HARTFORD, Conn. – Coppin State’s Arnold Fripp and Christian Kessee delivered career-high scoring performances during a 106-85 loss to reigning NCAA champion Connecticut in a men’s basketball non-conference contest at the XL Center Sunday.
Overall, Coppin State (1-9 overall) received double figures scoring from four players for the second consecutive game. In tying a season-high with 15 three-pointers, the Eagles made 46.9 percent of their shots from that distance, which was also a season-best.
Fripp burned the nets for 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting from the field. He made his first four shot attempts, which were all three-pointers. He was 6-of-8 from beyond the arc, a career high from that area.
Fripp also led the Eagles with nine rebounds, the second time this season, he finished with that many rebounds in a game. He had nine boards against Denver on Nov. 23. For Fripp it was the seventh time this season and 17th time in his career, he’s scored in double figures.
Fripp had plenty of offensive support in the form of 22 points from Kessee. He made five three-pointers and was 7-of-13 shooting the ball overall.
Senior guard Daquan Brickhouse scored all 16 of his points in the second half as the Eagles shot 51.5 percent during that 20-minute period.
Brickhouse supplemented his effort with a team best seven assists, which is the third time during his two years in a Coppin State uniform that he handed out that many dimes in a single game. The Eagles had a season-high 18 assists. Brickhouse also added a game-high four steals in 28 entertaining minutes.
Junior guard Sterling Smith finished with 12 points, including a two-handed breakaway dunk in the second half. For Smith it was the fourth time in his last five games that he’s hit for 10 or more points.
While the Eagles made 45.5 percent of their shots overall, they had no answer for Connecticut center Amida Brimah, who made all 13 of his shots en route to a career-high 40 points. Standing three inches taller than anybody on the Eagles’ roster, Brimah also contributed 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Ryan Boatright scored 22 points for the Huskies, who ended a three-game losing streak with the victory. UConn improved its overall record to 4-3.
Coppin State returns to action next Monday when it visits Michigan in a game beginning at 8:00 p.m. Meanwhile, UConn plays second-ranked Duke Thursday night at the IZOD Center.
North Carolina A&T falls on the road to Old Dominion
NORFOLK, Va. – The North Carolina A&T men’s basketball team had its lowest rebounding totals of the season in an 85-48 loss to Old Dominion Sunday afternoon at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
The Aggies (1-10) lost their 10th straight and shot below 40 percent for the seventh time this season. The Monarchs shot (7-1) shot 54 percent from the field and 62 percent in the second half. Sophomore Khary Doby led the Aggies with 16 points and five rebounds on 6-for-12 shooting. Junior Bruce Beckford added 15 and Denzel Keyes had 10 points off the bench.
ODU turned the ball over just six times and had four players score in double figures led by Richard Ross’ 12 points. Mosley and Nik Biberaj came off the bench to score 11 and 10 respectively, while Aaron Bacote added 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
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