Coppin steals 1 from Wichita State, 65-64


WICHITA, Kan. -- They couldn't be kept silent for long.

Sidney Goodman and Keith Carmichael were held scoreless in the second half until the last 5:17. But both Coppin State juniors came up big to steal a 65-64 victory away from Wichita State last night.

Carmichael scored six straight points in a span of 44 seconds for the Eagles (4-2). His last basket, a driving reverse layup down the baseline with 27 seconds remaining, proved to be the final margin.

Goodman, who finished with 14 points, missed the front end of two one-and-one opportunities that could have iced the game, but he came up with two turnovers by the Shockers (1-2) in the final seconds.

"I was a little nervous," said Goodman, who led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in free-throw shooting last year. "But we had to get back and play defense. We weren't going to come out of here with a loss."

Wichita State, starting three freshmen, failed to even attempt a shot in the final 25 seconds.

"Our defensive pressure created problems for them, which put us in a position to win the ballgame," said Fang Mitchell, whose Eagles made 17 steals and forced 27 turnovers. "We've always played good defense, but tonight we stepped it up."

Wichita State dared Coppin to shoot from the outside in the first half. The Shockers used a tight 2-1-2 zone most of the half.

The strategy paid off, with Coppin making but nine of 22 field-goal attempts.

If not for Carmichael's 3-for-4 shooting from long range, Coppin State would have trailed by more than 34-29 at the half.

The second half wasn't any better as the Eagles followed their 41 percent first half with a 32 percent (11 of 34) second half. Plus Coppin was out-rebounded 39-28. But with its aggressive defense and Stewart scoring inside for 12 of his 18 points in the second half, Coppin somehow came up a winner.

"We had way too many turnovers in the second half," said Wichita State freshman Jamie Arnold, who gave up 90 pounds to Coppin center Mario McGriff but still collected 16 rebounds. "I think we were in a rush and we got a little bit out of control. They did a lot of that to us."

NOTE: The status of Virginia starting forward Cornel Parker for Thursday's game against Coppin is uncertain. The 6-7 senior, who averaged 8.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in No. 22 Virginia's first three games, broke two bones in his face when he fell in Saturday's 59-51 win over Rice.

COPPIN STATE -- Thomas 3-7 2-2 8, Stewart 5-20 6-6 18, McGriff 3-6 1-1 7, Goodman 3-8 5-9 14, Carmichael 5-9 2-2 15, Robinson 1-2 0-0 3, Watson 0-1 0-0 0, Locke 0-3 0-0 0, Wysinger 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-56 16-20 65.

WICHITA STATE -- Owanson 5-10 4-6 14, Arnold 4-6 1-5 9, Miller 4-9 2-2 10, Hunt 3-4 6-6 15, Flowers 5-11 0-0 11, Callis 0-3 0-0 0, Stricklen 0-0 2-2 2, Herrs 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 22-46 15-21 64.

Halftime--Wichita, 34-29. 3-point goals--C 9-21 (Carmichael 3-5, Goodman 3-6, Stewart 2-7, Robinson 1-1); W 5-11 (Hunt 3-3, Flowers 1-2, Herrs 1-3, Owanson 0-1, Arnold 0-1, Miller 0-1). Rebounds--C 28 (Stewart 8); W 39 (Arnold 16). Total fouls--C 18, W 18. Techs--Carmichael, Flower. A--7,121.

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