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State basketball (March 13): Coppin State men fall to N.C. A&T in OT in MEAC quarterfinals

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Ronald Jackson had 21 points and 14 rebounds as North Carolina A&T edged past Coppin State, 82-79, in overtime in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Conference Tournament on Wednesday night in Norfolk, Va.

Quavius Copeland had 14 points for No. 2 seed N.C. A&T (19-12). Terry Harris added 14 points. Kameron Langley had 10 points and 12 assists for NC A&T.

Milik Gantz, the Aggies’ second leading scorer heading into the contest at 9.0 points per game, shot only 8 percent in the game (1-for-12).

Lamar Morgan had 17 points for the No. 7 seed Eagles (8-25). Kent Auslander added 16 points and seven rebounds. Dejuan Clayton had 16 points and nine assists.

Morgan finishes his Coppin career with 170 3-pointers in just two seasons to rank eighth in school-history, but his 2.6 3s per game in his career are the most in school history.

Women

UMES 57, South Carolina State 34: Second-seeded UMES women’s basketball team used two 21-point quarters to carry them past South Carolina State, 57-34, in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament at the Scope in Norfolk, Va. Wednesday.

The Hawks (17-13) will face the winner of Thursday’s quarterfinal between Bethune-Cookman and Coppin State in Friday’s semifinal at 2:30 p.m. The Bulldogs fell to 16-16.

UMES was led by Adrienne Jones (13 points, Harford CC), Ciani Byrom (12 points) and Keyera Eaton (eight points). Taylor Brown had 11 points for South Carolina State, which led 9-4 in the first quarter. The Hawks answered with a 21-7 run in the second quarter and a 21-6 run in the third quarter.

Tuesday’s men

Coppin State 81, Morgan State 71: Dejuan Clayton had 23 points as Coppin State topped Morgan State 81-71 in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tourney on Tuesday night in Norfolk, Va.

Clayton hit 12 of 15 free throws.

Chad Andrews-Fulton had 12 points for Coppin State (8-24). Kent Auslander added 12 points and seven rebounds. Justin Steers had 11 points and three blocks for Coppin State.

Sherwyn Devonish-Prince Jr. had 15 points for the Bears (9-21). Stanley Davis added 12 points and six rebounds. Isaiah Burke had 11 points.

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