Coppin State falls in OT to Florida A&M, 73-69

Woods scores 36

Eagles can't hold late 11-point lead

College Basketball

March 02, 2003|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Combine its own recent struggles at home with a desperate Florida A&M team coming to visit, and Coppin State looked to be headed for trouble last night.

That's exactly what Coppin got, as Florida A&M received 36 points from Terrence Woods - all on three-point shots - during a 73-69 overtime victory over the Eagles at the Coppin Center.

Coppin led by 11 points with less than five minutes to go, but it couldn't stop the Rattlers - one of the highest-scoring teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference - from scoring 23 points over a 4:57 stretch to send the game into overtime.

In the extra period, the Eagles were hampered by an offensive foul call on Jimmy Boykin as the team attempted to tie the game with 4.3 seconds left.

"It was one of those games," said Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell, whose team got 26 points from Deke Thompson and 22 points from Larry Tucker. "It's not like we stopped playing. You can't fault anyone."

Coppin (9-16, 9-7 MEAC) is in a four-way tie with Howard, Norfolk State and the Rattlers (14-11, 9-7) for fourth place.

If the season ended today, the Eagles would beat out Florida A&M and Howard to avoid a play-in game in next week's league tournament. But last night's game was a boost for the Rattlers, who finish with eighth-place Morgan State and ninth-place Bethune-Cookman.

"This was similar to the game in our place, and I was proud of our guys," said Florida A&M coach Mike Gillespie, whose team committed 28 turnovers. "We're just happy to get out of here with a win."

The Eagles were behind by nine early, but Florida A&M turnovers helped get Coppin back in the game, which was tied 25-25 at the half.

In the second half, Thompson hit a three-pointer to put the Eagles up 34-31 at the 16:17 mark.

At the 5:21 mark, the Rattlers started sizzling offensively, getting five three-pointers from Woods and two more from Demarcus Wilkins, whose three-pointer with two seconds left sent the game into overtime.

"It came down to us trading twos for threes," Tucker said. "They made some tough shots and caught some breaks and pulled it out."

FLORIDA A&M-White 1-4 0-0 2, Wilkins 4-12 0-0 12, Woods 12-20 0-0 36, Zamore 0-0 0-0 0, Hill 1-5 1-4 3, Kelly 0-1 4-4 4, Griffith 2-6 2-2 6, Ayodele 2-5 2-2 6, Cisse 0-1 2-2 2, Sumter 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 23-56 11-15 73. COPPIN STATE-Thompson 8-11 9-9 26, Bradley 2-3 0-0 4, Tucker 9-16 4-6 22, Boykin 5-15 2-2 14, Scott 0-7 1-2 1, Jones 0-2 0-0 0, Colter 0-0 2-3 2. Totals 24-54 18-22 69. Half: 25-25. 3-point goals: FAMU 16-34 (Woods 12-18, Wilkins 4-9, Griffith 0-1, Kelly 0-1, Ayodele 0-2, White 0-3); CS 3-15 (Boykin 2-10, Thompson 1-3, Scott 0-2). Rebounds: FAMU 40 (Ayodele 7); CS 26 (Boykin 10). Assists: FAMU 12 (White 5); CS 7 (Scott 4). Total fouls: FAMU 21, CS 14. Fouled out: White. A: 853.

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