Baltimore, Md. (Jan. 22, 2018) --- MEAC Preseason Player-of-the-Year Phillip Carr scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Morgan State to a 61-47 wire-to-wire victory over Delaware State in a men’s basketball contest at MSU’s Hill Field House Monday evening.
Morgan State, the 2017-18 MEAC regular season favorite, snapped a three-game losing streak to improve 8-11 overall and 4-3 in conference play. The Hornets dropped their 16th game to fall to 2-20 and 0-7 in the MEAC.
Tiwian Kendley also tallied 13 points, while Kyson Rawls came off the bench to add 11 for the Bears.
Freshman guard Pinky Wiley was the only Delaware State player in double-figures with 11 points. Jonathan Walker and Simon Okolue added eight points each, while Joe Lewis collected six points and a career-high five assists for the Hornets.
Morgan State scored the first nine points of the game and held a 30-23 lead at the half.
Delaware State pulled to within 38-34 on a three-pointer by Artem Tavakalyan early in the second half, but the Bears scored the next 13 points to take control for good. Rawls capped off the run with a three-ball to give Morgan State a 51-34 lead with 9:11 left to play.
The Hornets could get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
Delaware State was plagued by poor shooting in the contest, connecting on 16-of-53 shots from the floor (30.2%), including just 3-of-15 attempts from three-point range (20%).
Morgan State was 21-for-52 overall from the field (40.4%) and 7-of-22 on three-point tries (31.8%).
The Bears won the rebound battle 41-35, while each team committed 15 turnovers.
The Hornets will return to action on Saturday (Jan. 27) at home against Savannah State in a MEAC match-up. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., following the DSU/SSU women’s basketball contest in Memorial Hall.
STINGERS DSU played its second straight game without senior forward Kavon Waller, who sat out Monday’s contest due to an injury.