The Norfolk State University Spartans limited the Morgan State University Bears to just 33 percent shooting, including nine percent from three-point range, en route to a 64-53 victory Feb. 8 at Hill Field House in Baltimore.
The key word Morgan State head coach Todd Bozeman uttered in his post-game press conference was “energy.” Bozeman’s Bears started the game well, but turned sluggish later on and never got back into the game.
“We weren’t ready to play today,” said Bozeman. “We didn’t have the energy. So we didn’t have any answers for [Norfolk State] because we didn’t have the energy.”
Morgan State (8-13 overall, 6-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)) scored seven of the first nine points of the game. However, Norfolk State (13-10 overall, 7-2 MEAC) went on a 11-0 scoring run not long after to take the lead for good. Norfolk State led at halftime, 28-23, and went on a 21-8 run in the second half to put the game away.
The Bears would creep back to within eight points late in the game, but would get no closer.
“The last two games, we’ve been winning really with our defensive intensity,” said Norfolk State interim head coach Robert Jones. “We’ve been doing a lot with our defense. It’s championship time now. You have to play defense.”
Morgan State will travel across town to take on their rival Coppin State Eagles on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.