Senior Michael Harper hit a three-pointer with 2.1 seconds to play lifting Coppin State to an 81-78 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory over University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Feb. 13 in the Physical Education Complex in Baltimore, Md.

Olatunji Kosile tied the game at 78-78 with a rebound putback for Maryland Eastern Shore with 15 seconds left in the game.

The Eagles chose to save its final timeout and worked the ball to Harper who drilled the game-winning basket for the Eagles.

After a timeout, Maryland Eastern Shore attempted a half-court shot which was off the mark.

The basket by Harper saved the Eagles from another second half comeback by a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent.

On Feb. 11, the Eagles held a 12-point lead on Delaware State with fewer than five minutes to play before the Hornets rallied to win the game at the buzzer.

On Monday, Harper and company did just enough to hold off the Hawks who trailed by 20 points early in the second half.

Coppin State (13-12 overall, 8-4 MEAC) shot 50.0 percent from the floor and made 12-of-26 from the three-point line in winning for the fourth time in the last five games.
The Eagles also received 12 points and 11 rebounds from Antonio Williams, which marked his second consecutive double-double after posting 20 points and 14 rebounds against Delaware State on Saturday.

Logan Wiens, who fed Harper for the winning basket, added 11 points and three assists.

Maryland Eastern Shore (6-18 overall, 3-8 MEAC) was led by the trio of Hillary Haley, Louis Bell and Percy Woods who each scored 17 points. Tyler Hines added 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Hawks.

Coppin State is scheduled to face Howard on Feb. 18 at the PEC in Baltimore.


Roger McAfee

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