Morgan holds off Norfolk St., 63-60

Late run can't postpone Bears' afternoon victory

College Basketball

February 19, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Maybe Morgan State's men should be snowed out more often.

In the rare circumstance of playing on a weekday afternoon, the Bears remained unbeaten in postponed games yesterday, holding on for a 63-60 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory over Norfolk State at Hill Field House.

"When we get games rescheduled, we're 2-0," said Morgan guard Stan Grandy, who was forced into extensive duty at the point after a slew of injuries and foul trouble decimated the team's depth. "We should try it again."

In the other postponement, Morgan beat Towson, 62-59.

Yesterday's victory was a confidence builder for a team that is operating without leading scorer Randy Dukes and a key rebounder in Douglas Sims, both of whom have been suspended by coach Butch Beard for conduct detrimental to the team. Beard said their status "will be re-evaluated" daily.

Moreover, starting point man Cedrick Barrow couldn't play because of a sprained ankle, his backup, freshman Anthony Williams, was ineffective early and in foul trouble later and the third main ballhandler, freshman Isaiah Davis, injured a hip in mid-game.

Add to all those shortages the absence of the inspiration of the cheerleaders and the band yesterday because school was not in session and the Bears overcame a lot of obstacles.

"It wasn't pretty but we'll take it," said Beard. "We just found a way to get it done. We need some of these wins, some momentum, going into the tournament."

The game was almost a mirror image of their first meeting Jan. 13 when a last-minute dunk spurred the Spartans to a 66-63 win at Norfolk.

"We should have beaten them down there," said Bears forward Aaron Andrews, who amassed 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. "It came down to a dunk. I think we're the better team and we proved it."

Sam Brand (Poly) scored a game-high 17 points to lead only the ninth win in the past two seasons for Morgan (6-18, 5-9 MEAC).

Norfolk State (10-12, 7-6) trailed 56-46 with six minutes remaining, but used its double-bonus situation at the foul line to gradually cut into the deficit.

NORFOLK STATE-J. Byrd 0-1 0-0 0, N. Byrd 1-3 0-0 2, Bunn 0-1 0-0 0, Grier 3-5 4-5 12, Smith 2-6 4-4 9, Whitfield 0-2 0-1 0, Hicks 2-11 2-2 7, Woods 5-7 0-0 10, Towe 5-9 0-0 11, Ogunride 0-2 2-4 2, Aladi 2-5 3-4 7. Totals 20-52 15-20 60. MORGAN STATE-Timus 2-5 5-8 9, Snipes 1-3 1-1 4, Grandy 1-4 0-0 3, Williams 1-8 3-4 5, Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Brand 6-11 0-2 17, Pellerin 3-6 0-0 6, Patrick 2-4 0-0 4, Fisher 0-0 0-0 0, Andrews 7-11 1-2 15. Totals 23-53 10-17 63. Half: Morgan State, 32-25. 3-point goals: NS 5-14 (Grier 2-3, Smith 1-3, Towe 1-3, Hicks 1-4, J. Byrd 0-1); MS 7-16 (Brand 5-8, Snipes 1-1, Grandy 1-3, Timus 0-1, Williams 0-3). Rebounds: NS 32 (Aladi 8); MS 37 (Andrews 13). Assists: NS 7 (Hicks 2); MS 12 (Grandy, Timus 3). Total fouls: NS 15, MS 21. A: n/a.

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