Calvin Thompson and Glenn Andrews came off the bench to score 17 points each to lead Howard University to a 70-66 win over Coppin State University (CSU) in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men’s game on Feb. 18 at the Physical Education Complex in Baltimore, Md.

A red-shirt junior guard, Thompson did most of his damage from the free throw line, converting on 9-of-11. Andrews, a senior guard, was effective from long range, connecting on 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Howard (8-19 overall, 5-9 MEAC) got off to a fast start with Thompson (9 points) and freshman center Oliver Ellison (6 points) teaming for 15 of their team’s points as the Bison led 30-20 at the intermission.

The Eagles (13-13 overall, 8-5 MEAC), who had beaten Howard in January at Howard, mounted a second-half comeback with a 13-7 run led by senior guard Antonio Williams’ 20 second-half points. Coppin State turned up the pressure and forced Bison turnovers to get back into the game.

But Thompson and Andrews demonstrated poise as only two of the few underclassmen on the team and responded with key baskets to repel Coppin State’s attempt.

The Eagles, one of the top three-point shooting teams in the country, made six long-range shots but took 17 attempts. In addition to free throw shooting, bench scoring was an important factor in the outcome of this game. The Bison made 13-of-18 from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes while the reserves out-scored their counterparts, 42-20.

Williams led all scorers with 21 points; CSU junior guard Tony Gallo came off the bench to add 14 points and senior forward Logan Wiens and senior guard Michael Harper, each contributed 10 in a losing cause.

In addition to the contribution from Thompson and Andrews, Howard got a career-high 10 points from Ellison.

Howard will see more action on Feb. 20 with a matchup against University of Maryland-Eastern Shore at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C. Coppin State will face Morgan State on Feb. 22 in Baltimore, Md.

Ed Hill Jr.

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