The No. 3 seed Morgan State Bears men’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament after beating the Florida A&M (FAMU) Rattlers, 81-68 in the quarterfinals on March 13 in Norfolk, Va.
Morgan State moved on to face cross-town rival No. 7 seed Coppin State in the semis on March 15.
The Bears had their hands full battling FAMU. The game was tightly contested throughout the first half, but Morgan State intensified its defense in the second half, forcing the Rattlers into just enough of a scoring drought to build a comfortable double-digit lead. Morgan State never looked back once ahead, holding on to the 13-point win.
Bears senior guard Justin Black scored a game-high 29 points, including 21 points in the second half alone. He also grabbed nine rebounds with 3 assists. But perhaps the most outstanding player of the game was senior center Ian Chiles, who locked down the paint and protected the rim for Morgan State on defense.
“He’s a rim protector and that’s what we told him,” said Morgan State head coach Todd Bozeman of Chiles, according to MEACSports.com. “The thing he did today that he hadn’t done a lot this year is he just kept his hands up he didn’t really come down. I thought they were fouling him, coming underneath him a lot, but I thought he did a good job. We had some breakdowns, but for the most part they did a good job.”