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Coppin tops Del. State, ends league road hex; King lifts Morgan by UMES on shot at : 02 of OT, 78-77; MEAC


Fred Warrick scored 22 points to lead three players in double figures as Coppin State downed Delaware State, 78-63, yesterday in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game in Dover, Del.

Warrick's 14 first-half points helped Coppin (5-12, 4-3) lead 40-31 at halftime.

The Eagles led 48-40 with 12: 33 left before an intentional foul and a technical foul were called on Stephan Malliet of Delaware State (3-11, 1-6). Warrick hit all four free throws, extending the Eagles' lead to 52-40. The Hornets got no closer than nine the rest of the way.

"This is a good win for us," said Coppin coach Fang Mitchell. "It's our first road win in the conference, and this will help our confidence in the second half of the season."

Dorian Pena added 19 points and Jorge Cajigas chipped in 16 for the Eagles, who have won three straight.

The Hornets' Terrance Hood, averaging a conference-leading 22 points a game, was limited to 3-for-15 shooting but finished with 17 points thanks to 11-for-13 free-throw shooting.

Coppin State travels to UMES tomorrow and to Hampton on Saturday before returning home to face Norfolk State on Jan. 25.

Morgan State 78, UMES 77: Curtis King's shot with two seconds left in overtime propelled the Bears (6-9, 5-2) over the host Hawks (5-10, 2-5). King led all scorers with 28 points and added nine rebounds.

Rasheed Sparks chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds for Morgan, which shot over 53 percent for the game despite failing to maintain a halftime lead of 11-points.

Bram Reynolds' 19 points led UMES, which lost its eighth straight game, including four straight in league play.

Morgan State has road games against Delaware State tomorrow and Norfolk State on Saturday, then is host to Hampton on Jan. 25.

Pub Date: 1/17/99

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