Coppin St. 62, Howard 59
WASHINGTON (AP)—West Otis broke a 50-50 tie with a driving layup at 5:53 remaining to lead visiting Coppin State past Howard 62-59 on Saturday.
Otis, who came into the game averaging just over a point a contest, scored six consecutive points in the decisive stretch, enabling Coppin (5-15, 3-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) to end a 15-game road losing streak.
The Eagles held Howard (7-13, 3-5) to just three points during a key five-minute stretch late in the second half, as they took a 58-53 lead on Antwan Harrison’s two free throws with 55.5 seconds to play.
Julius Hearn hit two free throws to cut the Coppin lead to 58-55, but Otis was fouled immediately and hit two foul shots to make it 60-57.
Hearn followed with a jumper, and Coppin’s Tywain McKee hit two foul shots to make it 62-57. Hearn drove and scored on a layup and was fouled with 4.4 seconds to play.
After a timeout, Hearn intentionally missed the free throw, and the ball ricocheted to Coppin’s side of the court, ending the game.
Harrison and McKee led the Eagles with 13 points and Ruben Britt added 12.
Will Gant had four 3-pointers to lead Howard with 12. Darryl Hudson added 11 and 10 rebounds for Howard, which has lost seven of its last eight meetings with Coppin.