Morgan's Plan B defeats Del. St.

Top scorers bottled up, Bears see Barrow, Timus step up in 80-72 victory

College Basketball

January 21, 2003|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Take into account that Morgan State allowed its opponent to shoot 52 percent, that its top scorers accounted for only 16 points and that it couldn't shoot better than 63 percent from the line in the second half. It sounds like the recipe for defeat for a team that entered its game against Delaware State with a 2-13 record.

Yet, bad omens only counted for so much last night with the Bears, who rumbled to an 80-72 win over the visiting Hornets to escape the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference cellar.

The team's 53.3 percent shooting canceled its own shoddy defense, Cedric Barrow's career-high 26 points made up for the struggles of Randy Dukes and Sam Brand, and as inaccurate as the team seemed from the free-throw line, it still made 28 foul shots.

It also was able to get 15 points off the bench by freshman Ronald Timus. The Bears (3-13, 2-4 MEAC) out-rebounded Delaware State 34-28, getting 14 of those rebounds from Aaron Andrews, and held the Hornets' top scorer, Andre Matthews, to two points.

"Everyone just played great for us and got the win we needed," said Barrow, who observed that the victory broke a two-game losing streak and puts the team in eighth place out of 11 teams. "It puts us in the middle of the conference, so I hear."

The Bears went into halftime down only 37-35, despite a quiet start for Brand and Dukes. The pair, which averages 31 points per game, combined to shoot only five times in the first half.

Timus, who entered the game when starter Evan Pellerin ran into early foul trouble, compensated with 12 first-half points.

Using a 10-0 run, the Bears took a 21-15 lead on a pair of Timus free throws at the 9:12 mark.

However, the Hornets (5-9, 3-3) were equally efficient for the half, shooting 52 percent and outscoring Morgan State 12-2 to take a 27-23 lead with 5:23 remaining. Eventually, Delaware State would get its largest lead of the game, 34-28, on a dunk by Terrence Hunter with 3:28 left.

Barrow opened the second half by contributing two baskets during a 9-2 run that put Morgan State up for good, 44-39, after his layup at the 17:09 mark.

"He had a great game," Morgan State coach Butch Beard said. "He's not going to score 26 every night, but he got to the hoop and he was able to get us into something."

DELAWARE STATE-Hunter 4-5 0-2 8, Davis 1-4 3-4 6, Bowen 1-6 2-3 5, Matthews 1-8 0-0 2, Kauderer 2-3 0-0 4, Lesesne 1-1 2-2 4, Nathaniel 1-1 0-0 2, Moore 6-9 6-7 19, Parker 0-0 0-1 0, Gantt 3-4 2-4 8, Hawkins 6-9 2-2 14. Totals 26-50 17-25 72. MORGAN STATE-Barrow 8-12 8-10 26, Brand 1-8 0-0 2, Dukes 5-10 2-2 14, Andrews 2-3 4-5 8, Pellerin 3-3 2-3 8, Timus 4-7 7-16 15, Snipes 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 5-6 5, Davis 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 24-45 28-42 80. Halftime-Delaware St., 37-35. 3-point goals-Delaware St. 3-14 (Davis 1-2, Bowen 1-5, Matthews 0-3, Nathaniel 1-4), Morgan St. 4-9 (Barrow 2-2, Brand 0-3, Dukes 2-3, Williams 0-1). Fouled out-Matthews. Rebounds-Delaware St. 26 (Hawkins 6), Morgan St. 34 (Andrews 14). Assists-Delaware St. 3 (Hawkins 2), Morgan St. 11 (Barrow, Brand 3). Total fouls-Delaware St. 27, Morgan St. 24. A-n/a.

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