IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fred Warrick has done everything for Coppin State this year, and that has been its problem.
JTC Warrick, a senior guard-forward, scored a career-high 34 points that were offset by a season-high 18 from Jess Settles, as No. 21 Iowa held off Coppin State to win its seventh consecutive game, 87-73.
The Eagles (2-9) made it interesting, cutting Iowa's lead to 78-68 with 2: 20 remaining. After Joey Range made his first foul shot, his second bounced off the rim and teammate Settles scored on an uncontested follow shot to make it 81-68, ending any hope of a comeback by the Eagles.
Iowa (9-1) went on a 21-14 run to begin the second half, opening a 60-44 lead. The Hawkeyes increased their advantage to 69-50 four minutes later as Warrick finally cooled off, going 0-for-3 from the field in the first 12 minutes.
Warrick has led Coppin State in scoring every game this season, but the story for the Eagles again was their dreadful shooting. They came in shooting just 35 percent and improved on that just slightly, connecting on 39 percent (30-of-77).
The road does not get easier for Coppin State, which travels to Albuquerque next Thursday to battle No. 11 New Mexico.
Pub Date: 12/24/98