College Basketball

State hoops: Blossom leads Morgan State men to 55-43 win over S.C. State

Cedric Blossom scored 17 points and had six rebounds to lead the Morgan State men's basketball team past visiting South Carolina State, 55-43, on Monday.

Blossom, coming off a career-high-tying 26-point performance, was 8-for-18 from the field.


Rasean Simpson, a junior, had his first career doubledouble, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for the Bears (6-18, 4-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). Zech Smith also had 10 rebounds as Morgan State outrebounded the Bulldogs 52-34, including a 21-8 margin on the offensive glass.

South Carolina State (9-17, 6-5) was led by Jalen White, who had 12 points. Tashombe Riley added 11 as the Bulldogs were held to 13-for-45 shooting (28.9 percent), including 2-for-14 from 3-point range.


South Carolina State got within 26-22 with 1:58 remaining in the first half but was outscored 7-0 to close the first half, the final five points coming from Blossom.

Savannah State 73, Coppin State 70: Sterling Smith scored a career-high 27 points, but it wasn't enough to stop a last-second home loss.

Smith made eight of his 10 shots from the field, including six of seven 3-pointers. It was the eighth time in Smith's career he has finished with at least 20 points. Smith also had five rebounds and four assists.

The Tigers' Demarcus Bryant made a 3-pointer from about 24 feet with 2.3 seconds remaining to break a 70-70 tie.

The Eagles (5-19, 4-7 MEAC) spent most of the night chasing Savannah State (6-17, 2-7). They trailed by 12 before tying the game at 70 with 33.2 seconds remaining on a free throw by Dallas Gary.

Coppin State shot a season-high 70.6 percent from beyond the arc (12-for-17). It was the 17th time this season the Eagles have made at least nine 3-pointers and the sixth time in their past seven games they finished with at least 10 3-pointers.

UMES 82, Norfolk State 64: Devin Martin scored a game-high 25 points as the Hawks recovered from an early hole for a road win.

The Spartans raced out to a 12-2 lead in the opening minutes. UMES called timeout to recover and scored the last five points of the first half to trail by just one, 37-36, at intermission.


The Hawks hit nine of 11 shots from the field during a 19-2 run midway through the second half, with six points apiece from Martin and Mike Myers, which lifted them to a 64-47 lead with 9:26 to go.

Meyers finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds for UMES (14-12, 7-4 MEAC). Devon Walker had 15 points and Dominique Elliot added 11.

RaShid Gaston led Norfolk State (16-10, 9-2) with 24 points and seven rebounds. Jeffrey Short added 17 points and four steals.


Savannah State 63, Coppin State 56, OT: Despite forcing overtime after the Tigers missed a layup and free throw with 0.8 of a second remaining in regulation, the Eagles (3-18, 2-8 MEAC) could not ride their momentum to a win.

Redshirt freshman Genesis Lucas and junior Janelle Lane combined for more than half of Coppin State's scoring, finishing with 29 points.


Lucas posted a career-high 16 points. She has finished in double figures in six of the past seven games.

Foul trouble kept Lane sidelined, but she managed 13 points in her 27 minutes.

Bria Harris tied her career best with 12 rebounds, 10 of which were defensive. She also added six points, two assists, two blocks and a steal.

The Eagles went on a 12-4 run to close out the first half with a 24-20 lead. In the second half, the teams traded field goals until the end of regulation.

Morgan State 54, South Carolina State 46: Tracey Carrington scored 19 of her season- and game-high 28 points in the second half to lead the Bears to a home win.

Morgan State improved to 9-13 overall and 6-4 in the MEAC, while the Bulldogs fell to 13-9, 6-5. The win ended a three-game losing streak to South Carolina State and was the Bears' first win over the Bulldogs since January 2011.


Carrington, who moved past Monique Liddell (1,420 points) for fourth all time in total points at Morgan State with 1,425, went 13-for-15 at the free-throw line and had a team-high six rebounds in the win.

Ivy Harrington came off the bench to add eight points on 3-for-4 shooting, while Danielle Robinson finished with a game-high five assists and tied Carrington with a team-high two steals.

South Carolina State was led by Jasmine Coleman, who finished with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Amber Howard added nine points and a game-high four steals for the Bulldogs, who had a two-game winning streak come to an end.

Bryant 74, Mount St. Mary's 72, OT: The Mountaineers erased a 10-point second-half deficit to force overtime before losing on the road.

In its last stop on a four-game road trip, Mount St. Mary's (7-16, 5-7 Northeast Conference) tied the score at 67 on a layup by Jacqueline Brewer with 14.3 seconds remaining in regulation. The Bulldogs (16-7, 9-3) had a chance for the winner, but Jenniqua Bailey's shot caromed off the rim as time expired.

In overtime, Bryant had a 73-70 lead after Bailey's layup with 2:31 left. A layup by Jessica Harris cut the Mount's deficit to 73-72 in the final minute before Bailey made one of two free throws with 17.1 seconds on the clock. On Mount St. Mary's final possession, Jody Chickey's contested 3-pointer was off the mark.


Harris led the team's four scorers in double figures with 15 points. Brewer added 14, with Jenn Carney finishing with 12 points and Chickey with 11.

UMES 60, Norfolk State 50: The Hawks ended a 23-game road losing streak that dated to November 2013.

With the victory, UMES improved to 8-13, 5-6 MEAC. Norfolk State dropped to 8-14, 7-4.

Junior Alexis Udoji anchored the Hawks' defense, posting a game-high four blocks. Udoji also had a team-high 10 rebounds and six points. Senior guard Jessica Long scored a team-high 13 points in the win.