HARRISONBURG, Va. – Lamar Morgan
scored a season-high 20 points but it was not enough as the Coppin State men's basketball team let a 10-point halftime lead slip away in a 81-71 overtime loss at James Madison Thursday night at the Convocation Center.
How It Happened:
- Final Score: Coppin State 71, James Madison 81 (Overtime)
- Records: Coppin State 0-8 / James Madison 6-3
- Location: Harrisonburg, Va. (Convocation Center)
- Series History: James Madison Leads, 3-0
- Coppin got out to a lightning quick start as Lamar Morgan buried a three and Chad Andrews-Fulton made a layup to put the Eagles on top, 5-0.
- Following a JMU bucket, Dejuan Clayton hit a jumper and Cedric Council hammered one down to give CSU a 9-2 lead at the first media timeout.
- The Dukes answered following the timeout, outscoring Coppin, 12-2 over the next 6:26 before Morgan started heating up, hitting back-to-back three's and giving the Eagles back the lead at 17-14 with 8:37 remaining.
- Dwight Wilson was able to pound inside for a layup to cut the lead to a single point but Morgan hit another three and then hit a jumper while being fouled to convert on a three-point play.
- After Stuckey Mosley hit a three, Morgan answered right back with one of his own to send the lead back to seven with 4:19 to go.
- Four-straight Dukes points made it a one-possession game with 2:50 remaining, but Council made a three-point play followed by a layup by Clayton with 1:42 left.
- JMU came up empty on its ensuing possession and Kent Auslander sunk a three to give CSU its largest lead at 34-23 with 1:11 left.
- With nine ticks to go, JMU's Deshon Parker made a free throw and the Eagles went into halftime with a 34-24 lead.
- James Madison came out of the break strong, opening the half on a 10-2 run over the first 4:12 to cut Coppin's lead to 36-34.
- Taqwain Drummond made the first field goal of the half for the Eagles at the 15:24 mark but the Dukes scored seven-straight to take its first lead in over 16 minutes of game action.
- Following a jumper by Dejuan Clayton and a free throws by JMU, Kent Auslander buried a three from the corner to give Coppin back the lead.
- After the team's traded scores, Justin Steers threw down a dunk before back-to-back baskets by Cedric Council and Lamar Morgan put the Eagles back on top, 51-46 with 6:48 left in regulation.
- Coppin's lead fluctuated between two and six points over the next couple minutes as Clayton drained a three with 2:16 remaining to give the Navy & Gold a 61-56 lead. This was the last field goal CSU made in regulation.
- JMU's Matt Lewis sunk a pair of free throws with just over a minute left, cutting the lead to three and after Auslander made 1-of-2 from the line, Lewis converted on a three-point play with 12 seconds remaining to make it a 62-61 game.
- Council was fouled immediately on the inbounds pass and made one of two before Lewis made a bucket in the paint with four seconds left to tie the game.
Inside the Numbers
- Cedric Council made 1-of-2 free throws to open the extra session but James Madison regained its first lead since the 8:16 mark of the second half with a pair of free throws by Darius Banks.
- Ibn Williams drove the lane and scored on a nifty layup with 3:41 to go, putting CSU back on top 66-65, but Banks nailed two-straight three's followed by another triple off the glass by Matt Lewis, giving JMU a 74-66 advantage with 1:12 left.
- Williams nailed a jumper to stop the Dukes' momentum momentarily but James Madison ran off five-straight free throws giving them its largest lead at 79-68.
- Dejuan Clayton hit a three with 28 ticks to go but it was too late as JMU sunk a pair of free throws down the stretch.
- Lamar Morgan scored a season-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 5-of-9 from 3-point range with 18 of his points coming in the first half. Morgan was just 1-of-3 shooting after the first half.
- Dejuan Clayton added 17 points with three 3-pointers and 13 of his points came in the second half and in overtime.
- Cedric Council finished a point shy of a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds while Kent Auslander pitched in with an identical nine points.
- Justin Steers came up with six points on a pair of thunderous dunks in key situations.
- It was a tale of two halves offensively for Coppin as they shot 48.2% in the first half and just 30.6% in the second. James Madison made just 40.8% in the first half but sunk 48.0% of its shots in the second.
- Coppin committed 12 turnovers in the first half which allowed James Madison to stay in the game. The Eagles finished with 20 turnovers which led to 25 points off turnovers.
- The Dukes made 3-of-4 shots from the field in overtime but got to the line in abundance and made 9-of-12 from the stripe. CSU was just 3-of-9 shooting in the extra session.
- For the game, JMU outshot Coppin, 46.4% to 37.5% and made 25-of-35 free throws compared to just 7-of-13 for the Eagles.
- Five Dukes scored in double figures as Stuckey Mosley, Darius Banks and Matt Lewis went for 19, 18 and 16 points, respectively.
- Coppin State will look to record its first win of the season as it takes on UMBC in its home opener on Monday, December 3. Tipoff from the PEC Arena is set for 7 pm.