Coppin State cruises by UMES in 100-53 win

King and Proctor both score 19 points for Eagles

College Basketball

February 27, 2005|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Coppin State warmly welcomed its alumni for homecoming last night, but the visitors received a rude reception.

The Eagles raced to a 20-point lead in the first seven minutes and coasted to a 100-53 victory over an overmatched UMES team at the Coppin Center.

The Eagles (13-13, 13-4) maintained their grip on first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

UMES (2-24, 1-16), the cellar-dweller in the MEAC, lost its fifth straight and 22nd of its past 23 games, while Coppin won its fourth game in its past five.

Hampton and Delaware State also have four league losses but have played one fewer conference game than the Eagles.

While the Hawks went 1-for-6 from the field and committed nine early turnovers, Coppin got easy baskets and made three three-pointers against the MEAC's worst defensive team to take its 23-3 lead.

The margin reached 32 by halftime as Coppin stole the ball at will and thrived off its defense. At one point in the second half, the Coppin lead ballooned to 82-35.

Eagles coach Fang Mitchell was pleased that his players approached the game with high energy after being out-rebounded by the Hawks in their first meeting, a 78-55 Coppin win.

"Right now, teams are looking forward to the tournament and the fact that we came out with such intensity [is good]," Mitchell said. "The loss at Florida A&M [Feb. 19] was good for us."

Mitchell cleared the bench for most of the second half. But he was missing a few players, who were being disciplined for one game, including starting guard Raheem Scott.

"We've got to work on some things we usually don't do," said Nicholas King, who, along with Darryl Proctor, led Coppin with 19 points. "And a lot of other people got to play and kept the intensity level up."

Coppin had not scored 100 points since beating Howard, 108-65, in March 2000.

UMES was guilty of 31 turnovers, 20 of them Coppin steals, and was out-rebounded 42-32. Guard Corey Brown led UMES with 12 points.

UMES - Samabaly 3-8 0-0 6, Brown 4-11 3-6 12, Leak 0-1 0-0 0, Dowling 2-6 0-2 6, Parham 4-5 1-5 9, Brookins 2-6 2-2 8, Harris 1-2 2-2 5, Robinson 1-2 0-0 2, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 1-8 1-1 3, Cohen 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 19-51 9-18 53. COPPIN STATE - Roberts 3-6 6-6 13, Otis 7-12 4-4 18, King 7-14 3-5 19, Proctor 8-12 3-6 19, Colter 0-1 1-2 1, Creppy 3-4 2-4 8, Miller 2-5 0-0 4, Yates 2-2 0-0 4, McLeary 0-5 2-4 2, Woodlin 3-7 0-0 6, Harrison 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 38-72 21-31 100. Halftime - Coppin State, 58-26. 3-point goals - UMES 6-23 (Samabaly 0-5, Brown 1-4, Leak 0-1, Dowling 2-5, Brookins 2-4, Harris 1-2, Davis 0-2); Coppin State 3-8 (Roberts 1-1, Otis 0-1, Kning 2-4, Creppy 0-1, Woodlin 0-1). Fouled out - Samabaly. Rebounds - UMES 32 (Parham 8); Coppin State 42 (King, Yates 6). Assists - UMES 7 (Dowling, Davis 2); Coppin State 14 (Roberts, Otis, Woodlin 3). Total fouls - UMES 24; Coppin State 16. A - 1,685.

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