Morgan falls late to Canisius, 74-68

Ahead 62-58, Bears unable to avoid 13th straight loss

January 10, 2002|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The tough luck continues for the Morgan State men's basketball team.

In their final nonleague game before plunging into the Mid-Eastern Conference season, the winless Bears lost their 13th straight last night, 74-68, to Canisius at Hill Field House.

Morgan led by four points with less than five minutes to play but couldn't stand the prosperity. Two follow-up shots by burly Canisius center Andrew Bush regained command of the game, and Hodari Mallory knocked in a big three-pointer to complement him.

Still within 70-69 with 1:15 to play, the Bears were undone by an offensive foul against senior Brandon Reece (St. Frances), who was trying to set a screen for Cedrick Barrow.

The Golden Griffins (4-8) then clinched the victory at the foul line on a free throw by Dewitt Doss and two by Brian Dux.

Canisius posted its third straight win in the first meeting between the schools.

"They've [the losses] all been tough," Morgan coach Butch Beard said. "We're a little bit closer, but it's tough knowing how to win when you haven't won on a consistent basis. We didn't execute down the stretch."

"It was the same thing, a lack of mental focus," Bears captain Curtis King said. "He drew up some plays and we didn't execute them. There was some cases of not boxing out on the boards, giving up a three after an offensive rebound and a bad screen."

Toby Foster, the Golden Griffins' career three-point leader, made two early ones to put his team in charge and the Bears fought an uphill battle from there.

Morgan managed to clamp down on Foster the rest of the way, but couldn't contain Bush (20 points, eight rebounds) inside at the end.

The Bears fought back from virtual game-long deficits on the long-range shooting of Reggie Winkfield (15 points) and the hustling play of Barrow, who added 14 points and surprisingly, led all rebounders with 10.

Winkfield scored on two three-pointers, Randy Dukes hit from the corner and Reece connected inside to push the Bears ahead, 62-58.

In less than a minute, Canisius had regained command on a free throw by Bush, a conventional three-point play by Dux and a Bush follow shot. Morgan had two turnovers and two misses during this stretch.

It was a winnable game for the Bears - at home for the first time since Dec. 3. Canisius missed 18 of 33 free throws, Morgan shot 17 fewer, while shooting from the floor was relatively even.

"We just need a 40-minute effort of aggressive, smart basketball," said Beard, who has seven new players on his roster.

CANISIUS-Mallory 5-9 2-6 14, Bush 8-12 4-10 20, Doss 2-5 4-6 9, Dux 3-5 4-5 11, Foster 4-8 0-1 11, Jones 1-6 0-0 3, Ravello 1-5 0-1 2, Ferris 1-6 1-4 4. Totals 25-56 15-33 74.

MORGAN St.-Winkfield 5-11 0-0 15, Barrow 3-9 7-9 14, Dukes 2-5 0-0 5, Reece 4-9 0-0 8, King 2-8 2-2 6, Grandy 1-1 0-0 3, McNeil 1-1 3-4 5, Fisher 0-0 0-0 0, Snipes 0-2 0-0 0, Andrews 5-7 0-0 10, Ward 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 24-56 12-16 68.

Halftime-Canisius, 34-29. 3-point Goals-Canisius 9-22 (Foster 3-5, Mallory 2-3, Dux 1-2, Doss 1-3, Ferris 1-3, Jones 1-4, Ravello 0-2), Morgan St. 8-18 (Winkfield 5-11, Grandy 1-1, Barrow 1-1, Dukes 1-4, Snipes 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Canisius 36 (Bush 8), Morgan St. 34 (Barrow 10). Assists-Canisius 9 (Dux 6), Morgan St. 9 (Barrow 4). Total Fouls-Canisius 16, Morgan St. 20. A-219.

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