Coppin State (1-10) vs. George Washington (6-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 30th, 4:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) -- Honolulu, Hawaii. Television: Local. Home Record: Coppin State 0-0, GW 4-0. Away Record: Coppin State 0-8, GW 2-2. Neutral Record: Coppin State 1-2, GW 0-2. Conference Record: Coppin State 0-1, GW 0-0.
GAME NOTES: The final round of the 45th annual Rainbow Classic gets underway this afternoon as the George Washington Colonials and Coppin State Eagles both try to salvage their trips to the South Pacific with at least one victory for their efforts. In the case of the Colonials, they bowed to Vermont in the opening round on Saturday and then were crushed by host school Hawaii on Monday night in a 73-47 final, representing the most lopsided score of this year's event. As for the Eagles, a team that still has two more road games against Big 12 Conference foes Oklahoma and Missouri before playing their first true home date of the season on January 10th, they lost to Colorado in the first round and then had Pepperdine slip by on Monday in a slim 58-56 decision. As a result, Coppin State is now on a 10-game slide dating back to the season opener when it topped Wilmington (DE) by 21 points.
A free-throw by Tywain McKee with 42 seconds to play tied the meeting with Pepperdine at 56-56, but from there the Eagles failed to score again after the Waves responded with a jumper by Lorne Jackson in the waning moments. McKee ended the outing with a team-best 21 points on 3-of-12 shooting behind the three-point line, adding eight rebounds, six steals and five assists, followed by Sam Coleman who tacked on 11 points and six boards off the bench since the rest of the starters combined to produce a mere seven points. McKee leads the team in scoring after 11 games with his 19.5 ppg and is first across the board with 4.8 rpg, 34 assists and 37 steals, making him one of the most complete players in his league right now. Unfortunately, the Eagles as a whole are shooting just 38.8 percent from the floor and posting 60.9 ppg, compared to 71.5 ppg for the opposition.
George Washington missed all 11 tries from three-point range in the first half against Hawaii on Monday and never recovered, converting just 2-of-18 beyond the arc in the entire contest. Because of that, the Colonials shot just 30 percent from the field overall. Travis King emerged as the lone double-digit scorer with his 10 points, adding five of the team's 10 assists off the bench since it appeared that the starters weren't going to get the job done. Despite the poor performance from all off the starting five, Rob Diggs continues to lead the team in scoring after 10 games with his 12.6 ppg, clearing nearly eight and a half rebounds per game as well to help the Colonials contend on the inside as well. Damian Hollis generates 11.1 ppg and is second to Diggs on the glass with five rebounds per game, the duo combining for 35 of the team's 55 blocked shots as well.
If the Eagles leave it all up to McKee again chances are he won't be as productive today since he's working on short rest. As long as Diggs can show up for the Colonials the meeting should belong to GW.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: George Washington 58, Coppin State 53
12/30 10:21:27 ET