Coppin ends drought in nonleague games

Coppin State 81 Winston-Salem State 56

College basketball

November 22, 2006|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun reporter

The Coppin Center felt like another foreign gym to Tywain McKee last night, until the junior wing got on a roll, scoring 12 points in less than three minutes, a burst that the Coppin State Eagles rode to an 81-56 romp over Winston-Salem State.

Coppin State (1-3) ended a 29-game losing streak to nonconference foes. Of course, it was the first nonconference home game for coach Fang Mitchell since Dec. 4, 2002, when George Mason paid a visit.

"It's always good to get a win in November," Mitchell said.

The rarity of the occasion made it a must-win for the Eagles, who took a break from what is always one of the nation's toughest nonconference schedules. Coppin State has been to Virginia Tech, Hawaii and Tennessee, and it will go to Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Alabama, Connecticut and Ohio State.

McKee, last season's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, had averaged 17.7 points on 48.6 percent shooting in Coppin State's first three games. He left his jumper on Rocky Top, however, as McKee did not score until the 23rd minute last night, then on a put-back of his own miss.

The hustle proved cathartic for the 6-foot-2 Philadelphian and his teammates. In rapid order, he scored in transition, on a pair of deep three-pointers, and then off a turnover, going behind his back in transition to punctuate a decisive 16-2 run.

Coppin State led by only three before point guard Darryl Roberts converted on the last possession of the first half, but the McKee-led spurt gave it a 50-30 cushion with 14 minutes left. McKee made eight of his last 10 shots and finished with 20 points.

"I was playing passive in the first half, wasn't attacking," said McKee, who had an early air ball and wasted a bonus chance at the line. "Then I came in the locker room for halftime, and you know how Fang is, he got on me. Instead of us getting beat by 25, it was us doing the beating."

McKee and Roberts were part of an active zone that extended Winston-Salem, as the Rams missed their first 10 three-pointers and were called for multiple shot-clock violations before garbage time.

It was the first game ever between the two schools, but Baltimore is familiar with the two largest figures in Rams history.

Earl Monroe, one of the top 50 players in NBA history, helped his coach, Clarence "Big House" Gaines, a Morgan State alumnus, put Winston-Salem State on the basketball map in the mid-1960s. As a tribute to Gaines, the Rams have "C.E. Gaines" on the back of their jerseys, instead of their own names.

Winston-Salem State is in the second year of its reclassification from Division II to Division I. A longtime member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, it will join Coppin in the MEAC next season.

paul.mcmullen@baltsun.com

WINSTON-SALEM STATE- Fisher 2-8 2-2 6, Wonge 2-3 1-2 5, Durham 2-3 1-3 5, Moore 3-7 1-1 7, Peake 1-4 0-0 2, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Wray 4-9 3-5 13, Porter 0-0 0-0 0, Carter 1-2 2-2 4, McCandies 0-1 0-0 0, Floyd 2-8 4-5 8, Lewis 0-1 0-0 0, Hines 0-2 0-1 0, Murphy-Long 1-1 4-6 6. Totals 18-50 18-26 56. COPPIN STATE - Harrison 3-3 1-1 7, Pressey 6-10 0-2 12, Roberts 3-5 2-2 8, McKee 8-14 2-6 20, Woodlin 0-3 1-4 1, Britt 2-4 1-1 6, Otis 0-0 2-4 2, Bell 0-3 0-0 0, Milller 2-5 0-0 5, Norwood 2-3 0-0 4, Conyers 1-4 2-3 4, Chesnut 1-3 2-3 4, Kennedy 3-3 1-1 8, Knight 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 31-60 14-29 81. Half - CSU 29-24. Three-point goals - WSSU 2-17 (Fisher 0-4, Peake 0-3, Wray 2-4, McCandies 0-1, Floyd 0-4, Hines 0-1), CSU 5-16 (McKee 2-6, Woodlin 0-2, Britt 1-3, Bell 0-1, Miller 1-2, Kennedy 1-1). Fouled out -None. Rebounds - WSSU 34 (Peake 5), CSU 40 (Pressey, Kennedy 5). Assists - WSSU 4 (4 with 1), CSU 14 (Roberts, McKee 4). Total fouls -WSSU 25, CSU 23. A - 223.

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