Coppin St. beats Md-Eastern Shore, 59-54, for 1st conference win

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BALTIMORE (AP)—Tywain McKee scored 14 points, Ceslovas Kucinskas added 13 off the bench and Coppin State beat Maryland-Eastern Shore, 59-54, for their first league win Monday night.

Coppin State (5-19, 1-8 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) also snapped a five-game losing streak and kept Maryland-Eastern Shore (2-21, 0-8) winless in the conference. In a game that featured 13 lead changes, Coppin State went on a 10-4 run in the final three minutes to pull away from the Hawks, which have now dropped 12 consecutive games.

Maryland-Eastern Shore also lost despite a huge night by Ed Tyson, who scored 30 points. Marc Davis also added 11 for Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Neither team led by any more than five in the first half, but Antwan Harrison scored six of his 10 points in the final four minutes to help the Eagles to a 29-27 lead at halftime. Maryland-Eastern Shore opened the second half on a 20-13 run and took their biggest lead, 47-42, with 8:33 left.

However, Coppin State continued to force an up-tempo game and regained the lead, 48-47, on a lay-up by A’Daeron Duncan (four points) with 6:27 left. A pair of free throws by Tyson cut the score to 55-51 with 1:33 left. However, four straight points by Kucinskas quickly put the game the out of reach. Antwan Harrison also had 11 points for Coppin State.

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 Top Performers
 MD Eastern Shore
Ed Tyson Ed Tyson
10-18,  30 Pts
3 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Coppin St.
Tywain McKee Tywain McKee
5-10,  14 Pts
5 Rebs, 4 Assists

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