-- Coppin State completed a season sweep of Maryland Eastern Shore as Kyra Coleman
scored 16 points leading the Eagles to a 69-60 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory over the Hawks on Monday in the Physical Education Complex.
Coppin State (13-15, 9-6 MEAC) turned the game around early in the second half after trailing 28-27 at halftime. After shooting just 30 percent in the first half, the Eagles shot 48 percent from the field in the second half and outscored the Hawks 42-32.
Coppin State opened the second half on an 11-0 run as Coleman scored six points to take a 38-28 lead with 15:26 to play in the second half.
UMES (7-19, 3-12 MEAC) cut the Coppin State lead to 42-36 on a basket by Sha-Kiyla Finney with 13:14 to play, but the Eagles answered with baskets by Coleman and Janelle Lane
to increase the lead to 46-36 with 12:00 left in the game.
After a free throw and a basket by the Hawks trimmed the lead to 46-39 with 11:07 to play, Leola Spotwood
hit a jumper and a three-pointer to stretch the lead to 51-39 with 10:05 remaining in the second half.
A layup by Coleman and a jumper from Jaleah Holsey
gave the Eagles their largest lead of the game at 65-49 with 4:21 to play.
The Hawks responded with a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 65-58 with 1:04 left in the second period, but Ashle Craig
and Payne each hit a free throw to help the Eagles stem the tide.
Coleman was 3-of-9 from the floor, but was 10-of-13 from the free throw line to lead Coppin State. She also added five rebounds and three steals.
Payne pitched in with 14 points shooting 3-for-6 from the three-point line, while Larrisa Carter
added 13 points and five rebounds.
UMES was led by Finney with 16 points, while Alexis Udoji and Ashleigh Claybrooks each scored 12 points.
Maryland Eastern Shore raced out to an early lead in the first half. Back-to-back layups by Claybrooks gave the Hawks an 18-7 lead with 10:55 to play in the first period.
Payne hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 18-10 with 9:22 remaining in the first half, sparking a 20-10 Coppin State run to end the first half.
After two free-throws made by Carter to cut the UMES lead to 18-12, Payne hit another jump shot to trim the lead to 18-14 with 8:23 until halftime.
Lane connected on two free throws to cut the lead to 18-16, but Roach answered back with a three-pointer for UMES to extend its lead to 21-16 with 7:04 remaining in the first period.
Holsey scored on a jump shot followed by a layup from Payne to bring the Eagles to within 21-20 with 5:49 left until halftime.
UMES extended the lead to 26-20 on two free throws by Finney and a three-pointer by Shawnee Sweeney with 4:28 in the first period.
After two free throws by Holsey and a three-pointer by Craig the Eagles trailed 26-25 with 3:33 left in the first period.
A layup by Taylor Thompson increased the Hawks lead to 28-25, but Spotwood answered for Coppin State to cut the lead to 28-27 at halftime.
Spotwood scored seven points and is two points shy of becoming the 12th player in Coppin State history to score 1,000 career points. She will get her next opportunity to get to 1,000 points on Thursday (3/7) as the Eagles wrap up their regular season by hosting Bethune-Cookman at 5:30 p.m. in the Physical Education Complex.