Junior guard Sterling Smith scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Coppin State Eagles to an 88-77 win over crosstown rival Morgan State Bears on Feb. 28 at the PEC in Baltimore, Md.

The loss dropped Morgan State’s record to 7-22, 5-10 against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), the Bears’ worst record since the 2005-’06 season. Coppin State’s win didn’t leave the Eagles with much of a better record; they carry a 7-21 overall record, 6-9 against the MEAC.

Morgan State kept things interesting in the opening half, and even held a comfortable lead during the first few minutes of the game. But Coppin State’s Sterling Smith and senior guard Taariq Cephas eventually caught fire shooting the ball and took over the game. Both shooters combined for 41 points to burn Morgan State’s defense.

The Eagles built a double-digit lead in the second half and never looked back, cruising to victory.

Senior forward Andrew Hampton led Morgan State with 18 points in the loss; junior forward Cedric Blossom added 16 points for the Bears.

Next: Morgan State will play its season finale on March 5 against UMES in Princess Anne, Md. Coppin State will host Delaware State in its last game of the regular season on March 5.