Senior guard Preston Blackman scored a career-high 41 points, leading Savannah State to a 78-70 double-overtime victory over host Morgan State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's basketball game Monday.
The Bears appeared to have control with a five-point lead in the first overtime, but Blackman made two 3-pointers in 11 seconds, tying the game at 67 to force a second extra session. The Tigers dominated the second overtime, scoring the first seven points to take a 74-67 lead.
Blackman, who came into the game averaging 10.3 points, made 14 of 26 field-goal attempts and eight of 15 from 3-point range for the Tigers (8-9, 2-1 MEAC). Junior swingman Justin Black and senior forward DeWayne Jackson scored 18 points apiece for the Bears (4-9, 1-1).
The two teams traded leads on big baskets throughout the second half, including a layup by Jackson and a dunk by Savannah State's Rashad Hassan. Arnold Louis scored with 1:20 to go put Savannah State up 56-54, but Ian Chiles tied the game on a layup with one second left in regulation.
Coppin State 79, South Carolina State 58: Junior forward Michael Murray had 19 points and eight rebounds, helping the host Eagles end a five-game losing streak. Junior guard Andre Armstrong added 17 points for Coppin (4-14, 1-2 MEAC).
Junior forward Matthew Hezekiah scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-12, 0-3).
Coppin State and South Carolina State traded leads over the first few minutes. The Eagles were clinging to a one-point advantage with 12:07 to play in the first half, but they stretched the lead to 45-31 at the break.
Mount St. Mary's 49, St. Francis Brooklyn 45: Tara Lonergan took a pass from Ashley Christie in the lane and kissed a shot off the glass with 36.1 seconds left to lift the visiting Mount (7-8, 3-1 Northeastern Conference) over the Terriers (5-10, 2-2).
After a technical foul on the Mount, the Terriers (5-10, 2-2) tied the game at 45 on two free throws by Eilidh Simpson with 1:27 left. St. Francis Brooklyn maintained possession thanks to the technical foul, but Leah Fechko missed a 3-pointer and Sydney Henderson corralled the defensive rebound with 1:01 on the clock. Lonergan then took a pass from Ashley Christie and converted to regain the lead for the Mountaineers.
Katie Fox then missed a layup with 11 seconds left and Henderson was there again to grab the rebound. Selina Mann converted two free throws with 9.7 seconds left to preserve the victory.
Jessie Kaufman paced Mount St. Mary's with 17 points. Lonergan notched her third straight double-figure performance with 10 points, while Henderson chipped in six points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in the winning effort.
Jaymee Veney and Sarah Benedetti fueled St. Francis Brooklyn with 10 points apiece.
Morgan State 68, Savannah State 50: Senior Bianca Jarrett scored a game-high 19 points to lead three Bears in double figures in a win over the visiting Tigers (6-11, 1-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).
The victory ended a season-long six-game losing streak, and a two-game home skid, for the Bears.
Morgan State (5-11, 2-1) also got 15 points from Tracey Carrington, who also tied Dinah Jones (four points) for team-high honors in rebounds with seven. Chyress Lockhart added 11 points for the Bears.
Savannah State was led by Erin Hogue, who recorded 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Jasmine Norman scored nine points and Jasmine Kirkland came off the bench to score nine points and pull down seven rebounds.
Coppin State 69, South Carolina State 56: Shawntae Payne scored a career-high 22 points and the host Eagles (6-11, 2-2 MEAC) began the game with a 16-0 run and went on to win.
Payne made eight of 14 shots from the field, floor, including two of three from the 3-point line. She also added three assists and one rebound.
South Carolina State (10-5, 2-2) began the second half with a 13-4 run to cut the Coppin State lead to 41-37 with 12:15 remaining.
Coppin State responded with a 17-5 spurt as Payne scored eight points and Janelle Lane had seven points to push the lead to 58-42 with 5:03 left in the game.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun