Morgan State (MSU) sophomore DeWayne Jackson scored a team-high 19 points, but it wasn’t enough to help his team avoid its second loss in three games as Morgan fell, 71-68, to Norfolk State (NSU) on Jan. 29 at Hill Field House in Baltimore.

MSU had just suffered its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) road loss in more than a year when they fell to Delaware State, 60-55, in Dover on Jan. 22. With the loss to Norfolk State, the team dropped their first home MEAC matchup since a 71-68 loss to South Carolina State on Feb. 15, 2010.

MSU star junior Kevin Thompson performed fairly well in the ESPNU nationally televised game, scoring 13 points with a game-high nine rebounds. Junior guard/forward Aric Brooks added 16 points to MSU’s total, while junior guard Larry Bastfield contributed a season-high 10 points.

But Morgan State was outscored 38-34 in the paint, which made the difference in the final score. Norfolk State was led by junior center Kyle O’Quinn with 24 points, while senior guard Rob Hampton followed 19 points. Freshman guard Pendarvis Williams scored 15 points for NSU, while senior guard Aleek Pauline scored 11.

Norfolk State advanced to 6-13 overall, 4-3 in the MEAC, while Morgan State dropped to 9-9, 5-2 MEAC.

Morgan State will take on North Carolina A&T on Jan 31 while Norfolk State will remain in Baltimore to face Coppin State on the same date.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor