No. 23 Boston College crushes Coppin, 90-64

January 03, 1994|By Josie Karp | Josie Karp,Contributing Writer

CHESTNUT HILL, MASS — CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- After several tough trips on the road, Coppin State finally came up with a flat tire yesterday.

The blowout came in the form of a 90-64 loss to 23rd-ranked Boston College.

In a matchup of Eagles teams, the Big East variety was far superior to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference species, with the final score appearing closer than the play on the court would indicate.

"This was an old-fashioned butt-kicking. It's as simple as that," said Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell.

It was a departure in form for a Coppin State team that had nearly upset Virginia and Missouri and stuck with Pittsburgh in previous big-name road games this season.

With that in mind, Boston College coach Jim O'Brien said that he was a nervous wreck over the game.

O'Brien's worst fears were realized in the first 10 minutes, when Coppin State rode the hot hands of guards Sidney Goodman and Keith Carmichael to an early lead.

But the roll ended quickly with a little more than 10 minutes to play and Coppin State leading 22-18.

Coppin State went cold from the field and BC heated up, finishing the half with a 26-5 run to go to the locker room leading 44-27.

Gerrod Abram came off the bench for BC to add seven points in that stretch and guard Howard Eisley made two three-point baskets. BC never looked back.

"I thought the big factor was that we were very efficient on offense, and we did a much better job of guarding them after the first couple of minutes," said O'Brien.

"I thought our guards really pressured their guards, and I thought our game plan to defend [Stephen] Stewart was very good."

That game plan, which involved a tenacious double-team every time the 6-foot-5 forward had the ball or tried to grab it down low, limited Stewart to five points, almost 12 below his average.

With its inside game shut down, Coppin State was left with its outside shooting, which deserted the team after the first 10 minutes.

The Eagles finished the first half shooting 29 percent and improved only slightly (34 percent) in the second half.

"This was a prime example of when your jump shots are falling, you're looking good," Mitchell said. "[O'Brien] did a real good job of taking the inside game away from us.

"You can't expect to come into a place like this and win just by shooting jump shots. We never did establish an inside game, and when the jumpers stop falling, we're left with nothing for a period of time."

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