Phillip Carr scored 21 points, Tyler Streeter added 14, including a go-ahead 3-pointer late, and Morgan State nearly blew a 17-point lead but held off South Carolina State 83-80 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament opener late Tuesday night.
Tiwian Kendley scored 16 points and Martez Cameron grabbed 10 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Bears (12-18), who play No. 2 seed Bethune-Cookman (18-13) in a Wednesday quarterfinal.
Morgan State led by as many as 17 in the first half and 50-35 at halftime, but the No. 10 seed Bulldogs rallied and tied it at 76 on Damani Applewhite's dunk.
Streeter hit a go-ahead 3, but the Bulldogs closed to 81-80 on Patrell Rogers' layup with 1:04 left. Streeter iced it with two free throws and Rogers missed a 3 to close out the scoring.
James Richardson scored 23 points and Applewhite had 22 for the Bulldogs (10-22).
In Wednesday’s quarterfinal set to tip off at approximately 8:30 p.m., Morgan State faces a team, Bethune-Cookman, it lost to 96-95 in overtime on Feb. 19. Bears senior Tiwian Kendley scored 29 of his career-high 41 points (13-19 FG) after halftime in the game in Baltimore. He also grabbed six rebounds, had five assists and blocked two shots before fouling out in overtime.