BALTIMORE -- Brandon Tabb scored a season-high 34 points and knocked down 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the final 17 seconds as Bethune-Cookman held off Coppin State to earn an 89-85 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats entered the game tied for second place, two games behind Savannah State with four games left in the regular season, including a battle with the Tigers Saturday.
Kent Auslander hit a 3-pointer with :21 left to get Coppin State within two, 84-82, and Lucian Brownlee hit another with :09 remaining to make it 86-85. Tabb made the first of two free throws with :07 left to make it 87-85, then hit two more from the line three seconds later to set the final score.
Brownlee scored 25 points to lead the Eagles, with Lamar Morgan adding 18.
Coppin State (5-23, 5-8) lost its first 17 straight. Since then the Eagles have gone 5-6.
James is the highest-ranked prospect to commit to the Vols under Rick Barnes and the highest overall since Tobias Harris in 2010.
Five-star point guard Josiah James, ranked No. 20 in the ESPN 100, has committed to Tennessee over Clemson, Duke and Michigan State.
Jim Calhoun, who has a career record of 873-380 and led UConn to three national titles before retiring in 2012, has been hired as coach at Saint Joseph.
|North Carolina A&T||11-5||1||20-15|
|North Carolina Central||9-7||3||19-16|
|South Carolina St||6-10||6||10-22|