S.C. State's 18-0 run chases Morgan

Bears drop 9th straight in 76-59 loss at home

College Basketball

January 16, 2001|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

For the second game in a row, Morgan State gave up an early 18-0 run and couldn't recover during a 76-59 loss to South Carolina State last night at Hill Field House.

It was the ninth straight setback for Morgan (2-11, 1-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), which gave up 18 unanswered points to start the game against Georgetown last week. This time, Morgan State was ahead 9-8 through five minutes when MEAC leader South Carolina State (8-8, 5-0) held it scoreless nearly seven minutes while taking a 26-9 lead.

Vincent Whitt led South Carolina State during the run, scoring 17 of his game-high 20 points in the first half.

South Carolina State coach Cy Alexander screamed "get in the game" at his players during the tense early moments.

"I just didn't want us to lose focus," Alexander said, concerned about what he saw as rough play.

Meanwhile, Morgan State couldn't keep from turning the ball over. The Bears committed 11 turnovers over the first 11 minutes, a figure that 38 percent shooting couldn't gloss over.

"They wanted it more than us," said Bears senior center Michael Canady, who finished with 10 rebounds and eight points. "We didn't come out with the proper intensity that we needed."

Morgan State coach Chris Fuller, whose contract expires at the end of this season, didn't see a game that helped his chances for a return. He could only identify 10 minutes of solid basketball by his team throughout the game.

Some of it came toward the end of the first half, when Morgan State rallied to cut the South Carolina State lead to 39-27 at halftime. "I thought we were solid and we closed the gap on them. Then, we had some turnovers that hurt us," Fuller said.

Overall, Morgan State had 22 turnovers against only eight assists. At one point in the second half, the Bears brought the margin inside double digits on a three-pointer by Reggie Winkfield that made it 39-30 at the 18:47 mark.

But Morgan State then committed three turnovers in 90 seconds. That led to six straight South Carolina State points for a 15-point lead - at 45-30 with 15:40 remaining - that effectively ended the game.

In addition to Whitt, Greg Gray had 13 points for South Carolina State, and Dexter Hall and LaRon Mapp had 10 apiece.

Anton Jenifer was Morgan State's top scorer, with 14 points. The Bears normally depend on Curtis King as well, but he was held to six points in 30 minutes.

"He's entitled to a bad game," Fuller said. "Our problem is that we have to play a lot harder."

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE - Radford 3-9 0-0 7, Mapp 4-9 0-0 10, Whitt 6-11 8-11 20, Hall 4-7 2-3 10, Gray 5-11 3-4 13, Bowman 0-0 0-0 0, Sabb 0-1 1-2 1, Taylor 2-5 3-5 9, Shivers 0-3 0-0 0, Nels 2-2 2-2 6, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Boyles 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-59 19-27 76.

MORGAN STATE - Winkfield 3-8 0-0 9, Jenifer 4-11 6-8 14, King 2-4 2-4 6, Canady 3-5 2-2 8, Sims 3-4 0-0 6, Barrow 0-1 0-0 0, McNeill 0-3 0-0 0, Reece 1-2 2-2 4, Dukes 2-9 1-2 7, Fredrick 1-1 3-4 5. Totals 19-48 16-22 59.

Halftime-S.C. State, 39-27. 3-point goals-SCS 5-19 (Radford 1-3, Mapp 2-4, Whitt 0-2, Gray 0-5, Taylor 2-3, Shivers 0-2); MS 5-16 (Winkfield 3-5, Jenifer 0-5, Dukes 2-6). Fouled out-Taylor, Reece. Rebounds-SCS 32 (Whitt, Hall 8); MS 36 (Canady 10). Assists-SCS 13 (Whitt, Gray 3); MS 9 (Jenifer 6). Total fouls-SCS 19, MS 22. A-1,876.

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