McKee’s free throws lead Coppin State to MEAC tourney victory
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Tywain McKee’s two free throws with 7.7 seconds remaining turned out to be the game-winning points as Coppin State held on to defeat Howard 55-54 Tuesday in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.
McKee, a two-time first-team all-MEAC selection, scored 18 points as the seventh-seeded Eagles (13-20) advanced to play No. 2 seed Hampton.
Coppin State led by as much as 44-35 with 10:58 left on a McKee jumper. But the 10th-seeded Bison (6-27) fought back and tied the game at 49 on consecutive 3-point baskets by Curtis White, who also scored 18 points. White also hit a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left for the final deficit.
Antwan Harrison added 12 points for Coppin State, which jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the opening 6 minutes as Howard missed its first nine shots. The Bison recovered, hitting four of their next five shots to cut the gap to 14-12 with 9:20 left in the half.
While Howard had 12 blocked shots—Adam Walker had seven—it also committed 20 turnovers, which led to 17 Coppin State points. They also shot just 35.4 percent from the field.