Saturday, February 17, 2007
ORANGEBURG, SC – Brian Mason tossed in 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, both game highs, and Derrick Davis added 15 points to lift South Carolina State to a 70-56 win over Morgan State Saturday in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference contest.
The Bulldogs, who had lost their last two games, both in overtime, improved to 10-15 overall and 8-7 in the league. The victory avenged an earlier 65-62 loss to the Bears at Baltimore. Morgan State was led by Reggie Holmes, who came off the bench for 13 points. He was the lone player in double figures for the visitors, who slipped to 10-14 overall and 8-5 in the MEAC.
The host Bulldogs, ahead 34-27 at the half, started the final stanza with a 13-4 run to push their lead to 47-31 when Davis got a layup with 13:38 on the clock. Tim Berkeley, who finished with five points for the Bears, made one of two from the line to make it 47-32, but a 12-7 spree by SC State gave the Bulldogs a 59-39 edge – their largest lead of the contest – when Davis got breakaway layup following a steal with 8:38 remaining.
The closest Morgan State came after that was 14 points, when reserve Gilroy Hemsley got a layup off a put back to slice the margin to 65-51, but by then, only 2:51 remained. The Bulldogs raced to an early 29-15 at the 4:52 mark of the opening half, however, Morgan closed out the first 20 minutes with a 12-5 run to get to within seven at the half.