Michael Harper led four players in double figures with 20 points Monday, and the visiting Coppin State men's basketball team dealt Norfolk State its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference loss of the season, 87-82.
Led by Harper, the Eagles (11-11, 6-3 MEAC) had balanced scoring and their second-best shooting performance of the season.
Coppin shot 55.1 percent from the floor, including a blistering 62.5 percent in the second half, to avenge a 74-66 loss to the Spartans two weeks ago in Baltimore.
The Eagles also got 16 points from Tony Gallo, while Akeem Ellis had 14 and Logan Wiens scored 12.
After making just four of 27 shots from the field in the first half, Norfolk State (16-7, 8-1) shot 52.9 percent in the second half.
The Spartans were led by Kyle O'Quinn, who scored 27 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. Chris McEachin scored 17 points, Pendarvis Williams had 11 and Rob Johnson and Brandon Wheeless had 10 points each.
Coppin raced to a 12-0 lead and took a 35-13 lead into halftime. Trailing by 23 with 9:05 to play in the game, Norfolk State went on a 19-4 run to climb to within 70-62 with 3:34 left. But the Eagles made 14 of 18 free throws down the stretch to close out the game.
Hampton 68, Morgan State 63: Christopher Tolson went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final minute to help seal a win over the visiting Bears (3-5, 5-14).
Tolson scored a game-high 19 points to lead Hampton (4-5, 8-14 MEAC), which withstood last-second baskets by Morgan State's Larry Bastfield (Towson Catholic).
Morgan led for most of the game and held a 31-28 halftime advantage.
DeWayne Jackson took over in the second half and scored 15 of the Bears' first 19 points. He hit three 3-pointers during a three-minute stretch, including a pull-up 3-pointer on a fast break, to give Morgan State a 50-47 lead with 9:07 left.
Kevin Thompson (Walbrook), who finished with five rebounds and a point, was saddled with foul trouble throughout the night and went to the bench with four fouls at the 8:04 mark of the second half.
Coppin State 61, Norfolk State 58: Shawntae Payne scored 17 points, Kyra Coleman and Jeanine Manley each had 14 points, and the visiting Eagles (12-10, 7-2 MEAC) used a late rally to defeat the Spartans (8-12, 3-6).
Coppin State held Norfolk State to just 36.8percent shooting in winning for the 10th time in its past 11 games. The Eagles trailed 53-47 with 7:12 to play in the game when Payne and Coleman took over for Coppin State. Payne hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the score at 53 with 5:27 remaining. She then converted a layup giving the Eagles a 55-53 lead at the 3:57 mark, which was the first Coppin State lead since a 3-2 advantage in the first half.
Batavia Owens tied the game at 55 with a jumper, but Coleman put the Eagles ahead to stay with a layup with 3:31 left.
Owens hit one of two free throws to cut the lead to 57-56, but Coleman answered with another layup that increased the lead to 59-56 with 2:56 to play.
Rachel Gordon cut the margin to 59-58 with a jumper, but Coleman converted a layup that pushed the Coppin State lead to 61-58 with 58 seconds remaining.
The Eagles were able to survive despite missing all four of their free-throw attempts down the stretch; Ashle Craig recorded a steal on the Spartans' final possession to seal the victory.
Norfolk State was led by Gordon, who had 10 points and 21 rebounds.
Hampton 74, Morgan State 60: Senior guard Jericka Jenkins led with 25 points on 8-for-16 shooting and eight assists, while senior forward Melanie Warner added a season-high 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting for the host Pirates (16-4, 8-1 MEAC), who never trailed.
Hampton forced Morgan State (6-15, 3-5) into 20 turnovers, scoring 32 points off them, and held a 45-38 rebounding edge.
UMES 54, North Carolina Central 46: Junior forward Chelsea Sanders hit two free throws with 30 seconds left in the game to deliver the knockout blow for the visiting Hawks (7-12, 4-3 MEAC), who maintained their hold on fifth place in the conference.
The free throws by Sanders capped a sensational night against the Eagles (2-19, 0-8), as she scored a career-high 25 points and tied a game high with eight rebounds.
Quinnipiac 89, Mount St. Mary's 73: Sydney Henderson paced the Mount (8-13, 4-6 Northeast Conference) with 23 points, while Kayla Grossett notched her first career 20-point performance with a career-best 21, but it wasn't enough against the host Bobcats (16-5, 8-2).
Felicia Barron led six Quinnipiac players in double figures with 19 points. Samantha Guastella (14 points), Jasmine Martin (13 points), Kari Goodchild (11 points), Jacinda Dunbar (10 points) and Brittany McQuain (10 points) also scored in double figures in the winning effort.
Virginia State 75, Bowie State 58: The visiting Bulldogs (3-14, 3-7 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) committed more than 20 turnovers for the ninth time this season, finishing with 21 in a loss to the Trojans (10-10, 2-6).
Senior Juliette Turner cut the Bulldogs' deficit to 49-43, but Virginia State went on a run to push the lead back to double digits at 56-43. Bowie State would get no closer the rest of the game.
Virginia State was led by LaMesha Deal's double double (16 points and 10 rebounds) and Marquilla Evans' 10 points.
Junior Cortney Baynard led Bowie State with 12 points. The Bulldogs trio of Jordan, Miles and junior Jasmine Jacobs added nine points each.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun