BALTIMORE, Md.–Morgan State junior guard Anthony Hubbard led the Bears with 16 points, but Hampton sophomore center Emmanuel Okoroba topped him with a game-high 18 points to help the Hampton University Pirates edge Morgan, 64-62, on Feb. 2 at the Hill Field House in Baltimore, Md.

Okoroba also tipped in the game-winning bucket that gave his team the tight two-point road victory.

Down 14 points with eight minutes left in the game, Hampton went on a 15-2 run to steal the victory from the Bears.

Morgan State had a chance to win with the score tied at 62 and only 1.8 seconds left, but Bears junior guard Justin Black was called for traveling, giving the ball back to Hampton. With just .5 seconds left, Hampton freshman Ke’Ron Brown tossed an inbound pass towards the rim and Okoroba tipped it in to win the game.

“I thought our effort was decent,” MSU coach Todd Bozeman said. “We just have to focus and concentrate towards the end.

“Again, turnovers and free throws are plaguing us. Those are the main things that are plaguing us. We are in ball games shooting 7-of-21 from the free throw line and have 18 turnovers… I mean it’s the same story. When we start protecting the ball and making free throws we will give ourselves a chance.”

Besides Okoroba, Hampton also got an outstanding effort from freshman guard Deron Powers, who scored 17 points; junior swingman Du’Vaughn Maxwell also played well for the Pirates, adding 13 points with eight rebounds.

Morgan drops to 6-12 overall, 3-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), while Hampton sits at 7-13 overall, 4-3 in the MEAC.

The Bears will next face 2012 MEAC champion Norfolk State University on Feb. 4 at Hill Field House.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor