Coppin gives No. 4 Missouri scare

Leading by as many as 8, Eagles end up short, 70-61

State

December 03, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Missouri survived its second straight scare, getting 16 points, six rebounds and three blocks from Travon Bryant in a 70-61, come-from-behind victory over Coppin State last night in Columbia, Mo.

The Tigers trailed Coppin (2-5) by eight points in the first half, four at halftime and seven in the second half.

Fourth-ranked Missouri (2-0) has won 29 straight home openers since losing to Southern Methodist on Dec. 1, 1973.

Nicholas King scored 25 points and hit five three-pointers for the Eagles (2-5) after entering with an 8.5-point average. The losers, who also got 12 points from Jimmy Boykin, were 11-for-22 from three-point range.

"I just think we could have gotten away with this one," King said. "We lost that game ourselves."

"We're not there," Missouri coach Quin Snyder said. "We're certainly not the number-whatever team we are."

Georgia 81, Towson 51: The host Bulldogs (3-1) bounced back from an overtime loss at Gonzaga, building a 20-point lead at halftime and cruising to a 30-point victory over the Tigers (2-2) in Athens, Ga.

Iona 77, Loyola 60: Steve Smith scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half as the Gaels (2-2) won their Metro Atlantic League opener and 15th consecutive over the Greyhounds (0-4) in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Shenandoah 80, Frostburg State 68: Chris Rhone scored 25 points to lead the Hornets (3-1) past the host Bobcats (2-3).

Women

Towson 73, Robert Morris 53: Kacey O'Brien scored a game-high 23 points as the visiting Tigers (2-1) outran the Colonials (1-3) in a non-conference game.

St. Augustine's 80, Bowie State 63: Allison Hardy scored a team-high 18 points and Rachill Robinson added 15 as the Bulldogs (2-5, 1-2) fell to the host Falcons (3-2, 2-0) in a CIAA game.

St. Mary's 61, Goucher 57: Kristin Francis hit a three-pointer with 5:40 remaining to break a 46-46 tie and lead the Seahawks (1-3, 1-0) past the host Gophers (2-2, 0-1).

McDaniel 81, Washington College 61: Kristy Costa scored a team-high 15 points as the Green Terror (4-0, 2-0) remained undefeated with the win over the visiting Shoremen (1-3, 0-2).

College of Notre Dame 73, Valley Forge Christian 46: Sophomore Monica Cherry scored a season-high 19 points and junior Brynn Miscavige added 16 as the Gators (3-0) beat the host Patriots (5-2).

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