Bears coach Todd Bozeman and forward David Syfax were ejected after receiving their second technical fouls. Bozeman instructed his players to leave the floor, and the game did not continue.
According to the NCAA rule book, if a game doesn’t reach the 10-minute mark of the second half, a forfeit is declared and the final score is recorded as 2-0. Hampton (16-14, 11-4 MEAC) gets the win; Morgan State (10-17, 6-8) takes the loss.
No statistics, such as points and rebounds, will be recorded.
The MEAC also announced that a Morgan State player has been suspended for three games. The release didn’t identify the player, but it’s believed to be Syfax, who sources at the game said threw a punch.
The release stated the player violated Rule 10, Section 5, Article 2, which deals with fighting.
Bozeman will receive a letter of reprimand and be fined an unspecified amount. No punishments were announced against any Hampton coach or player.
“They didn’t let themselves get caught up in the moment,” Hampton coach Buck Joyner said of his players. “They understood they had something bigger to play for. Any mistake could put that in jeopardy.”
According to Hampton’s records, this is the third time the Pirates have been involved in a forfeit. In each of the previous two — 1982 against Coppin State and 1970 vs. Maryland State (now UMES) — the Pirates were the team that forfeited.
Hampton led Morgan State 40-28 at halftime and took a 19-point lead on two free throws by Charles Wilson-Fisher with 13:42 remaining. Nine seconds later, according to the play-by-play, a foul was called on Hampton’s Eugene Marshall III.
Syfax apparently became upset and was called for a technical foul. So was Bozeman, and both were ejected.
The officiating crew reviewed video for several minutes after the game had ended before making their rulings.
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This is the second time in less than a year Bozeman has been penalized by the MEAC. Last season, he was fined after making critical comments about the officiating after a loss to Howard in the conference quarterfinals.