Coppin State has closed to within single digits in the second half against two Big Ten teams this season.
The result was the same against host Illinois on Sunday night, however, as it was against Purdue: a loss. The Eagles fell, 80-63, to the undefeated No. 24 Illini despite trimming a 17-point deficit to two points in the second half.
Guard Tony Gallo led the Eagles with a game-high 21 points, making four of eight 3-pointers.
After the Illini (10-0) took a 17-point lead, the Eagles (3-5) used a 20-5 run to close within 59-57 with eight minutes remaining.
Forward Tyler Griffey told teammate Meyers Leonard, "Just play," after double technical fouls were called on Leonard and Coppin State's Taariq Cephas. The Illini charged back to lead by double digits less than four minutes later.
Leonard scored 18 points on
7-for-10 shooting with 11 rebounds, while guard D.J. Richardson led the Illini with 21 points. Richardson made four of eight 3-pointers. Guard Brandon Paul scored 12 points, and Sam Maniscalco added 12 points.
Both teams relied heavily on perimeter shooting. Coppin State went 10-for-25 on 3-pointers, while Illinois connected on 10 of 22 3s against the Eagles' zone defense.
Howard 60, Navy 50: The Mids, playing their third game in five days and second in roughly 40 hours, struggled in the second half against the host Bison.
The defeat ended a five-game winning streak for Navy (6-4).
Navy held a 17-6 lead midway through the first half, but Howard (4-5) pulled off a 21-7 run to take a 27-24 advantage into halftime.
Navy, which entered the game ranked sixth nationally with just 12.1 fouls a game called against it this season, was whistled for nine in the first half. Two of those nine fouls were by sophomore Jade Geif, the Mids' leading scorer (10.9 points per game), which led to her playing just nine first-half minutes.
percent shooting from the field in the first half, the Mids allowed the Bison to make 59.1 percent of their shots in the second half.
Sophomores Alix Membreno and Audry Bauer scored a game-high 11 points each for the Mids, with Geif and junior Chantel Lavender each adding added eight points. Bauer also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds and blocked three shots.
Howard was led by Tamoria Holmes, who finished with 27 points, four steals, three rebounds and two assists.
No. 17 Penn State 76, UMES 51: Sophomore forward Shanyce Stewart tallied 10 rebounds, three steals and eight points, but the Hawks (2-5) fell to the host Lady Lions (8-3).
Penn State used a 9-4 run to take a 28-22 lead with 6:22 left in the first half and stretched the margin to 10 heading into the intermission.
A seven-point run in the second half gave the Lady Lions a commanding 61-39 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining. The Hawks shot just 7-for-39 from the field in the second half.
UMES was also led by senior guard Amber Cook, who had nine rebounds and a team-high 12 points.
Sun staff reports contributed to this article.
FGFTRebCoppin St.M-AM-AO-TPtsMurray2-70-02-55Ellis2-61-21-56St Louis1-22-21-34Cephas4-80-02-39Gallo7-143-61-321Harper5-91-21-313Simpson0-00-00-00C Johnson0-20-00-10Wiens2-50-00-15Williams0-10-00-10Totals23-547-1210-2863
Percentages: FG .426, FT .583. 3-point goals: 10-25, .400 (Gallo 4-8, Harper 2-3, Ellis 1-3, Cephas 1-3, Murray 1-3, Wiens 1-3, C. Johnson 0-2). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 0. Turnovers: 12 (Harper 2, Murray 2, Cephas 2, Gallo 2, St. Louis, Wiens, Ellis). Steals: 3 (Harper 2, Gallo). Technical fouls: Cephas.
Percentages: FG .564, FT .667. 3-point goals: 10-22, .455 (Richardson 4-8, Paul 3-5, Maniscalco 2-6, Abrams 1-1, Shaw 0-1, Head 0-1). Team rebounds: 0. Blocked shots: 5 (Leonard 2, Egwu, Griffey, Richardson). Turnovers: 9 (Paul 2, Abrams 2, Djimde, Egwu, Bertrand, Leonard). Steals: 4 (Maniscalco 2, Egwu, Abrams). Technical fouls: Leonard.
A—14,811. Officials—Ed Hightower, Bo Boroski, Kelly Self.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun