|MEAC Men's Basketball Recap: Day One||< All News|
|Monday, March 11, 2013|
TIGERS ADVANCE TO MEAC QUARTERFINALS WITH WIN OVER UMES
NORFOLK, Va. (March 11, 2013) -Savannah State picked up its first-ever MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament win and advanced to the semifinal round on Monday, beating Maryland Eastern Shore 59-44 at the Norfolk Scope Arena.
The Tigers (19-13), the No. 4 seed, will face either Morgan State or South Carolina State on Thursday at 8 p.m.
Savannah State led by as many as 11 in the first half, going up 22-11 at the 6:56 mark, but UMES hung tough and closed the first half on a 13-6 run to cut the Tigers' halftime advantage to 28-24.
The Hawks cut Savannah State's lead to one, 28-27, early in the second half, but the Tigers answered with an 11-2 run to take a 39-29 lead on an Olatunji Kosile dunk with 14:54 left to play. When Deven Williams hit a jumper at the 7:01 mark to put the Tigers up 46-36, UMES never trimmed the deficit to single digits again.
The Tigers led by as many as 16, leading 59-43 after a Williams layup with 18 seconds left.
Williams led the Tigers with 26 points on 10-for-13 shooting, and three Savannah State players finished the game in double figures. Preston Blackman added 12 points, while Rashad Hassan chipped in 10 points.
Savannah State shot 51.1 percent (23-for-45) from the floor and made eight of 17 3-pointers (47.1 percent).
UMES (2-26), the No. 13 seed, shot 36.4 percent (16-for-44) from the floor and went just 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) from behind the arc.
Troy Snyder led the Hawks with nine points.
Morgan State Tops South Carolina State 61-52
NORFOLK, Va, March 11, 2013 -Fifth-seeded Morgan State limited South Carolina State to 20 second-half points in rallying for a 61-52 win over the Bulldogs Monday in opening-round action of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament at the Norfolk Scope.
Coach Murray Garvin's team, which was the 12th seed, led 32-29 at the half, but was outscored by the Bears 32-20 in the final 20 minutes. With the loss, the Bulldogs ended the campaign at 6-24.
Morgan State, which improved to 15-14 on the season, advanced to Thursday's 8 p.m. quarterfinals against fourth-seeded Savannah State, a 59-44 winner over Maryland Eastern Shore.
South Carolina State, who forged a 32-29 advantage at the half, scored just six points in the first 12 minutes of the final 20 minutes in falling behind 46-38 when Dwayne Jackson put back a follow shot for the Bears with 8:58 to play.
Ian Chiles, who stands 7-2, scored six of his ten points and Jackson had five of his 12 for the game during the Bear's 17-6 run to start the second half. Reserve Anthony Hubbard came off the bench for 16 points to lead Morgan State, whose bench outscored the Bulldog reserves 27-8. Shaquille Duncan was also in double figures for Coach Todd Bozeman's team with 10 points
The taller Bears, who were outrebounded by South Carolina State 36-34 were led on the boards by Chiles with seven. Duncan and Blake Bozeman had six boards each.
Matthew Hezekiah had 17 points and a team-high 10 rebounds to lead SC State. Darryl Palmer added 11 points and nine boards, while the Bulldogs' lone senior Khalif Toombs ended his career with 10 points and three assists.