Height lifts Morgan over Howard, 76-74

Canady has 22 as Bears rebuff spirited Bison

January 28, 2000|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

In a game between two teams with bad records, size was the difference in the end as the Morgan State men's team scored a 76-74 win over Howard last night at Hill Field House.

The second half saw Morgan State (3-14, 3-4 MEAC) successfully depend, for a change, on frontcourt players such as Michael Canady and Douglas Qualls. Canady finished with a game-high 22 points, including a hook with 1: 53 left in the game that served as the Bears' last field goal.

An undersized Howard team (1-15, 1-6) was forced to rely on its backcourt of Antonio Michell, Reggie Morris and Jonathan Stokes, and as Morgan State clamped down on defense, the Bison couldn't muster anything more than four free throws during the game's final three minutes.

Needing only a basket to tie or win the game inside of the 40-second mark, Howard missed three bad shots under Morgan State duress on one possession. Then, given one more chance with seven seconds left, Ron Williamson's double-pump jumper was the best the Bison could come up with, typical of a 27-percent shooting performance in the second half.

"In the last three minutes, our defense was outstanding," Morgan State coach Chris Fuller said. "They got to the line a bit, but they didn't hit the three and we didn't allow them the dribble penetration."

The defensive effort helped the Bears get back on the winning track after losing their last three games and seven of their last eight.

Fuller said he was impressed with his team's resilience in turning back a team that was just as hungry for a win as Morgan State was. Hungry enough to withstand an abnormally long, 150-minute bus trip from Washington, then play hard throughout the game.

"That's the best 1-15 team I've ever seen," Fuller said. "They played extremely hard tonight. Those kids played with a lot of courage and determination."

With only one player over 6-6 on the Bison squad, Morgan used its height advantaage, which meant using 6-11 Canady. The sophomore center had been quiet after scoring seven early points, but he began asserting himself again at the beginning of the second half.

HOWARD -- Holliway 3-13 0-0 6, Stokes 3-9 5-6 11, Michell 5-12 10-12 20, Morris 4-14 3-4 14, Bayyan 5-10 2-2 13, Okoko 0-0 0-0 0, Williamson 4-10 1-2 10, Dodson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-68 21-26 74.

MORGAN STATE -- Winkfield 4-10 2-2 10, Sims 1-2 0-1 2, Canady 10-11 2-6 22, Fields 3-12 1-3 8, McNeill 2-4 0-0 5, Herron 0-0 0-0 0, Reece 2-4 0-4 4, Palmore 0-0 2-2 2, Van Hook 2-8 5-7 9, Frederick 0-1 0-0 0, Bullock 2-2 0-0 4, Lee 1-1 0-0 2, Qualls 3-6 2-2 8, Snoddy 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-62 14-25 76.

Half--Howard, 42-41. 3-point goals--H 5-19 (Morris 3-9, Bayyan 1-4, Williamson 1-2, Michell 0-3, Stokes 0-1); MS 2-9 (Fields 1-6, McNeill 1-1, Winkfield 0-2). Fouled out--Stokes. Rebounds--H 47(Stokes 5); MS 42 (Canady, Qualls 7). Assists--H 10 (Morris 4); MS 12 (Canady 4). Total fouls--H 20; MS 20. A--3259.

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