HAMPTON, Va. -- Patrick Cole scored a season-high 29 points and hit two late free throws to help Coppin State escape Hampton 67-65 in overtime Monday in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup.
Hampton (5-12, 2-2) rallied from a 51-42 deficit to a 56-55 lead behind a 3-pointer from Mercado at the 3:11 mark. But the Pirates were held scoreless until Maxwell's free throws with 12 seconds showing sent the game into OT.
Both teams opened overtime with a 3-pointer and exchanged baskets until two Cole free throws tied it at 65-65 with 52 seconds remaining. Hampton missed its ensuing shot, a 3-pointer, and Cole converted two free throws with 1 second left to create the final margin.
Neither team shot well, Coppin State (5-15, 2-3) at 33 percent (23 of 70) and Hampton at 34 percent (21 of 61), but the Eagles grabbed a season-high 48 rebounds.
Mercado led Hampton with 24 points.
Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and other crimes.
Point guard Jaylen Fisher, who reopened his recruitment after coaching changes at UNLV, has committed to TCU over a long list of schools.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
|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|