Rattlers extend win streak

Three-pointers rained down in Gaither Gymnasium as the visiting Coppin State Eagles attempted to put an end to the Rattler’s winning streak.

In the end, the Rattlers defeated the Eagles 60-56 improving their overall record to (6-10) earning their fourth consecutive victory.

Senior Lamar Twitty led the Rattlers with 21 points, along with six rebounds and two assists.

“The last couple games I struggled to get my offense going,” Twitty said. “During the game I stayed focused on my jumpshot, hit a few three pointers and got to the free-throw line.”

Twitty went on to add that he and his teammates are staying focused in practice and working hard in an effort to maintain the momentum that they have built during these past four games.

Sam Coleman did most of the scoring for Coppin State. The 6 foot 10 center ended the night with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. In the closing minutes of the second half the Eagles trailed the Rattlers by two points.

However, their hopes of an upset went astray as the Rattlers were able to manage the clock and capitalize on opportunities from the foul line.

The Rattlers embark on a two game road trip where they will face the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, followed by Delaware State.

“Playing on the road is very difficult,” said senior guard Joe Ballard.

 “We’ve gone up against some difficult teams, but if we play together we should come out victorious.”

Florida A&M University sits atop the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference with a 4-1 record.

They are joined by Morgan State who will be looking to avenge their recent loss to the Rattlers later in the season.

With such tight competition, no team can afford to take a game off.  The Rattlers are currenty working towards earing a spot in the March Madness Tournament.

Senior Joe Ballard plans to step into a captain role as teamates look to him for leadership.

He is described as the Rattlers’ “ironman” by Head Coach Eugene Harris.