McKee leads Coppin State to comeback win over SE Missouri
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP)—Tywain McKee scored 33 points and hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime Friday as Coppin State beat Southeast Missouri State 102-99 in the third round of the Chicago Invitational Challenge.
Coppin State (3-2) will play North Carolina-Wilimington on Saturday at the Sears Centre.
Southeast Missouri State (2-3), which blew a 14-point second-half lead and an eight-point cushion in the first overtime Friday, faces Longwood.
Robert Pressey added 25 points and A’Daeron Duncan 22 for Coppin State, which was 38-for-54 from the free throw line. Jimmy Drew, who made six 3-pointers, led the Redhawks of Southeast Missouri with 19 points and Will Bogan added 15.
Coppin State took a three-point lead early in the second overtime before Southeast Missouri rallied and led 98-97 on Bogan’s inside basket.
But McKee hit a 3-pointer with 1:16 to go to put Coppin State up 100-98, and Vince Goldsberry’s two free throws with 8.4 seconds left gave the Eagles a 102-99 lead.
After a timeout, all Southeast Missouri could muster was a lean-in 3-point attempt by Brandon Foust that wasn’t close.
Coppin State trailed 91-83 in the first overtime, battling back for a 92-92 tie on McKee’s 3-pointer with 15.8 seconds to go and then playing tough defense to keep Southeast Missouri from getting off a good shot.
Pressey hit a pair of free throws with 7.9 seconds to play to tie game in regulation and force overtime.
Southeast Missouri got a followup basket from David Johnson and a sixth 3-pointer from Drew for an 80-74 lead.
But McKee, who finished 5-for-6 on 3-pointers, connected on another 3 and two free throws by Duncan cut the Southeast Missouri lead to 80-79 with 25.8 seconds to go.
After the 6-10, 300-pound freshman Bogan made one of two at the line for Southeast Missouri, Pressey was fouled with 7.9 seconds to play and hit both to tie the game at 81-81.
Drew’s fourth straight 3-pointer came at the first half buzzer and put the Redhawks ahead 47-38.
Drew sank another 3 early in the second half and SE Missouri surged ahead 52-38 before Coppin State mounted a comeback. Duncan’s steal and thunderous dunk and Pressey’s followup basket highlighted a 14-4 run by the Eagles.