Bears remain undefeated at Hill Field House

Morgan State 59 Bethune-Cookman 50

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January 22, 2008|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Sun

Morgan State has continued to dominate opponents at Hill Field House, where they have yet to lose a game this season.

The Bears put on another solid performance last night by controlling both ends of the floor in a 59-50 victory over Bethune-Cookman in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game. Reggie Holmes scored a team-high 16 points and Marquise Kately added 15 for Morgan State, which improved to 4-1 in the conference and 5-0 at home.

"It is a game-by-game thing, and we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves," Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman said. "I never emphasize whether we are at home or on the road. It is just two baskets and a ball. Let's just play. It was a good win for us, especially against a team that likes to play real deliberate."

Morgan State, 9-8 overall, opened the game on a 25-6 run, and its physical play on defense never allowed the Wildcats to get into much of a rhythm. Dewayne Pettus' short jump shot with 3:40 left in the first half ended a 6:43 scoring drought for Bethune-Cookman, which shot just 40.5 percent from the field.

The 50 points allowed by Morgan State tied a season low. The Bears forced 16 turnovers in the game and committed 14 of their own. Morgan State also out-rebounded the Wildcats 36-20. The Bears had eight players score at least two points.

Boubacar Coly had another strong night for Morgan State and finished with four points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. Coly, who is in his second season with Morgan State after transferring from Xavier, leads the conference in rebounds (10.6) and blocks (2.56).

Bethune-Cookman made some adjustments at halftime and began to take more shots around the perimeter rather than challenge the Bears from inside the paint. The strategy paid dividends as the Wildcats (7-11, 2-3) cut the score to 53-48 with 2:03 left in the game, but they could not get any closer. Bethune-Cookman was led by Jimmy Hudson, who had a team-high 16 points and made three of four three-pointers.

The Bears were just 10 of 18 from the free-throw line. However, Jerrell Green made five of six in the final 1:48 to help seal the victory.

Morgan State 59, Bethune-Cookman 50

BETHUNE-COOKMAN-Holmes 3-6 3-3 9, Anderson 0-2 0-0 0, Woods 0-4 0-2 0, Pettus 4-7 7-9 15, Hudson 4-12 5-6 16, Carrier 1-2 0-0 2, Creppy 0-0 0-0 0, Whatley 3-4 0-0 8, Cook 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-37 15-20 50. MORGAN STATE-Coly 2-5 0-0 4, Kately 7-9 0-2 15, Green 1-5 5-8 7, Holmes 6-14 1-2 16, Smith 3-10 4-5 10, Bolden 1-1 0-1 2, Barnes 1-3 0-0 2, Aujla 1-2 0-0 3, Hemsley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-49 10-18 59. Half-Morgan State 30-15. 3-point goals-Bethune-Cookman 5-7 (Hudson 3-4, Whatley 2-2, Carrier 0-1), Morgan St. 5-16 (Holmes 3-8, Kately 1-1, Aujla 1-2, Barnes 0-1, Smith 0-2, Green 0-2). Fouled out-Hudson. Rebounds-Bethune-Cookman 20 (Hudson 7), Morgan St. 36 (Coly 11). Assists-Bethune-Cookman 10 (Woods 5), Morgan St. 13 (Green 4). Total fouls-Bethune-Cookman 19, Morgan St. 17. A-2,987.

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