Howard Uses Balanced Attack to Upset Coppin State


Howard Uses Balanced Attack to Upset Coppin State
Courtesy MEAC Media Relations

NORFOLK, Va., March 6, 2017–Four players scored in double figures Monday evening at No. 11 seed Howard upset No. 6 seed Coppin State 79-73 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in a MEAC Tournament first-round game that featured more than 100 combined free throws.

The Bison will play in Thursday’s quarterfinal against No. 3 Morgan State.

Solomon Mangham led the Bison (9-23) with 18 points, while MEAC Rookie of the Year Charles Williams added 15 points. Damon Collins and James Miller each added 13 points, with Miller also grabbing a team-high nine rebounds.

Howard led by 11 at the half, and the Bison grew that lead to 18 on multiple occasions — the latest 46-28 at the 15:10 mark of the second half on a Kofi Andoh layup. Coppin State eventually whittled the lead down to single digits, thanks to a 42-20 stretch that saw the Eagles cut the gap to 70-66 with 1:05 remaining.

But free throws bit Coppin State in the end; for the game, the Eagles were 28-for-48 from the charity stripe.

Dejuan Clayton led the Eagles (8-24) with 23 points.