Morgan stays perfect at home, 62-57

Bears are now 4-0 at Hill after stopping S.C. State, 2003 MEAC champion

College Basketball

January 18, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

There won't be many style points awarded to the Morgan State men's basketball team after yesterday's effort, but they won't turn back their victory over South Carolina State.

In a gritty performance, the Bears outlasted the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions, 62-57, and remained unbeaten at Hill Field House.

"I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth," said Morgan coach Butch Beard. "There wasn't much continuity, but the defense did what we wanted and we won."

Morgan (5-8, 4-2 MEAC) has won four of its past five and is 4-0 at home.

The Bears persevered despite losing starting point guard Cedrick Barrow to a pulled groin muscle just before halftime. Freshman Aaron Lawler played most of the second half and was steady on defensive and offense.

"He and Theo [Terrell] did some good things," said Beard. "We're going to try to continue to stay unbeaten at home, take care of our business."

"You can't let anybody come in to your house and win," said forward Aaron Andrews, whose 13 points equaled Chris Grant for the team high. "Our house is ours."

Andrews also did much of the defensive work on all-MEAC forward Thurman Zimmerman, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound player who is extremely tough to handle inside because of his quick feet and court sense.

"He's got a wide body and he's hard to get turned around," said Andrews.

Zimmerman finished with game highs of 16 points and 12 rebounds and also had five assists.

South Carolina State (6-8, 3-2) nearly won at Clemson earlier this season, so it was a significant conquest for the Bears.

With four minutes remaining to play, the Bulldogs took their final lead at 52-51 before Andrews regained the lead on a feed from Grant, and Grant made two free throws.

South Carolina State closed to within one before Sam Brand (Poly), who was stifled most the game, made a three-pointer that virtually put it away.

Barrow, who led Morgan with 10 first-half points, is not expected to be ready for tomorrow's game against North Carolina A&T.

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE-Wiggins 5-11 0-0 13, Zimmerman 5-11 6-10 16, Heath 2-6 2-2 6, Mason 5-6 0-2 10, Evans 3-11 2-4 8, Cannon 0-1 0-1 0, Seels 1-3 1-2 3, Lawson 0-1 1-2 1, Hoover 0-0 0-0 0, Kirkland 0-1 0-2 0, Trapp 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-52 12-25 57. MORGAN STATE-Timus 0-2 0-0 0, Andrews 5-6 3-4 13, Barrow 4-5 0-0 10, Grant 3-9 7-11 13, Brand 2-8 0-0 6, Winkfield 1-5 0-0 3, McLean 1-1 1-3 3, Terrell 1-1 0-0 3, Evans 0-0 0-0 0, Lawler 1-5 3-4 6, Aujla 0-3 0-0 0, Berkley 1-3 1-4 3, McIver 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 20-49 15-26 62. Half: 32-32. 3-point goals: SCS 3-13 (Wiggins 3-7, Heath 0-1, Mason 0-1, Trapp 0-1, Zimmerman 0-1, Evans 0-2); MS 7-16 (Barrow 2-3, Brand 2-5, Terrell 1-1, Lawler 1-2, Winkfield 1-2, Grant 0-1, Aujla 0-2). Rebounds: SCS 38 (Zimmerman 12); MS 21 (Andrews, Barrow, Berkley, Brand, Grant, Winkfield 3). Assists: SCS 13 (Heath, Zimmerman 5); MS 17 (Grant 5). Total fouls: SCS 22, MS 21. A: 572.

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