Less than three minutes later, the game was tied, 49-49, for the first time since the opening tipoff. Befitting a game in which Coppin's defense seemed to disappear, the Spartans at last took the lead with a shot that never went in. Alex Long's layup rimmed out, and the Eagles took the rebound, but a whistle cut the air as the basket shook. After a short conference among the officials, the call came: basket interference on Coppin. The next time down the court, Jonathan Wade (game-high 23 points) rose for a 3-pointer. When it came down, Coppin State trailed 59-55.