Coppin State gets the Cinderella slipper…

March 16, 2008 | Nestor Aparicio

In a game that was hard to pick a side on, Coppin State just outlasted Morgan State to make Baltimore’s second NCAA Tournament entry of the day with 62-60 win in Raleigh to seal the MEAC Championship.

Tack on Mt. St. Mary’s, and that makes three representatives from the state of Maryland to root this week once the Madness begins.

Major congrats to Fang Mitchell and his squad for getting back to the dance, where they brought the city so much excitement back in 1997. He’s also overcome some major tough times at Coppin, so it’s extra special.

No doubt a bummer for Todd Bozeman and the Golden Bears of Morgan State.

I attended the UMBC game earlier in the day and actually spent this evening at the Charm City Roller Derby at the Fifth Regiment Army (a wnsTV presentation is forthcoming).

But what a day for Baltimore basketball, and what an AMAZING crowd at RAC Arena in Catonsville today! It was a privilege to have attended a game with that much emotion, noise and fun. The UMBC community should be super proud of that event today. You had to be there!

So, for a day, it’s Randy Monroe and Fang Mitchell who get to celebrate the major accomplishment of getting to the NCAA’s…and the city of Baltimore should celebrate with these fine men and their student athletes, who seem to do everything the “hard” way.

We’ll have some wnsTV for you on Monday with all of the weekend’s proceedings.

Can’t wait for the brackets to be announced Sunday night!

Baltimore sports fans are the REAL winners tonight!

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