Coppin frustrates Morgan again, 66-62

Eagles win 11th straight against Bears

free throws help hold off comeback

December 10, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Home or away, regular season or tournament, one thing is almost certain about Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's basketball: Coppin State will beat Morgan State.

It happened again last night at Hill Field House when the Eagles prevailed for the 11th straight time in the series, 66-62, before an enthusiastic crowd of 3,417.

Coppin (2-5, 2-1 MEAC) has won 20 of the past 22 games between the intra-city rivals and leads the overall series 45-11.

"You can't call it a rivalry until Morgan State wins one," said Bears coach Butch Beard, whose team was held to 37 percent shooting from the field and hit just 13 of 24 free-throw attempts. "[Eagles coach] Fang [Mitchell] out-coaches me every time we play."

The game was decided in the first 10 minutes of the second half when the Eagles broke away from a two-point halftime lead with good shot selection and their trademark tough defense. When Raheem Scott drilled a three-pointer with 6 1/2 minutes left, Coppin had burst to a 54-39 lead.

Scott said Coppin then tried to run the clock down because "we didn't want any fast shots. We ran a motion offense and moved it around."

Morgan (2-6, 1-1) rallied on the strength of a favorable free-throw situation and a flurry of three-point baskets, narrowing the gap to 63-60, but two free throws by freshman Darryl Proctor (13 points, four steals) and one by Derek Daniels held off the comeback.

"I think we relaxed down the stretch, but I'm real happy with the way our guys were bearing down to try and create some offensive momentum," Mitchell said. "Raheem took control of the game; you could feel his presence, especially the way he's bringing along the freshmen. We just need him."

"I had to step it up," said Scott, who joined Nicholas King as the team leaders with 14 points and 7 rebounds. "Kelvin [Green] played a big part in our inside-outside game [last season], and I've been concentrating at the gym on scoring more."

Coppin is missing several key elements from last season's MEAC finalist, including Green, who quit the squad, and Darron Bradley, who will miss the year after shoulder surgery.

With 51.7 percent second-half accuracy (15-for-29), the Eagles overcame the fouling out of big men Henry Colter and Chad Yates and a 40-31 Morgan advantage on the boards, which included 15 offensive rebounds.

Sam Brand led the Bears with 16 points, but had only one bucket after the first two minutes of the second half. Chris Grant finished with 15 points, but went only 3-for-12 from the field and missed six free throws.

The Eagles did fail to achieve one thing. In their three victories over Morgan last season, they scored exactly 68 points each time, winning in overtime, regulation and double overtime. This time, they settled for 66. It was still enough to saddle Beard with an 0-8 record against them.

COPPIN STATE-King 6-11 0-1 14, Scott 6-10 1-2 14, Proctor 4-5 5-6 13, Roberts 2-7 5-7 10, Daniels 2-7 3-5 7, Colter 2-3 0-0 4, Yates 0-3 3-4 3. Totals 22-46 18-27 66. MORGAN STATE-Brand 5-9 2-2 16, Grant 3-12 9-15 15, Andrews 5-10 2-5 12, Aujla 3-6 0-0 9, Evans 2-3 0-0 4, Lawler 1-3 0-0 3, Terrell 1-2 0-0 3, McLean 0-2 0-0 0, Timus 0-2 0-2 0, Berkley 0-2 0-0 0, Mathis 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 20-54 13-24 62. Half: Coppin State, 29-27. 3-point goals: CSU 4-12 (King 2-5, Scott 1-2, Roberts 1-5); MS 9-19 (Brand 4-7, Aujla 3-5, Terrell 1-2, Lawler 1-2, Grant 0-3). Fouled out: Yates, Colter. Rebounds: CSU 31 (King, Scott 7); MS 40 (Andrews 12). Assists: CSU 10 (Roberts 4); MS 12 (Grant 6). Total fouls: CSU 22, MS 24. A: 3,417.

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