Morgan State University’s men’s basketball team will end its Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational experience winless after falling in two contests in the post-Thanksgiving tournament.
The Bears fell to the Tennessee State (TSU) Tigers, 69-64, in the final round of the tournament on Nov. 26 after letting TSU junior forward Robert Covington score 23 points to lead the way. Sophomore guard Patrick Miller added 15 points and junior forward Kellen Thornton dropped in 12 points for the Tigers as TSU advanced to 3-4 overall.
Morgan State was led by senior star Kevin Thompson, who finished with 16 points. The 6-foot-9-inch center out of Walbrook High School (Baltimore, Md. native) helped the Bears lead the score throughout most of the game, including a 45-37 lead with 12 minutes left. But Tennessee State made a late run, eventually taking over the lead to give Morgan State its sixth loss of the year.
The Bears lost an even closer game the previous day, losing to Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo, 62-61, on Nov. 25. MSU had scored the game’s last seven points, but lost by one point as senior forward Ameer Ali missed two free throws with 1.1 seconds left that cost them the win.
Redshirt senior forward Will Taylor, who was all-county at Williamsport High School and played two years at Hagerstown College before transferring, led Cal-Poly (2-3 overall) with 12 points and six rebounds, while Thompson led the game with 23 points along with five rebounds.
Next Up: Morgan State (0-6 overall) will attempt to gain its first win of the season when it takes on Ohio University in Athens, Ohio on Dec. 3.