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Mired in late-season slumps, Morgan State and Coppin State set to battle for much-needed win

Coppin State (5-24, 5-9 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) at Morgan State (10-17, 6-8)

When: Monday, 8 p.m.

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Site: Hill Field House

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM) and Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN.com)

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Series: Coppin leads 44-26

The Bears-Pirates game Saturday night ended with 13:33 remaining after coach Todd Bozeman instructed his players to leave the floor after he and one of his players were ejected.

What's at stake: There might not be two teams in the country that need a win more than Coppin and Morgan. The Eagles' last game wasn't just a disappointing 69-51 loss at Delaware State, their third straight overall. It was also the Hornets' first win since late November — a streak of 21 straight defeats, the second longest in Division I — and only victory against Division I competition this year. The Bears’ last game, meanwhile, was a forfeit. Saturday night’s game at Hampton ended with 13:33 remaining in the second half, after Morgan coach Todd Bozeman and sophomore forward David Syfax were ejected. According to the Daily Press (Va.), citing reports from the game, Bozeman took the Bears off the floor and refused to continue playing. The preseason favorite in the MEAC, Morgan has just two wins in its past seven games and is a loss Monday away from Coppin’s first regular-season sweep in the series since 2015.

The Eagles won for the second time in four games, while the Bears lost their third straight.

Key matchup: The Eagles’ defense against Bears seniors Tiwian Kendley and Phillip Carr. Morgan's inconsistency this season can be tied to its play (or the absence) of its lead guard and top big man. Kendley, the team's leading scorer (26.2 points per game), sat out the season's first 10 games for a violation of team rules. Carr, the MEAC's Preseason Player of the Year, is averaging nearly a double double (13.6 points, team-high 9.5 rebounds) but is shooting just 41.5 percent from the field, an eyesore for an athletic 6-foot-9 forward. Can they deliver on senior night against a Coppin defense that's allowed at least 82 points in two of its past three games?

Player to watch: Eagles junior forward Chad Andrews-Fulton wasn’t even on the team when the school year started. But since scoring 21 points in the home upset of Morgan, he's been one of Coppin's most consistent players. Over the past four games, he's averaging 12.5 points and 8.8 rebounds on 58 percent shooting.

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