The Morgan State University Bears fell to a 2-10 overall record after suffering another tough non-conference loss, 73-69, to Manhattan College, on Dec. 20 in Riverdale, N.Y. The Bears had fallen to non-conference opponent, Rider University, 62-48, on Dec. 18, just two days after knocking off non-conference, University of California Irvine, 63-62.

Bears graduate center Zech Smith and junior forward Cedric Blossom both were hot early on for Morgan State and led them to a 33-31 lead by halftime. Smith had 11 points in the first half on 5-of-6 shooting and finished with a team-high 19 points, along with 15 rebounds; Blossom scored 10 first-half points and ended the game with 18.

But Manhattan’s Shane Richards and Emmy Andujar took over in the second half and used a 12-4 scoring run late in the second half that secured them the victory. Richards scored a game-high 20 points and Andujar added 16 points with six assists.

Next: Morgan State will continue its three-game West Coast road trip with a Jan. 2 game against  California State University at Northridge and a Jan. 6 matchup against St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. It will bet the last of seven consecutive non-conference games for the Bears; Morgan state returns to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play on Jan. 10 with a road contest against Delaware State in Dover.