Coppin takes breather, routs W. Va. State, 94-43

December 02, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

The game itself was a no-brainer, but Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell said his team reaped some benefits nonetheless.

Perhaps the Eagles needed one like this to prepare them for the difficult challenges ahead.

"It was good to be home and this gave us an opportunity to see everybody play," Mitchell said after his team routed West Virginia State, 94-43, at the Coppin Center last night. "If we're going to be successful, our bench is definitely going to have to help us."

There will be no more cakewalks in the near future. On tap in succession are visits to Kansas State, Wichita State and Virginia, a home game against Towson and then visits to Missouri, Oklahoma and Pittsburgh.

Coppin (3-1) was coming off a fifth-place finish in the San Juan Shootout with the loss a 57-55 decision against Washington State, the team that went on to the championship.

A letdown against an obviously inferior opponent was possible, but the Eagles' first team wasn't complying with that theory.

Coppin roared to a 19-0 lead with the help of three three-pointers by Keith Carmichael and two by Stephen Stewart and ended any suspense about the outcome in the first five minutes.

During that same span, West Virginia State, a team with no seniors and one junior, went 0-for-6 from the field, committed five turnovers and had three shots blocked.

The Yellow Jackets finally scored on a layup by Jimmie Memminger with 14:32 left in the first half before Coppin reeled off the next seven points and soared in front, 26-2.

"We got our butts kicked. That's why we were brought in here," said West Virginia State coach Robert Marshall, a Mitchell acquaintance from the Philadelphia area who has worked camps with him.

"Coppin is going to be very good. They've got shooters and they're strong inside. I really don't see a weakness."

Mitchell was experimenting with various combinations before the midway point of the first half and didn't bother to apply full-court defensive pressure.

As a result, the Eagles finished with the balance Mitchell likes. Carmichael had 21 points, Stewart added 16 and point guard Sidney Goodman had 13 and 12 assists.

Michael Thomas was the primary defensive force with six blocks and also had 11 points.

"Although we made some mistakes, we maintained our intensity level," said Mitchell. "I think we learned in Puerto Rico that we're just as good as most teams in the country if we play hard.

"Overall, I think we've got more weapons than last year, when we were lacking consistent big men. We've become a lot stronger."

Sophomore guard Shawn Harvey topped West Virginia State (0-2) with 22 points, several on dunks and reverse layups that gave the crowd of 1,025 some thrills during the non-competitive game.

WEST VIRGINIA STATE -- Anderson 1-4 2-4 4, Harvey 9-25 1-2 22, Wali 0-3 1-2 1, Watkins 1-4 1-2 3, Amin 0-4 0-0, Parkman 0-1 0-0 0, Trent 2-3 1-3 5, Memminger 4-7 0-0 8. Totals 17-52 6-14 43.

COPPIN STATE -- Goodman 5-7 3-4 13, Carmichael 8-14 0-0 21, Fuller 1-3 1-2 3, Robinson 3-5 2-2 9, Watson 0-2 0-0 0, Locke 1-1 0-0 2, Thomas 4-7 3-3 11, Stewart 6-9 2-2 16, Howard 3-3 0-0 6, Wysinger 2-5 1-2 5, McGriff 3-6 2-4 8. Totals 36-62 14-20 94.

Halftime--Coppin State, 48-19. 3-point goals--West Virginia State 3-15 (Harvey 3-8, Varney 0-1, Parkman 0-1, Amin 0-2, Wali 0-3; Coppin State 8-17 (Stewart 2-3, Carmichael 5-10, Robinson 1-2, Goodman 0-2). Rebounds--West Virginia State 29 (Memminger 8); Coppin State 40 (Howard 6). Assists--West Virginia State 6 (Anderson 2, Amin 2); Coppin State 24 (Goodman 12). Total fouls--West Virginia State 17; Coppin State 25. Fouled out--none. Technicals--none. A--1,025.

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