BALTIMORE, Md. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan Eagles closed out the road portion of their non-conference schedule on a victorious note, defeating Coppin State, 73-62, Monday.
Four EMU players posted double-digit scoring performances, while the Eagles (7-4) held Coppin State (2-11, 0-2 MEAC) to just 30 percent shooting from the floor.
Willie Mangum IV led the Green and White in scoring with 15 points, while Tim Bond added 14. James Thompson IV became the first Eagle since George Gervin in 1970-71 to . . .
As a team, EMU shot 51.9 percent from the floor while connecting on 7-of-17 attempts (41.2 percent) from beyond the three-point line.
Coppin State saw three members of its squad reach double-figures. Christian Kessee led the way, posting 18 points. Terry Harris added 15 and James Sylvester recorded 14. As a team, CSU went 18-of-60 (30 percent) from the floor and hit just nine of its 31 three-point attempts, good for just a 29 percent.
Coppin State opened the game with a Kessee triple on their first possession to take a 3-0 lead before the Green and White began a 10-0 run when an alley-oop from Toney to Bond put the Eagles on the board. A pair of triples and a layup from Toney put Eastern on top 10-3 with 14:55 left in the first half. Kessee ended the bleeding with another three-ball, but Jodan Price responded with a triple on the ensuing possession.
The two squads traded blows until the Green and White took its largest lead of the half, 24-16, with under eight minutes remaining.
Coppin State went on a 7-0 run to come within one point, 24-23, at the 6:01 mark. Again both teams exchanged buckets before a 13-2 run gave CSU its largest lead of seven, 41-34, at the 1:12 mark. EMU brought it to within four prior to heading into the break trailing 41-37.
Eastern opened up the second half with five-straight points to regain an early lead in the final frame, But Coppin State returned fired with a quick 7-2 run to jump on top by four.
The Eagles tied the game back up with 13:43 left on the clock before jumping out to a four-point, 53-49, lead with just over 12 minutes on the clock.
CSU didn't go away, coming back to within one point on four separate occasions before Eastern Michigan closed out the game on a 13-4 run to seal up the 73-62 victory on the road.
Eastern Michigan returns home Monday, Dec. 28, when the Eagles welcome in in-state rival, University of Detroit. EMU will square off with the Titans at the Convocation Center at 7 p.m.