South Carolina State pulled away from undermanned Morgan State in the second half, padding a four-point lead to as many as 17, and captured an 83-72 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference decision at Hill Field House last night.
The Bulldogs (12-13, 9-5), with a front line of Travis Williams (25 points), Eric Sanders (12) and Jackie Robinson (14) leading the way, capitalized on their height advantage against a Morgan team that was hampered by foul problems and disciplinary action.
The Bears (5-20, 5-9) played without their leading scorers, sophomore Glenn Smith and senior Marcus Sheffield, who were being disciplined by coach Michael Holmes.
"Sometimes you have to sacrifice," Holmes said, "but we're looking for players with discipline and maturity to be part of this program. We played all the players tonight who have been showing that in practice."
Morgan finishes its regular season with home games against North Carolina A&T tomorrow night and Howard on Saturday. Holmes said that Sheffield should be available tomorrow, but that Smith would not play.
The Bears rallied within 54-50 of the Bulldogs six minutes into th second half. But when center Raylon Adams fouled out in the next minute, the visitors asserted themselves on the inside, finishing with a 45-26 rebound advantage, as Williams and Sanders combined for 24.
Morgan was led in scoring by Ural Hogans with 15 points and James McCoy with 13.
South Carolina State built a 45-37 halftime edge, after the Bears had jumped to a 12-6 lead in the first four minutes, when Hogans contributed eight points.
The Bulldogs closed within one point on five occasions before moving in front, 31-30, on a free throw by Sanders with just over five minutes left in the first half.
Morgan, going deep into its bench, went scoreless for a four-minute span late in the half and the Bulldogs built a lead of 11 points before a three-pointer by Jason Rhodes in the final minute cut the difference to eight at the half.