Coppin dumps Duquesne, 91-57 Eagles avenge loss, make MEAC point in home win

December 11, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Forget the Atlantic 10 Conference mystique and the three-point shooting prowess of Duquesne guard Tom Pipkins.

They were no match whatsoever for Coppin State's smothering defense and home-court mastery last night at the Coppin Center.

The Eagles took command late in the first half and proceeded to win their 42nd in a row at home, 91-57, avenging last season's one-point defeat at Duquesne.

In Coppin's only appearance on its home court until Jan. 15, the Eagles pressured the Dukes into 24 turnovers and unleashed a 25-7 run in the first eight minutes of the second half to burst ahead by 35.

They harassed Pipkins -- who was shooting 48 percent from three-point range -- and his teammates into shots from unfavorable positions and used the strong defense to jump-start their offense.

Pipkins went 3-for-9 from the field, typifying the general misfortune of the Dukes, who finished with 28.4 percent accuracy overall. Conversely, Coppin (2-2) shot 59.3 percent from the floor, including 71.4 percent after halftime, and converted turnovers into layup after slam dunk.

"I was impressed by our performance," said Coppin coach Fang Mitchell. "We've been preaching since Oct. 15 about playing good defense. I think this team is taking the message."

Coppin squandered an 11-point lead in the waning minutes at Duquesne last season and lost, 77-76. That was a motivating factor last night, as was the general disregard for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

"We don't get a lot of respect in the MEAC," said Coppin forward Reggie Welch. "This was an opportunity to beat an A-10 school and you have to get those games. We said we were going to prove that we can compete with any conference."

MEAC Player of the Year Terquin Mott furnished 17 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals to lead the Eagles. Kareem Lewis added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Antoine Brockington scored 17 and Welch had 14.

Welch said: "There is something special about our floor, the history that has been passed down to us. I told Coach Mitchell not to tell anybody that we have the nation's longest home winning streak and maybe we can get them to come in here."

Mitchell played his entire roster, pulling his two biggest names, Mott and Welch, with about six minutes remaining.

"Our kids don't get the respect they deserve just because we're in the MEAC," he said. "The guys understood this was an opportunity to play a big-name team on their home floor. They showed how much they wanted it."

Coppin's reward? A trip to Kansas State and Illinois for two games in three days. The meat-grinder schedule took only a brief respite.

DUQUESNE -- Stephenson 1-3 1-2 3, Jones 2-7 5-7 10, Davis 1-4 1-2 3, Pipkins 3-9 1-2 8, James 3-14 0-0 6, Sneed 4-8 4-6 12, Clarno 0-2 0-0 0, Walker 0-4 0-0 0, Price 4-11 3-3 11, Mason 1-5 2-3 4. Totals 19-67 17-25 57.

COPPIN STATE -- Mott 7-9 3-4 17, Seamon 2-3 4-8 8, K.Lewis 8-10 1-2 17, Brockington 7-16 2-3 17, Singletary 1-2 3-4 6, King 0-4 3-4 3, Welch 6-10 0-1 14, T.Lewis 3-4 0-0 7, Watkins 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 35-59 16-26 91.

Halftime-- Coppin State 41-24. 3-point goals-- Duquesne 2-14 (Jones 1-3, Pipkins 1-6, James 0-2, Sneed 0-2, Clarno 0-1). Coppin State 5-14 (Seamon 0-1, Brockington 1-5, Singletary 1-1, King 0-1, Welch 2-5, T.Lewis 1-1). Fouled out--None. Rebounds-- Duquesne 41 (Price 7), Coppin State 40 (Mott 11). Assists-- Duquesne 7 (Davis, Sneed, Clarno 2), Coppin State 26 (Singletary 5). Total fouls-- Duquesne 22, Coppin State 21. A-- 2,500.

Pub Date: 12/11/96

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