Sunday, February 7, 2016

S.C. State tops Coppin State, 88-83, takes first place atop MEAC standings

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina -- It was a bit of a surprise -- like putting a mug of hot chocolate in a microwave to warm it up, only to take it back out and have some fresh marshmallows suddenly appear around the top of the mug.

The S.C. State men’s basketball team pulled away late for an 88-83 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win against visiting Coppin State on Saturday evening, only to find out upon reaching the locker room that other MEAC results on the day had boosted the Bulldogs to atop the MEAC standings.

It was great news after a big win inside S.C. State’s Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center, warming things up with excitement for players and fans alike as chilly rain fell outside in February temperatures.

“It was a constant battle,” S.C. State head coach Murray Garvin said of Saturday’s game. “In the last five minutes we did a better job defensively, kind of locked down and made them (CSU) earn every basket.

“We had to limit them to one shot, and I felt like we did a good job of that in the first half. We made some turnovers and missed some free throws; but again, it’s a conference game and you expect 20 minutes of tough basketball every half. I’m just grateful that we came out with the victory.”


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