Coppin State inches by Savannah State

BALTIMORE – Coppin State junior guard Sterling Smith didn’t hesitate once he received the ball from guard Taariq Cephas.

Arnold Fripp posted his third career double-double with a solid 17-point and career-best 12 rebound performance. In two wins this week over Morgan State and South Carolina State, Fripp averaged 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. Dallas Gary scored 11 of his 13 points in the opening 20 minutes to help CSU race to a 46-34 halftime lead.

Coppin State hosts Savannah State Monday night at 7:30 p.m. South Carolina State visits Morgan State.

Blossom paces Bears to 67-57 win over Savannah State

BALTIMORE, Md. – Cedric Blossom matched a career-high with 26 points, Rasean Simpson also had a career-high 16 points and Morgan State snapped a three game losing streak by beating Savannah State 67-57 on Saturday.

The Bears had one of its better shooting performances by converting 22 of 51 shots (43.1 percent), but was held to 0 of 6 from three-point territory. Savannah State finished the night shooting 44.4 percent (20-45) and were 4 of 11 from three-point range.

The Bears continue its 4-game homestand on Monday, Feb. 9, when they host South Carolina State at 7:30 p.m.

Spartans Defeat Howard in Slug Fest, 72-69

NORFOLK, Va. – It might not have been the prettiest of games, but in the end the Norfolk State men’s basketball team inched closer to earning a potential top 2 seed next month in the MEAC tournament.

In a game that featured more than 40 fouls and 40 turnovers, the Norfolk State men’s basketball team survived Howard’s late push and James Daniel’s clean-look, last-second 3-point attempt in a 72-69 win over the Bison on Saturday evening. In a matchup of MEAC top 3 teams at Joseph Echols Hall, the second-place Spartans put even more distance between them and the rest of the league.

The junior duo of RaShid Gaston and D’Shon Taylor tallied double-doubles to lead the Spartans. NSU improved to 16-9 overall and 9-1 in the MEAC after winning its fifth straight game, including the second in a row by a three-point margin. The Spartans also won for the seventh time in the past eight games.

NSU will host UMES Monday at 8 p.m. at Echols Hall.

Wildcats Rally From Big First Half Deficit To Send Hornets to Fourth Straight Loss

Dover, Del. — Bethune-Cookman trailed by 18 in the first half before rallying to defeat Delaware State 75-70 in a MEAC men’s basketball contest in Memorial Hall today. The Wildcats won for the second time in three games to improve to 8-16 overall and 4-5 in the MEAC. The Hornets dropped their fourth straight game to fall to 10-13 and 4-4.

Stewart led three Wildcats in double figures with 26 points. He was seven-for-13 from the field (three three-pointers) and nine-of-11 at the free throw line. Johnson added 19 points and Dulin 11 for BCU.

May was high scorer for Delaware State with 18 points, while Bell tallied 14.

Gray recorded his 14th double-double of the season for the Hornets, tallying 13 points and 14 rebounds. The nation’s leading rebounder, Gray has reached double figures in boards in each of the last 11 games.

MEAC Media Relations


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