Kaiya Coleman hit the game-winning layup with three-tenths of a second remaining to lift the Coppin State women’s basketball team a 50-48 victory over Morgan State in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament Monday.
Morgan State played North Carolina Central in a battle for first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference on Saturday. However, the Bears started slowly, struggled throughout the first half and despite coming back in the game's final 14 minutes, they could not catch the Eagles.
The Bears' 20-10 loss at home to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Hampton a week ago hurt on two levels. Dropping to 3-1 in the league, Morgan State was unable to take advantage of Bethune-Cookman falling, 24-14, at North Carolina A&T and sliding to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the MEAC.
Entering Saturday's home game against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Savannah State, Morgan State had created just four turnovers. By the end of Saturday¿s 42-3 blasting of the Tigers, the Bears had doubled that total.
After Morgan State graduated eight starters from last season¿s team that captured a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title and lost five more in September due to a certification snafu, there were plenty of questions about how the team would fare in 2015.
Saturday's 26-6 victory at Delaware State helped the Bears improve to 2-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, but they are in a second-place tie with Norfolk State (2-3 overall, 2-0 in the conference) and need a win this weekend to tie Bethune-Cookman (5-1, 3-0) for first in the league.