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Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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No. 11 Iowa State beats Coppin State 104-84

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AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State’s slate of overmatched opponents is complete.

Next up for the Cyclones is a brutal 18-game Big 12 schedule – with a tough trip to No. 20 Texas A&M in the middle of it.

Abdel Nader scored 21 points and 11th-ranked Iowa State beat Coppin State 104-84 on Wednesday night in its final tune-up for conference play.

Deonte Burton added 17 points for the Cyclones (11-1), who open their conference schedule at No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday.

“Let’s bring in the new year. We’re ready to go. No question,” said Iowa State’s Georges Niang, who had 15 points. “If you want to be the best you’ve got to beat the best, so why not start off at Oklahoma.”

Iowa State went ahead by 21 points midway through the first half and won by at least 20 for the sixth time. Monte Morris had 10 points, 11 assists and no turnovers for his fourth double-double of the year for the Cyclones.

Josh Treadwell had 21 for Coppin State (2-13), which lost its 11th straight.

Iowa State is expected to be among the favorites in a loaded Big 12, along with the Sooners and, of course, second-ranked Kansas.

The Cyclones prepped for their trip to Norman with an up and down effort against a Coppin State team that went 17 of 30 on 3s.

“It felt like they were just turning around and throwing them up in there. But I mean, obviously that’s something we’re going to work on,” Niang said.

But Iowa State, which notched an unimpressive win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in their last home game, opened the game on a 12-0 run. The Cyclones then scored 10 of 11 points – with their players at times looking surprised at how open they were on offense – to go ahead 30-9.

The Eagles kept things somewhat respectable by burying eight 3s in the first half. But Iowa State pushed a 16-point lead to 62-37 four minutes into the second half, and the Cyclones began resting some of their rotation players with 12 minutes to go.

Iowa State’s lack of depth was evident down the stretch though, as its bench players allowed Coppin State its fair share of open shots.

Jameel McKay also scored 15 points for the Cyclones.

“I thought out guys came out, especially our first group, came out the right way,” Prohm said.


Iowa State: The Cyclones extended their non-conference winning streak to 34 games. Iowa State last lost such a game in 2011. … With his sixth assist Wednesday, Morris matched former Iowa State standouts Jeff Hornacek and Will Blalock by reaching 400 in just 82 games.

Coppin State: The Eagles won’t play again at home until Jan. 23 against North Carolina A&T. …Terry Harris was called for a technical foul for grabbing Matt Thomas by the jaw underneath the basket early in the second half.


Iowa State shot 29 free throws to just five for the Eagles. …The Cyclones also dominated the points in the paint 52-20. … Even though Coppin State was arguably the least appealing home game on Iowa State’s schedule, it still drew a sellout crowd of 14,383.


Burton, a Marquette transfer playing in just his third game at Iowa State and his first at home, was 5 of 7 from the field and had six rebounds in 21 minutes.


Iowa State will face the Sooners in Norman on Saturday.

Coppin State plays at Howard on Jan. 9.

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Report: Coppin State graduate transfer Sterling Smith will visit four programs

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Coppin State junior guard Sterling Smith is expected to graduate this spring and become one of the nation’s most desirable graduate transfers.

According to a report from Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, the 6-foot-4 Smith already visited Wake Forest and Rutgers this week and he’s scheduled to visit Pitt and Louisville next week.

While the Eagles only finished 8-23 on the 2014-15 season, Smith was a major bright spot, as he averaged 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in his junior season. Also a 3-point marksman, Smith was 76-for-182 (41 percent) from long distance this past season, and that component of his game makes him especially attractive to bigger programs in need of shooters.

“I’m a shooter, basically,” Smith said to Markus. “I want to go to a winning program and to a team that can use my talents for shooting.”

While the four schools receiving visits from Smith appear to be the frontrunners, he’s heard from “between 20 and 30 schools,” since he decided to transfer.

Report: Coppin State won’t renew head coach Fang Mitchell’s contract

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After spending 28 seasons at Coppin State as the school’s head coach, Ron “Fang” Mitchell’s tenure will be coming to an end as reported by the Baltimore Sun. During his time at the school Mitchell put together a record of 429 wins and 417 losses, leading the Eagles to four NCAA tournament appearances.

The most memorable of those appearances came in 1997, when the 15th-seeded Eagles upset No. 2 South Carolina in the first round. Coppin State would lose to Texas by one point in the second round, the closest a 15-seed had come to reaching the Sweet 16 before FGCU accomplished that feat a season ago.

From 1993 to 1998 Mitchell led the Eagles to five 20-win seasons, with the outlier being a 19-win campaign in 1995-96. Since the end of that six-season stretch Coppin State has won 18 games in a season just once (2003-04), and the program has finished at or above the .500 mark once in the last decade (2010-11).

Coppin State finished the 2013-14 season with a 12-20 record, going 7-9 in MEAC play.

h/t CBS Sports