American handles Coppin, 71-56, ends 4-game win streak

January 21, 1993|By Gary Davidson | Gary Davidson,Contributing Writer

WASHINGTON -- Coppin State's young basketball team learned a couple of tough lessons last night. Don't get behind on the road and never take an opponent for granted.

Entering Wednesday, American University had won only four of 13 games while Coppin had recorded four straight triumphs. It was American, however, that jumped ahead quickly and never let Coppin catch up in a 71-56 non-conference meeting before 1,004 at Bender Arena.

"American wanted to win it a lot more than we did," said Coppin Coach Fang Mitchell. My kids didn't come in with enough intensity to win in a place like this . . . with American coming in 4-9 and us being on a roll. We waited until we saw what they were doing before we got into our game. You can't get behind on the road and expect to win."

American senior center Craig Sedmak had 16 of his game-high 22 points after halftime and added nine rebounds for the victors. Tim Fudd, a sophomore forward, chipped in 14 points and an evening's-best 14 rebounds to lift American to its first win in three tries against Coppin.

Brian Gilgeous, who entered the game leading the Colonial Athletic Association with a 21.2-point average, had only 13 points, but that did not prevent American from scoring nine straight points -- five from 6-foot-8 Yugoslavian sophomore guard Marko Krivokapic and four from Fudd to take an 11-4 advantage with 15:23 to play in the first half. American never trailed after that.

Coppin (6-7) was done in by 21 turnovers and horrendous shooting, making only 21 of 66 shots. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Eagles failed on their first seven three-point tries and were successful on only five of 21 attempts from behind the arc.

Coppin was also hampered by the absence of sophomore guard Sidney Goodman, who received two fouls in the first 2:54 and did not return until the second half. He led Coppin with 11 points, but five of those came in the final four minutes.

Despite trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half, Coppin battled back to within three before American point guard Darryl Franklin (10 points) sank a trey with 1:33 on the clock to give American a 28-22 halftime margin.

COPPIN STATE -- Goodman 5-11 0-0 11, Scott 4-9 0-3 8, Roberts 1-5 3-4 6, Locke 2-4 0-0 5, Thomas 2-4 0-0 4, Carmichael 1-6 0-0 2, Robinson 3-9 2-2 10, Saunders 3-12 4-6 10, Brown 0-0 0-2 0, Howard 0-0 0-0 0, Nekkers 0-0 0-0 0, Stewart 0-5 0-0 0, Abdul-Walli 0-1 0-0 0, Wyainger 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-66 9-17 56.

AMERICAN -- Gilgeous 5-5 3-4 13, Sedmak 6-12 10-12 22, Fudd 4-8 6-6 14, Krivokapic 2-6 2-2 7, Franklin 3-6 1-2 10, Lawrence 0-3 0-0 0, Palmer 0-1 0-0 0, Gilliam 2-3 0-0 4, Blackwell 0-3 1-2 1, Robinson 0-0 0-2 0, Washington 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-47 23-30 71.

Halftime--American, 28-22. 3-point goals--CS 5-24 (Robinson 2-6, Locke 1-3, Goodman 1-4, Roberts 1-5, Abdul-Walli 0-1, Stewart 0-2, Carmichael 0-3, Saunders 0-5); A 4-15 (Franklin 3-4, Krivokapic 1-5, Lawrence 0-1, Sedmak 0-2). Rebounds--CS 36 (Scott 6); A 41 (Fudd 14). Assists--CS 19 (Roberts 3); A 19 (Gilgeous 5). Total fouls--CS 24, U 17. Fouled out--Thomas. Technicals--Saunders. A--1,004.

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