Thompson leads Morgan State men over N.C. A&T

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Coppin State eliminated by Norfolk State in final seconds

March 11, 2011|By From Sun Staff Reports

Kevin Thompson (Walbrook) came off the bench to pour in a game-high 24 points, grab 12 rebounds and block three shots to help Morgan State defeat North Carolina A&T, 77-59 in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The fourth-seeded Bears (16-13) advance to the semifinal round, where they will play top-seeded Bethune-Cookman at 6 tonight.

Thompson set the tone early in the first half when he entered the game and proceeded to score 18 points, connecting on all six of his shots from the field. Morgan State led 43-33 at intermission.

"I am proud of Kevin and the way he played," Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman said. "He has been hurt lately, and he was anxious to redeem himself."

Aggies coach Jerry Eaves said: "Thompson had a huge night. That gave them a big boost. My hat is off to him and the Morgan State Bears."

North Carolina A&T's concern about Thompson's inside presence opened up things for other Bears players. Aric Brooks (11 points) and DeWayne Jackson (11 points) got good looks from the perimeter. Morgan State shot 50 percent (26 of 52) from the field.

The Aggies (15-17) were led by Thomas Coleman, an All-MEAC first-team selection, who tallied 14 points, and Marc Hill, who contributed 10 points.

Norfolk State 55, Coppin State 53: Rob Hampton hit a driving layup with two seconds remaining and the sixth-seeded Spartans (12-19) rallied from eight points behind to upset the third-seeded Eagles (16-14) in the MEAC quarterfinals.

Hampton took the inbounds pass with 7.9 seconds left to play, drove to his right and scooped the ball under three Eagles, sending Norfolk State to the semifinals against Hampton.

Coppin led 48-40 with 7:43 left after Brandon Doughty made a free throw.

Drexel 52, Towson 46: A basket by Deree Fooks with 2:14 to play tied the game at 46, but it wasn't enough, as the Tigers (9-21) fell in the opening round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Upper Marlboro.

Fooks led Towson with a game-high 14 points, including 12 in the second half.

The Dragons (19-11) advance to today's quarterfinals to face UNC Wilmington at 7:30 p.m.

Coppin State 76, Florida A&M 64: Kyra Coleman scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Leola Spotwood had 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to power the fifth-seeded Eagles (13-16) past the Rattlers (15-15) in a MEAC quarterfinal.

The Eagles advance to today's semifinals, where they will meet top-seeded Hampton at noon.

Shawntae Payne had 17 points, and Ashle Craig added 12 points for the Eagles.

Antonia Bennett had 19 points and nine rebounds, while Qiana Donald had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Florida A&M.

The victory was Coppin's first in the tournament since the 2008 season, and its first over the Rattlers in four tournament meetings.

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