Submitted by Airis Thomas, Asst. Director of Athletic Communications

HARTFORD, CONN. – After a strong first half, Coppin State University Men’s Basketball team falls to No. 24/23 UConn Saturday afternoon inside Gampel Pavilion. The Eagles move to 0-4 while the Huskies improve to 2-0 season.

Coppin State (0-4) broke out to a 10-6 lead over UConn in the opening minutes, but a 14-0 run by the Huskies gave them the lead.

Alex Rojas and Tyree Corbett lead the eagles with nine points each. Rojas also led the team in rebounds with five as well as a team high in three-point field goal makes, hitting three of six from beyond the arc. Nendah Tarke also contributes eight points, four rebounds, and a team high of two steals. Jesse Zarzuela led all Coppin players in assists, with three along with six points.

Coppin starts the first half strong, with eight consecutive points, including a layup by Jesse Zarzuela, and back-to-back threes by Tarke and Rojas. Nendah Tarke gets hot in the first half as he hit 2-for-2 from beyond the arch. Justin Steers comes off the bench and kept the wheels turning with a steal which led to a jumper and two made free-throws by Tarke.

Coppin outshot the Huskies in the first half from beyond the arc, with a whopping 36% in correlation to UConn’s 29%.

Even though the Eagles scored first in the second half, the Huskies exploded on an 11-3 run to start the second half to hike the lead to 57-31, leaving little doubt about the outcome. The Eagles threw the first punch, with a made three by Alex Rojas. Tyree Corbett dominated the second half, where he scored seven of his nine points, and shot 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.

Coppin State plays UNCG Monday, November 15 at 7 p.m. inside the Fleming Gymnasium.

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