The Morgan State University Bears men’s basketball team has put together back-to-back wins for only the second time this season after easily beating the Norfolk State Spartans, 87-70, in a home game on Jan. 18 at the Hill Field House in Baltimore, Md.

It was only the fifth win of the season for Morgan State, who lost their first six games of the season due to a very tough non-conference schedule. The Bears had played some of the best basketball programs in the country, including matchups against top-20 ranked Ohio State and Oregon.

However, the tough schedule has helped prepare the Bears for their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) schedule as they’ve beaten every MEAC team they’ve faced by double digits.

It was the same story Jan. 18 as Morgan State leaped to an early lead over Norfolk State and never relinquished it. The Bears led 42-28 by halftime and maintained that cushion until the final whistle.

Bears senior guard Justin Black led his team with 24 points and 8 rebounds, while senior guard Anthony Hubbard followed with 22 points and nine rebounds. Two other starters for Morgan State also scored double digits. Senior center Ian Chiles scored 16 points with seven rebounds and junior guard Blake Bozeman added 12 points.

No one for Norfolk scored 20 points or more as senior guard Pendarvis Williams led the Spartans with 16 points.

Morgan State (5-10) is currently in second place in the MEAC standings with a 3-0 conference record, while Norfolk State (10-8) ranks third in the MEAC with a 4-1 record.

The Bears will see more MEAC action on Jan. 20 with a matchup against Hampton (8-9 overall, 3-1 MEAC) at Hampton, Va.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor