Morgan State Bears’ star junior forward Kevin Thompson scored 15 points and racked up 15 rebounds to help the MSU men’s basketball team defeat the Howard University Bison, 75-62, on Jan. 8 at Hill Field House in Baltimore.

Thompson’s performance marked his seventh double-double of the season, but more importantly helped advance Morgan State to a 6-7 overall record, and 2-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The victory also pushed Bears’ head coach Todd Bozeman’s record to 39-7 in home games.

“Every win in Division I is a good win, especially a conference win,” said Bozeman. “Starting off 2-0 in the conference is a good thing; we just want to take it one game at a time.”

Howard’s top scorer in the loss was sophomore forward Mike Phillips, who recorded a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Dadrian Collins followed with 14 points while senior guard Kyle Riley added 12.

But Howard was unable to match MSU’s number of scoring threats. Junior guard Aric Brooks led the Bears with a season-high 17 points, and converted 10 of 10 free throw attempts. MSU sophomore forward DeWayne Jackson also scored double digits with 11 points, while junior guard/forward Amir Ali added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Next Up:
Morgan State will see its next MEAC action on Jan. 10 when they host the Hampton University Pirates (12-3 overall, 2-0 MEAC) at Hill Field House. Howard (3-12 overall, 0-1 MEAC) will revisit Baltimore to take on MEAC foe Coppin State University at the Eagles Physical Education Complex in Baltimore.

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor