Senior forward DeWayne Jackson became Morgan State University’s sixth-highest all-time scorer with 1,537 career points and helped his team hang on to claim a 78-67 win over Florida A&M on March 7 at the Hill Field House in Baltimore, Md.
Jackson, a Bowie, Md. native, racked up 15 points and four rebounds along with two blocks on Morgan State’s regular season finale and Senior Night, which celebrated all of the team’s graduating seniors.
“It’s a great feeling , but it’s not about me playing for Morgan State to make individual history,” Jackson said. “It’s about our team going into this tournament and bringing home the championship.”
The win over FAMU was the fifth straight MEAC win for Morgan State (14-14 overall, 10-6 MEAC) and also their eighth win in the last nine contests.
Morgan State used an early 21-4 run to take control of the game. They took a 41-30 lead into halftime and held FAMU off throughout the second half to claim the victory.
Morgan State junior guard Justin Black led all scorers with 20 points and eight rebounds, while junior center Ian Chiles scored a career-high 18 points. Sophomore forward Shaquille Duncan added 11 points.
Junior guard Muhammad Abdul-Aleem scored 16 points to lead FAMU, while junior forward Jamari Bradshaw scored 13 points.
Morgan State head coach Todd Bozeman said he was satisfied with the way his team ended the regular season, and said they looked forward to the upcoming MEAC tournament, hosted in Norfolk, Va. from March 11 to March 16.
“I’m just happy for DeWayne to go out on Senior Night with a win,” Bozeman said. “And to even up our record and be .500 overall is important. It is good to have momentum going into the MEAC Tournament and the postseason.”
Morgan State will be a fifth seed in the MEAC Tournament, and will open play against No. 12 seed South Carolina State on March 11.