The Wildcats (5-8, 4-2) committed five turnovers in the first eight minutes, and Coppin capitalized each time.
By the time Fred Warrick hit a three-pointer, the Eagles (3-12, 2-3 MEAC), playing just their third home game, held a 15-point advantage with 11: 53 left in the first half. The Eagles led 39-19 at halftime.
"With us being as low as we were starting tonight, I think most people know we're still a dangerous team," said Coppin coach Fang Mitchell.
Mount St. Mary's 73, Wagner 58: Gregory Harris scored 27 points with eight rebounds to lead the host Mountaineers (6-8, 4-4) to a Northeast Conference win over the Seahawks (3-11, 1-7). Melvin Whitaker scored a career-high 17 points for the Mountaineers.
Howard led 57-50 late in the second half before the Hawks (4-8, 2-4) pulled within 61-60 with 52 seconds left. UMES nearly tied the game at the buzzer, but Bram Reynolds' three-pointer was waved off by officials.
Demetric Reese led UMES with 19 points and Benjamin Surpin had 14.
Washington College 96, Marymount 82: Greg Adams had a game-high 23 points to lead the Shoremen (6-5) to a nonconference win over the host Saints (7-4). Earl Piner added 19 points, Steve DeVore 16 and Corey Davis 13.
St. Mary's 84, Newport News Apprentice 56: Sheldon Taylor had 23 points and Prince Inniss 21 as the visiting Seahawks rolled to a nonconference win.
Villa Julie 62, Washington & Jefferson 57: Michael Palmere scored 17 points, Jermaine Smith had 13 and Brock Jourdan 11 to lead the host Mustangs over the Presidents in the opening round of the Legg Mason Classic.
Muhlenberg 74, Western Maryland 57: Junior forward Matt Schneider accounted for 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Mules handed the Green Terror (3-10, 0-2) their seventh straight defeat.
Shaw 89, Bowie State 87, OT: Demeen Littles scored 16 points to help the Bears (6-6, 2-1) slip past the host Bulldogs (1-13, 0-7) in overtime in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association action.
James Rice led the Bulldogs, who held a 32-31 halftime lead, with 28 points and 10 rebounds.
Wilberforce 94, Frostburg State 86: The visiting Bulldogs (10-10) rallied from a seven-point deficit in the second half to win.
Pub Date: 1/10/99