Morgan State breezes to 2nd win in row, 82-65 Bears humble Delaware State

January 19, 1993|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

For a long time it didn't appear that Delaware State was going to make it out of the locker room for the second half of last night's game at Morgan State.

After a half in which they couldn't find the basket, no one would have faulted the Hornets for finding the team bus and skipping the second half.

After falling behind by as many as 22 points in the first half, the Hornets redeemed themselves after the break, at one point getting as close as six points. But Morgan State regrouped and won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game in a rout, 82-65, at Hill Field House.

After losing its first nine games on the road, Morgan (2-9, 2-1) won its second straight. In doing so, the Bears avenged a 102-85 loss to Delaware State (5-7, 2-3) on Dec. 5.

Morgan State got huge contributions from two players who, at one time this season, had been suspended for fighting.

Guard Chico Langston, who missed Saturday's win over UMES after being ejected in last week's suspended game against North Carolina A&T, scored 24 points in his home debut to lead Morgan.

Center Malik White, who missed the first Delaware State game after being ejected for fighting the previous night, dominated the boards with 20 rebounds and added 12 points.

"He was a man tonight. He reminded me a lot of Dennis Rodman," Morgan State coach Michael Holmes said of White. "On the road, he wasn't allowed to play strong, and it took him out of his game. He's beginning to find himself."

So is the entire Morgan team, which appeared lost during the nine-game losing streak that started the season. The Bears got a solid effort from all 10 players (five scored in double figures), who executed the full-court trapping defense that gave the Hornets problems all night.

"For the rest of the year, we're going to push up on people BTC defensively and make them make mistakes," Langston said. "Back at the start of the season, we were a bunch of individuals. Now we're a team."

That team effort gave the Bears a 47-26 halftime lead, but Delaware State used a full-court press to spark a 25-10 run that put the Hornets within 57-51 with 9:06 left in the game.

"I was worried, because we weren't doing the things that we were supposed to do," Holmes said. "Their defense affected us."

But a dunk by White got the Bears rolling, and the 6-foot-11 center scored six during the 25-14 run the rest of the way.

"He made some crucial baskets when we were trying to get back in the game," Delaware State coach Jeff Jones said of White. "He made all the difference in the world."

Morgan State shot 53 percent from the field. Langston hit nine of 14 shots from the field and had a team-high six assists.

"It was hard sitting out [Saturday], but I was proud of the way the guys played and worked hard," Langston said. "I was looking forward to this because it was my first home game and a lot of people were anxious to see how I played."

DELAWARE STATE -- Herbert 0-3 0-0 0, Miles 2-11 5-8 11, Caldwell 0-2 0-2 0, Anderson 1-1 0-0 2, Holmes 1-3 0-1 2, Thomas 7-14 2-4 17, Griffin 5-12 0-2 12, Parmley 3-7 3-4 9, Sabree 1-5 10-15 12. Totals 20-58 20-36 65.

MORGAN STATE -- Langston 9-14 5-7 24, Wright 5-6 0-4 10, Young 1-1 0-0 3, Sellers 3-5 0-0 7, Johnson 4-11 0-1 10, Jackson 0-3 0-0 0, Parker 5-9 1-2 12, Feagin 2-4 0-0 4, White 6-11 0-3 12, Brewer 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 35-66 6-17 82.

Halftime--Morgan State, 45-26. 3-point goals--M 6-11 (Langston 1-2, Young 1-1, Sellers 1-2, Johnson 2-2, Parker 1-4), DS 5-14 (Caldwell 2-6, Thomas 1-5, Griffin 2-3). Rebounds--M 53 (White 20), DS 41 (Thomas and Parmley 10). Assists--M 27 (Langston 6), DS 6 ( Griffin 2) Total fouls--M 26, DS 18. Fouled out--DS (Caldwell). Technicals--none. A--3,755.

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