Flat effort foils Coppin

Eagles' lack of intensity costly

Barber's layup lifts Wildcats

Bethune-Cookman 63 Coppin State 62

College Basketball

February 05, 2006|By JEFF SEIDEL | JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Coppin State has controlled Bethune-Cookman throughout their series, winning 39 of 45 games before last night's meeting. But the Wildcats came into Coppin Center with an intensity Coppin State couldn't match.

Bethune-Cookman outhustled and outworked the Eagles for long stretches, and that paid off when Sam Barber scored on a driving layup with 10.7 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 63-62 victory over Coppin State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.

Barber finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Antonio Webb, who entered the game as the MEAC's leading scorer, added 22 points and a clutch late offensive rebound. The pair carried Bethune-Cookman (10-11, 6-4) offensively, scoring 30 of the team's first 33 points, and helped the Wildcats keep second-place Coppin State (7-14, 7-3) from cutting Delaware State's lead to one game.

But Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell was most upset with his team's lack of intensity. The Eagles controlled play for short stretches and looked flat for longer periods of time.

"It was a game that I thought attitudes had a lot to do with [our] success or failure," Mitchell said. "I don't think we were as aggressive as we should have been at the beginning. ... This is a young team that picks and chooses when they want to do things."

Darryl Proctor led Coppin State with 15 points but scored 13 in the second half to help the Eagles rally. Bethune-Cookman took a 12-point lead in the early minutes, but the Eagles scored the first 10 points of the second half for a 36-31 lead.

But the Wildcats answered, retaking the lead a few minutes later and doing it again after Coppin State went ahead 52-51 on a basket from Tywain McKee (14 points) with 5:14 left. Webb, 5 feet 10, scored on a follow-up after Barber missed a free throw that gave the Wildcats a 61-58 lead with 1:25 left.

Proctor then scored on a follow-up and made a turn-around jumper with 20.8 seconds left to put Coppin State ahead 62-61. Barber was the third option on Bethune-Cookman's big play, but he never hesitated when getting the ball. He spun and drove past Proctor for the layup.

"I was going to make the strongest move possible," Barber said. "I wasn't settling for any jump shot."

Coppin State had one final chance. Proctor and Norwood missed in the last seconds before Webb grabbed the rebound as time ran out.

"We just didn't come out and play," Proctor said. "We fought back, but we relaxed too much and that's what killed us."

BETHUNE-COOKMAN-Barber 11-18 0-1 24, Williams II 3-8 2-2 8, Webb 8-20 2-2 22, Edwards 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor 1-1 0-1 3, Crumbley 0-1 0-0 0, Carrier 2-3 0-0 4, Williams 1-5 0-0 2, Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-57 4-6 63. COPPIN STATE-Norwood 3-8 0-0 6, Proctor 5-10 5-8 15, Roberts 2-11 1-2 6, Bell 1-3 0-0 3, McKee 6-15 0-0 14, Otis 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 0-1 0-1 0, Woodlin 3-6 2-2 10, Harrison 1-3 0-2 2, Chesnut 2-3 2-3 6. Totals 23-61 10-18 62. Half-Bethune-Cookman 31-26. Three-point goals-Bethune-Cookman 7-20 (Webb 4-13, Barber 2-4, Taylor 1-1, Carrier 0-1, Edwards 0-1), Coppin St. 6-19 (Woodlin 2-3, McKee 2-8, Roberts 1-3, Bell 1-3, Miller 0-1, Proctor 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Bethune-Cookman 39 (Barber 12), Coppin St. 38 (Norwood 6). Assists-Bethune-Cookman 11 (Webb 3), Coppin St. 8 (Proctor 4). Total fouls-Bethune-Cookman 18, Coppin St. 14. A-528.

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