Halftime lead slips away

After Monday night’s 62-65 loss to Coppin State, the Florida A&M University Rattlers have increased their streak to eight games.  In their first meeting in January, Coppin State fell to the Rattlers 60-56.  

An even match-up described the level of play on the court offensively and defensively from both MEAC teams.  The minute distribution between the Rattlers was widely spread as six players saw over 20 minutes.

Coppin State’s shooting was automatic from the field finishing the first half with a .520 shooting average.  

The Eagles Tywain McKee was named the MEAC player of the week after his 28-point performance against the Rattlers.  McKee also snagged 10 rebounds, while delivering six assists and earning three steals.                

For the Rattlers, transfer junior from Sneed State University, Brandon Bryant finished the night with a team high of 21 points. 

Lamar Twitty trailed closely behind nearly earning himself a double- double with 16 points and eight rebounds.

The Rattlers led by only one point at the end of the first half boosting team morale entering the second. 

Both teams exchanged baskets from the field but the Rattlers were on fire from behind the three-point arc. 

From the charity stripe the Eagles out shot the Rattlers by a small margin.          

This conference loss drops the Rattlers to (6-18) overall sinking their record to (4-8) in the MEAC. 

Although the Rattlers are ranked seventh in the conference, depending on the outcomes of other teams they may still have a chance at a late birth.