The Morgan State Men’s basketball team ended a disappointing road trip and the last game before conference play with a 79-69 loss to California-State Northridge last night in the Matadors home gym. The victory puts CSU on a 2 game win streak (3-11) while adding to Morgan’s futility that brings their losing skid now to 7 games (4-9).
Tavrion Dawson scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half as Cs-Nr fought off a late Morgan State rally that cut an 18 point lead down to 8. Dawson had plenty of help as three other players, Reggie Theus Jr (16 points), Michael Warren (15 points) and Lyrik Shreiner (10 points) chipped in double digit scoring. Usually the Bears have had only two double digit scorers each game during their losing streak but Stanley Davis helped out last night by scoring 13. Tiwian Kendley again led the team as he scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half. Phillip Carr had another double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Although Morgan outrebounded the Matadors (46-30), once again poor field goal shooting was a culprit. The Bears shot 37% for the game. They also allowed Cal-State to make half their baskets, including 8 of 18 three pointers.
As the calendar year comes to a close, coach Todd Bozeman will have to start getting more scoring out of his role players with a focus on better defense and more efficient shooting all around. Morgan State begins conference play January 3 at home against Maryland Eastern Shore. Perhaps some home cooking will be the remedy the Bears need.