Tonight's games

February 15, 1996

Delaware State (8-14) at Coppin State (13-8)

Site: Coppin Center

Time: 7:30

Outlook: The Eagles are tied with South Carolina State for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference at 10-1. They've won 10 of their past 11 and are seeking an unprecedented fourth consecutive MEAC regular-season championship. They also are trying to extend their 38-game home winning streak, longest in the nation. On Monday, the Eagles got past Florida A&M, 78-68, behind a season-high 21 points from senior Kyle Locke and 16 points and eight assists from senior Allen Watson. Delaware State (7-6 in MEAC) ended Howard's six-game winning streak Monday, 65-63. Junior G Dana McCullough led four Hornets in double figures with 15 points. Coppin leads the series, 22-8, and has won the last nine. On Jan. 13, junior Terquin Mott scored a career-high 37 points in Coppin's 92-77 victory. Mott (20.5 ppg) leads the nation in field-goal percentage at 68.6, and the Eagles are fourth at 50.5. Watson (10.1 ppg) is 18th in assists at 6.7.

Morgan State (5-18) at South Carolina State (15-6)

Site: Smith Hammond-Middleton Center, Orangeburg, S.C.

Time: 7:30

Outlook: Morgan State (4-8 in MEAC before last night's game vs. North Carolina A&T) lost to Bethune-Cookman on Monday, 78-70, despite 16 points and four assists from senior G Paul Grant (11.9 ppg). Now, it faces the team picked during the preseason to win the conference. South Carolina State is 10-1 and tied with Coppin State for first place. The Bulldogs defeated Morgan State on Jan. 4, 72-56. Grant had 14 points and six rebounds. He has 37 points in his last two games. S.C. State is led by senior F Derrick Patterson, the conference's preseason Player of the Year who averages 15.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 2.3 bpg. Sophomore G Roderick Blakney averages 14.8 ppg and 3.3 apg.

No. 8 Wake Forest (16-3) at Maryland (12-8)

Site: Cole Field House, College Park

Time: 9

TV/Radio: Ch. 54/WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: With five of its last seven games at home, Maryland (5-5 in ACC) begins the final push for an NCAA bid. The Terps lost at Wake Forest, 77-64, in January when Tim Duncan logged the first triple double in school history (14 points, 15 rebounds, 10 blocks). The Deacons (8-2) have held 13 of 19 opponents under 40 percent shooting, and lead the ACC in scoring defense and field-goal percentage defense. Maryland is last in both categories. Wake is 5-1 in games decided by six points or fewer.

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