White Delivers in Overtime Win Over Coppin State
Washington, DC-Curtis White scored seven of his 10 points in overtime, including a clutch three point basket, to help Howard University defeat Coppin State University, 73-69 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's game at Burr Gymnasium. The game was televised live on ESPNU as part of the MEAC TV package.
Eugene Myatt scored the first basket of the extra period to put the Bison up, 62-60 at the 3:31 mark. Then White gave Howard somewhat of a cushion when he drained a three pointer from the right corner with the shot clock winding down to up the margin to 65-60.
Mike Miller of the Eagles and Kandi Mukole of Howard exchanged baskets and then White made sure that the Bison would end their three-game slide when canned all four of his free throw attempts down the stretch.
"I just waited for my opportunity," said White, who has struggled most of the season after suffering a fractured ankle last season. "We needed someone to step it up in that situation and I was able to make some plays. It is a good win for us."
Howard (5-15 overall, 2-4 in the MEAC) took its biggest lead of the game at 33-24 early in the second half, only to have Coppin State (4-17 overall, 0-7 in the MEAC) run off a 24-14 spurt that gave the visitors a brief 48-47 lead.
From there, it was a nip-and-tuck affair until the Bison opened a 60-52 lead with just 1:48 remaining in regulation. But Howard failed to score again and the Eagles closed out with an 8-0 run to send the game into overtime.
Myatt led four players in double figures with 17 as Randy Hampton, Adam Walker and White each scored 10.
Antwan Harrison of Coppin State led all scorers with 22 while Tywain McKee added 18 and six assists.
The Bison had one of their better shooting performances, connecting on 49 percent from the field and 50 percent the three-points where they have struggled (24 percent coming into the game). Howard also had a 39-29 rebounding edge over the Eagles. Walker, who is a strong candidate for the All-Rookie team, had 9 and Hampton had 7.
NEXT UP: Coppin State hosts North Carolina Central on Wednesday, January 30 while the Bison travel to Greensboro, NC to take on the rival Aggies of North Carolina A&T, Saturday, February 2 at 4 pm.