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State hoops: Black leads Morgan State men over UMES

Senior guard Justin Black led a trio of Morgan State scorers, who each notched 20 points or more, with 24 points in the Bears' (88-72 road win over UMES Monday night. Forward Cedric Blossom scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and center Ian Chiles added 22 points to the effort. It was the second-highest offensive output of the season for the Bears (11-11, 8-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), who move into a tie for third place in the MEAC, two games behind first-place North Carolina Cental.

Guard Devon Walker and forward Troy Snyder highlighted the Hawks' performance, scoring 22 and 21 points respectively. However. the Bears had the advantage down low, outscoring the Hawks (4-19, 2-8 MEAC) 60-30.

Bowie State 78, Virginia Union 66: Guard Ray Gatling scored 30 points, including four 3-pointers, as the Bulldogs (13-12, 7-7 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) earned a crucial home win over the Panthers (6-17, 5-9 CIAA). Bulldogs guard Cameron Knox (W.E.B. DuBois) contributed 14 points to the victory, which puts them on top of the Northern Division.

Mount St. Mary's 84, Bryant 78: Senior guard Sydney Henderson scored 20 points in the Mountaineers' (15-11, 10-4 Northeastern Conference) win over the host Bulldogs. The Bulldogs (13-12, 8-6) were led by seniors Courtney Schissler and Naana Ankoma- Mensa, who both scored 24 points.

UMES 91, Morgan State 46: Guard Tracey Carrington (Dundalk) notched 19 points and eight rebounds and forward Dinah Jones (Broadneck) added 10 points for the Bears, but the host Hawks cruised to victory. The Hawks had six players score in double figures, helping them shoot 50 percent from beyond the arc.

Virginia Union 67, Bowie State 45: Junior guard Donia Naylor led the way for the Bulldogs (10-12, 5-9 CIAA) with 16 points and 12 rebounds, but it was not enough to top the visiting Panthers (8-14, 5-9 CIAA). The Panthers had three players score in double figures and shot 44.1 percent from the field, compared to the Bulldogs' 23.8 percent.

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