Morning Coffee: MEAC, Coppin State Pull Off Rare Road Victory

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The MEAC isn't exactly known for its ability to pull off wins in the body bag games. It is just one of the things we will run down as you sip on your morning coffee.

It's Monday, and you don't really want anything that makes your head spin this early in the morning. Grab your coffee and start reading.

What everyone will be talking about over their morning coffee:

Coppin State pulls a rare win on the road against Oregon State

While the world was coming down off its NFL high today, a little team that could was taking care of business out West. Coppin State took out Oregon State 78-73 in a game that was rarely close. Yes, Oregon State was playing slightly shorthanded due to suspensions, and they were picked to finish ninth in the PAC-12. But Coppin State was picked to finish ninth in the MEAC, which is pretty much like saying wait until next year before the year even begins. This was a team that returned just a single player who scored a positive HOOPWAR score last year, and that player, Michael Murray, didn't play Sunday.

But Sterling Smith did, and had 21 points, Taariq Cephas dished eight assists, and Arnold Fripp came off the bench to score 17. They executed perfectly throughout.

Sometimes it just comes down to playing smart basketball and doing everything right. That is how you get the 15-2 upsets like the other win mentioned here:

It is great for Coppin State, but there is really no excuse for Oregon State here -- especially not when you shoot 29.2 percent in the first half at home. Matt Norlander took a look at the recent "bad" losses by the Beavers over at CBS and it is a little bit scary to see some of the names on that list.

Side of bacon:

Say hello to Saah Nimley

Do you like fast-paced, free-wheeling basketball? Then you missed a good one Sunday, in what could have been a nice second choice for our mid-major game of the week.

Charleston Southern edged Delaware in a shootout, 95-93, in a game that was headed for big time numbers at the half. The Buccaneers led 60-47 at the half after shooting 67.6 percent from the floor. Regression was bound to hit both teams -- Delaware shot 51.4 percent -- but the tempo had been set.

Saah Nimley led Charleston Southern with 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the win, establishing himself as a national name to know. His performance was good enough for a 60.3 Game Score.

But it was Will Saunders who had the key block in the final seconds to prevent Jarvis Threatt from tying the game and forcing overtime.

Arlon Harper finished with five steals for Charleston Southern. Delaware was led by Davon Usher with 30 points and Devon Sadler added 29. Marvin King-Davis had four blocks in just 12 minutes in the loss.

Other bites:

  • Kendrick Perry continued his hot start at the Kennesaw State Tournament. He finished the three days with 66 points, 18 rebounds and 17 assists, as Youngstown State went 3-0 after taking out Eastern Kentucky 75-67 on Sunday. Youngstown State may have been flying a little under the radar in the Horizon League, given the addition of Oakland and all the love put to Green Bay and Wright State. But the Penguins have proven that they will have one man that is going to be difficult for any team to stop.
  • Harvard made its debut and beat Holy Cross 82-72. The win saw the return of the exiled seniors Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey, who sat out 2012-3 in the wake of an academic scandal on campus. The Crimson are going to be a very difficult out all season long with the addition of these two to the very talented squad that rolled to the NCAA Tournament, and a second round upset, last season.
  • Scott Eatherton made his presence known in his debut for Northeastern, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 boards, but it was not enough as Boston University earned a 72-69 win over the Huskies. Maurice Watson had 16 points and five assists in the win.
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