Coppin nips Wich. State in 65-64 win


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 host 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.

Wichita State, starting three freshmen, committed three turnovers after that and failed to even attempt a shot.

Stephen Stewart had carried the Eagles most of the half. Carmichael didn't score until 1:11 to play, finishing with 15; Goodman not until 5:17 to play, finishing with 14.

Stewart, though, pounded the ball inside in the second half for 12 of his 18 points. The Shockers (1-2) were led by K. C. Hunt's 15 points and 14 from L. D. Swanson.

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, switching to a man-to-man for a few minutes.

The Eagles, shooting almost 39 percent from three-point range entering the contest, made just five of 12 in the first half. And they weren't that much better closer to the basket, hitting only nine of 22 field-goal attempts overall in the half.

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 big difference for Wichita State was that the Eagles managed just one offensive rebound out of those 13 misses. They were out-rebounded 18-9 for the half.

The Eagles tried to rattle Wichita State's young squad with trash-talking late in the half, sparking a couple of shoving incidents.

It heated up with Coppin State holding a 21-20 lead when Carmichael, waiting for his teammates to bring the ball upcourt, chatted away responding to the shoving by Goodman and Swanson a minute earlier.

WSU's Terrance Flowers then stripped the ball and threw to Swanson, streaking downcourt for an easy layup. Flowers jogged alongside Carmichael as they returned down the court, shouting in his face. A double-technical foul ensued.

A minute and a half later, Wichita State led 30-23 as the Eagles missed two shots and had two turnovers.

NOTE: The status of Virginia starting forward Cornel Parker for Thursday's game against Coppin State is uncertain.

The 6-foot-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 victory over Rice.

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