senior forward Matthew Hezekiah tossed in a team-high 16 points, while freshman guard Jalen White chipped in 12 but it wasn't enough as Morgan State ran away with a 73-56 victory over SC State Saturday at Hill Field House.
The Bears had four players in double figures with senior center Ian Chiles leading the way with 17 points, six rebounds and four blocks. Senior guard Anthony Hubbard and junior forward Shaquille Duncan each added 13 each, with Hubbard recorded the games only double-double with a game-high 12 rebounds.
Sophomore forward Cedric Blossom finished with 12 points and nine rebounds in the win.
"Morgan State is a very physical basketball team and they showed that today," said SC State head coach Murray Garvin. "We didn't do a good job of matching that intensity on the perimeter and in the paint."
The Bears jumped out to a quick nine point lead, 22-13, off a 3-pointer by Hubbard at the 9:26 mark in the first-half. A driving layup by Hezekiah cut the lead to seven, 26-19. Blossom's layup gave Morgan State their biggest lead of the half 13, 34-21 with 3:05 remaining. MSU led 36-23 during intermission.
An alley-hoop dunk from senior guard Justin Black to Chiles sparked extra life in Morgan State's frontcourt. Duncan's put back layup with 1:34 remaining in regulation gave the Bear's their biggest lead of the night 20, 68-48.
Morgan State held on to defeat SC State, 73-56, to improve to 2-0 in the league. Meanwhile, SC State falls to 5-10 overall, 1-1 in MEAC play. The Bears out-rebounded the Bulldogs 43-37, while forcing 17 costly turnovers in the victory.
Junior guard/forward Devin Joint led the Bulldogs with a team-high eight rebounds, while tossing in six points.
Garvin stated, "We have to go back to the drawing board and not let one bad game turn into two bad games. Our focus is Coppin State now so we will take it one game at a time and keep getting better."
The Bulldogs will remain in Baltimore for a Monday MEAC doubleheader at Coppin State, with the women beginning at 5:30 p.m., and the men immediately afterwards.