Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff
Posted on 10 December 2013 by WNST Staff
UMBC (3-7) will be its seventh attempt to garner its first road win of the season when the Retrievers travel to Coppin State (3-4) on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Tip-off time is set for 7:30 p.m.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC played three games in six days last week and all three were decided by six points or less. The Retrievers edged UMES, 64-59, at home on Dec. 2, but fell at Duquesne (94-88) two days later and at Lehigh (70-68) on Dec. 7. SR F Chase Plummer has scored 48 points in his last two outings, while FR G Rodney Elliott has scored in double figures in the last three games. Both players are averaging 13.9 points per outing.
EAGLE UPDATE: Coppin State opened MEAC play with a convincing 73-54 victory at Delaware State on Dec. 7. Senior forwarrd Michael Murray was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the week Monday morning. He scored a career-high 28 points, hitting 11-of-15 shots from the floor. Murray was selected to the MEAC preseason All-Conference First Team after leading the MEAC in rebounds per game last season (8.9) while averaging 12.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Sterling Smith leads the squad at 14.6 points per game and has converted 17-of-36 shots (47.2%) from behind the arc.
Who’s Up Next: UMBC begins the exam period tomorrow and will not be in action again until Sat., Dec. 21, when they make the short trip to Washington, D.C., to face a red-hot George Washington (8-1) squad.
Posted on 09 December 2013 by WNST Staff
NORFOLK, Va. – Michael Murray of Coppin State was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Hakeem Baxter, of Maryland Eastern Shore, earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Norfolk State’s Brandon Goode was named the Defensive Player of the Week.
Murray (F, 6-5, 220, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 28 points to lead Coppin State to a 73-54 win over Delaware State. Murray nailed his first six shots of the game en route to a 75-percent (11-of-15) shooting performance from the field, including 3-of-5 from long range. He also grabbed seven boards, dished out two assists and stole one pass in 34 minutes of play.
Baxter (G, 6-2, 170, Fr., Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded a career-high 28 points, connecting on 9-of-10 baskets from the charity stripe, with three rebounds, one assist and one steal against University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Goode (C, 7-0, 235, Sr., Bronx, N.Y.) totaled 17 rebounds, seven blocks and two steals in two conference wins over Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M last week. He tallied nine rebounds with a game-high five blocks against B-CU. Offensively, he added 20 total points, connecting on 53.8-percent (7-of-13) from the field.
Other Top Performances
Jamie Adams (FAMU) registered 24 points, one rebound and two assists against Norfolk State.
Tyshawn Bell (DSU) scored a career-high 19 points, with five rebounds, two assists and one steal against Baptist Bible.
Justin Black (MSU) scored 17 points, with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block against Howard.
Marcel Boyd (Howard) posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds against American.
Ian Chiles (MSU) recorded a game-high nine points, seven rebounds and three blocks in a win over Howard.
Kendall Gray (DSU) finished with a total nine points, 17 rebounds and eight blocked shots in three games last week.
Malcolm Hawkins (NSU) averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.0 steal in a pair of conference wins over Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman.
Alfonzo Houston (NCCU) averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals to help the Eagles finish 1-1 last week, including a non-conference victory over Old Dominion.
Trey Kellum (FAMU) recorded a combined 13 points, 17 boards, two assists and two steals against Norfolk State and Hampton last week.
Du’Vaughn Maxwell (Hampton) tallied 15 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks against Florida A&M.
Prince Okoroh (Howard) finished with 25 points, three rebounds and one steal against Morgan State.
Deron Powers (Hampton) scored 22 points, with three rebounds, four assists and two steals against Florida A&M.
Troy Snyder (UMES) hauled down 12 rebounds, along with eight points, one assist and one steal against UMBC.
Posted on 04 November 2013 by WNST Staff
NORFOLK, Va. – Coppin State senior Michael Murray was named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason All-Conference First Team and the Eagles were selected to finish ninth in the preseason poll as voted upon by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors and announced by the conference office on Monday.
Murray, who is the Eagles leading returning scorer and rebounder, averaged 12.4 points and a conference-leading 8.9 rebounds per game last season. He was joined on the first team by Justin Black of Morgan State, Pendarvis Williams of Norfolk State, Jeremy Ingram of North Carolina Central and Matthew Hezikiah of South Carolina State.
Coppin State was selected to finish ninth in the preseason poll after receiving 236 points. Norfolk State received 14 first-place votes and finished first in the preseason poll, while Morgan State earned five first-place votes and 555 points to finish second in the voting.
