Feb. 2, 2009

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Coppin State senior guard Tywain McKee scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds leading the Eagles to their sixth consecutive win, 65-48, over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center Monday.

Junior Neal Pitt (Fort Washington, Md.) had his sixth double-double of the season for the Hawks (6-14, 2-6 MEAC), who dropped their third straight at home. Pitt had 22 points of his own and 12 boards. The win for Coppin State (7-16, 5-4) is its sixth consecutive.

Freshman Keishawn Mayes (Warrenton, N.C.), coming off the bench for the first time this season, also had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.

"I thought, for the most part, we gave a better effort [than is Saturday's 35-point loss to Morgan State]," said UMES head coach Frankie Allen. "We just were inconsistent with the things that we did. We didn't capitalize on plays that could've really helped us. We missed some layups, we had some bad turnovers that were unforced.

"Then, as soon as we get back into the game in the second half, we turn it over or miss a shot and they come down and hit a big shot," Allen added.

The Eagles opened the game with a 9-2 advantage over the first 4:40. A three-point play from Pitt to go along with a pair of free throws by Mayes got the Hawks to within a bucket at 9-7 with 14:10 left in the half.

UMES engineered a 10-8 run to knot the game at 17 with 7:14 to play. Josh Bright (Salisbury, Md.) knocked down a 3-pointer to pull even. Pitt gave the Hawks their first lead, 21-19 on a layup with six minutes left.

Coppin closed the half on an 11-5 stretch, spearheaded by four points from McKee to take a 30-26 lead into the locker room.

The Eagles shot 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) in the first half, converting 12 UMES turnovers into 13 points.

CSU looked to be running away with things, gaining a 12-point advantage at 46-34 with nearly seven minutes gone in the second. Pitt then tallied five consecutive points to shave the Eagles' bulge to just six, 46-40, with 11:26 to go.

Coppin, though, held UMES to just eight points the rest of the game. In fact, the Hawks went scoreless for the final 5:17. The final basket for hosts was a jumper from Mayes to cut the lead to 55-48.

UMES won the rebounding battle, 43-30, but committed 21 turnovers in the loss.

CSU shot 41.8 for the game, while UMES was 31.5 from the field.

UMES travels to Longwood Wednesday at 7 p.m., to close its non-conference schedule.



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