Morgan State's dry spell against Delaware State is over.
Ending three years of futility, Morgan broke a seven-game losing streak against Delaware State with an 80-78 overtime victory last night before 1,887 at Hill Field House.
It marked Morgan's second straight win, following Saturday night's victory over Bethune-Cookman, and brought some of the overjoyed fans onto the floor to embrace the players.
It was Morgan's first win over the Hornets since 1989, also at Hill Field House. The Bears won that one by a point.
Morgan, which lost to Delaware State Jan. 13, got a game-high 28 points from freshman guard Obadiah Johnson.
Johnson saved his last two points for overtime, but it was Charles Feagin's basket with 1 minute and 44 seconds left that gave Morgan (4-19, 4-8 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) a three-point edge that proved to be enough. Delaware State's Kareem Allen's free throw with 11 seconds remaining was Delaware State's final gasp.
The game was tied at 73 at the end of regulation. The Bears had made up an 11-point halftime deficit and, at one point, taken a 57-54 lead on Brandon Parker's three-pointer with nine minutes left.
From then on, the teams were separated by no more than four points.
Morgan coach Michael Holmes shudders to think where the team would be without Johnson in the last two games. Johnson scored 25 against Bethune-Cookman before his career-high 28 last night.
Johnson, 6-foot-3 guard, came to Morgan from Largo High. Holmes first signed Robert Holmes (no relation) of Largo High during the fall 1990 signing period; to his delight, Johnson followed last spring.
Johnson, who has been Morgan's high scorer eight times, has yet to start a game. Holmes feels the freshman is more effective coming off the bench at this stage of his college career.
Despite not starting, Johnson averages 25 minutes and leads the team in scoring (12.6 ppg) and assists.(2.6).
Morgan is idle until Saturday, when it travels to South Carolina State for another MEAC game.