The Morgan State University (MSU) Bears men’s basketball team extended their winning streak to three games after cruising to a 71-55 victory over Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opponent South Carolina State University (SCSU) on Jan. 15 at Hill Field House in Baltimore.

Junior guard Aric Brooks showed off for the ESPN2 cameras that broadcast the contest nationwide, scoring a game-high 16 points to lead Morgan State. His teammates, junior forward Kevin Thompson and sophomore forward DeWayne Jackson, also played well, as Thompson scored 13 points and Jackson added nine points along with a career-high 10 rebounds.
MSU freshman Justin Black also shot well, finishing with 11 points, while Brooks added a game-high seven assists and six points to the Bears’ total.

“I felt we shared the ball more this game than we have this entire season,” said Brooks, who also recorded four assists. “I feel we have more chemistry now than we have had all season and this is good for us. We just need to continue to practice hard.”

Jackson, the MEAC Freshman of the Year last season, says he is now focused on rebounding.

“My teammates and coaches said that I’m not a rebounder,” the Bowie, Md. native said. “I just needed to prove them wrong, and show them I have what it takes to get on the boards.”?

Junior forward Omar Sanders and senior center Presano Bell led South Carolina State (5-11 overall, 1-2 MEAC) with 11 points each despite the loss.

Morgan State’s win over SCSU improved their home record to 40-7 under head coach Todd Bozeman. The win also improved the Bears to 8-7 overall this season with a 4-0 MEAC record.

MSU will see more conference action on Jan. 22 when they travel to Dover, Del. to face Delaware State University.