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Mount St. Mary’s, Morgan State post men’s basketball victories

Damian Chong Qui scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead Mount St. Mary’s to a 67-57 win at Central Connecticut on Thursday night. The Mount closed the game with a 26-to-12 run to improve to 5-5 overall and 4-2 in the Northeast Conference.

Chong Qui, the reigning NEC Co-Player of the Week, was 4-of-9 from the field and 11-of-12 from the foul line en route to his first 20-point game this season. The 5-8 junior guard added four assists in the victory, and he now has four career 20-point efforts. Freshman Josh Reaves, named the NEC’s Rookie of the Week on Monday, notched his third consecutive double-figure scoring game with 13.

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Malik Jefferson just missed a double double with 12 points and nine rebounds while Mezie Offurum added 10 points, four rebounds and a career-high six steals. The six steals are the most by a Mountaineer since Junior Robinson had six against Robert Morris on January 22, 2015. Nana Opoku turned in a solid defensive effort, finishing with nine rebounds and three blocks while Dakota Leffew hit both of his three-point attempts for six points in the game.

The Mount, the top defensive team in the NEC, held CCSU (2-9, 2-6 NEC) to 37.3 percent (22-of-59) shooting in the game, including 26.1 percent (6-of-23) from three-point range. Mount St. Mary’s shot a season-best 51.1 percent (23-of-45) from the field while connecting on 9-of-19 (. 474) from three-point range. Myles Baker and Ian Krishnan each scored 12 points for CCSU in the loss.

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Morgan State 99, St. Mary’s 41: De’Torrion Ware scored 23 points as Morgan State routed St. Mary’s on Thursday night. Sharone Wright added 20 points for the Bears.

Ware hit 10 of 13 shots. Wright also had nine assists and eight rebounds.

Malik Miller had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Morgan State (7-4). Troy Baxter added 10 points.

Morgan State posted a season-high 28 assists on 42 field goals. Meanwhile, the Bears forced a season-high 27 turnovers, scoring 28 points on the other end.

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Daryn Alexander had 14 points for the Division-III Seahawks.

Morgan State’s scheduled Saturday game against Howard has been postponed by COVID-19 concerns in the Howard program.

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