Bears senior guard Donte Pretlow scored a game-high 27 points but the Morgan State University men’s basketball team still fell, 83-81, by the hands of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)’s top-seeded Hampton Pirates in the quarterfinals of the MEAC Tournament on March 9 in Norfolk, Va.
Morgan State had beaten University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 65-58, in the opening round on March 8.
Ranked with the No. 9 seed in the tournament, the Bears exceeded expectations by giving the top-ranked Pirates a run for the money. Trailing by as many as 11 points in the game, Morgan State made a comeback and pushed Hampton in a competitive battle that wasn’t decided until the final seconds of the game. The Pirates still managed to hold off the pesky Bears, thanks to clutch offensive rebounding that limited MSU’s opportunities to take the lead from Hampton.
“They hurt us on the second chance opportunities,” Bears head coach Todd Bozeman said, according to MSU Sports Information. “We’re talking about a couple of possessions that determined the game. It is what it is.”
Pretlow’s game-high 27 points was followed up by fellow senior Cedric Blossom, who scored 19 for Morgan State.
Reginald Johnson Jr. led Hampton in victory with 19 points.
The Bears men’s team ended its season with a 9-22 overall record.
Morgan State’s women’s basketball team also lost in the quarterfinal of the MEAC Tournament, falling, 63-53, to Baltimore City crosstown rival Coppin State on March 9. The Lady Bears had beaten North Carolina Central, 52-42, in the opening round on the previous day.
Sophomore guards Zuri White and Braennan Farrar scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, to lead Morgan State. But Coppin State’s Janelle Lane scored a game-high 20 points to lead CSU to victory.
The Lady Bears ended their season with a 13-17 record.