Morgan falls to Florida A&M, suffers 4th straight loss, 67-50

Bears face Coppin Friday in regular-season finale

February 26, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Desperately searching for a positive to take into next week's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, the Morgan State Bears instead found more frustration last night against Florida A&M.

Sporadic play on offense outweighed the Bears' inspired intentions on Senior Night at Hill Field House as they suffered a 67-50 setback to the visiting Rattlers.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Bears, who fell to 2-23 overall and 2-15 in conference play. They will close out their regular season at Coppin State on Friday night before heading to Richmond, Va., for Monday's conference tournament opener.

With Coppin's 80-64 win over Bethune-Cookman putting the Eagles at 4-24 overall and 2-15 in the MEAC, the winner of Friday's game will finish in 10th place, with the loser taking last.

Last night, the final four minutes of the first half - 20 minutes of play in which the Bears shot 25 percent from the field - best depicted how things have gone for the team all season.

Trailing 24-17 at that point, they finished out the half with five turnovers - including two consecutive shot-clock violations and no shots, with a technical foul also thrown in.

"Five-for-20 first half - game over," said Morgan coach Butch Beard. "You score 17 points in the first half, who you going to beat? Nobody. But you have to give them credit - they played pretty good defense, but we also didn't accept the challenge."

Florida A&M (9-17, 9-8) used the time to build a 34-17 halftime lead, with Sonny Tudeme hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer to cap the run. The Bears never got any closer than 11 points in the second half.

"I just think they turned it up and we didn't and it was as simple as that," said senior forward Brandon Reece, the only Morgan player to reach double figures with 11 points. "We just have mental lapses on offense where we don't do the thing coach tells us to do."

Beard started the Bears' five seniors, with one of the team's highlights coming early when seldom-used guard Vernon Williams, an Annapolis High grad making his first career start, hit a three-pointer that cut an early Florida A&M lead to 7-5.

FLORIDA A&M-Ross 0-2 3-3 3, Wilkins 7-7 3-5 19, Griffith 4-9 1-3 9, Tudeme 5-10 0-0 11, Hill 3-3 3-5 9, Jackson 4-7 0-0 11, Miles 0-2 0-0 0, Cuyler 1-1 1-2 3, Zamore 0-1 0-0 0, Cisse 0-3 0-0 0, Jenkins 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 24-46 13-20 67. MORGAN STATE-Reece 4-8 3-6 11, McNeil 0-3 5-6 5, Williams 1-2 0-0 3, King 2-7 3-4 7, Ward 0-0 0-0 0, Winkfield 2-4 0-0 5, Barrow 0-3 0-0 0, Grandy 0-0 0-0 0, Rice 0-0 0-0 0, Stallings 0-2 0-0 0, Dukes 2-6 3-4 8, Scott 1-1 0-0 2, Fisher 2-3 0-0 4, Snipes 1-3 1-1 3, Andrews 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 16-45 15-21 50. Halftime-FAMU, 34-17. 3-point goals-FAMU 6-13 (Jackson 3-4, Wilkins 2-2, Tudeme 1-2, Griffith 0-1, Ross 0-2, Miles 0-2), Morgan State 3-10 (Williams 1-1, Winkfield 1-3, Dukes 1-4, Snipes 0-1, Barrow 0-1). Fouled out-Winkfield. Rebounds-FAMU 29 (Tudeme 7), Morgan State 30 (King 10). Assists-FAMU 5 (Griffith 2), Morgan State 8 (Williams 5). Total Fouls-FAMU 20, Morgan State 23. Technical-Morgan St. bench. A-1,117.

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