Baltimore, MD—February 18---Calvin Thompson and Glenn Andrews came off the bench to score 17 points each to lead Howard University to a 70-66 win over Coppin State University in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's game at the Physical Education Complex.
A red-shirt junior guard, Thompson did most of his damage from the free throw line, converting
on 9 of 11 while Andrews, a senior guard, was effective from long range, connecting on 4 of 9 from beyond the arc.
Howard (8-19, 5-9 in the MEAC) got off to a fast start with Thompson (9 points) and freshman
center Oliver Ellison (6 points) teaming for 15 of their team's points as the Bison led 30-20 at the
The Eagles (13-13, 8-5 in the MEAC), who had beaten Howard in January at Howard, mounted a
second half comeback with a 13-7 run led by Antonio Williams' 20 second half points. Coppin State turned up the pressure and forced Bison turnovers to get back into the game.
But Thompson and Andrews demonstrated poise as only two of the few underclassmen on the
team and responded with key baskets or free throws to repel Coppin State's attempt.
The Eagles, one of the top three-point shooting teams in the country, made six but took 17
attempts. In addition to free throw shooting, bench scoring was an important factor in the outcome of this game. The Bison made 13 of 18 from the charity strips in the final 20 minutes while the reserves out-scored their counterparts, 42-20.
Williams led all scorers with 21, Tony Gallo came off the bench to add 14 and Logan Wiens and
Michael Harper, each contributed 10 in a losing cause.
In addition to the contribution from Thompson and Andrews, Howard got a career-high 10
points from Ellison.