Brawl at end mars win by Coppin women

February 09, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Coppin State-Bethune Cookman women's basketball game ended with a brawl while the Eagles were at midcourt celebrating their 70-63 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory.

"We're going to investigate the situation and file a report with the MEAC commissioner [Ken Free] to see if any judicial action is justified," said Coppin athletic director Clayton McNeill. "I'm also going to confer with Bethune's athletic director, Len Thompson, to guard against this ever happening again."

At first, it appeared the visitors were coming to congratulate Coppin. But the players began to shove each other, and then the swinging started. Several players were thrown to the court as security police tried to separate the teams.

The game officials had left the floor and did not witness the fight.

"I'm in total shock," said Coppin coach Tori Harrison. "It's a shame you have to win a game and then have it end that way. But they started pushing my players, and my girls had to defend themselves."

Bethune-Cookman coach Alvin Wyatt, appearing extremely upset, said, "It didn't happen as far as I'm concerned. I didn't see anything."

* Western Maryland 66, Goucher 64: Freshman Michele Jarman scored a season-high 25 points to lead Western Maryland (16-4) past host Goucher (14-6) in a non-conference game.

Jarman made 11 of 15 shots from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Didi Cotton (Western) scored with 1:11 left and Candi Jones (Western) hit a three-pointer at the 40-second mark to pull Goucher within two, but the Gophers were unable to get off a shot in the last five seconds.

* Marymount 95, St. Mary's 68: Cori Carson with 24 points led Marymount (19-2, 12-0) to its 12th win in a row, defeating Capital Athletic Conference rival St. Mary's (6-13, 1-9) in Arlington, Va.

Cindy Davenport led St. Mary's with 20 and Erica Pearson had 16.

Men

* Gettysburg 79, Johns Hopkins 69: Rich Rothenburg scored 15 points to lead Gettysburg (15-6, 7-3) past visiting Johns Hopkins (11-10, 4-6) in a Centennial Conference game. Wes Unseld and Matt Gorman each scored 14 to lead the Blue Jays.

* Beaver 103, Western Maryland 87: Orick Smith scored 37 points to lead Beaver (12-9) over Western Maryland (4-17) in a non-conference game in Glenside, Pa.

Smith, a junior forward, went 12-for-18 from the field and 11-for-14 from the foul line. His three-point play with 16:30 left gave the Scarlet Knights the lead for good at 56-53 after Western Maryland had jumped out to a 36-16 advantage with 8:53 remaining in the first half.

* Goucher 109, Mary Washington 83: Senior guard Chad Beeten matched his career high with 25 points in leading host Goucher (13-8, 7-4) past Mary Washington (5-15, 4-7) in a Capital Athletic Conference game.

With the score tied at 21, Beeten hit 12 points during a 25-9 Gophers run at the 2:34 mark. Goucher led 53-38 at the half.

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