Junior forward Damani Applewhite tossed in a team-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds, capping it all off with the game-winning dunk in the final seconds, to lift South Carolina State to an 85-84 victory over Coppin State at home on Monday inside Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.
The Bulldogs completed the season sweep over the Eagles after knocking off the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe in Baltimore, Md., 70-68, on Jan. 14. Applewhite had the game-winning basket in that win also, as he finished with 18 points in the road victory.
“Wow, what a finish and a way to win a tough game against a talented and well-coached team such as Coppin State,” said Bulldogs Head Coach Murray Garvin. “All year long, every conference game came down to one possession; I am just glad we were on the winning end tonight.
“The crowd and atmosphere was amazing once again. I am challenging and asking all alums to come back and support us this weekend. We need the same type of energy and support like we had in previous games.”
Four other Bulldogs scored in double figures on Monday, with junior guard Lavar Harewood and senior point guard Janai Raynor-Powell finishing with 16 points each, while Ian Kinard and Jahmari Etienne chipped in 11 points each in the victory. Raynor-
South Carolina State shot a remarkable 54.5 percent from 3-point range, connecting 12-of-22 from behind the arc, while tossing in 17-of-21 (81 percent) from the charity stripe.
Dejuan Clayton led the Eagles with a game-high 30 points and six rebounds in the loss.
Next up South Carolina State will host Bethune-Cookman on Saturday with games at 2 and 4 p.m.