Tonight's games

February 05, 1997

Coppin State (10-7, 7-2) at Delaware State (3-13, 3-5)

Site: Memorial Hall, Dover, Del.

Time: 7: 30

Outlook: Coppin has won six straight and seven of eight but lost senior F Reggie Welch (15.4 ppg) to a broken left hand. He was fitted with a cast Monday, and it won't be removed until Tuesday, when his status will be evaluated. Welch was averaging 21.8 points over his last five games. Without Welch, Coppin defeated Morgan State on Saturday night, 81-56. A win would pull Coppin back into a three-way tie with North Carolina A&T and South Carolina State for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Delaware State, under former Maryland assistant Art Perry, hasn't played since a 73-65 loss to South Carolina State on Jan. 27. The Hornets are the lowest-scoring (61.5 ppg) and worst-shooting (36 percent) team in the MEAC; Coppin is first at 77.6 ppg and 49 percent.

Colgate (9-11, 6-1) at Navy (13-8, 6-2)

Site: Alumni Hall, Annapolis

Time: 7: 30

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen, who have won seven of their past nine games, can tie the Red Raiders for first place in the Patriot League with a victory tonight. Colgate won the first meeting in Hamilton, N.Y., on Jan. 11, 64-60. Navy is coming off a 68-64 victory over Army on Saturday, when Colgate was losing to Bucknell, 82-78. Junior G Michael Heary leads the Mids in scoring (17.2). Colgate junior C Adonal Foyle ranks third in the nation in scoring (26.0), second in rebounding (13.8) and first in blocked shots (6.6).

North Carolina State (9-9) at Maryland (17-4)

Site: Cole Field House, College Park

Time: 8

TV/Radio: None/WBAL (1090 AM), WTOP (1500 AM)

Outlook: This figures to be an ugly one for the Terrapins. Not so much in the final score, but in the way the Wolfpack plays. Maryland's shooting has been off in losing two straight games -- a combined 37.5 percent from the field, including three of 20 on threes -- and N.C. State holds opponents to 39.8 percent shooting. But the Terrapins are even better defensively, and the Wolfpack has a difficult time matching up with Keith Booth (19.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and Obinna Ekezie (10.1, 6.5), who dominated the first half of last month's game in Raleigh. N.C. State's leading scorer, C.C. Harrison (13.9 ppg), has missed the past two games with a sprained ankle.

Pub Date: 2/05/97

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