State basketball roundup (Dec. 30): Penn State sends Coppin State to 15th straight loss

Pat Chambers wasn't going to let himself or his players be deceived by Coppin State's winless record.

Penn State's men's basketball coach had seen the Eagles keep within striking distance for much of their game against Connecticut and watched as they pushed Georgia Tech for 30 minutes more recently.


Penn State's most recent loss at the buzzer to Rider was fresh in Chambers' mind, too. His players had purposefully wiped it from theirs.

"Once I left the [Bryce Jordan Center], that game was over," Penn State guard Tony Carr said. "I went home, spent time with my family and basketball was the last thing on my mind."

The mental reset appears to have worked.

Carr scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half and Penn State routed visiting Coppin State, 88-43, on Saturday.

Josh Reaves scored 12 points with seven assists and Mike Watkins and Lamar Stevens chipped in 11 points apiece for the Nittany Lions (11-4).

"I feel like it was the first time we played 40 minutes," Chambers said. "They were not pleased, they were not happy, and I think that's what you saw today because that team just gave Georgia Tech everything it could handle. That team gave UConn all it could handle. We were ready to compete."

It was on from the opening tip.

Watkins won the ball back to Carr who flipped it to Miller for a dunk just three seconds in. Penn State led the rest of the way.

It got better for Penn State in the second half. The Nittany Lions, who led 43-23 at halftime, opened with four-straight 3-pointers and scored 22 unanswered over a 6:09 stretch midway through the half to extend the lead.

Cedric Council Jr. led Coppin State (0-15) with 11 points. Tre' Thomas added nine for the Eagles, who have lost 19 of 20 dating to last season.

"It's hard to find anything positive that happened today," Coppin State coach Juan Dixon said. "You've got to have fun. It's like pulling teeth to try to get these guys to have a good time. As the head coach, I'm loose and I have fun with the guys. I just want these guys to play with more positive energy and support one another."

College of Charleston 73, Towson 62: Eddie Keith II had a career-high 20 points, but the visiting Tigers (10-4, 0-1 Colonial Athletic Association) lost to the Cougars (10-3, 1-0).

After shooting 53.6 percent in the first half, Towson made 34.6 percent of its shots in the second half (9-for-26).

Jarrell Brantley had 14 of his 24 points in the second half for Charleston.


Zane Martin added 14 points for the Tigers, who were as close as 56-48 on Brian Starr's 3-pointer with 5:30 left before the Cougars pulled away for good. In the second half, the Tigers had two scoreless runs of four minutes each.


Princeton 77, UMBC 40: The host Tigers (10-3) took a 47-11 lead in the first half and beat the Retrievers (1-12). Laura Castaldo finished with 10 points for UMBC, whose sole win was over Gettysburg 72-45 on Nov. 14.

Princeton started with an 11-0 run and never trailed.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.