The Morgan State Bears road woes continue as they dropped another game to conference foe North Carolina Central 77-63. The loss drops Morgan to 7-11, 3-2 on the season while the streaking Eagles, 10-8, 4-0, have won six in a row.
Just like their game this past Saturday, the Bears jumped out to an early lead but gave it all back. This time coach Todd Bozeman’s squad enjoyed a 18-8 lead after the opening seven minutes but then gave up a 23-2 run by the Eagles, led by Rassean Davis who had seven points during that stretch. He would go on to put up an 18 point, 11 rebound stat line and he was helped by Pablo Rivas who added 15 points along with Jordan Perkins who chipped in 12 points and six assists. Although the game was tied early in the second half at 43 all, Central went on another run, this time 10-0, that gave them a comfortable lead the rest of the game.
Tiwian Kendley and Phillip Carr continue to be the only steady sources of offensive production for Morgan as Kendley dropped 26, including 13-16 from the charity stripe and Carr put in 10 points and seven boards. Morgan continues to be handcuffed by poor three-point shooting as they went 4 of 14 from downtown. They were also outrebounded by a significant margin, 44 to 32. The Bears shot only 35% from the floor for the game and when you couple that with only two players scoring in double digits, you get disappointing outcomes like this one. Fun fact: in celebration of it being the holiday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., all of the Historically Black Colleges/Universities in the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference played games today.
Next up for Morgan State is a game with in-state rival Coppin State. The game is in the Golden Eagles gym, so the Bears will try to end their two game slide. There has to be more contributions from the role players for that to happen. The game is on January 20 and tip off will be at 4pm.