Coppin finds mark, drops Loyola, 82-65

63% shooting, Boykin's 27 lift Eagles in consolation

College Basketball

November 23, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Less than 24 hours after continually firing up three-pointers in an abysmal offensive display against Towson, the Coppin State men entered last night's consolation game at the Battle of Baltimore intent on taking better shots.

Facing young Loyola, it was just the shot in the arm the Eagles needed.

Paced by guard Jimmy Boykin's 27 points, Coppin erased the memories of Friday's 31 percent shooting performance by hitting 63 percent from the field, including 71 percent in the second half, in an 82-65 victory at the Towson Center.

"Today made me feel a lot better than [Friday]," said Coppin coach Fang Mitchell. "I didn't see any progression as of [Friday] -- I thought we took some steps backward. Tonight, I thought we did a pretty good job of executing on the offensive end."

Said Loyola coach Scott Hicks, "When someone shoots 71 percent from the field and 75 from threes [in the second half], it's tough to compete."

The Greyhounds (0-2), starting two freshmen and two sophomores, had controlled much of the first half, continually shooting over Coppin's zone and hitting eight of its first 16 three-pointers. When forward Bernard Allen nailed a three with 4:47 to play in the half, Loyola had a 33-26 lead.

"I though our team, as a young team, took some steps forward this game," said Hicks, whose team got 22 points from sophomore guard Charlie Bell. "For about 17 minutes of the first half, we played great basketball."

Near the end of the half, however, the Eagles (2-3) gained control with defense, holding the Greyhounds to a single field goal and forcing four turnovers in the final 4:46 of the half.

They took a 36-35 lead on Boykin's 17-footer, then extended it moments later when guard Otis West converted a steal into an easy layup.

That started an 18-0 run for the Eagles, extending 3:55 into the second half. They made eight of 11 shots during the stretch, capped by Boykin's three-pointer with 16:15 left. That built the lead to 50-35.

"We said that the first five minutes of the second half was going to be really crucial," said Boykin, one of five Coppin players in double figures. "We had to come out here and get a good start."

COPPIN STATE -- Otis 1-1 0-2 2, King 5-8 2-2 13, Colter 0-1 0-0 0, Boykin 10-16 2-3 27, Scott 5-6 0-0 12, Muhammad 2-3 1-2 5, Yates 4-7 3-4 11, Green 5-9 0-0 12. Totals 32-51 10-16 82. LOYOLA --Bossman 5-9 0-0 13, Corrigan 2-4 0-0 6, Tuck 3-10 0-0 6, Bell 8-14 1-2 22, James 1-7 0-0 2, Dixon 0-4 0-0 0, Allen 5-10 2-2 14, Nijaradze 1-3 0-4 2, Chivers 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-63 3-8 65. Halftime--Coppin State, 38-35. 3-point goals--Coppin 8-14 (King 1-3, Boykin 5-9, Scott 2-2), Loyola 12-29 (Bell 5-9, Allen 2-5, Bossman 3-7, James 0-2, Corrigan 2-2, Chivers 0-1, Tuck 0-3). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Coppin 32 (Green 9), Loyola 29 (Tuck 7). Assists--Coppin 14 (Scott 4), Loyola 17 (Dixon, Allen, Bossman, Chivers, Tuck 3). Total fouls--Coppin 12, Loyola 15. Technicals--Coppin bench. A--N/A.

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