Morgan State forward DeWayne Jackson scored a game-high 23 points, but a dunk by Rashad Hassan in the final minute turned out to be the game-winner as host Savannah State held on for a 57-55 victory Monday night.
The Bears played without coach Todd Bozeman, placed on administrative leave pending an investigation stemming from his team's game at South Carolina State on Saturday.
The Tigers (7-9, 3-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) had three players score in double figures, led by Hassan, who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Preston Blackmon and Deric Rudolph had 12 points apiece.
The Bears shot 65 percent from the field, but Savannah State held a 25-22 advantage on the boards, including 15 offensive rebounds.
The Tigers used an 11-4 run during the opening moments of the second half. Rudolf hit three 3-pointers during the stretch to help build a 40-33 lead with 17:03 remaining.
But Jackson led the Bears on a 14-2 spurt. Jackson, who shot 8-for-11 from the field, hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game and Ameer Ali (six points) scored a basket to put the Bears up 47-42, marking the largest lead of the game.
The Tigers' Preston Blackmon, sent to the locker room early in the first half after a spat with coach Horace Broadnax at the bench, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help tie the game at 55-55, and a turnover at midcourt by Jackson helped set up the Tigers' game-winning possession.
Morgan had a chance to tie or win the game with seven seconds left, but Ali's 3-pointer from the corner came up short.
Coppin State 82, South Carolina State 61: Michael Harper scored 25 points and Logan Wiens added a career-high 23, leading the Eagles past the host Bulldogs.
Harper was 10-for-14 from the field and 5-for-8 from the 3-point line to lead the Eagles to their third victory in the past four games. Wiens was 9-for-11 from the field and shot 5-for-6 from beyond the 3-point line.
Akeem Ellis finished with 13 points and 10 assists for the Eagles.
Coppin State (7-9, 2-1 MEAC) shot a season-best 55.7 percent from the field and made 13 of 25 3-point attempts after making just six 3s in a loss to Savannah State on Saturday. South Carolina State (4-12, 0-3 MEAC) shot just 36.1 percent from the field.
Winston-Salem State 70, Bowie State 69: A pair of free throws with 0.3 of second left by Justin Glover lifted the host Rams (10-2, 3-0 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) and ended a six-game winning streak for the Bulldogs (9-2, 1-1).
Rider 67, Loyola 61: Senior Miriam McKenzie and junior Katie Sheahin combined for 40 points, but it was not enough for the visiting Greyhounds (5-10, 1-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).
McKenzie finished with her second doubledouble of the season and 11th of her career, scoring a season-high 21 points to go with 12 rebounds. Sheahin finished with 19 points and seven rebounds along with three steals, giving her 26 straight games with a steal and 10 straight multi-steal games.
Rider (10-5, 2-2) had four players score in double figures, with Caitlin Bopp and Alli Heller leading the way at 16 apiece.
Coppin State 57, South Carolina State 39: Crystal Whittington and Jeanine Manley both recorded doubledoubles, helping extend the Eagles' winning streak to a season-best five games and earning coach Derek Brown his 200th career victory.
Whittington finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Manley recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Leola Spotwood added 11 points for Coppin State (7-9, 2-1 MEAC), which limited South Carolina State (7-8, 2-2) to just 26.7 percent shooting from the field. It marked the fourth time in the past five games that the Eagles have held their opponent under 30 percent shooting from the field.
Savannah State 69, Morgan State 60: Ezinne Kalu scored a game-high 27 points and Zadous Pollard added 24 points to lead the host Tigers to the first MEAC win in school history.
Savannah State (6-9, 1-3 MEAC) also received a game-high 14 rebounds from Jasmine Kirkland as the Tigers extended the Bears' losing streak to a season-long 10 games. The 10 consecutive losses are the most in coach Donald Beasley's career at Morgan State, surpassing the nine straight to begin the 2005-06 season, his first year.
The Bears (2-12, 0-2) were led by DeKeisha Mathis (13 points), while Whitney Southerland came off the bench and scored 11 points on 3-for-4 shooting from 3-point range. Amaraha Williams, who earlier in the day was named MEAC Rookie of the Week, finished with 10 points, six rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots.
Monmouth 59, Mount St. Mary's 52: Sydney Henderson scored 18 points, but it wasn't enough for the visiting Mount (6-9, 2-2 Northeast Conference) as the Hawks used an 11-2 run midway through the first half to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Winston-Salem State 59, Bowie State 52: Junior Cortney Baynard and sophomore Brooke Miles scored 10 points each, and senior Kimberly Jones recorded eight points and a game-high eight rebounds, but the Bulldogs fell to the host Rams.
Bowie State (1-9, 1-2 CIAA) hit just seven of 29 shots from the field in the first 20 minutes but held a 22-21 lead at the break. Winston-Salem State was just as cold, making only seven of 25 attempts from the field.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun