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State basketball roundup (March 6): Coppin State men fall, 60-48, in MEAC tournament

State basketball roundup (March 6): Coppin State men fall, 60-48, in MEAC tournament

Reginald Gardner Jr. scored 20 points and his four 3-pointers sparked key second-half runs that powered sixth-seeded North Carolina Central past No. 11 seed Coppin State , 60-48, in Tuesday night's opening round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament in Norfolk, Va.

Jordan Perkins added 12 points with five assists and Raasean Davis grabbed nine rebounds for NC Central (16-15), which advances to face No. 3 seed Savannah State in Thursday's first semifinal.

Trailing 18-17 at halftime, NC Central took a 23-22 lead on Perkins' tip-in and led by five after Gardner hit three 3s. Coppin State closed to 35-33 on Taqwain Drummond's layup, but Gardner's 3...

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