- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Michael Harper scored 17 points and Tywain McKee converted a three-point play with 24.1 seconds remaining to lift defending champion Coppin State to a 66-63 victory over North Carolina A&T; in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday night.

Coppin State (13-18) led 62-61 when McKee stole a pass at midcourt and converted a three-point play to bring the Eagles’ advantage to 65-61 with 24.1 to play.

With the win, fifth-seeded Coppin State advances to play top-seeded Morgan State in the semifinals on Friday.

The Aggies (16-16) couldn’t get a shot off for a potential tie during the game’s last posession.

Ed Jones had 22 points for fourth-seeded North Carolina A&T;, which committed 21 turnovers.

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