Timus again sparks Morgan to victory

He scores 12 of first 16 for N.C. A&T sweep, 71-54

College Basketball

February 11, 2005|By David Selig | David Selig,SUN STAFF

Morgan State junior forward Ron Timus made a lot of plays for the 1,891 fans at Hill Field House to cheer about. But he earned a standing ovation for chasing a loose ball three-quarters of the way down the court and wrestling it out of a scramble in the second half.

After recording a career-high 21 points Monday at North Carolina A&T, Timus last night totaled 20 points, 11 rebounds and three steals to lead the Bears to their second consecutive win over the Aggies, 71-54.

"Ron has put together two good back-to-back games against them," coach Butch Beard said after the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win. "I'm hoping he can continue to play the way he's played."

After coming off the bench in the opening minutes, Timus scored 12 of his team's first 16 points, as the Bears opened an early six-point lead.

"I like coming off the bench because you can come out there and give a spark," Timus said. "I try to come out there and give a little energy, hit the boards, try to get a dunk or two and that gets us going."

Senior guard Sam Brand helped extend the margin with three first-half three-pointers, and the Bears held a 31-13 advantage with 5:20 remaining in the first half.

Brand finished with 17 points on 5-for-12 shooting from beyond the arc, as the Bears improved to 9-13 (7-5 MEAC).

But the Aggies (4-18, 3-8) didn't let Morgan State run away with the game. They went on a 12-0 run to pull the score to 31-25 at the end of the first half.

"At times we played the way I thought we should play, but we didn't prolong it," Beard said. "We had a chance to finish the half well, but we didn't."

Aggies guard Rechodd Carter drove the lane on the first play of the second half and got a three-point play to bring his team within three, but it would get no closer.

Timus slammed home an alley-oop from Brand on a three-on-two fast break to get the Morgan State crowd back into the game less than two minutes after halftime and the Bears never looked back.

Senior forward Aaron Andrews added nine points and 13 rebounds, and freshman point guard Timothy Mathis directed the offense well despite shooting 1-for-9 from the field.

NORTH CAROLINA A&T - Guions 3-5 0-0 6, Roberts 0-1 1-4 1, Koger 1-3 1-2 3, Carter 2-8 4-9 8, Booker 0-8 2-2 2, Hayes 3-5 3-4 11, Chaplin 0-2 0-0 0, Powell 0-2 0-0 0, Morrison 1-2 1-1 3, Wills 2-3 3-4 7, Booth 1-2 1-1 3, Bavis 1-3 1-3 3, Alvis 3-3 1-4 7. Totals 17-47 18-34 54.

MORGAN STATE - Grant 4-6 0-0 8, Andrews 4-8 1-2 9, Berkley 1-2 0-2 2, Mathis 1-9 1-3 3, Brand 5-12 2-4 17, Timus 8-12 4-7 20, McLean 4-8 0-0 8, Terrell 0-0 0-0 0, Evans 1-3 0-0 2, Lawler 1-2 0-0 2, Aujla 0-5 0-0 0, Warfield 0-0 0-0 0, McIver 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-67 9-18 71.

Halftime - Morgan State, 31-25. 3-point goals - NC A&T 2-10 (Guions 0-1, Booker 0-3, Hayes 2-2, Chaplin 0-2, Morrison 0-1); Morgan State 5-16 (Grant 0-1, Mathis 0-1, Brand 5-11, McLean 0-1, Aujla 0-2). Fouled out - None. Rebounds - NC A&T 27 (Guions, Roberts, Davis 4); Morgan State 52 (Timus 11). Assists - NC A&T 5 (Carter 2); Morgan State 18 (Grant 4). Total fouls - NC A&T 19; Morgan State 26. A - 1,891.

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