Coppin tops Morgan in two OTs, 68-65

Eagles hit 3 three-pointers late in regulation, earn win in MEAC quarterfinal

College Basketball

March 11, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

RICHMOND, Va. - Coppin State survived in regulation, then outlasted Morgan, 68-65, in double overtime last night in a thrilling Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament men's quarterfinal game.

A three-point attempt by Morgan's Cedric Barrow with two seconds left in the second overtime bounded off the rim and ensured Coppin's third victory of the season over the plucky Bears.

Henry Coulter hit a free throw for Coppin's final point with 0.8 of a second remaining.

Coppin trailed 49-43 when a controversial out-of-bounds call denied Morgan the ball, and a turnover also changed the momentum in regulation.

The Eagles were 3-for-17 on three-pointers until the final 46 seconds when they drilled three from long range to force the first overtime.

Raheem Scott hit one to shave the deficit to 49-46, and Jimmy Boykin, who had struggled all night, hit a second to make it 50-49 after Aaron Andrews sank one of two free throws for Morgan.

With 24.6 seconds left, Cedric Barrow dropped two foul shots to give Morgan a 52-49 edge, but then Scott buried another three-pointer to tie the game at 52.

In the first overtime, the Eagles eased out to a 56-52 advantage on a Scott drive and then a feed to Darryl Jones, but Morgan countered with two more Barrow foul shots and an inside bucket by Aaron Andrews to make it 56-56.

Nicholas King's two free throws regained the lead for Coppin before Chris Grant scored on a difficult drive to tie the game at 58 and force a second overtime.

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