SC State Hosts Coppin, Men’s Contest on ESPNU

Sunday, February 18, 2007

ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State wraps up a four-game home stand Monday when it hosts Coppin State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader in which the men’s game will be televised live by ESPNU, beginning at 9 p.m. The women’s contest will get underway at 6 p.m. For the ESPNU telecast, which is only available to satellite and dish subscribers in the Orangeburg viewing area, veteran Charlie Neal will call the play-by-play, with Stan Lewter as the analyst.

The SC State men (10-15, 8-7 MEAC) will be trying to win consecutive games for the third time this season and also avenge a 70-67 loss to Coppin (8-17, 6-7 MEAC) at Baltimore Jan. 22.  The Bulldogs, who had dropped two games in a row, both in overtime, got back on the winning track on Saturday with a surprisingly easy 70-56 win over Morgan State, who entered the game in second place in the MEAC standings. The Bears had won a close 65-62 game at Baltimore earlier.

Coppin State enters the game having won five of seven and three of its last four road contests, including a 65-58 triumph at North Carolina A&T on Saturday.  The Eagles and Bulldogs have played 47 previous contests, with SC State holding a slim 24-23 advantage in the series.

In the women’s contest, Coach Tonya Mackey and her team will be facing a formidable foe in the Lady Eagles (18-6, 13-0 MEAC), who have won 35 straight regular-season MEAC contests and have a 42-game win streak against league teams. Coach Derek Brown’s team won at 84-81 at N.C. A&T on Saturday.
The Lady Bulldogs (7-18, 5-10 MEAC) had their two-game win streak snapped Saturday with a 75-56 loss to Morgan State.