BALTIMORE, Md. — In seven of their eight conference games, including Monday night, the Coppin State Eagles have scored above their seasonal average in terms of points per game.
Coppin State posted four players in double figures on Monday night, and they capped off a perfect three game home stand with a 71-68 victory over the visiting Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks. The win was the Eagles’ fourth win on the season, pushing them to 4-4 in conference play.
The loss dropped the Hawks to 1-8 against MEAC opponents on the year.
Coming into the game, the Eagles ranked last in the country in terms of points per game scored on offense. Sitting at an average of 58.8 points per game, the Eagles have found their groove as of late. Over their three game winning streak, they have scored at least 71 points.
In MEAC play, they have topped their seasonal average in seven of their eight games, which is a big reason for their recent stretch of strong play.
The Eagles used a balanced offensive attack on Monday night to pick up the win. Nine players saw the floor against the Hawks, and eight of those players recorded at least two points. Four players reached double figures, led by forward Chad Andrews-Fulton, who scored a team-best 16 points to go along with four rebounds in 34 minutes of action.
Cedric Council, Jr., Karonn Davis, and Lucian Brownlee recorded 12 points apiece in the win.
Eastern Shore was led by veteran guard Logan McIntosh, who finished with a game-high 23 points, while also recording three assists and two rebounds. Ahmad Frost played all 40 minutes on the night, finishing with 17 points of his own and three assists.
The Hawks only used eight players over the course of the evening.
In the second half, the teams were back and forth, trading slim leads as neither team was able to separate themselves. With 2:24 to play, Brownlee hit a three pointer for the Eagles to give them the lead for good, at 68-65.
McIntosh responded with a pair of free throws to cut the deficit down to a single point, at 68-67. From there, both teams struggled from the free throw line. Both teams had players split pairs of free throws in the final minutes, and while Coppin State was held without a field goal over the final 2:24 of the game, they managed to hold on for the 71-68 win.
The win was the third straight for Coppin State (4-19, 4-4), and they capped off a perfect home stand. The Eagles head on the road for their next three games, starting with a Wednesday night match-up with the Hampton Pirates.
With the loss, the struggles in 2017-18 for Maryland Eastern Shore (5-19, 1-8) continue. The Hawks will look to end their seven game slide and get back in the win column on Monday night at home against the Florida A&M Rattlers.
– T. Bennett