Norfolk State 87, Coppin State 77

January 11, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Coppin State got 27 points from Tywain McKee, but the host Eagles could not put the clamps on hot-shooting Norfolk State in losing, 87-77, yesterday. Michael Deloach scored 24 points on 10-for-15 shooting, leading five players in double figures for Norfolk State (3-10, 1-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). Coppin State (2-13, 0-2) has lost three in a row. The Spartans shot 64 percent - including 73 percent in the second half - to win at the Coppin Center for the first time since Dec. 1, 2001. Playing its first game since Dec. 29, Norfolk State got 20 points from Corey Lyons, 11 points from James Williams, 10 points and 12 rebounds from Kyle O'Quinn and 10 points from Brandon Monroe. Norfolk State led 36-34 at the break after a back-and-forth first half. McKee opened the second half with a three-pointer to give Coppin a 37-36 lead, but the Spartans grabbed control with a 7-0 run. McKee connected on another three and added two free throws to cut Norfolk State's lead to 57-52 with 10:24 left, but the Spartans ripped off 10 straight points to take a 69-54 lead with 6:15 left. They took their largest lead at 72-56 on Williams' three-pointer with 5:15 left before holding on. Sam Coleman had 18 points and six rebounds for the Eagles.

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