Sims makes Coppin go, Morgan stop, 72-65

Guard sets tempo, helps Eagles win 2nd straight

College Basketball

March 02, 2002|By Bo Smolka | Bo Smolka,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Memo to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as tournament time approaches: Coppin State still may not be the powerhouse it was in the 1990s, but with all-league guard Rasheem Sims back in the lineup, it isn't the pushover that stumbled to 17 straight losses this season, either.

Making just his second start after missing 18 games with a broken foot bone, Sims guided Coppin to a 72-65 victory yesterday over cross-town rival Morgan State in the regular-season finale before a packed Coppin Center crowd of 1,720.

Coppin (5-24, 3-15 MEAC) used scoring runs of 10-2 and 10-0 in the first half to take control of the game, winning its second straight and sending Morgan (2-24, 2-16) to its fifth straight loss.

"I'm real proud of how we played," said Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell. "We played pretty good defense and we executed."

Sims had a large hand in that. He finished with 11 points and three assists, but was more valuable in controlling the tempo for a team that sorely missed his leadership. The Eagles are 4-6 in games Sims has started this year, 1-18 in games he hasn't.

"Rasheem just did a tremendous job keeping our players where they're supposed to be and that's been the key for us the last couple of games," Mitchell said.

The two teams traded the lead early, but Coppin surged ahead after Jimmy Boykin (14 points) converted a pass from Michael Poster for a fast-break slam midway through the first half. That began a 10-2 run that gave the Eagles a 22-16 lead with 6:45 left in the half.

Morgan closed to 26-24 on a three-pointer by Reggie Winkfield, but Coppin State reeled off the next 10 points, taking a 36-24 lead on a layup by Terek Wright with 21 seconds left in the half.

"We're not a very good scoring team," said Morgan coach Butch Beard. "We go through these stretches where we don't score. But you have to give them some credit. They played good defense."

Morgan made one spirited charge in the second half behind Randy Dukes, who led all scorers with 19 points. His three-pointer with 11:31 left capped an 11-4 Morgan run that cut the Coppin lead to 45-41, but that was as close as the Bears could get.

MORGAN STATE-Winkfield 3-10 0-0 7, Reece 2-6 7-8 11, King 5-8 0-0 10, Barrow 1-2 2-2 5, Dukes 7-16 1-1 19, Grandy 0-0 0-0 0, McNeill 2-5 0-0 4, Stallings 1-1 0-0 3, Scott 1-3 0-0 2, Fisher 0-0 0-0 0, Snipes 1-2 0-0 2, Andrews 0-0 0-0 0, Ward 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 24-54 10-11 65. COPPIN STATE-Tucker 6-16 4-4 16, Boykin 6-13 2-2 14, Wright 3-4 0-2 6, Sims 2-4 7-9 11, Poster 3-12 1-3 9, Shortt 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Huff 3-3 2-2 8, Cagle 0-0 4-4 4, Colter 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 25-55 20-26 72. Half: Coppin State, 36-26. 3-point goals: Morgan State 7-16 (Dukes 4-6, Stallings 1-1, Barrow 1-1, Winkfield 1-8); Coppin State 2-11 (Poster 2-7, Boykin 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Morgan State 25 (Reece, King 6); Coppin State 35 (Tucker 8). Assists: Morgan State 6 (Reece, King, Barrow, Dukes, McNeill, Stallings 1); Coppin State 12 (Boykin, Sims, Smith 3). Total fouls: Morgan State 21, Coppin State 13. Att.: 1,720.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.