Morgan State Basketball: Holmes Snags Fifth MEAC Honor


Morgan State Bears senior star Reggie Holmes was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Week on Feb. 1, following a couple of outstanding performances at the end of January.

Holmes helped lead MSU to wins over two MEAC opponents last week, scoring 25 points with eight rebounds against University of Maryland Eastern-Shore on Jan. 25, and 19 points with eight rebounds against Norfolk State on Jan. 31. He currently averages 22.7 points per game, good for fifth best in the nation.

“I just go out there and run the offense,” Holmes said. “If I do that, I know the shots will come. But it’s all about creating opportunities and executing them.”

While the Baltimore native out of St. Frances Academy earned his fifth MEAC Player of the Week honor this season, his teammate DeWayne Jackson was named MEAC Rookie of the Week for the third time this year. Jackson, a 6-foot-8-inch freshman out of Bowie, Md., averaged 14 points with 4.5 rebounds last week. He scored 18 points against Norfolk State University, shooting 60 percent from the field, along with seven rebounds.

But neither player spent much time celebrating their win. They were more interested in extending their undefeated MEAC record with a 74-65 win against the North Carolina A&T Aggies (7-15, 3-5 MEAC) on Feb. 1. Holmes had another great performance with 26 points scored on 9-of-16 shots made from the field (4-of-9 from three-point range), while forward Kevin Thompson—ranked fourth in the nation in rebounds—snatched 20 rebounds to help the No. 23 nationally ranked Bears advance to a 16-7 overall, 8-0 in the MEAC.

Morgan State will try to keep their undefeated MEAC record alive when they host the Florida A&M University Rattlers (5-16, 2-6 MEAC) on Feb. 6 at Hill Field House. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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