Morgan adds to Coppin's woes

`We're not going to be like this,' Eagles coach says after another blowout loss

Morgan State 78 Coppin State 50

December 02, 2007|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun reporter

After two weeks and four blowout losses on the road, Coppin State came home to regroup yesterday. Instead of a reprieve, though, the Eagles suffered another indignity in a season that is quickly unraveling.

Their 78-50 loss to Morgan State at Coppin Center in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener was the second worst home defeat in Fang Mitchell's 22 seasons as coach. The prospects for a turnaround anytime soon don't look good.

The Eagles play their next nine games on the road over 40 days.

Perhaps worse than that, Tywain McKee, their best player, is playing with an injured arch that limited him to six points and three steals in 32 gritty minutes yesterday. He's already missed three games - two for breaking team rules - and it's uncertain how much longer his foot can hold up.

What's next?

"It's all about ... attitude adjustments," Mitchell said. "Whichever way I have to do it, I'm going to do it. But we're not going to be like this."

Coppin (3-5, 0-1) actually held a 10-point lead early, but Morgan (4-3, 1-0) scored the last 18 points in the first half and never looked back. The Bears led by as many as 30 in registering the biggest win over their crosstown rival in 28 years (76-44 in 1979).

While Coppin and McKee struggled, the Bears were able to win their first game without point guard Jerrell Green, who is out indefinitely with an ankle injury. Jermaine Bolden, who played at Douglass High and South Plain (Tex.) Community College, delivered a virtuoso performance as Green's replacement.

In 37 minutes, Bolden scored 15 points, took seven rebounds, dished for six assists and had three steals.

"I had a little anxiety at first, but I got myself together," the 5-foot-9 junior said. "I knew I had to play hard like Jerrell."

Morgan coach Todd Bozeman said Bolden aced his first start running the offense. "He's getting better with it," Bozeman said. "He's a talent."

Jamar Smith led the Bears with 23 points, Reggie Holmes hit for 21 and Marquise Kately scored 10. Boubacar Coly dominated the boards with 14 rebounds.

Next up for Morgan is a Thursday night game at Maryland. What's next for Coppin is unclear. Mitchell's only worse home loss came in his second season, a 90-61 rout by North Carolina A&T on Jan. 4, 1988.

"I'm trying to find five people that make the game important to them," he said. "This team is talented. But it's never dedicated itself to the No. 1 thing we've always been known for. Defense."

ken.murray@baltsun.com

MORGAN STATE-Kately 5-11 0-0 10, Hemsley 0-2 0-0 0, Stokes 0-0 0-0 0, Bolden 5-11 3-3 15, Smith 8-16 3-6 23, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Coly 3-3 0-0 6, Holmes 8-16 2-3 21, Aujla 1-2 0-0 3, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Scott 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-61 8-12 78. COPPIN STATE-Conyers 2-6 0-0 5, Harrison 1-3 4-6 6, Pressey 1-5 3-6 5, Goldsberry 2-7 0-0 4, Duncan 2-7 6-6 10, Britt 0-0 0-0 0, Iloegbu 1-3 0-0 2, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, McKee 2-9 2-3 6, Hayden 3-8 0-0 6, Chesnut 0-1 4-4 4, Kennedy 0-2 0-0 0, Kucinskas 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 15-54 19-25 50. Half-Morgan State, 32-20. 3-point goals-Morgan St. 10-19 (Smith 4-5, Holmes 3-7, Bolden 2-4, Aujla 1-2, Kately 0-1), Coppin St. 1-6 (Conyers 1-2, Iloegbu 0-1, Goldsberry 0-1, McKee 0-1, Kennedy 0-1). Fouled out-Pressey. Rebounds-Morgan St. 44 (Coly 14), Coppin St. 30 (Duncan 7). Assists-Morgan St. 14 (Bolden 6), Coppin St. 5 (Duncan, McKee 2). Total fouls-Morgan St. 15, Coppin St. 16. A-907.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.