Coppin State University’s (CSU) junior forward Antonio Williams and junior point guard Tony Gallo scored 16 points each to help Coppin remain undefeated at home with a 79-63 victory over the West Virginia Tech Golden Bears on Dec. 11 at Coppin State’s Physical Education Complex in Baltimore, Md.
Junior guard Michael Harper also scored 14 points for Coppin State as they improved to 4-0 at home this season. Coppin State (4-3) shot 48.2 percent from the floor for the game, while limiting West Virginia Tech to 34.5 percent shooting from the field.
Coppin State controlled the boards (41-33) and outscored West Virginia Tech, 27-4, from the bench. Tech was led by junior forward Josh Proctor who scored 23 points, while senior forward Roi Buchbinder followed with 14 points.
But it was Coppin State’s scoring run midway through the first half that helped them establish control of the game. After a three-pointer by Buchbinder cut the CSU lead to 11-10 with 13:46 to play in the first half, Coppin State responded with a 19-2 run to take a 30-12 lead with 12:09 left in the opening period. Freshman guard Mike Simpson and Gallo connected on back-to-back three-pointers to start the run and freshman forward Michael Murray capped the run with a layup. Gallo scored nine points during the run including a four-point play.
West Virginia Tech (4-3) cut the lead to 32-24 when senior forward Nicholas Kjaerholt drilled a three-pointer with 4:23 to play in the half, but freshman guard Collin Johnson answered with a three-pointer and Coppin took a 36-26 lead into the intermission. Another three-pointer by Kjaerholt made the score 39-31 to trim the Coppin State lead with 17:53 to play in the game, but Williams scored four points during a 6-0 run that increased their lead to 16 points with 16:19 to play. Coppin State took its largest lead of the game with 5:02 left in the game when Harper scored on a dunk.
Coppin State (5-3 overall) will return to action on Dec. 20 when they take the road to Connecticut to face Division I powerhouse Connecticut.