Morgan declared winner of brawl game

January 28, 1993|By From Staff Reports

Morgan State has been declared the winner of its Jan. 11 basketball game against North Carolina A&T, which was

suspended after a bench-clearing brawl. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference awarded the win yesterday after an appeal by Morgan president Earl Richardson.

Last week, MEAC commissioner Ken Free announced that the suspended game would be replayed in its entirety at a neutral site, without fans or media in attendance. Richardson appealed the decision, asking that the game be declared finished at the point it was suspended.

Morgan was leading 35-31 when officials stopped the game with about 1:30 left in the first half.

Joe McIver, acting athletic director at Morgan, presented the school's appeal to an MEAC committee.

"Obviously we're happy with the decision," McIver said. "Our major reason in asking for the appeal was that there was a precedent set in 1989, when a Morgan-Howard game was suspended [after a fight in the stands] and the score at the time of the suspension stood as the final score. We did not think it would be considered normal conditions to play a game without spectators and media. But the main thing is we wanted to bring this thing to an end."

Free said: "I'm glad it's behind us." North Carolina A&T athletic director Willie Burden said, "We will abide by the commissioner's decision."

Neither Morgan coach Michael Holmes nor North Carolina A&T coach Don Corbett could be reached for comment.

Five players were ejected from the Jan. 11 game for fighting.

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