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Junior guard Sterling Smith scored a team-high 23 points, but the Coppin State University Eagles still fell to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks, 92-82, on Jan. 31 in Princess Anne, Md.

The loss came just days after Coppin State’s second win in 15 games, a Jan. 26 victory over North Carolina A&T.

Coppin State outplayed UMES in the first half and led 48-45 at the halftime break. The Eagles built a 55-50 lead three minutes into the second half, before UMES went on a 14-0 scoring run and never looked back.

In addition to Smith, three other players scored double-digit points for Coppin State, including senior guard Taariq Cephas with 16 points and eight assists. Cephas is now one of only three players in Coppin State history to record 400 career assists.

Next: Coppin State (3-18 overall, 2-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Association ) will host Baltimore City rival Morgan State (4-17 overall, 2-5 MEAC) on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.