Morgan St. 80, Coppin St. 67

Reggie Holmes scored 24 points as Morgan State opened

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play with an 80-67 victory over

crosstown rival Coppin State on Saturday.

Kevin Thompson added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Bears

(5-3), who amassed a 47-31 advantage on the boards against the

Eagles (4-3).

Holmes, who came in averaging 24.7 points per game, shot

8-for-18 for Morgan State, which made 51.7 percent of its shots

(15-for-29) in the second half to 41.3 percent (15-for-36) for

Coppin State.

Ceslovas Kucinskas scored 15 points and Vince Goldsberry 14 to

lead Coppin State, both making 6 of 8 shots, but the Eagles’

backcourt struggled from the field.

Lenny Young, who had been Coppin State’s leading scorer at 13.6

points per game, shot just 1-for-14 against the Bears and finished

with two points.