It wasn’t pretty but the Morgan State University Bears men’s basketball team captured a 58-45 victory over University of Maryland-Eastern Shore (UMES) on March 2 at the Hill Field House in Baltimore, Md.
But even with an ugly night shooting for the Bears, Morgan State (12-14 overall, 8-6 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)) was still able to control most of the game against UMES.
UMES (2-23 overall, 2-12 MEAC) tried to slow the game to a crawl by holding onto the ball every offensive possession, keeping their 12-5 lead as long as they could. But Morgan eventually triggered an 11-0 run, taking the lead and refused to surrender it for the rest of the contest.
"It was an ugly game, but we got the win,” said MSU coach Todd Bozeman. “Any win in Division I basketball is a good win. It wasn't pretty by any means and we had a let-down, but we got refocused and we'll come back tomorrow and really practice.”
The Bears scored most of its points via sophomore forward Shaquille Duncan and senior forward DeWayne Jackson, who combined for 32 points. Duncan finished with a career-high 17 points while Jackson scored 15, moving him ahead of Harry Johnson (class of 1962) for eighth place in school history with 1,514 points in his career. Junior guard Justin Black pitched in with nine points.
UMES was led by junior forward Troy Snyder with 16 points while freshman forward Kevin Mayes followed with 12 points.
Morgan State will next face Delaware State on March 4 at the Hill Field House in Baltimore, Md.