Morgan upends Bethune-Cookman, 67-66

Grant's layup sends Bears to first MEAC victory

College Basketball

January 04, 2004|By Matt Papuchis | Matt Papuchis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The last time Bethune-Cookman won a basketball game was March 11 in the first round of last year's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament - a double-overtime victory that sent Morgan State home from Richmond, Va., early with a sour taste in its mouth.

Last night at the Hill Field House, the visiting Wildcats looked poised to do it again, but Chris Grant's layup with two seconds left gave the Bears the lead, and they held on for a 67-66 victory to pick up their first conference win of the year and just their second overall.

"It was a competitive game. There wasn't much of a flow to it, but we found a way to make plays when we had to make plays, and that's the bottom line," Bears coach Butch Beard said. "Right now we're struggling to find an identity of who and what we are, but we were able to find a way today to get a victory."

A sloppy game in which both teams shot less than 50 percent and committed a combined 41 turnovers turned into a seesaw battle that would come down to the final seconds. After Grant's go-ahead basket, Bethune-Cookman senior Mickey Picard, who started the game with a three-pointer, missed the final shot, sealing the win for Morgan.

The Wildcats led for most of the game, even though the Bears forced 26 turnovers they were unable to capitalize due to poor shooting.

The Bears (2-7, 1-1), who entered the game shooting just 29 percent from three-point range, didn't fare much better last night, going 5-for-17 from outside the arc, but Morgan State made plays when necessary.

Trailing 52-45 with 9:13 remaining, the Bears went on a 14-0 run that was highlighted by two three-pointers from junior Sam Brand while Bears leading scorer Aaron Andrews (19 points) scored five points and came up with a steal during that stretch.

But the Wildcats (0-9, 0-1) refused to go away. Despite being forced to play without preseason all-conference selection Pape Ba for most of the second half due to foul trouble, Bethune-Cookman managed to fight back and eventually take the lead again, 66-65, before Grant's basket.

"It was a good win. We needed a win," Andrews said.

BETHUNE-COOKMAN-Picard 2-7 0-0 6, Williams 3-4 0-0 6, Ba 2-4 0-0 4, Taylor 3-9 0-0 8, Carter 2-3 0-0 4, Frink 5-9 4-4 18, Clayton 1-3 2-2 4, Larmond 5-8 2-2 14, Griffin 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 24-49 8-8 66. MORGAN STATE-Brand 3-10 1-2 9, Timus 0-5 2-4 2, Andrews 8-10 3-7 19, Grant 6-10 2-5 16, Barrow 2-5 1-1 5, Winkfield 2-5 1-1 5, Lawler 1-5 0-0 2, McLean 0-2 0-0 0, Aujla 2-3 0-0 5, Terrell 0-1 0-0 0, Berkley 0-1 0-0 0, McIver 2-3 0-2 4. Totals 26-60 10-22 67. Half: Bethune-Cookman, 29-26. 3-point goals: BC 10-21 (Frink 4-8, Larmond 2-3, Picard 2-4, Taylor 2-4, Clayton 0-2); MS 5-17 (Grant 2-4, Brand 2-7, Aujla 1-2, Terrell 0-1, Winkfield 0-1, Barrow 0-2). Rebounds: BC 36 (Larmond 10); MS 26 (Andrews 9). Assists: BC 15 (Picard 3); MS 14 (Barrow, Timus 3). Total fouls: BC 24, MS 14. Fouled out: Kendrick, O'Neal. A: 115.

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