The All-MEAC preseason second team was comprised of Lamont Middleton and Bruce Beckford of North Carolina A&T, Jamie Adams of Florida A&M, Du’Vaugh Maxwell of Hampton and Ian Chiles of Morgan State.
Malcolm Hawkins, Rashid Gaston and Brandon Goode of Norfolk State, Emauel Chapman of North Carolina Central, Anthony Hubbard of Morgan State and Troy Snyder of Maryland Eastern Shore were named to the third team.
Norfolk State’s Williams was named the Preseason Player of the Year.
Coppin State will open the 2013-14 season on Friday (Nov. at California.
MEAC Preseason Poll
1. Norfolk State
2. Morgan State
3. North Carolina Central
5. North Carolina A&T
6. Savannah State
7. Delaware State
9. Coppin State
10. Florida A&M
11. South Carolina State
13. Maryland Eastern Shore
Posted on 06 September 2013 by WNST Staff
BALTIMORE – Coppin State men’s basketball head coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell recently announced the Eagles 2013-14 schedule which features five games against NCAA Tournament teams from last season and 12 home games including games versus UMBC, Towson and Morgan State.
The Eagles schedule includes matchups with California, Gonzaga, Akron, North Carolina A&T and last season’s NCAA championship runner-up Michigan.
Coppin State’s home schedule includes dates with Wagner, UMBC, Towson and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Morgan State.
The Eagles will also participate in the British Virgin Islands Tropical Shootout in Tortola, British Virgin Islands which features Southern Mississippi, Arkansas-Little Rock, Jacksonville State and Coppin State.
The Eagles will open the season on the West coast against California on Nov. 8 and at Oregon State on Nov. 10.
Coppin State then opens the home portion of its schedule against Wagner on Nov. 18 followed by a home contest with Ohio Valley on Nov. 25.
The Eagles then hit the road for back-to-back games against Michigan and Gonzaga. CSU visits Michigan on Nov. 29 and then travels to Spokane, Wash., to face the Bulldogs on Dec. 1.
Coppin State opens the MEAC portion of its schedule on the road at Delaware State on Dec. 7 in Dover, Del.
The Eagles lone December game is against local rival UMBC on Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Physical Education Complex.
Coppin State travels to Richmond to face the Spiders on Dec. 14 before participating in the BVI Tropical Shootout on Dec. 20-21.
The Eagles close out December with road games at Toledo on Dec. 28 and at Akron on Dec. 31.
Coppin State welcomes Towson to the PEC on Jan. 4, which is the first of a three-game homestand. The Eagles will play Savannah State on Jan. 11 and South Carolina State on Jan. 13 in the PEC.
The Eagles will host the Bears of Morgan State on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the PEC in the first of a home-and-home battle.
Coppin State will host Maryland Eastern Shore on March 1 at 4 p.m. in its homecoming game.
The MEAC Tournament will be held March 10-15 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.
Posted on 11 March 2013 by WNST Staff
NORFOLK, Va. — Coppin State freshman Patrick Cole was named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team as selected by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors and announced by the conference on Sunday.
Cole, who earned MEAC Rookie of the Week honors three times this season, was third on the Eagles averaging 10.3 points per game. He was second on the team in assists with 67 and tied for second on the team in steals with 36.
He had an explosive start to his Coppin State career as he poured in 25 points in the season-opener against USC, and had 85 points in his first five games in a CSU uniform.
He scored a season-high 29 points in the Eagles overtime victory at Hampton on Jan. 21.
Deron Powers of Hampton was honored as the MEAC Rookie of the Year. Rashid Gaston of Norfolk State, Bruce Beckford of North Carolina A&T and Darryl Palmer of South Carolina State joined Cole and Powers on the MEAC All-Rookie Team.
Coppin State will open play in the MEAC Tournament on Tuesday (March 12) at 4 p.m. against Bethune-Cookman in the Norfolk Scope Arena.
Posted on 08 February 2013 by WNST Staff
BALTIMORE – Coppin State and Morgan State will renew their cross-town rivalry on Saturday (Feb 9) at 4 p.m. at the Physical Education Complex.
Coppin State enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 5-19 and 2-7 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Junior Michael Murray is the team’s leading scorer averaging 12.1 points per game and he leads the MEAC in rebounding with 9.0 rebounds per game. Andre Armstrong is averaging 21.3 points in his last seven games and he is shooting 42.0 (29-of-69) percent from the three-point line during that stretch. Armstrong also ranks second in the conference averaging 2.2 three-point field goals made per game.
Morgan State has an overall record of 6-13 and a 3-5 in the conference. DeWayne Jackson leads the Bears in scoring averaging 14.4 points per game.
