BALTIMORE–Morgan State’s home opening game resulted in a loss as the Bears fell, 70-60, to Philadelphia’s Saint Joseph University in a non-conference game on Jan. 5 at Hill Field House in Baltimore, Md.

The Bears played Saint Joseph tough and trailed by only seven points at halftime. They cut the lead to three points later in the second half, but Saint Joseph’s used a late-game, eight-point run to help hold off Morgan State.

MSU head coach Todd Bozeman said playing stronger non-conference opponents like Saint Joseph early in the season will help his team prepare for its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) schedule coming soon.

“It was our first home game,” said Bozeman, who mentioned how this was his team’s first home game after the first 10 games were played on the road.

“My philosophy is we want to work to get better. Clearly I want to win games, but in the process if you don’t win the game we want to get better. I think we’re going in that direction and I’m happy about that, but I’m not satisfied.”

Morgan was led by senior forward DeWayne Jackson with 16 points, eight rebounds and four steals. His teammate, junior guard Justin Black followed with 11 points and five assists, while junior center Ian Chiles added 10 points and four blocks. The team made just 24-of-79 shots from the field for a struggling 30 percent shooting.

Saint Joseph (8-4) was led by senior guard Carl Jones who scored 17 points and junior forward Ronald Roberts who recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. 

Morgan (3-8) will remain home and host their first MEAC game of the season when they face South Carolina State on Jan. 12.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor