Robinson 2-3, Saunders 2-6, Stewart 1-3); JM 9-14 (Robinson 0-1, Edwards 2-5, Culuko 4-5, Davis 1-1, Carter 2-2). Rebounds--CS 27 (Scott 7); JM 35 (Chambers 8). Assists--CS 6 (Goodman 2); JM 17 (Chambers 7). Total fouls--CS 20; JM 19. Fouled out--Stewart, Robinson. Technicals--Stewart, JM bench. A--5,000.

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