Coppin retires Stewart's No. 42

January 31, 1994|By Kent Baker

Coppin State yesterday retired a jersey for the first time, the No. 42 of Larry Stewart.

Stewart, now on injured reserve with the Washington Bullets, accepted the honor at halftime of Coppin's 70-56 victory over Delaware State.

"Larry is a special person to me," said Eagles coach Fang Mitchell. "He is an example of an inner-city kid who works hard and has something positive happen at the end.

"It just makes me happy for the way he is. He hasn't forgotten us. We're still his family."

Larry's brother, the Eagles' Stephen Stewart, said, "I don't know where I might be without him. I didn't have to look at TV and say Michael Jordan was my idol. He was right there at home where I could talk to him every day."

Larry Stewart ranks second to Reggie Isaac on Coppin's all-time scoring list with 1,824 points and second to Joe Pace in rebounding with 1,052. He is the school's career leader in field-goal percentage, free throws and blocks.

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