Junior guard Andre Armstrong delivered a big basket and some clutch free throws down the stretch, leading Coppin State to a 63-60 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Monday at the Physical Education Complex in Baltimore, Md.
Armstrong scored a game-high 22 points for Coppin State (7-23, 4-11 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). Junior forward Troy Snyder and junior guard Louis Bell scored 17 points apiece for Maryland-Eastern Shore (2-24, 2-13).
Armstrong made a 3-pointer to put the Eagles up 31-17 with 4:56 to go in the opening period, but Maryland-Eastern Shore responded with a 9-0 run, cutting Coppin State's lead to 31-26 on a three-point play by Snyder with 1:05 to go. Collin Johnson and Taariq Cephas connected from beyond the arc to help the Eagles build a 42-34 lead with 14:12 to go in the second half, but Maryland-Eastern Shore battled back again.
The Hawks staged 12-3 run to take a 46-45 lead with 9:42 remaining following back-to-back 3-pointers by Bell. The Eagles quickly reclaimed the lead, but Bell hit another 3 to tie the game with 5:59 left. Armstrong put the Eagles up for good when he made a 3-pointer with 4:33 remaining.