BALTIMORE --Aric Brooks hit two key three-pointers and added a pair of free throws down the stretch leading Morgan State to a 70-64 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory over Coppin State on Saturday in Hill Field House.
After Tony Gallo
put the Eagles in front with a layup at the 4:36 mark, Brooks connected on a three-pointer that gave Morgan State a 58-56 lead with 3:39 to play.
Gallo answered on the other end with a conventional three-point play that put Coppin State back in front 59-58 with 3:20 remaining.
DeWayne Jackson converted a layup and was fouled with 3:09 to play and after he made the free throw the Bears lead 61-59.
Gallo tied the game at 61-61 with a jumper with 2:40 to play, but Brooks put the Bears ahead to stay with a long three-pointer at the 1:42 mark of the second half.
He later added two free throws with 42 seconds to play with the Bears clinging to a two-point lead.
Brooks finished with 13 points, while Jackson led the Bears with a game-high 24 points. Justin Black also reached double figures with 10 points.
Coppin State (2-3, 0-1 MEAC) shot just 36.4 percent from the floor for the game, while Morgan State shot 40.7 percent from the field.
Morgan State improved to 3-4 overall and 1-0 in the MEAC.
The Eagles fell behind by 13 points early in the second half before staging a comeback.
Trailing by 51-42 with 9:47 to play the Eagles went on a 14-4 run to take a 56-55 lead with 4:36 to play. Ellis sparked the run with eight points.
Coppin State returns to action on Tuesday (Dec. 7) when it hosts Navy at 7:30 p.m. in the Physical Education Complex.