A missed free throw by Coppin State with no time remaining gave the University of the District of Columbia a 28-27 victory, in a game marred by a controversial ending, over the deliberate Baltimoreans last night at the Armory Starplex in front of 206 fans.
During a timeout with 16 seconds to play, UDC ahead, 28-26, it was announced that the buzzer was not working. When play resumed, Coppin controlled the jump and Claude Gross broke away for what seemed to be the tying basket. Before his shot, however, play was stopped when a towel was thrown in from the scorer's table to notify the officials that the clock, as well as the buzzer, was not working.
After five minutes of heated discussion the ball was awarded to Coppin with five seconds to play.
As time expired, Milton Young of Coppin was fouled by Michael Daniels. With partisan spectators attempting to distract him, Young sank the first free throw and inexplicably called time. After the timeout, Young stepped to the line, fired, and hit the front of the rim.
Leading by 16-7 at the half and a seemingly comfortable margin, 28-18, with 4:07 left, UDC never scored as the Eagles mounted their rally.
Coppin went to a man-to-man press and the young Firebird guards could not get the ball across midcourt. Coppin converted four UDC turnovers into baskets to reach 28-26 with two minutes left.
UDC went to its delay game until with one minute ramaining Phillip Morgan drove the lane and missed a layup. Michael Lewis rebounded for Coppin and called time out with 56 seconds left.
UDC got the ball back at 0:36 after Lewis was called for traveling. With 16 seconds left a jump ball was called between Blondin Weaver of UDC and Leroy Choice on a five-second violation.