WASHINGTON -- Patrick Cole scored eight of his 14 points in the final 3:07 as Coppin State defeated Howard 63-56 Saturday to end a seven-game losing streak.
Michael Murray, who scored 16 points for the Eagles (6-22, 3-10 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), got nine during a 17-6 run to start the second half that gave Coppin State a 48-33 lead.
The Bison (6-22, 3-11) cut Coppin State's lead to 56-53 with 2:55 left but got no closer as they lost their fourth straight.
Two consecutive jumpers by Cole made it 60-53 at the 1:05 mark.
The Bison had a 49-38 rebounding advantage but were hurt by 10 second-half turnovers.
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point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
|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|