Sunday, March 04, 2007
ORANGEBURG, SC – The South Carolina State men and women’s basketball teams will look to turnaround disappointing seasons this week when they participate in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament which gets underway Tuesday at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Lady Bulldogs (7-21, 5-13 MEAC), seeded ninth in the women’s competition, will open play Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. against eighth seeded Howard (7-22, 7-11 MEAC).
Coach Tonya Mackey’s team, which ended the season on a four-game losing streak, split this year’s series with Howard, winning 75-60 in Orangeburg Jan. 6 and losing 85-50 at Washington, DC Feb. 3.
The Lady Bison, who won their final two regular season contests, eliminated SC State in last year’s tournament with a 71-69 quarterfinal victory.
The SC State men (13-16, 10-8 MEAC), seeded fourth, will swing into action Thursday at 8 p.m. against fifth seeded Morgan State (12-17, 10-8 MEAC).
Coach Jamal Brown’s Bulldogs, one of five teams to finish 10-8 and in a five-way tie for third in the MEAC standings, will be seeking their first MEAC tournament title since the 2002-03 campaign. SC State has been eliminated in the semifinals by Delaware State each of the last two years.
The Bulldogs and Morgan State split their series this year, with the Bears pulling out a 65-62 victory at Baltimore Jan. 20, and SC State earning an easy 70-56 triumph in Orangeburg Feb. 17.