Delaware State sinks Morgan, 86-83, in OT

February 15, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Guard Andrew Miles hit a three-pointer just before the buzzer in overtime last night, giving Delaware State an 86-83 victory over Morgan State in a thriller at Hill Field House.

The Bears controlled most of the game, but squandered a seven-point lead in the final minutes of regulation and a six-point lead with 1:30 left in the overtime.

In ending a seven-game losing streak, Delaware State fought back from an 80-74 deficit in the overtime on a three-point shot by Andre Griffin and three free throws by Miles.

But Morgan (4-19, 2-11 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) had a chance to seal the victory with Terrence Wright at the foul line and six seconds to go. Wright could not sink either free throw and the Hornets rebounded and got the ball to Miles, who dribbled down the left side and lofted a 21-footer that hit nothing but net.

"It was an unbelievable game. There were no losers tonight," said Delaware State coach Jeff Jones. "I think both teams won in this one. If we can come in here during the MEAC tournament and play to that level, we'll entertain a lot of people in this city."

The Hornets avenged a 78-63 defeat to Morgan State at Dover last month, which started their seven-game skid.

"It was a very good game," said Bears coach Michael Holmes. "The guys made a great effort and there was a lot of enthusiasm all around.

"I can see some maturity coming. This will help us a little bit in the long run."

Delaware State (6-14, 3-8) kept the Bears in the MEAC basement with only its second road triumph of the season.

The Hornets fought back from a 72-65 deficit -- Morgan's largest lead -- with nine straight points to take a two-point edge with 17 seconds left in regulation.

But on a controversial play, Wright, who scored 21 points and had nine steals, was credited with a follow-up basket with five seconds to go, forcing the overtime. Play was stopped while the officials discussed the basket -- and an apparent foul against the Bears -- but the score stood.

"It was a hard game to officiate," said Jones. "I think the officials were afraid to call that foul, which would have prevented overtime in the first place. But everything worked out."

In the overtime, Morgan appeared in control when Brandon Battle scored five straight points and Damion Zellous hit two foul shots for an 83-80 lead with 32 seconds to go.

But Griffin hit a three-pointer to tie the game before Jeff Lewis fouled Wright, setting up the finish.

"A combination of things we didn't do hurt us," said Holmes. "We were pretty much in control most of the way, but they kept fighting."

Jones said the final play was designed for either Miles (23 points) or Griffin (24 points) to take a long-range shot, a good idea since they combined for nine threes.

The game marked the home finale for Bears seniors Chico Langston and Terry Sellers.

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