Murray tallied game highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Smith had 13 points and 12 boards. The duo's work on the glass helped Coppin State win the rebound battle 41-31.
Coppin State took a 41-30 lead into halftime after hitting 59.3 percent (16 of 27) of its shots in the first half, including 3 of 7 beyond the arc. The sharpshooting cooled in the second half, as the team dipped to 38.7 percent (12 of 31), but the Eagles outscored the Retrievers 18-8 in the paint and 17-6 off turnovers as they continued to build the lead.
With a trio a top recruits from Philadelphia, the Penn State basketball program is primed to finally turn a corner.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|