Morgan State University men’s basketball team suffered its third loss in five games as they fell to the Florida A&M Rattlers (FAMU), 63-59, on Feb. 5 at the Al Lawson Center in Tallahassee, Fla.

The loss marked the first time FAMU beat Morgan State since Jan. 17, 2009. With the win, A&M advanced to 8-1 at home, 3-6 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and 8-13 overall.

Junior forward Yannick Crowder led A&M with a team-high 15 points and freshman guard Chris Watson also stood out, scoring 11 points.

Morgan star junior forward Kevin Thompson, the 2010 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, performed well in the loss. Thompson recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

But Morgan’s best scorer, sophomore forward DeWayne Jackson, was strapped down by FAMU’s defense, scoring only seven points in the game. In contrast, Junior forward Ameer Ali, who averages only six points per game, scored a season-high 15 points against Florida A&M.

But Morgan State shot only 38 percent from the field as a team, while FAMU shot 52 percent, ultimately leading to their victory.

Morgan State (10-10 overall, 6-3 MEAC) will attempt to bounce back from the loss with a win over Bethune-Cookman College on Feb. 7 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Meanwhile, FAMU will host Coppin State on the same date.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor