BALTIMORE — The South Carolina State basketball teams return to action Saturday a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader on the road at Coppin State.

Tipoff for the women is 2 p.m., with the men beginning at 4 p.m.

Both teams look to remain in the mix of the conference race. The Lady Bulldogs (7-11 overall, 2-4 MEAC) got off to a slow start in conference play but turned things around last week, knocking off the defending MEAC Champion Hampton 78-70 in Orangeburg.

Graduate guard Bryeasha Blair led the way with 28 points in the win.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs 7-14 overall and 3-3 MEAC after suffering a 91-84 setback to Hampton still find themselves in the thick of things, currently ranked fifth in the league standings.

Senior guard Patrell Rogers led the Bulldogs with 19 points in the loss.

Coppin State enters the game in a three-way tie for fourth place on the women’s side. The Lady Eagles (4-14 overall, 3-3 MEAC) knocked off rival Morgan State 55-53 in their last outing.

Chance Graham led Coppin State with a double-double, 16 points and 11 rebounds, over Morgan State.

On the men’s side, the Eagles (2-19 overall, 2-4) under the direction of first-year head coach Juan Dixon, the former University of Maryland All-American, pulled off an upset of Morgan State 80-73 in overtime.

Lamar Morgan led the way with 24 points for the Eagles.

The Bulldogs are led in scoring by graduate guard Donte Wright with 13.6 ppg, while sophomore Damani Applewhite continues to have a breakout season as the leader in the front court with 11.9 points and 6.8 rebounds.

On the women’s side, Blair leads the way for the Lady Bulldogs at 14.3 ppg, while teammate and JUCO transfer Kyesha Lewis is second on the team at 10.5 points. Junior forward Jasmine Williams gives S.C. State that extra push in the frontcourt, grabbing 6.7 rebounds and tossing in 5.3 ppg.

Coppin State has three players averaging a little over 10.2 per contest: Lamar Morgan, Karon Davis and Dejuan Clayton. Adam Traore is the leader on the boards with 6.8 points and 6.0 rebound per game.

Genesis Lucas gives the Lady Eagles a scoring threat at 18.6 points per game. Chance Graham is second at 11.4 points and 9.4 rebounds.


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