SC State Drops Two to Coppin

Monday, January 22, 2007

BALTIMORE, MD – Tywain McKee had 26 points and Antwan Harrison added 15 to pace Coppin State to a 70-67 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win over South Carolina State Monday at the Coppin Center.

With the win, Coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell’s team broke a nine-game home losing streak to the Bulldogs, who were plagued by poor free-throw shooting for the second consecutive game.

Derrick Davis had 20 points to lead three SC State players in double figures, however, the Washington, DC senior converted on only half of his 10 chances at the line.

Travis Jones added 17 points, however, he too struggled at the line making only two of his five attempts.
Also in double digits for the Bulldogs, who lost back to back league games for the first time this season, was Brian Mason with 15 points, including a 5-5 effort from the free-throw line.

Coach Jamal Brown’s team dipped to 4-4 in the MEAC and 6-12 on the season.

Coppin, which had won just one MEAC game previously, improved to 2-5 in the league and 4-15 on the season.
SC State, behind by 12 at the half, staged a furious rally to start the final stanza and finally climbed into a 36-all deadlock on layup by Jones with 13:48 left. Davis gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the game with a short jumper at the 13:00 mark and had a chance to pad the cushion when fouled on the play, however, he missed the free throw, leaving SC State ahead 38-36.

The contest was nip and tuck with three lead changes and two ties over the next four-five minutes before The host Eagles moved out to a 52-44 advantage on a 3-point by Reuben Britt with 8:09 to play.

The Bulldogs closed to within three, 64-61, on a 3-pointer by Jones, but by then only 37.1 seconds remained. Coppin rebuilt its lead to seven, 68-61, however, the Bulldogs fought back to within 70-67 and the issue was not decided until Jones’ long three at the buzzer in a bid to tie bounced off the rim.

The Bulldogs return action Saturday when they host Hampton in the second game of an MEAC doubleheader, beginning at 4 p.m.

Coppin State Women Defeat SC State 64-53

Rashida Suber tossed in 16 points and Tamikea Noel added 15 and Talia Sutton had 11 rebounds to go along with eight points to lead Coppin State to a 64-53 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win over South Carolina State Monday.
Freshman Sophilia Hipps had 17 points and Kristin Johnson came off the bench for 13 to lead the Lady Bulldogs in the loss. Brittany Baity was also in double figures for Coach Tonya Mackey’s team with 11 points and Jenell added a team-high nine rebounds for SC State.

The Lady Bulldogs, who lost for the fourth time in five games, fell to 2-6 in the MEAC and 4-14 overall.
The host Lady Eagles won their 37th consecutive game against MEAC competition and their 30th straight regular-season league game with the victory. Coach Derek Brown’s team won its sixth in a row to climb to 12-6 and 7-0 in the MEAC.

Coppin State, behind a potent fast break fueled by SC State turnovers early in the contest, broke out to a 27-6 lead with 7:28 to play in first half, with most of the points coming on lay-ups. Both Suber and Tameika Noel scored eight points during the run.

The Lady Eagles enjoyed a 30-8 lead at 5:46 of the half, when Hipps canned a 3-pointer to ignite a 21-3 SC State run that pulled the Lady Bulldogs to within 33-29 at the half.

Hipps got the first basket of the half to pull Mackey’s team to within two at 33-31 with 19:38 remaining, however, Suber canned a jumper from behind the arc and Shalamar Oakley and Noel converted lay-ups to start a 12-4 Coppin spree that put the host ahead 48-35 with just under 14 minutes remaining.

SC State closed the gap to eight points – 48-40 – on a 3-pointer by Johnson and a shot jumper by Baity, but the Lady Eagles scored 12 of the next 14 points to build a 60-42 advantage with 6:13 left to pull away for the victory.

Coppin enjoyed a big edge inside, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 36-14 in the paint and had 20 fast break points to none for SC State.

The Lady Bulldogs return to action Saturday when they host Hampton in the first game of an MEAC doubleheader, beginning at 4 p.m.