Coppin makes point, ends skid


Coppin State ended its run of three straight losses with strong defense and barrage of three-pointers.

The Eagles made a school-record 16 three-pointers and forced 22 turnovers as they routed Loyola of Illinios, 94-71, last night before 1,050 at the Coppin Center. The 32 attempted three-pointers tied a season-old school record.

After solid performances in losses to high-powered programs such as Oklahoma, Kansas State, Virginia and Pitt, Coppin was happy to get back in the win column.

"I was worried coming in just by the fact of the change in competition level," Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell said. "This came with the fact of those tough losses and playing a team you're supposed to beat."

Junior guard Sidney Goodman scored a game-high 22 points along with a game-high six assists.

His backcourt teammate, Keith Carmichael, scored 21 on 7-for-13 three-point shooting. The junior guard was one short of the school record of eight.

"They didn't play as aggressive as the other teams we played, but they also weren't giving us the shot," said Carmichael, who has averaged 21 points for the past four games. With 15:25 left, Carmichael's sixth three-pointer was the team's 13th, breaking the season-old record of 12.

Carmichael set the record in the midst of a 24-9 run to open the second half and expand a 15-point halftime lead into a 72-42 advantage with 12:11 remaining.

"When everyone says that Carmichael played a great game tonight, I just laugh because he plays like this all the time," Mitchell said.

Loyola (5-4), which defeated Morgan State by four points Tuesday, wouldn't get closer than 21 the rest of the way.

"We are working on playing consistent defense and that's what I talked about in halftime," Mitchell said. "But any time Carmichael, Stewart and Goodman are shooting that good, it puts a lot of pressure on the other team."

That run closed any doubts of another late lapse. Coppin State (6-6), who fell at Pitt by being outscored 14-2 down the stretch Monday, has lost four of its six games by 11 points. Coppin State travels to No. 23 Boston College on Sunday before beginning its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule.

Coppin State's defense keyed the first-half run. The Eagles forced four consecutive turnovers and did not allow a field goal for 5:40 to open a 43-23 lead with 3:05 left.

During that surge, the Eagles hit eight of 15 shots, including four three-pointers. Coppin State made nine of 19 three-pointers in the first half.

A Chris Wilburn three-pointer at the buzzer allowed Loyola to close within 48-33 at halftime.

Coppin State opened by hitting just four of 12 shots, but held the Ramblers to 1-for-5 shooting to take an early 10-2 lead. Carmichael hit two three-pointers in that early stretch.

The Ramblers narrowed the gap to 11-7 after Elmer Dickerson's free throw, but the Eagles hit three of their next five shots to gain a 21-11 cushion with 9:24 left in the first half.

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