NEW BRITAIN, Conn. –
Coppin State University's men's basketball team came up just short as it dropped to 0-6 on the year with a 74-71 overtime loss at Central Connecticut State on Tuesday evening at Detrick Gymnasium. The Blue Devils improve to 2-3 on the year as the Eagles closed out the Showcase on the Banks Tournament.
Trailing 62-60 after a CCSU layup with 23 seconds remaining in regulation, Coppin's Karonn Davis
drove in for a layup to tie the score with six ticks left to send the game into overtime.
After three tied scores in overtime, Dejuan Clayton
(five points), hit a three with 1:52 left to give the Eagles their only lead of the extra period. Just over a minute later, the Blue Devils made a pair of free throws to take back the lead and following a Coppin turnover hit two more to go up three with 15 seconds remaining. The Eagles had a chance to tie the score but their three-point attempt fell just short.
Coppin led 31-26 at the half after holding the Blue Devils to just 33.3% shooting while shooting 40% themselves with five three's. CCSU led early in the first half but a 16-0 Eagles run lasted four-plus minutes and gave Coppin a 18-5 lead six and a half minutes in. The Blue Devils were able to climb back in and even took a brief lead before Coppin scored the last six points of the period.
A Blue Devils three started the second half, but back-to-back three-point plays by Davis, along with a fastbreak layup by Tre' Thomas
(six points) extended the Eagles lead back to 39-29 with 18:16 remaining in regulation.
CCSU slowly worked its way back into the game and took a 59-58 lead with 2:56 left. Free throws by Chad Andrews-Fulton
(six points) and Davis gave the Navy & Gold back the advantage before the Blue Devils layup put them up just before Davis' layup sending the game into overtime.
Davis led the Eagles with a season-high 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists while KeAndre Fair
made the most of his first career start with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting and a trio of three-pointers. Lucian Brownlee
also tallied a season-high with nine points as juniors Cedric Council
and Adam Traore
chipped in with seven points apiece.
Coppin outshot Central Connecticut, 48.3% to 42.9% but were outrebounded, 44-29 leading to 24 second-chance points for CCSU. The Blue Devils also had a huge advantage at the line, making 16-of-25 shots compared to just 5-of-8 for the Eagles.
After playing six games in just 11 days and four times in the last six days, Coppin will have ten days off until its next game on Friday, December 1 at Ohio University. Tipoff from the OU Convocation Center is scheduled for 7 pm.