Virginia Tech roars past Morgan in second half

Size aids 76-66 victory

Mount women win first

College Basketball

State

December 02, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

After shooting 60 percent in the first half, Morgan State's men's basketball team went cold in the second 20 minutes last night and fell to host Virginia Tech, 76-66, at Cassell Stadium in Blacksburg, Va.

The Bears, who rallied from 10 points down in the first half with a 14-0 spurt and led by a point at halftime, hit just one shot in the first 8:25 of the second half. Virginia Tech (3-1) capitalized with a 20-5 run to take a lead it would not relinquish.

Virginia Tech forward Bryant Matthews scored 36 points on 14-for-22 shooting to lead the Hokies, who made a point to go inside against a Morgan State squad lacking anyone taller than 6 feet 8.

The Hokies out-rebounded Morgan State 42-29 and shot 55 percent in the second half. The Bears shot just 31 percent in the second half.

Joseph McLean led Morgan State (1-2) with 21 points.

Catholic 107, Villa Julie 85: Visiting Catholic got 25 points from William Morley and 23 from Blair Mills to top the Mustangs in Towson.

Catholic (4-1) shot 58 percent in the second half and converted 21 of 25 free throws. Anthony Fitzgerald scored 25 for the Mustangs (0-3), who were out-rebounded 47-37.

Women

Mount St. Mary's 74, Rider 66: The Mountaineers used a late 16-2 run to defeat the Broncs in Emmitsburg.

The Mountaineers (1-3) picked up their first win of the season behind 20 points from Myriam Baccouche and 16 from Samira Rashid. Rider fell to 1-4.

Rashid scored 14 of her 16 down the stretch, including six on back-to-back three-pointers that started the decisive run and gave the Mountaineers a 56-55 lead with 10:11 left to play, and four free throws in the final minutes to help seal the win.

Catholic 77, Villa Julie 44: The host Mustangs (0-4) shot 17 percent in the opening half and committed 32 turnovers in the game. Catholic (3-2), which led 42-12 at halftime, got 54 points from its reserves.

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