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Coppin rallies for 4th quarter comeback at TU

Omaah Yayong scored 14 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter as Coppin State rallied back for a win at Towson.

Omaah Yayong scored 14 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter as Coppin State rallied back for a win at Towson.

Towson fell apart in the fourth quarter after leading by eight points with nine minutes to go in the game. Then Coppin State went on a tear and out-scored the Tigers 33-13 to earn the 81-69 victory at SECU Arena.

Coppin State dominated Towson in the post. They out-scored the Tigers 42-26 in the paint and out-rebounded them 51-49. The Golden Eagles women’s basketball team also out-shot the Tigers 44.1% to 29.9% in the game. Much of Towson’s troubled has to do with being forced to take jumpers from the outside because they were unable to work the ball inside.

Four players from Coppin State reached double-digits. Omaah Tayong led the Golden Eagles with 16 points off 7-for-10 shooting from the floor. Amber Griffin had 15 points and Janelle Lane and Jordan Swails each had 14 points.

The Tigers were led by Dominique Johnson’s 18-point effort but she struggled shooting the ball, going just 4-for-18 from the floor and 2-for-9 from distance. Raven Blanston went 5-for-12 from the floor and missed both of her 3-point attempts as she scored 15 points. Sianni Martin went just 1-for-6 from three in a 13-point effort.

Towson started off strong, though. A Pair of early free throws by Bankston followed by a pair of steals and fast-break layups by Martin gave the Tigers a 6-0 lead two minutes into the game. Coppin State finally got on the board when Griffin nailed a three and Lane followed things up with a layup in the paint to make it just a one-point game.

The Tigers were able to hold ont o a lead for nearly the entire first quarter, but were utilizing successful shots from the foul line, not precision shots or easy layups. After going into the second quarter with a one-point lead and going up by three when Bankston hit a jumper Towson saw their lead slip away as Coppin State went on an 8-0 run.

A three by Johnson and a layup by Bankston tied the game. Alexis Taylor gave the Golden Eagles their lead back with a layup but following back-to-back three’s by Johnson a Breonn Hughey the Tigers were able to take control back and built back a four-point lead at the break.

Coppin State was able to tie the game twice in the third quarter but never took the lead. Instead, Towson build their lead even more and had an eight-point lead. They kept their lead into the fourth quarter and led 58-50 with 9:07 remaining, but then their defense collapsed and the Golden Eagles got hot.

After Bankston gave Towson the eight-point lead with a jumper the Golden Eagles went on a 21-3 run over the next seven minutes to take a 73-61 lead. Hughey ended the huge run with a pair of free throws but a jumper by Tayong and a pair of free throws by Keena Samuels gave Coppin State a 14-point lead again with 1:11 remaining.

The Golden Eagles made six of their eight free throw attempts in the final 71 seconds to secure the victory while Towson simply did not have enough possessions to make an attempt at a comeback.

Coppin State will return home for back-to-back games against Mount St. Mary’s and Bowie State over the next week. Towson will host beltway rival UMBC on Tuesday at 11 am before going to Jacksonville, Fla for the North Florida Tournament.

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