Coppin scares UCLA but falls

UCLA 69, Coppin State 57

College Basketball

December 05, 2005|By DON MARKUS | DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER

LOS ANGELES -- Playing at one of college basketball's most venerated venues didn't intimidate Coppin State yesterday. Playing against the nation's 16th-ranked team didn't bother the Eagles too much, either.

For the first half of its game against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, Coppin State looked as if it was going to help longtime coach Fang Mitchell resurrect his program's reputation as a giant-killer.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, reality hit nearly from the moment they left their halftime locker room.

After leading by as many as nine points in the first half, and by five at halftime, Coppin State watched as the Bruins pulled ahead early in the second half and pulled away for a 69-57 victory.

"We lost our composure a little bit in the second half," said Mitchell, whose Eagles dropped to 0-6 and are nearly midway through their stretch of 14 straight road games to start the season.

"When you're young like we are and things are going well, everybody's OK. When things are going bad, everybody wants to do what they want to do."

Instead of working time off the clock and taking high-percentage shots, as they had done in shooting 12 for 20 from the field and committing just two turnovers in the first half, the Eagles began rushing.

The lead, as much as 33-24 with 1:30 left in the first half and 35-30 at halftime, quickly disappeared amid rushed shots, forced passes (eight of the team's 10 turnovers) and a couple of questionable calls by a Pacific-10 officiating crew.

One of those calls came when sophomore guard Tywain McKee was whistled for a carry with Coppin State trailing 43-42 with a little under 11 minutes remaining. The Bruins then went on a 10-3 run and weren't threatened again.

don.markus@baltsun.com

COPPIN STATE-Proctor 3-7 2-3 8, Chesnut 1-2 1-3 3, Roberts 3-5 2-2 10, McKee 8-14 4-5 21, Woodlin 3-6 4-4 12, Ivey 0-0 0-0 0, Otis 1-1 0-0 2, Harrison 0-1 1-2 1, Pressey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-36 14-19 57. UCLA-Bozeman 6-8 2-2 15, Mbah a Moute 4-4 2-5 11, Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Farmar 4-7 7-10 16, Afflalo 7-12 3-3 20, Collison 2-3 1-2 6, Aboya 0-2 0-0 0, Hollins 0-0 1-2 1, Roll 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-39 16-24 69. Halftime-Coppin State 35-30. 3-point goals-Coppin St. 5-10 (Roberts 2-2, Woodlin 2-4, McKee 1-3, Chesnut 0-1), UCLA 7-16 (Afflalo 3-6, Mbah a Moute 1-1, Collison 1-2, Bozeman 1-3, Farmar 1-3, Roll 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Coppin St. 12 (Chesnut 4), UCLA 28 (Mbah a Moute 10). Assists-Coppin St. 5 (McKee 2), UCLA 18 (Farmar 10). Total fouls-Coppin St. 19, UCLA 15. A-6,044.

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