BALTIMORE -- The Coppin State men's basketball team will open its 2009-10 season on Friday (Nov. 13) as it hosts Lincoln (Pa.) in the opening round of the Coppin State Classic.
The Eagles and Lions will tip off at 7:30 p.m. following the Coppin State women's game against West Virginia State.
CSU will conclude Coppin State Classic play on Saturday (Nov. 14) as it hosts West Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m. Both the games on Friday and Saturday will be played in the Coppin Center.
After tying for third place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference during the 2008-09 season, Coppin State will look to move up the league standings as seven letterwinners and two starters return this season.
Coppin State advanced to the semifinals of the MEAC Tournament before bowing out against eventual champion Morgan State. The Eagles finished the season with a 13-19 overall record and a 9-7 slate in MEAC competition.
The biggest obstacle facing the Eagles entering the season will be attempting to replace Tywain McKee. McKee, who was named the 2008-09 MEAC Player of the Year, averaged 18.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.8 steals per game last season. McKee, who earned all-conference honors four times, broke the school’s career scoring record last season.
Coppin State also lost seniors Brian Chesnut (4.6 ppg) and Chuka Iloegbu (4.3 ppg) to graduation.
Junior Sam Coleman
and sophomore Michael Harper
each were named to the MEAC Preseason All-Conference team. Coleman was named to the first team, while Harper was named to the second team.
The Eagles return a pair of starters in Harper and junior Eddie Hayden
and five other players that played in at least 22 games.
Haper earned preseason second-team honors after finishing second on the Eagles averaging 9.3 points per game on his way to being named to the MEAC All-Rookie Team last season. He was second in the conference shooting 41.4 (46-of-111) percent from the three-point line, while his field goal percentage of 46.2 (98-of-212) was 12th in the league.
Hayden played in 29 games and made 16 starts on the season. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest.
Coleman was named to the preseason first team after averaging 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He led the Eagles with 21 blocked shots and a 47.2 field goal percentage.
Goldsberry, a junior, averaged 7.1 points and 1.3 assists per game while playing in 31 contests.
Buckley was one of the Eagles top outside shooters last season having made 34.4 (22-of-64) percent of his three-point attempts. He averaged 7.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
Young also is a solid outside shooter and averaged 3.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per game, while Kucinskas gives the Eagles an inside presence after averaging 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds per contest.
Head coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell, who is in his 24th season as the head coach of the Eagles, brought in five newcomers to the program.
Coppin State will unveil the new 4,100-seat Physical Education Complex on Dec. 5 against rival Morgan State.