(BALTIMORE – November 16, 2022) – Coppin State’s Sam Sessoms scored a game-high 24 points with five 3-pointers to lead the Eagles to its second-straight win, a 75-68 victory over Navy on Monday night at PEC Arena. The Eagles are now 2-2 on the year, which is their best start since the 2015-16 season, while the Midshipmen fall to 2-1.
Inside the Numbers
- Sessoms was one of three Coppin players to reach double figures as he made 7-of-12 from the floor, 5-of-9 from deep and 5-of-6 from the line. He added four rebounds, four assists and three steals on the night.
- Mike Hood put up a season-high 15 points as he buried a pair of threes and made 7-of-8 at the stripe. Justin Winston also had 12 points.
- Nendah Tarke stuffed the box score once again, contributing eight points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Isaiah Gross provided a spark on both ends of the floor with a season-high eight points along with four rebounds and a pair of steals.
- Alex Rojas chipped in with six points and Justin Steers provided five rebounds, four assists and a key block late in the game.
- Navy outshot Coppin, 45.5% to 39.0% but the Eagles got to the line more frequently, and capitalized on its opportunities, making 19-of-25 while the Mids made just 6-of-12.
- CSU also got out in transition, tallying 17 fastbreak points.
- Tyler Nelson led Navy with 21 points and Christian jones added 17.
How it Happened
- Coppin opened a double-digit lead midway through the first half with a 14-2 run that gave it a 31-18 advantage at the 9:56 mark.
- It remained a large lead until Navy hit a three with under a minute to play, cutting the deficit to 41-32 margin at the half.
- Navy came out firing in the second half to make it a 45-41 game minutes before Hood it a three, followed by back-to-back triples from Sessoms which increased the lead back to 54-41.
- The Mids answered with a three, which was matched by Hood, but Navy did not go away, slowly pulling to within 69-66 on a three by Jones with just under a minute to go.
- Sessoms hit the second of two free throws before Coppin forced a turnover at the other end.
- Sessoms and Steers hit four of the next four free throws and Hood added two more in the closing seconds to put the game out of reach.
Up Next: The Eagles open a nine-game road trip, starting with Tennessee Tech on Thursday, November 17 at 8:30. Coppin will be at Marshall two nights later and both games will be televised on ESPN+