Looking back at Wednesday night’s three games in the corridor. …
FORTUNES RISING, TEAM
Coppin State. There’s really only so much to read into the Eagles’ 80-61 victory at UMBC. After all, the Retrievers have had more than their share of problems on the season.
Nonetheless, it was Coppin’s first victory over a Division I team, and it matched the Eagles’ largest margin of victory in a road game since Feb. 21, 2009. Two starters had double-doubles and four reached double figures.
Coppin still has five more road games before MEAC play starts Jan. 5, and it has had some respectable margins of defeat of late (a 12-point loss to Saint Joseph’s, a six-point setback at Marshall). A win of any kind certainly doesn’t hurt.
FORTUNES RISING, INDIVIDUAL
Alex Len, Maryland. Well, someone needed to get mentioned. Why not the Terrapin center who had 14 points and 10 rebounds in addition to a career-best five blocks in a 71-38 rout of Monmouth. Len has at least nine points and six rebounds in all 10 games this season and is averaging 13.9 points and 8.8 rebounds as a sophomore.
Len is also averaging 2.6 blocks, a figure only four other players in Maryland history have managed over the course of a season: Cedric Lewis, Derrick Lewis (twice), Joe Smith (twice) and Ekene Ibekwe.
Maryland freshmen. For only the second time all season, the four freshmen in the Terps’ regular rotation combined for less than 10 minutes. The overall numbers weren’t particularly pleasant, particularly considering the opponent: Nine points, 10 rebounds, five assists, 10 turnovers, two steals, one block and 3-for-9 shooting over 52 minutes.
Points for Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon in a 72-61 loss at Temple. Benimon ranks fourth in the CAA in scoring (17.1) and second in rebounding (11.3) for the Tigers (4-6), who will finally play their home opener this weekend.
Georgetown (8-1) plays host to Western Carolina (4-5) at Verizon Center. … Virginia Tech looks to improve to 8-0 at Cassell Coliseum as it welcomes Georgia Southern (3-5) to Blacksburg. … Liberty (1-8) visits Howard (2-8) … Coppin State (2-8) travels to Wagner (3-4) …
Towson welcomes a talented North Dakota State (8-3) bunch to the Towson Center. … Mount St. Mary’s (4-3) visits Loyola (8-3) in the most-played series between two Maryland schools.
—- Patrick Stevens