The Power of One Win at Coppin State
BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF)--- Sometimes all it takes is one. One step to create space. One pass to get an open shot. One dribble to beat a defender. One shot for the win. For Coppin State University men's basketball program, it took a lot to reach one.
Head coach Juan Dixon said, "That's where it all starts. We got that gorilla off our backs."
Added junior forward Lamar Morgan, "It's like wearing a weighted vest. And it's just that weight that you want to get off." Morgan is second in the team in scoring averaging 10.7 points per game. It's his first season at Coppin State after playing two years of JUCO in Missouri.
The Eagles are taking about one win. The first of this season. Which is also the first for head coach Juan Dixon in his first season at CSU and a head coach of a men's basketball program. It took two months time, the Eagles 18th game of the season, and a double overtime win at home Monday night against Florida A&M where Coppin State won 79-78.
"When we actually won the game I felt some emotions inside me that I must have had built up," Dixon said. "It just came out. Especially in the locker room. I told the guys it takes a lot to win. It's going to take time, but we are building something here."
Coppin State moves to 1-17 on the season, 1-2 in the conference play in the MEAC. Prior to the win this week, the Eagles were known for one streak: The nation's longest active losing streak of 20 games dating back to last season under Michael Grant who was fired.
The win has sparked something inside now Dixon's program. The team is in search for a winning streak. Dixon said, "Oh that's the goal. What we're working towards right now is peaking heading into March."
A new streak will happen for Coppin by the weekend. The Eagles hit the road for two games in the MEAC on Saturday and Monday at North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T.