Morgan leads early, falls to Ga. Tech, 87-65

November 28, 1990|By Darryl Maxie | Darryl Maxie,Special to The Sun

ATLANTA -- Kenny Anderson calls teams like Morgan State cupcakes -- sweet little bites meant to be devoured by meat-eaters like No. 14-ranked Georgia Tech.

But the Yellow Jackets learned last night at Alexander Memorial Coliseum that even cupcakes can be hard to swallow.

Morgan State jumped to an 18-7 lead six minutes into the game before the Yellow Jackets turned things around and won, 87-65. Malcolm Mackey led the Yellow Jackets with 33 points.

"They gave us fits," Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins said. "We obviously weren't ready in the beginning."

Anderson, the target of Morgan State's box-and-one defense, had only seven points, the second-lowest output of his collegiate career, but most of his 13 assists went to Mackey and center Matt Geiger, who added 21 points.

The Yellow Jackets (2-0) led, 43-32, at the half and appeared to be on their way to another rout when the Bears charged back.

After Georgia Tech stretched the lead to 16 points on a jump shot by Geiger, Morgan State got five points apiece from James McCoy and Steven Haynes and four from Glenn Smith to cut the lead to 52-48 with 14 minutes, 26 seconds left.

It was as close as the Bears came. Haynes led the Bears (0-3) with 24, and McCoy had 20.

"Our guys did the best they could," Morgan State coach Michael Holmes said. "We're just not that tall. We've got five walk-ons on the team. Half of the team played third string last year. It could have been worse. We could have been beaten by 50 or 40 or 30."

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