In blowout loss to Towson, Morgan State can't escape shooting woes

Any hope Morgan State had about leaving behind its offensive struggles in Columbus, Ohio, after an 89-50 loss to No. 11 Ohio State last Saturday proved fruitless three days later.

The visiting Bears shot 42.9 percent from the floor in Tuesday night’s 95-75 loss to Towson at SECU Arena. That was much improved from the 30.8 percent mark posted against the Buckeyes, but it still wasn’t good enough to help Morgan State avoid an 0-2 start.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well,” said senior shooting guard Justin Black, who went 10-for-17 en route to a game-high 28 points.

“We were off the mark all game. So it didn’t surprise me that we didn’t shoot the ball well.”

The Bears were especially dreadful from behind the 3-point line, missing on 11 of 15 tries. In two games this season, they have connected on just seven of 33 (21.2 percent) shots from long distance.

But coach Todd Bozeman said he is not yet ready to panic over the team’s shooting woes.

“Sometimes, you have off nights. It’s part of the process,” he said. “So it’s not a matter of dwelling on it. So we’ll keep working at it. We’re not talking about a program that hasn’t won or hasn’t been at the top of our league. We’ve done that on a consistent basis. We’ve had tough challenges before. We lost to Minnesota by 30 points [in 2009] and we won 27 games that year. So it happens. It’s about how you respond to it."

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