Morgan works to keep home rule going, 93-89

UMES issues challenge in loss

Trotter scores 35

College Basketball

March 02, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

But for blowing a 22-point, second-half lead against Howard, Morgan State's men would still be undefeated at home this season.

On the night the school's greatest player, Marvin Webster, had his No. 40 jersey retired, the Bears continued their dominance at Hill Field House, holding off pesky UMES, 93-89, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.

A breakaway basket by Chris Grant in the last five seconds finally put away UMES (7-20, 6-12), which thrived with the return of Tee Trotter and scored 65 points in the second half to keep Morgan on its toes.

Morgan (10-14, 9-8) is 8-1 at home with one game remaining Friday against cross-town rival Coppin State.

"As bad as it was the second half [defensively], we were able to dig in and win," said Morgan coach Butch Beard. "Hopefully, this will get us some momentum going into the tournament."

The defeat was the fourth straight for the Hawks, but it was a much more comfortable one than that suffered Saturday at Coppin when Trotter sat out with painful shin splits. UMES was routed by the Eagles, 61-38.

Although the Bears have only a shadow of a chance of avoiding the play-in round at the conference tournament next week, the victory was an important one for momentum. Morgan had dropped four of its previous five games.

Trotter scored a game-high 35, including 17-for-17 from the free-throw line, and backcourt mate Aaron Wellington pitched in with 25 before fouling out with 34 seconds remaining.

"We got our little engine back," said UMES coach Thomas Trotter. "Tee's always going to give us a chance."

UMES rallied from a 15-point deficit to tie three times midway through the second half but could not get over the hump. Down the stretch, Cedric Barrow (23 points, six assists) converted seven key free throws to keep Morgan safe.

Aaron Andrews collected a double double (19 points, 12 rebounds) and Sam Brand, Grant and Reggie Winkfield all contributed at least 14 points.

UMES-Dowling 0-1 0-0 0, Joiner 4-7 0-0 9, Trotter 8-18 17-17 35, Wiggins 7-9 3-5 17, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Scott 0-0 0-1 0, Wilson 1-1 0-1 3, Wellington 8-16 2-3 25. Totals 28-53 22-27 89. MORGAN STATE-Brand 6-9 0-0 15, Andrews 6-12 7-12 19, Barrow 4-10 15-18 23, Grant 7-11 1-3 15, McLean 2-5 0-0 5, Winkfield 5-8 1-3 14, Timus 0-1 0-0 0, Terrell 0-1 0-0 0, Evans 0-2 2-4 2. Totals 30-59 26-40 93. Half-Morgan State, 38-24. 3-point goals-UMES 11-26 (Wellington 7-13, Wilson 1-1, Trotter 2-7, Joiner 1-4, Dowling 0-1); MS 7-13 (Brand 3-3, McLean 1-1, Winkfield 3-5, Grant 0-1, Barrow 0-2). Fouled out-Dowling, Wellington, Socka. Rebounds-UMES 33 (Wiggins 13); MS 29 (Andrews 12). Assists-UMES 17 (Dowling, Wiggins 4); MS 17 (Barrow, Grant 6). Total fouls-UMES 27; MS 26. A-3,756.

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