BALTIMORE -- Latif Rivers scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 3 of 4 3-point shots, to lead Wagner to a 102-87 win over Coppin State on Monday night.
Less than a minute after Sterling Smith's four-point play with 11:47 remaining cut the Wagner lead to 63-54, Kenneth Ortiz found Marcus Burton for back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the Seahawks lead to 69-54. Coppin State (1-2) never again got closer than down 10.Rivers' jumper with 15:41 left in the first half opened up a 15-7 lead for Wagner (2-2), but Coppin State ripped off a 10-0 run to take its first lead of the game on Dallas Gary's layup nearly two minutes later. Taariq Cephas scored five of his 15 points in that stretch.Marcus Burton hit 5 of 6 3-pointers and finished with 19 points for Wagner. Ortiz finished with 12 points and 10 assists.
Coppin State lost despite making 40 free throws. The last time a team lost despite making 40 free throws was March 8, 2012, when Tulsa went 40-58 from the line in a 105-100 loss to Marshall in triple overtime.