-- Vince Goldsberry
scored a season-high 18 points leading five players in double figures and Coppin State improved to 4-1 for the first time since the 1976-77 season with a 77-66 victory over UMBC on Tuesday at the Retriever Activities Center.
Goldsberry was 4-of-8 from the floor and 10-of-10 from the line to lead the Eagles. Kareem Brown
had 17 points, including three three-point baskets, and Lenny Young
added 15 points as the CSU backcourt combined to score 55 of the Eagles points on the night.
UMBC, which fell to 0-4 on the season, was led by Chauncey Gilliam who had 20 points, while Robbie Jackson scored 17 points and collected 11 rebounds.
Coppin State had only 11 turnovers and shot 87.5 (21-of-24) percent from the free throw line.
The Eagles outscored the Retrievers 15-4 over the final 1:53 of the game to withstand a late UMBC charge. Coppin State was aided by making 13 of 14 free throw attempts down the stretch.
Coppin State led by as much as 19 points midway through the second half only to watch UMBC eventually cut the lead to 62-58 with 1:53 to play.
UMBC jumped out to an early 7-0 lead before Coppin State called a timeout with 17:30 to play in the opening half.
Following the timeout, the Eagles used a 14-5 run, sparked by five points from Brown and Young, to take their first lead of the game at 14-12 with 12:57 left in the period.
The Retrievers regained the lead on a basket by Gilliam and then stretched the lead to 18-14 with 8:35 to play in the first half.
Coppin State took the lead for good when Quinston Reggins
drained a three-pointer with 6:06 to play giving the Eagles a 23-20 lead.
The Eagles answered a basket by Chris De La Rosa with a 13-0 run increasing the margin to 36-22 with 42 seconds left in the half.
Matt Spadafora hit a three-pointer with 13 seconds to play in the period to cut the lead to 36-25 at the intermission.
UMBC cut the lead to 43-35 on a three-pointer by Gilliam with 16:58 to play in the game, but Coppin State reeled off an 11-0 run to take a 54-35 lead with 11:14 remaining in the game.