Hampton ends Coppin's season, 62-50

Green leads way with 19 as Pirates defeat Eagles for 9th consecutive time

College Basketball

March 12, 2005|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

RICHMOND, Va. - The Hampton hex struck again, and the Coppin State men's basketball team is no longer alive in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.

In their continued recent domination of their series, the Pirates took control halfway through the second period and beat Coppin for the ninth consecutive time, 62-50, in the MEAC semifinals last night at the Richmond Coliseum.

Coppin, which finished with a 14-15 record, has not beaten Hampton since the 2000 tournament.

"The lack of scoring caught up with us today," said Eagles coach Fang Mitchell after his team shot 30.8 percent from the field and failed to stop All-MEAC swingman Devin Green (19 points, 16 rebounds) and 6-foot-10, 280-pound center Bruce Brown (18 points, five rebounds).

"We got caught in a rut and couldn't put the ball in the basket. I don't care what kind of defense you play, you have to score sooner or later."

Coppin played the same type of matchup zone that completely stymied Morgan State in the quarterfinals, but the Pirates attacked it with the penetration of Green and freshman Rashad West and by sending passes to Brown, who usually followed with a dunk.

"We studied the zone and they were kind of stagnant in it," said Green, whose jumper with less than seven seconds left won the regular season's only meeting between the teams.

Green went 5-for-5 in the first half, scoring 12 points in the half, despite sitting out five minutes with foul trouble. That helped the Eagles take a two-point lead into the break, and they enlarged it to 34-28 before Hampton began capitalizing on their inaccuracy.

Henry Colter (10 points) kept Coppin in it for a while before the second-seeded Pirates pulled away for their eighth victory in the past nine games. Hampton will play top seed Delaware State in today's final at noon.

Hampton (17-12) had an 11-rebound edge, thanks to Green, who "was getting rebounds he wasn't supposed to," said Pirates coach Bobby Collins.

The Eagles' top scorers, freshman Darryl Proctor, the MEAC Rookie of the Year, and All-MEAC swingman Nicholas King, ended with 15 and 13 points, respectively, but worked extremely hard for them.

"We were competitive to a point," Mitchell said. "Then, we became very discouraged and lost our enthusiasm."

COPPIN STATE - Otis 1-3 0-0 2, King 4-11 2-3 13, Proctor 4-9 7-10 15, Scott 2-8 0-0 4, Colter 4-11 2-2 10, Roberts 1-6 0-0 3, Creppy 0-0 0-0 0, Yates 0-2 0-0 0, Woodlin 0-0 1-3 1, Harrison 0-0 2-2 2, Daniels 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 16-52 14-20 50. HAMPTON - Granger 1-11 9-10 11, Woodley 1-5 0-0 2, D.Green 7-8 2-4 19, Woodard 0-3 0-0 0, Brown 6-10 6-11 18, Streeter 0-0 0-0 0, West 2-3 0-0 4, Bean 0-0 0-0 0, L.Pehoua 0-0 0-0 0, Spencer 1-1 0-0 2, Arrington 0-0 0-0 0, J.Pehoua 2-6 1-2 6, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Morrison 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-47 18-27 62. Halftime-Coppin St., 28-26. 3-point goals-Coppin St. 4-17 (King 3-7, Roberts 1-6, Otis 0-2, Scott 0-2), Hampton 4-19 (D.Green 3-4, J.Pehoua 1-5, West 0-1, Woodard 0-1, Woodley 0-1, Granger 0-7). Fouled out-Colter, Harrison. Rebounds-Coppin St. 30 (Scott 8), Hampton 41 (D.Green 16). Assists-Coppin St. 8 (Roberts 3), Hampton 14 (D.Green 6). Total fouls-Coppin State 24, Hampton 19. A-3,027.

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