This time, Coppin puts away Morgan, 60-43

Stung by their recent loss, Eagles top Bears in MEAC

College Basketball

March 11, 2005|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

RICHMOND, Va. - After 25 minutes of closely contested basketball, the rubber match turned into a mismatch last night.

Beaten at home five nights earlier by Morgan State, the third-seeded Coppin State men gained sweet revenge in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament with a runaway, 60-43 victory at the Richmond Coliseum.

Aaron Andrews' individual determination kept the Bears close at 48-43 with three minutes left before Coppin reeled off the final 12 points and upheld its seeding. The Eagles will take on No. 2 Hampton in the semifinals tonight.

The game lacked the drama of last season's thrilling, double-overtime Coppin victory and was more a battle of wills than shooting prowess.

"The biggest thing we had to do was stay focused," said Eagles coach Fang Mitchell. "I think the last game we took for granted the fact that we were home."

"It made me real angry to lose to them because we're supposed to be No. 1 [seed]," said freshman Darryl Proctor, who paced Coppin with 21 points and nine rebounds.

Morgan, which completed its season at 14-16, put together a spurt to take a four-point halftime lead on a dunk by Andrews, who hit seven of nine from the field and topped the Bears with 18 points. The momentum carried briefly into the second period before Coppin began to assert itself.

"They took care of business in the second half," said Bears coach Butch Beard. "They controlled us with their defense. We didn't hit any shots at all and turned it over too many times [21]."

"We backed away from the contact in the second half and you can't do that against Coppin," said Andrews.

The Eagles shut the door on Morgan's three-point shooters. Sam Brand went one for eight from long range and Chris Grant was one for four. Those two baskets were all Morgan could manage from beyond the arc against the Eagles' active matchup zone.

"As long as our defense is okay, we're okay," said Mitchell.

Another freshman, Darryl Roberts, contributed 13 points for the Eagles and All-MEAC forward Nicholas King had 10 despite an off night shooting.

MORGAN STATE - Mathis 1-5 0-0 2, Grant 3-9 0-0 7, Brand 1-12 2-2 5, Berkley 2-3 1-1 5, Andrews 7-9 4-5 18, Timus 0-0 0-0 0, McLean 0-0 0-0 0, Terrell 0-0 0-0 0, Evans 1-2 2-2 4, Lawler 1-4 0-1 2, Aujla 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-45 9-11 43.

COPPIN STATE - Otis 1-3 1-3 3, King 3-12 3-3 10, Proctor 5-7 11-14 21, Scott 1-7 2-2 5, Colter 2-2 0-2 4, Roberts 5-8 2-2 13, Yates 2-5 0-0 4, Woodlin 0-1 0-0 0, Harrison 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-46 19-26 60.

Halftime-Morgan St., 23-19. 3-point goals-Morgan St. 2-16 (Grant 1-4, Brand 1-8, Aujla 0-1, Berkley 0-1, Lawler 0-1, Mathis 0-1), Coppin St. 3-9 (Scott 1-1, Roberts 1-3, King 1-4, Otis 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Morgan St. 30 (Berkley 9), Coppin St. 32 (Proctor 9). Assists-Morgan St. 9 (Grant 4), Coppin St. 10 (Scott 3). Total fouls-Morgan St. 21, Coppin St. 16. A-3,475.

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