Coppin State breezes past Howard, 96-66 Six score in double figures as Eagles win 9th straight

February 11, 1997|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

The only available Coppin State player who didn't score last night pitched in with two rebounds, two blocks and a steal. All in three minutes.

And all in good fun.

Even freshman walk-on Joe Allen got in a few licks during the Eagles' 96-66 whipping of Howard at the Coppin Center, their ninth consecutive victory.

"I'm worried about my life if I don't put Joe in the game," joked coach Fang Mitchell.

He could relax last night.

Six Eagles scored in double figures, led by junior guard Antoine Brockington and sophomore forward Fred Warrick with 19 points. Junior guard Danny Singletary had 12 points and six assists off the bench, and senior forward Terquin Mott had 11 points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes.

The Eagles (13-7, 10-2) are tied with South Carolina State for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. North Carolina A&T was upset by UMES and fell into second place.

"The tight games are good for us, but it's also good to get a feeling of blowing somebody out for a change," said Mitchell, whose team was 34-for-53 (64 percent) from the field.

Howard's season has been a series of streaks, most of them bad. The Bison (4-16, 4-8) opened with 10 consecutive defeats, then won four of their next five. Last night's loss was their fifth in FTC row, and it marked the eighth time an opponent had shot at least 50 percent.

Guard Jabari Outtz, last year's co-Rookie of the Year in the MEAC, quit the team after eight games and left school. He had 16 points in a Nov. 26 loss at Maryland and was averaging 14.2.

Without Outtz or a dependable frontcourt scorer, first-year swingman Xavier Singletary had carried the load -- until last night, when it became too heavy.

Five of his seven first-half points came in the last 2: 16, when Coppin's beating was in full swing. The Eagles already had gone on a 22-3 run, beginning with a basket from junior center Kareem Lewis that broke a 10-10 tie, and ending with a free throw by Warrick.

In between, the Eagles were flawless. They limited Howard to one shot each possession, then pushed the ball up the floor and found the open man underneath or on the perimeter. They were in synch. And in no time, they were in the clear.

During one sequence, Singletary drove the baseline and pulled up for a short jumper, Brockington made a steal, dribbled into the lane and dished off to Warrick for a layup, and Singletary lobbed a pass over a defender to Lewis for another easy basket. It all happened in about a minute.

"Other than the Duquesne game [a 91-57 win on Dec. 10], that was the best stretch of basketball we've played," Mitchell said.

Singletary had nine points and four assists in the first half. Lewis had 11 points and three blocks. Mott pulled down seven rebounds, all with authority.

Howard couldn't match any of it.

"We got impatient and started to take ill-advised shots and didn't run the offense," said Bison coach Mike McLeese. "The second half, we were very competitive, but the ballgame was over. We had dug ourselves such a deep hole."

NOTE: Senior forward Reggie Welch (15.4 ppg), sidelined the last four games, had the cast removed from his broken left hand today and could return for tomorrow's home game against Delaware State.

Pub Date: 2/11/97

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