Morgan rolls past winless N.C. A&T for 2nd win

Bears triumph, 87-68, halt 4-game losing streak

College Basketball

January 07, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

For the only time all season, Morgan State's men enjoyed a laugher last night at Hill Field House.

The Bears took control midway through the first half, eased to a 13-point cushion at the break and went on to trounce winless North Carolina A&T, 87-68, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup.

Fifteen members of the Morgan roster played and 14 scored in what amounted to the team's easiest win since consecutive 19-point triumphs over Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman in 1998.

"We couldn't have played any better than this. It's a good win for us," said Bears coach Butch Beard. "Especially after we didn't get Saturday's game [an 81-79 overtime loss to South Carolina State]."

The problems besetting the Aggies were clearly visible two days earlier when they were pounded at Coppin State by 27 points and they showed again.

"Right now, we just don't have an inside presence," said North Carolina A&T coach Curtis Hunter. "Players at 6-foot-5 are taking it to us. But we're still pretty young and there is a whole lot we have to learn."

All but four of the Aggies' points came from the three starting guards and their replacements with leading scorer Steve Koger leading the pack with 19 points.

The victory broke a four-game losing streak for the Bears (2-11, 1-2), who were picked to finish last by preseason MEAC prognosticators. North Carolina A&T (0-8, 0-2) has not been beaten by fewer than nine points.

At Coppin, the Aggies appeared intimidated by the Eagles' defense, but last night they jumped ahead and remained competitive until a three-pointer by Anthony Williams put Morgan ahead to stay at 22-20.

The Bears had a 46-22 advantage on the boards with Aaron Andrews (15 points) leading the way with eight rebounds.

With leading scorer Randy Dukes playing only 17 minutes because of foul trouble, the offense was well-distributed. Sam Brand contributed 14 points and Williams had 10.

NORTH CAROLINA A&T-Hefner 0-0 0-0 0, Traore 0-1 0-0 0, T. Green 5-8 4-6 16, Beckwith 5-10 0-0 13, Koger 9-18 1-5 19, Holmes 0-3 1-2 1, Hollis 5-7 0-0 12, Carter 0-0 1-2 1, Kirkpatrick 1-4 0-0 3, Holthouser 0-0 0-0 0, Woodhouse 1-1 0-0 2, C. Green 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 26-52 8-17 68.

MORGAN STATE-Sims 2-3 0-0 4, Andrews 7-9 1-3 15, Barrow 0-3 1-2 1, Brand 4-10 2-2 14, Dukes 2-7 2-3 6, Timus 4-4 1-1 9, Snipes 0-0 0-1 0, Grandy 1-6 0-0 3, Williams 3-5 2-2 10, Davis 0-1 3-6 3, Patrick 4-5 1-2 9, Fischer 1-4 0-0 2, Kilpatrick 0-0 3-4 3, Pellerin 3-4 0-0 6, Nesbitt 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 31-62 18-28 87.

Half-Morgan State, 42-29. 3-point goals-North Carolina A&T 8-18 (T. Green 2-2, Beckwith 3-6, Hollis 2-4, Kirkpatrick 1-2, Koger 0-2, Holmes 0-2), Morgan State 7-22 (Brand 4-8, Williams 2-4, Grandy 1-3, Barrow 0-2, Fischer 0-2, Dukes 0-3).

Fouled out-none. Rebounds-North Carolina A&T 22 (Woodhouse 6), Morgan State 46 (Andrews 8). Assists-North Carolina A&T 9 (Kirkpatrick 4), Morgan State 14 (Barrow, Grandy 4). Total fouls-North Carolina A&T 25, Morgan State 19. A-275.

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