BALTIMORE, MD. -
Tywain McKee scored 14 of his team-high 22 points in the
second half and Mike Buckley came off the bench to tally 10 of his
14 to lead Coppin State to a 77-69 win over Howard University in a
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's game at the Coppin
The Bison (3-16 overall, 1-5 in the MEAC) played one of the their better halves of the season, shooting 54 percent and recording 10 assists on their 12 baskets. But they trailed 43-38 mostly due to 13 first half turnovers.
With Kandi Mukole leading the way with eight of his 11 points in the second half and Kyle Riley contributing 10, Howard was able to stay close in the seesaw battle.
Then McKee, who became the all-time leading scorer in school history and Buckley, combined to score 16 of the Eagles last 22 points. The Bison aided and abetted Coppin State's cause by committing some costly turnovers that led to easy baskets.
The turnovers could be attributed to fatigue for the undermanned Bison, who played without leading scorer Eugene Myatt (back injury) and suited up only eight players.
Still the Bison battled but in the end the turnovers (25 for the game) and fatigue proved to be too much to overcome.
Riley finished with career-highs in points with 22 on 8-of-14 shooting, and in assists with six while C.J. Prince tallied 16 and Mukole contributed 11.
NEXT UP: Howard hosts North Carolina A&T on Saturday at 4 pm.