Morgan State Earns Second Straight Win Following Seven-Game Losing Slump

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After starting its season in a seven-game losing slump, the Morgan State University Bears’ men’s basketball team has now sparked a two-game win streak after crushing Loyola Marymount, 69-45, on Dec. 23 at Hill Field House in Baltimore, Md.

The Bears earned their second straight win with a balanced scoring attack and tough defense; four different Morgan players scored double-digits in points, including junior forward DeWayne Jackson, who led the way with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Bears senior guard Larry Bastfield followed Jackson with 13 points, while senior center Kevin Thompson added 12 points; senior forward Ameer Ali scored 10 points, while eclipsing more than 400 rebounds for his career. He now currently has 403 career rebounds as a Bear.

LMU (6-6 overall record) freshman forward C.J. Blackwell led his team with 10 points and six rebounds off the bench; he was the only Loyola player to score double-digits in points.

“I'm happy about getting the win,” MSU coach Todd Bozeman said. “We just want to keep improving and get ready for the next game.

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With the win, the Bears also advanced to a stellar 45-9 record at home under the leadership of Bozeman. It was also the Bears’ first win at Hill Field House since Feb. 23, when they edged Delaware State, 42-39.

Morgan State (2-7 overall record) will not see another home game until Jan. 14 when they face Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent Norfolk State University. They’ll face non-conference opponent University of San Francisco on Jan. 3.