Coppin State opened its season with a rough trip to the West Coast, as poor shooting doomed the Eagles to an 83-64 defeat to California on Friday night in the mutual season opener for both teams.
Guard Tyrone Wallace was fantastic for Cal, scoring a personal-best 20 points to go with six rebounds and seven assists. Guards Jabari Bird and Justin Cobbs contributed 16 points apiece. Forward Richard Solomon added 10 points for the Golden Bears.
Cal cruised despite missing 10 of its 20 field-goal attempts, leading by double digits for the entire second half.
The Eagles went 22 of 68 from the field, posting a modest 32.9 percent line shooting the basketball. Nearly half of their 70 field-goal attempts came from 3-point range, but it didn't prevent Coppin from suffering a decisive defeat at Haas Pavilion. The Eagles went 9 of 30 beyond the arc.
Guard Sterling Smith led Coppin with a career-high 16 points. He did the majority of his damage in the first half, making five of eight shots for 12 points, but went 1-of-4 from the floor after intermission.
Guard Andre Armstrong, forward Arnold Fripp and guard Daquan Brickhouse added nine points apiece for the Eagles, who were playing without standout forward Michael Murray. Named to the first unit of the All-MEAC preseason team, Murray is out for at least two more games as he continues to recover from a broken hand he sustained in practice back in October. Murray was Coppin's top scorer last season at 12.4 points per game and led the conference in rebounding, averaging 9.8 boards per contest.