Coppin St. 56, Bethune-Cookman 44

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Tywain McKee scored 19 points to help Coppin State defeat Bethune-Cookman 56-44 during the opening round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament Tuesday night.

Antwan Harrison added 16 points for Coppin State (12-19), which led 24-21 at halftime. The eighth-seeded Eagles will take on top-seeded Delaware State on Wednesday.

Coppin State shot 43.5 percent to Bethune-Cookman’s 50 percent, and the Eagles hit only 30 percent of their 3-point attempts. But they hit 62.5 percent from the free throw line compared to 46.7 percent by ninth-seeded Bethune-Cookman (9-21).

Both teams scored 24 points in the paint.

Dewayne Pettus led Bethune-Cookman with 17 points, while Jimmy Hudson added 12 points. Ron Mitchell grabbed a game-high six rebounds for the Wildcats.

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