Coppin men easily keep UMES winless in MEAC

Coppin State 80 UMES 65

College basketball

February 27, 2007|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN REPORTER

UMES came to the Coppin Center last night as the only member of a Division I conference without a league victory, and the Hawks promptly left the same way.

For one of the rare times this season, Coppin State led from the opening whistle to the final horn and scored an 80-65 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win before a crowd of 316.

The result pulled Coppin (10-18, 8-8) to .500 in the league for the first time since Jan. 3, when it was 1-1 after beating Bethune-Cookman. It was UMES' 16th straight MEAC defeat in a 3-25 season overall.

Although the Eagles shot a blistering 69.6 percent from the field in the first half and 59.6 percent for the game, coach Fang Mitchell was focusing on the team's defense in his post-game summation.

"I'm not happy with the defense we played," said Mitchell. "It was like `trade baskets and who cares.' When we get to the tournament we're going to have to win with defense and we weren't as aggressive as we needed to be."

West Otis hit a three-pointer from the corner to launch the scoring and Coppin never looked back as its guards frequently found Robert Pressey (team-highs 16 points, nine rebounds) and Brian Chesnut free for alley-oop dunks and the long-range shooters hit 50 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.

"It's kind of difficult to get up for a team that comes in with an 0-15 record. We knew this was a team we could beat," said Pressey. "Whatever way you can get hyped for this game, you have to do it. But we struggled a little bit."

The Eagles stretched the lead to 22 twice in the second half and then cruised to their seventh victory in the past eight meetings with UMES.

But Mitchell knows bigger battles lurk ahead, beginning tomorrow night at Florida A&M and then Saturday against city rival Morgan State at home.

"Both games are going to be tough for us," he said. "It's a question of how do we win the bigger ones. Tonight, I was happy with the win, but not necessarily happy with the way we played."

Corey Brown, Ed Tyson (Walbrook) and Antonio McMillion (Randallstown) all had 16 points for UMES.

kent.baker@baltsun.com

UMES - Tyson 5-17 4-5 16, Mirjacic 1-3 1-2 3, Popovic 1-4 0-0 2, McMillion 6-13 4-6 16, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Valentine 4-4 2-2 10, Brown 5-9 5-7 16, Robinson 1-3 0-1 2, Nimocks 0-0 0-0 0, Krleski 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 16-23 65. COPPIN STATE - Harrison 3-5 4-4 10, Chesnut 2-5 0-0 4, Otis 2-4 0-0 5, McKee 5-9 3-4 14, Woodlin 5-8 0-0 12, Britt 1-1 2-2 4, Roberts 2-3 0-0 5, Bell 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Conyers 1-1 1-2 3, Pressey 7-9 2-2 16, Kennedy 3-7 0-0 7. Totals 31-52 12-14 80. Halftime - Coppin State, 42-27. 3-point goals-UMES 3-11 (Tyson 2-8, Brown 1-3), Coppin St. 6-12 (Woodlin 2-4, Roberts 1-1, Otis 1-2, Kennedy 1-2, McKee 1-3). Fouled out - None. Rebounds - UMES 26 (Valentine 8), Coppin St. 32 (Pressey 9). Assists - UMES 6 (Mirjacic 2), Coppin St. 17 (McKee 6). Total fouls - UMES 16, Coppin St. 20. Att - 316.

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