Coppin's breeze no pleasure to Mitchell Eagles rout Bethune, 101-70, but turnovers anger coach

January 30, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Can you believe it?

The Coppin State basketball team received another stern lecture from coach Fang Mitchell last night, only minutes after the Eagles crushed winless Bethune-Cookman, 101-70, in a lackluster Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at the Coppin Center.

Mitchell strongly admonished his two point guards, Danny Singletary and Troy Lewis, for the seven turnovers each committed amid a total of 23 for an uninspired Coppin squad.

Mitchell also lashed out in general at his team and said the performance against Bethune-Cookman -- the nation's only winless Division I team -- was "not the way to get ready for the [MEAC] tournament and not a sign of a tournament [NCAA] team."

And, as hard as he tried, Mitchell could not get the 23 turnovers off his mind.

"I know the world wants me to be happy because we won by 31 points," Mitchell said. "But that is not Fang. I don't think that way. I'm the opposite. Young people in this country today have trouble taking care of what is so precious in the game, and that is the basketball. If I took care of their property like they take care of mine, they wouldn't like it."

Singletary atoned somewhat for his turnovers with 19 points, seven steals and four rebounds.

The victory pulled Coppin (10-7, 8-1) within a game of first-place South Carolina State (9-0) in the MEAC and sets the stage for a rematch with S.C. State on Feb. 14 in Orangeburg, S.C.

The league-leading Bulldogs upset Coppin two weeks ago, 78-76, at the Coppin Center.

Unlike the emotional game against S.C. State, there was never any doubt about who was going to win last night as Bethune-Cookman (0-16, 0-8) was no match for the Eagles.

Not even the presence of first-year coach Horace Broadnax, a former Georgetown basketball star who played on the Hoyas' 1984 NCAA championship team, could help Bethune-Cookman.

But Broadnax said he plans to continue his mission to produce a winning program at the Daytona Beach, Fla. school.

"I want to come back next year and see this thing through," he said.

BETHUNE-COOKMAN -- Ned 4-8 1-1 9, Lockwood 0-4 0-2 0, Thomas 5-5 3-5 13, Bryant 0-4 0-0 0, McClenton 11-15 6-11 28, Harrell 1-3 1-2 3, Moore 4-10 0-0 8, Galloway 0-1 1-2 1, Dukes 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 0-3 2-2 2, Thomas 2-3 2-4 6. Totals 27-56 16-29 70.

COPPIN STATE -- Seamon 3-6 0-0 7, Reavis 1-3 0-0 2, Lewis 7-10 2-3 17, Brockington 6-13 3-3 17, Singletary 7-9 4-4 19, Hamond 3-4 1-2 8, Lewis 2-6 2-2 6, Warrick 7-17 0-0 17, Pena 2-3 3-5 7, Watkins 0-2 0-0 0, Iacona 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 38-73 16-21 101.

Halftime--Coppin State, 54-29. 3-point goals--BC 0-7 (Bryant 0-3, Lockwood 0-2, Harrell 0-1, McClenton 0-1); CS 9-18 (Warrick 3-7, Brockington 2-4, Hamond 1-1, Seamon 1-1, Lewis 0-2). Rebounds--BC 34 (Ned 10); CS 43 (Lewis 11). Assists--BC 14 (Ned 3); CS 13 (Brockington, Lewis, Singletary, Warrick 2). Total fouls--BC 20, CS 21. A--2,257.

Pub Date: 1/30/98

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