ATLANTA, Ga. –
Coppin State's men's basketball team fell at Georgia Tech, 76-62 on Wednesday night at McCamish Pavilion. With the loss, the Eagles fall to 0-14 on the year while the Yellow Jackets even their record at 6-6.
, who grew up just minutes from Georgia Tech, scored a career-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 5-of-6 from deep. Lamar Morgan
and Karonn Davis
also finished in double figures with 12 and ten points, respectively. Adam Traore
also chipped in with nine points.
The Eagles were narrowly outshot, 46.4% to 40.0% but Georgia Tech outrebounded Coppin, 41-24 and made 20-of-21 free throws compared to just 2-of-3 for CSU. Coppin did not take a free throw until Morgan sunk a pair with 3:29 left in regulation.
Coppin was in control for much of the game but Georgia Tech pulled away by using a 15-3 run to take its first lead since early in the first and it was punctuated by a dunk by Josh Okogie with 4:12 left in regulation.
The first half started slowly for both teams as the score remained scoreless for the first 2:18 until Traore buried a three but Georgia Tech answered with a triple of its own on the ensuing possession. The Yellow Jackets eventually built a five-point lead at 13-8 but the Eagles, would go on a 10-2 run capped off by a three by Davis to give Coppin an 18-15 lead with 8:15 left in the half.
Georgia Tech would stop the bleeding with a triple to tie the score, but Council hit his first three of the night to give the Eagles back the lead. The Eagles maintained the one-possession lead until Council buried another triple which was followed by a thunderous dunk by Traore, forcing a Georgia Tech timeout.
Coppin's advantage was cut to a single basket moments later but a three by Davis extended the lead back to five. Georgia Tech was able to answer with a jumper but both teams went scoreless for the final 1:25 and the Eagles went into the half with a 33-30 lead. The 33 points were the most scored by Coppin in the first half this season.
Up next for the Eagles is a trip to take on Penn State on Saturday, December 30 at 1 pm. The game will be broadcast on BTN Plus.