BALTIMORE -- Carl Jones had 15 points and C.J. Aiken and Langston Galloway added 14 as Saint Joseph's came back to beat host Coppin State 67-55 on Tuesday night in Baltimore in a non-conference game at the Physical Education Complex.
Both teams were coming off losses on the road Saturday to nationally ranked teams. MEAC member Coppin State lost 87-51 at No. 1 Indiana while St. Joseph's, from the Atlantic 10, fell at Creighton 80-51. Saint Joseph's was picked to win its conference while CSU was pegged to finish 10th out of 13 teams in the MEAC.
Coppin State fell to 1-7 overall Tuesday despite 27 points and 12 rebounds from Michael Murray. Saint Joseph's (6-2), the pre-season favorite in the Atlantic 10, got 10 points from reserve Chris Wilson. Patrick Cole had seven assists for CSU and Sterling Smith had 11 points.
The Hawks led 28-16 before CSU went on a 15-0 run to take a 31-28 lead with 1:10 left in the first half. The Eagles led 31-30 at halftime even after Murray of the Eagles missed an open shot at the buzzer.
Saint Joseph's took a 36-31 lead early in the second half but the Eagles tied the game at 36 on a 3-pointer by Sterling Smith. But the Hawks began to get several fast-break chances and took a 51-44 lead on a basket by Jones with 11:45 left in the game.
Aiken of the Hawks hit two free throws with 9:01 to play to give his team a 54-44 lead, its largest of the game at that time.
Galloway hit a 3-pointer to make it 61-49 with 5:25 to go and the Hawks sailed to the win.
Troy Franklin, a transfer from Towson, was dressed but did not play for Coppin State due to a coaches' decision, according to a CSU spokesman. He played at nearby Mt. Carmel in high school and entered play Tuesday with an average of 11.9 points per game. Jones was averaging 15.5 points prior to game time.
The Hawks play Dec. 11 at Villanova while Coppin State is at Marshall on Saturday. The Eagles play Dec. 12 at Maryland-Baltimore County, which beat Towson at home Saturday.
NOTES: Hawks' freshman forward Isaiah Miles is from Baltimore and played as a senior at nearby Milford Mill Academy. He began his high school career at tiny Glenelg Country School in Howard County, Maryland. In his first four games off the bench he averaged 8.3 minutes and 4.0 points. He played three minutes in the first half and did not scor. ... Keith Johnson, the associate head coach for Coppin State, is from Philadelphia and played at Cheyney under Hall of Famer John Chaney. Coppin head coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell is also from Philly. ... At courtside Tuesday was Ed Tapscott, who works in the front office of the Washington Wizards. He is the former head coach of American University and the former interim head coach of the Wizards.