BALTIMORE, Md. –
Behind a 28-point performance by Lamar Morgan
, Coppin State's men's basketball team won its second-straight game with a 73-65 victory over MEAC rival South Carolina State on Saturday afternoon at PEC Arena. The Eagles improve to 3-19 on the year and 3-4 in the MEAC while the Bulldogs fall to 7-15 with an identical 3-4 mark in conference play.
Morgan led all scorers on the day while making 8-of-15 from the floor including 6-of-11 from three-point range. A junior from Willingboro, N.J., Morgan, who scored 19 points in the second half, also made all six of his free throws and pulled down a game-high ten rebounds for his first career double-double.
As a team, Coppin shot 47.9% from the floor which was its second-best percentage this season but made a blistering 11-of-22 (50%) from behind-the-arc an 16-of-21 (76.2%) from the charity stripe.
also had a strong second half with 18 points with seven points in the final five minutes to finish with 21 points. Davis also made a career-high four three-pointers on six attempts for his second-straight game with over 20 points.
The Eagles trailed, 28-24, at the half but sensed some momentum going into the break as Jordan Hardwick
made a layup in traffic and grabbed a big defensive rebound to close out the half. Coppin then scored the first eight points of the second half with a pair of three's by Davis sandwiching a layup by Chad Andrews-Fulton
(nine points, six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks).
Now with a 32-28 lead with 18:43 remaining, South Carolina State hit a jumper while Morgan answered right back with a fallaway jumper. The bulldogs answered with three-straight points but KeAndre Fair
then hit a big triple to put Coppin back on top by four with 14:41 remaining.
then hit another jumper to cut the deficit in half but Coppin then went on 14-2 run over the next 3:08 to go up 51-37 with just over ten minutes left. The 14 point advantage for the Eagles was their largest at any point this season.
Coppin's lead remained in double figures for most of the next eight minutes but after Davis sunk a pair of free throws with 2:32 left to up the lead to 66-55, South Carolina State started to mount a comeback and pulled to within 66-63 with 57 ticks left.
After a timeout, Davis nailed a jumper and Lucian Brownlee
drilled a pair of free throws to seal the victory.
Up next for Coppin is Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday, January 29 at 7:30 at PEC Arena.