Goldsberry lifts Coppin State to 71-69 win over UMBC in overtime

November 24, 2010|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Vince Goldsberry scored eight of the final nine Coppin State points to help the Eagles hold off visiting UMBC, 71-69, in overtime at the Physical Education Complex Tuesday night.

Goldsberry (15 points) scored all four of the Eagles' points in overtime to help them to their first victory this season. He made a lay-up four seconds into the extra period and another one with 1:57 left.

"We just want Vince to play and not to think," Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell said. "He's capable of doing … things like that."

Goldsberry's big plays helped Coppin State in a game in which the momentum swung back and forth, even in the overtime. UMBC (0-3) cut the lead to 71-69 on two Jamar Wertz free throws with 1:02 left.

The Retrievers had a few chances to tie or go ahead in the final moments. Laurence Jolicoeur missed a long jumper with eight seconds left. Coppin State (1-2) got the rebound, but Akeem Ellis missed two free throws with 4.7 seconds left. The Eagles made just 18 of 30 from the line.

UMBC got the rebound and took off, but Chris De La Rosa missed a running three-pointer as time ran out. De La Rosa (14 points) put the game into overtime when he drilled a three-pointer from the right corner with 2.4 seconds left in regulation.

Both teams had chances to take command of the game, especially in the second half, but neither could do it. Problems at the free-throw line crushed UMBC, as the Retrievers converted only 14 of 29 attempts.

"You've got to make free throws," UMBC coach Randy Monroe said.

Michael Harper scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to give the Eagles a spark. They scored only 21 points in the first half but got 46 in the second.

Travis King (20 points) hit two long three-pointers late in the first half to help UMBC take a 29-21 lead at the break. But Goldsberry sparked an 11-0 Coppin State run that started the second half and made the game close the rest of the way.

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