BALTIMORE, MD (Jan. 9) – The Florida A&M Rattlers had four players to score in double figures, but were unable to hang on in double overtime as they lost by a single point, 79-78, to the Coppin State Eagles at the Physical Education Center on the campus of Coppin State University.
Marcus Barham led the Rattlers with 19 points on 4-17 shooting from the field and 3-of-11 shooting from three-point range. Elijah Mayes and Desmond Williams scored 18 points each, while Justin Ravenel scored 11, including three goals from beyond the three-point arc
“It was a hard fought game, needless to say. It went to double overtime. Falling behind late there, I thought our guys did a great job of battling…continuing to give ourselves a chance and got it to overtime and things didn’t necessarily go our way. We fought and found a way to get it to a second overtime. At the end of the day we had a lot of outstanding individual efforts, but when you commit 23 turnovers on the road, normally that’s a recipe for disaster,” head coach Robert McCullum said.
The Rattlers kept the game close. After falling behind by as many as eight points in the second half, they battled back to tie the game going into the final seconds of regulation. The Rattlers and Eagles would each score 10 points in the first overtime. In the second overtime, CSU edged out a 12-11 advantage to seal the contest.
CSU’s Chad Andrews-Fulton carded 19 points on the night. Lamar Morgan (14), Karonn Davis (14), Cedric Council (11) and Tre’ Thomas (10) all scored in double figures for the Eagles.
What’s next: FAMU will travel to Daytona Beach to take on the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman on Saturday at historic Moore Gymnasium.