Coppin State leads the all-time series 51-22 and has won two of the last three meetings.
Posted on 12 December 2012 by WNST Staff
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Coppin State University is one of six institutions to receive a National Collegiate Athletic Association pilot program grant designed to assist limited-resource schools in developing and enhancing systems to increase student-athlete academic performance.
Coppin State will receive $300,000 in grant money each year for the next three years beginning in January 2013 and is one of only four institutions to receive the maximum grant amount.
“I am firmly committed to the importance of high academic performance by today’s intercollegiate student-athletes, especially in light of the challenges confronted by those who compete on the Division I level,” said University System of Maryland Chancellor William Kirwan. “This grant from the NCAA will help identify ways to support even better the academic performance of student-athletes at Coppin State, where the tradition of success in intercollegiate athletics is well-established.”
In August of this past year the NCAA Executive Committee approved $4.8 million in funding over the next three years for the pilot program. The Limited-Resource Institutions Grant Program Pilot will be administered by the NCAA national office staff and includes reporting requirements to hold institutions accountable for properly using the funds and to better measure the initiative’s success.
“News of the NCAA grant speaks to Coppin State University’s commitment to our student-athletes beyond the court,” said Coppin State President Reginald Avery. “This grant will enable Coppin State to support our student-athletes with enhanced technology, increased student and faculty engagement and additional staff.”
Coppin State completed a rigorous application process which detailed methods in which the University could enhance the academic performance of its student-athletes both in the short, and long, term. The NCAA also required a commitment from institutional personnel to ensure engagement and accountability from the University.
“This grant is in recognition of the wonderful work that Coppin State’s athletic department is already doing with its student athletes and that these support programs need additional resources to ensure each of our student athletes reaches their full academic potential,” said Coppin State Vice President of Administration and Finance Richard Siemer. “Coppin State is committed to providing matching funds during the period of the grant and sustaining funds thereafter.”
Division I institutions in the non-Football Bowl Subdivision and in the bottom 10 percent of resources as determined by per capita institutional expenditures, athletics department funding and Pell Grant aid were eligible to apply for the program.
Institutions were able to request a maximum of $300,000 per year for three years. As part of the request, they are required to match grant dollars each year of the program with either direct funds or in-kind contributions. In the first year the institution must commit a 25 percent match, 50 percent in year two and 75 percent in year three.
Grant recipients were selected by a committee made up of representatives from the NCAA membership and staff. The group considered several criteria including presidential oversight, involvement of key staff, goals identified by the institution, the institution’s ability to match grant funds, the demonstrated sustainability of the initiative, the institution’s history in APP, and institution’s infractions history.
“This is an incredible opportunity for Coppin State University,” said Coppin State Director of Athletics Derrick Ramsey. “It’s just a tremendous shot in the arm for the athletic department. Aside from the revenue generated through playing guarantee games this is the largest infusion of financial support we have ever received. We have to be smart with it, we have to produce with it and we have to show results from it.”
During the application process Coppin State detailed eight initiatives which, if supported by the grant, would enhance the academic performance of its student-athletes. The initiatives included funding of summer school and winter session, hiring additional staff in the academic services area, the creation of a faculty enrichment program and peer mentoring program, purchasing technology that would create a mobile athletic computer lab for student-athletes while traveling, designating resources to support academic readiness, allocating funds to develop a broad based Academic Progress Rate plan, the development a fifth-year degree completion program to increase real-time graduates and the creation of a campus-wide Academic Progress Rate team.
“The most important aspect to me is the $90 thousand we have earmarked in each of the three years for the summer school and winter session,” added Ramsey. “In the past, we have been able to fund summer school and winter session through the Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund, but that money has diminished in recent years forcing me to be very selective in who we could enroll in summer school and winter session classes. With this grant we are now able to include all of our student-athletes in these programs.
“Combining the grant funds with the Summer Academic Success Academy program basically allows us to fund our student-athletes for all four years. In the SASA program, the student-athletes can earn 10 credits as freshmen and then we can place our sophomores, juniors and seniors in summer school and winter session to ensure graduation.”
Ramsey views the grant as an opportunity to elevate Coppin State to new heights in the academic arena.
“Our goal is to graduate our student-athletes in three and a half years and enroll them in graduate school for their final semester,” he said. “We are going to work very hard. We are going to be more efficient and more thoughtful in our approach to making the most of this grant. This gives us more support, but we still need to be very strategic in terms of how we utilize the funds.”
California State-Northridge, Jackson State, Tennessee State, Morehead State and Norfolk State were the other institutions that will receive the grant in addition to Coppin State.