Junior swingman Justin Black and senior guard Anthony Hubbard did all they could to keep visiting Morgan State in the game, but the Bears had no answer for Illinois State forward Jackie Carmichael on Sunday.
Carmichael, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound senior who posted double doubles against Mississippi and Stanford in last year's NIT, produced a career-high 30 points and eight rebounds, leading the Redbirds to an 87-68 victory.
After trailing by as many as 22 points early in the second half, the Bears (3-4) cut Illinois State's lead to 54-46 with 9:30 to play, but Carmichael and junior forward Jon Ekey helped the Redbirds (7-3) pull away. Carmichael made nine of 15 field-goal attempts and 12 of 13 free throws. Ekey finished with 18 points.
Black had a career-high 21 points. Hubbard came off the bench to post 16 points and nine rebounds.
Illinois State shot 50.9 percent from the field while holding Morgan State to 43.1 percent shooting. Morgan State forward DeWayne Jackson, who went into the contest averaging 13.2 points per game, was held to eight points on 3-for-11 shooting.
McDaniel 70, Elizabethtown 68: Nic Martin (St. Maria Goretti) made a driving layup with 41.7 seconds left against the the Blue Jays (2-7) to lift the Green Terror to its third straight victory in a game that featured 14 ties and 15 lead changes.
Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie) and Andrew Merlo combined to lead McDaniel (4-4) with 37 points. Rudd led all scorers with 19 points to go with three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Merlo registered a career-best 18 points to go with three rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Hood 78, Washington College 62: The visiting Blazers (5-4) scored 50 second-half points and rallied from a double-digit deficit to defeat the Shoremen (0-8).
Hood junior guard Cameron Cook (Calvert Hall) led all players with 20 points, 18 coming after halftime. He was 6-for-11 from the field, including 5-for-7 from 3-point rangeCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun