Cooper scored 24 points on 11 of 17 from the floor. He used his soft touch and size to score most of his points around the basket. Certainly, Cooper is a player to watch this season for some division one programs.
The score was tied 15-15 after the first eight minutes of play. New Rochelle held a one-point lead at the half and added another six points to its advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Spring Valley threatened several times but Cooper and some key baskets by Markel Rice kept New Rochelle in the win column. Rice finished the game with 14 points.
Spring Valley didn't have a great day of shooting, hitting 23 of 60 shots from the floor. Lamonte Lans had 15 points and Michael Knight added 10 points for Spring Valley.
But the big story of this very competitive opening contest at Pace was Cooper, who also added nine rebounds to his day. Michael was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
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