State basketball: Morgan men advance to MEAC final

Justin Black had 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists, helping fifth-seeded Morgan State beat eighth-seeded Bethune-Cookman, 82-71, in the semifinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament on Friday night at Norfolk (Va.) Scope Arena.

Shaquille Duncan came off the bench and had 17 points and six rebounds for Morgan State (17-14), which will play No. 7 North Carolina A&T; in today's championship game. Senior forward Dewayne Jackson also scored 16 points for the Bears.

Senior guard Kevin Dukes had 20 points for Bethune-Cookman (14-20).

Morgan State took a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes and never trailed in the game. Bethune-Cookman cut Morgan State's lead to 27-24 on a 3-pointer by Dukes with 6:03 remaining, but the Bears responded with a 10-2 run to go up 37-27.

Morgan State was up 39-31 at halftime and stretched its lead to 15 in the second half. The Wildcats cut the deficit to seven late in the game but couldn't get closer.

Morgan State shot 56.6 percent from the field while holding Bethune-Cookman to 38.7 percent.

State women

Hampton 78, Coppin State 52: Kyra Coleman scored 20 points, but Nicole Hamilton and Keiara Avant combined to score 46 points to lead the Pirates (27-5) past the Eagles (16-16) in the semifinals of the MEAC tournament at the Norfolk Scope.

Hamilton finished with a game-high 26 points, and Avant added 20 points and 12 rebounds as Hampton advanced to the tournament championship game for the fourth straight season.

"I thought we fought hard against a really good team," Coppin coach Derek Brown said.

James Madison 59, Towson 48: Tanisha McTiller scored a game-high 27 points, but the Tigers (12-18) fell to the Dukes (22-9) in a Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinal in Upper Marlboro.

McTiller totaled 564 points on the season, the second-most points in a single season at Towson.


MEAC men's title game

No. 5 seed Morgan State

vs. No. 7 seed N.C. A&T;

At Norfolk, Va.

Today, 5 p.m.


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