Morgan State halts slide at five games

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Morgan State coach Butch Beard couldn't stop smiling while looking at the stat sheet after his team's 77-62 victory over Bethune-Cookman last night at Hill Field House.

Beard liked how his team controlled play at both ends of the floor to break their five-game losing streak. The Bears - usually inconsistent shooters - hit 51 percent of their shots and used tough defense to make 12 steals and force 25 turnovers en route to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory.

"It was a team effort," Beard said. "They played with some intensity [on defense]. We had good looks tonight and hit our shots."

Guard Sam Brand led the way as Morgan State made 24 of 47 from the field. The senior from Poly scored a game-high 22 points and added four steals and four assists. He also made all eight of his free throws as Morgan State (4-11, 2-3) pulled away in the second half.

"We know we can score, but our question recently has been defending," Brand said. "If we play defense the way we did tonight the rest of the season, we'll be fine."

Beard knew that Bethune-Cookman (6-8, 3-2) loves to run, and he made some adjustments after the Wildcats hit three three-pointers in the first 2:05 to take a 9-3 lead. The Bears began throwing different looks at Bethune-Cookman, trying to pressure the ball and disrupt its offense.

Morgan State began forcing turnovers and pulled into a 34-34 halftime tie. The Bears then used a 9-0 run early in the second half to take a 50-38 lead with 12:13 left, and the Wildcats never threatened again.

Even though the Wildcats shot 49 percent from the field and made nine three-pointers, they never found a good offensive rhythm.

Morgan State remained patient on offense throughout and got a lot of help from a lot of places. Aaron Andrews made all six of his shots from the field and finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Karanvir Aujla added 11 points and Chris Grant helped run with offense with six points and five assists.

The Bears also got strong efforts from several players off their bench, most notably Joe McIver. The junior forward had five points, five rebounds and three blocks in 11 minutes.

BETHUNE-COOKMAN-Webb 3-9 2-2 10, Carrier 2-5 0-0 5, Clayton 0-2 0-0 0, Larmond 4-8 2-3 13, M. Williams 3-5 0-3 6, Crumbley 1-2 4-5 6, Edwards 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 4-6 2-2 13, Carter 1-2 0-0 2, C. Williams 0-0 1-2 1, Berry 3-4 0-1 6. Totals 21-43 11-18 62. MORGAN STATE-Grant 1-6 3-7 6, Brand 5-11 8-8 22, Aujla 4-8 0-0 11, Berkley 0-1 0-0 0, Andrews 6-6 3-6 15, Timus 1-1 2-2 4, McLean 1-4 0-0 2, Terrell 0-0 0-0 0, Evans 2-3 0-0 4, Lawler 3-6 0-0 6, Warfield 0-0 2-2 2, Phillips 0-0 0-0 0, McIver 1-1 3-6 5. Totals 24-47 21-31 77. Half: 34-34. 3-point goals: BC 9-17 (Larmond 3-5, Taylor 3-5, Webb 2-4, Carrier 1-2, Crumbley 0-1); MS 8-16 (Brand 4-6, Aujla 3-6, Grant 1-2, Lawler 0-1, McLean 0-1). Rebounds: BC 28 (Berry 7); MS 26 (Andrews 10). Assists: BC 11 (Carrier, Larmond 3); MS 15 (Grant 5). Total fouls: BC 25, MS 19. A: 927.

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