Taariq Cephas made a basket with 1:43 left to cut Coppin State's deficit to 69-67. After Savannah State's Alante Fenner went 1 of 2 from the line, Jahvari Josiah hit two free throws to pull CSU within 70-69 with 1:24 left and Dallas Gary hit 1 of 2 free throws with 32 seconds left to tie it at 70-all.
SSU finished the first half on a 7-0 run for a 41-34 lead after hitting seven 3-pointers and shooting 66.7 percent overall.
Sterling Smith led Coppin State (5-19, 4-7) with 27 points. He was 8 of 10 from the field, including 6 of 7 from distance, and hit 5 of 6 free throws.