UMES ousts Morgan in MEAC

Disappointing season ends for Bears, 60-58

Hawks get Coppin next

March 07, 2000|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

RICHMOND, Va. -- When your team is 5-23 as the Morgan State men's basketball team was before last night's 60-58 loss to Maryland-Eastern Shore, things like this happen:

The Bears were down 54-51 with a minute to go in the first round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament game. Morgan's best deep threat, Reggie Winkfield, had an uncontested shot from three-point range after a deft kickout from Michael Canady. He had four three-pointers in the half. He missed.

Then, "things seemed to be going our way for a moment," Winkfield said, referring to the last chance given the Bears when Eastern Shore's Kevin Wallace, who had 19 points, threw an inbound pass out of the other end of the court.

But Morgan guard Cory McNeill -- whose three-pointer with two seconds left put the Bears in position to win -- had his pass intercepted by UMES' Demetric Reese (19 points).

"This was probably typical of the way we played a lot this year," said Morgan State coach Chris Fuller, whose team shot 29 percent in the second half and sent the Hawks (12-16) to the free-throw line 37 times. "There's not a lot you can say except that we're looking forward to next year."

The game marked the end of a career for Jimmy Fields, the Gilman graduate who finished with eight points and six assists and called the mostly down season "a learning experience for me" after a .500 finish the season before that seemed to portend brighter things.

Those hopes came to an end last night.

The Hawks contained Fields and everyone else in a Morgan State uniform during the second half, except for Winkfield, who scored 14 of his team-high 19 points after the break. Because of the defense, Eastern Shore moves into the MEAC quarterfinals against Coppin State, a team it split with during the regular season.

In the last meeting, UMES had a chance to win, but the Eagles left with a 64-63 victory. But instead of looking to Coppin, Wallace said, "I'm just happy to get that first one out of the way."

From the beginning, UMES coach Lonnie Wiliams said his team's objective was to take advantage of what he saw as Morgan State's physical play. The effort paid off.

The Bears fouled five times in the first five minutes and put the Hawks inside the double bonus (10 fouls) after 10 minutes of play.

For the game, Morgan drew 13 Eastern Shore fouls, compared to its 27, which rankled Fuller.

"Someone saw them -- it's not my job to call fouls," he said. "It's that tough to give up that many free throws in one basketball game. That's a whole season for us."

By shooting 50 percent from the field and holding the Hawks to 30 percent shooting, the Bears stayed in the game early. With Brandon Reece sick with strep throat after a 20-point effort in the regular-season finale last weekend, it was up to Douglas Sims to fill in when inside players Canady and Tom Frederick got into foul trouble. He had eight points as Morgan trailed 30-29 at the break.

In the second half, however, Canady (10 points) and Frederick got into worse trouble (Frederick fouled out) as the Hawks went up 46-36 at 10: 13 after Wallace's lay-in. Winkfield responded with three three-pointers in three minutes, and four points from Fields brought the Bears to within 53-51 with 1: 52 to go.

MORGAN STATE -- Winkfield 7-15 0-0 19, Herron 0-0 0-0 0, Fields 3-11 2-2 8, Frederick 2-3 0-2 4, Canady 3-5 4-5 10, McNeill 2-8 2-2 7, Palmore 1-2 0-0 2, Van Hook 0-7 0-0 0, Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Qualls 0-0 0-0 0, Sims 4-6 0-0 8. Totals 22-57 8-12 58.

UMES -- Surpin 2-12 3-6 7, Reese 6-13 5-6 19, James 0-0 1-2 1, Wallace 5-18 9-13 19, Hughes 2-4 4-6 8, Roberts 1-2 0-0 2, Amoama 0-0 4-4 4, Street 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-50 26-37 60.

Half--UMES 30-29. 3-point goals--MS 6-21 (Winkfield 5-11, McNeill 1-3, Van Hook 0-3, Fields 0-3); MS 2-8 (Reese 2-4, Surpin 0-2, Wallace 0-2). Fouled out--Frederick. Rebounds--MS 35 (Canady 11); UMES 38 (Wallace 9). Assists--MS 12 (Fields 6); UMES 4 (James, Wallace, Hughes, Amoama 1). Total fouls--MS 27; UMES 13. A--n/a.

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