The Morgan State Bears’ losing slump extended to five games following a 78-62 defeat at the hands of California State University at Northridge on Jan. 2 in Northridge, Calif.

The Bears, who also lost to University of California Riverside on Dec. 30 and to Marquette College on Dec. 28, now carry a 2-13 overall record.

Morgan State gave California State-Northridge a tough matchup early on. The Bears scored 40 first half points and trailed by only five points at the break. Junior guard Dontre Pretlow scored 13 points with five assists in the first half and senior guard Blake Bozeman added 11 points.

But both players were shut down in the second half; Pretlow and Bozeman scored just three more points each to finish with 16 points and 14 points, respectively. Meanwhile, Cal State Northridge senior forwards Stephan Hicks and Stephen Maxwell took over the game; Hicks scored a game-high 22 points and Maxwell dropped a double-double of 20 points with 11 rebounds.

Next: Morgan State will finish its West Coast trip with a Jan. 5 matchup against St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. The Bears then return to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play with a road contest against Delaware State in Dover on Jan. 10.