MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament: Day Four < All News
Thursday, March 14, 2013

 Delaware State Advances to MEAC Semifinal Round With Victory Over Hampton

Norfolk, Va., March 14, 2013—Tahj Tate buried a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down to help Delaware State edge Hampton, 63-60 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinal game at the Norfolk Scope Arena.  The Hornets (15-17, the number six seed, will take on North Carolina A&T, the number sevenseed in tomorrow’s semifinal at 8 p.m.

The game was one of runs by each team.  The Hornets got the early advantage, bolting out to a 27-11 lead on the scoring of Casey Walker’s 13 and Kendall Gray’s nine points.  The duo combined for 7-of -12 from the field.

But just before the half, the young Pirates (14-17), the number three seed, settled down and embarked on a 16-7 run to close out the half and reduce the deficit to 32-25 at the half.

Using that momentum, Hampton went on a 12-4 tear the first six minutes and took its first lead at 37-36 on two Deron Powers’ free throws.  From there, the Pirates began to impose their will on the Hornets as they opened their biggest lead at 52-44 on a Dwight Meikle dunk with 8:41 on the clock.

With Tate, an All-MEAC First team selection, on the bench for an extended period, the Hornets had problems scoring and Hampton was able to maintain its lead and keep them at bay on the scoring of junior forward DuVaughn Maxwell, who scored his team’s last six points.

Then Tate re-entered the game and quickly made his presence felt hitting one of two free throws, scoring on a baseline move and then assisting on a baseline pass to Marques Oliver that tied the score at 56 with 3:16 remaining.

From there, there were three ties, the last at the 1:15 mark on a pair of free-throws by Delaware State’s Kendall Gray.

 “This team is very resilient,” said Delaware State head coach Greg Jackson.  “I thought it was a helluva basketball game between two good teams.  We were fortunate to get a win.  I thought we found ourselves the last six minutes or so and that was the difference.  We re-grouped in the last four minutes and gave ourselves a chance.”

Both teams exchanged possessions and came away empty until Delaware State got the last possession that set up Tate’s heroics.  The sophomore worked the clock down, and with the crowd in a frenzy and Hampton defenders moving in to close out on him, Tate calmly launched the shot and watched it as it hit the bottom of the nets.  There were still nine seconds on the clock, but a Deron Powers’ 3-pointer missed and Delaware State secured the rebound and the win.

 “I had my eye on the shot clock and just wanted to get a good look the rim,” said Tate, who finished with 12 points.  “I knew I could hit it but I needed a good look and a chance.  It felt good when it left my hands.”

 “It was a hard-fought game for 40 minutes,” said Hampton head coach Ed “Buck” Joyner.  “We came out early and it took us a while to find rhythm.  We could have done some things better and seal it in the end..  But in the end, the kid (Tate) hit a big shot.”

Gray and Walker each finished with 13 for the Hornets while Tate contributed 12.  The Pirates got a game-high 16 points and 12 rebounds from Maxwell and 11 from Powers.

 “I think we as a team let one slip away,” said a disappointed Maxwell.  “We had a lot of chances that we could have capitalized on.  It is a valuable learning experience for us.”

Black’s 3-Pointer Leads Morgan State Past Savannah State

Norfolk, Va., March 14, 2013
---Justin Black scored the game-winning 3-pointer with 33 seconds in overtime to lift Morgan State to a thrilling, 64-61 win over Savannah State in the final quarterfinal game of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Norfolk Scope Arena. 

The Bears (16-14), the number five seed, will take on Bethune Cookman in Friday’s semifinal game at 6 p.m.  Delaware State and North Carolina A&T will follow in the other semifinal match at 8 p.m.

Black came up big from long range for the Bears when they were in dire straits.  Down 53-49 with 1:29 remaining, Black went to work, nailing a 3-pointer that brought his team to within one at 53-52.  Savannah State responded with a dunk by Rashad Hassan with 51 seconds to take the lead back to three at 55-52.

Black answered 11 seconds later and hit yet another 3-pointer that tied the score at 55 with 40 seconds remaining.  The Bears forced a turnover and had a shot to win it in regulation but a Blake Bozeman 3-point attempt came up short, sending the game into an extra period.

In the extra stanza, there were three lead changes and two ties, the last coming when Black converted two free throws to make it 61-all with 1:50 remaining. After the two teams came up empty on their possessions, the Bears got the ball with 45 seconds remaining.  Following a timeout, Morgan State worked the ball around and it ended up in the hands of Black who delivered the knockout punch.  Savannah State (19-14), the number four seed, got two chances but attempts by Deven Williams and Preston Blackman missed.

 “I wasn’t really thinking,” said Black, who finished a team-high 20 points.  “I caught a man in the air with a pump fake.  I saw the opening and I shot it.  By then I had gotten rhythm and I took advantage of it.”

Morgan State took control late in the first half as Ian Chiles established himself on both defense and offense, scoring 12 points, blocking three shots and forcing Savannah State players to hesitate on their shots.  Black added seven points and Dewayne Jackson, a first team all-MEAC selection, contributed six.

 “We wanted to get the ball into Ian Chiles in the post,” said Morgan State Coach Todd Bozeman.  “We were playing on the perimeter and needed to get the ball inside more.  But mainly we wanted to get stops.”

It was a different story in the second half.  The Tigers zone gave the Bears problems on offense and it helped fuel a 16-4 run that saw them reduce a 10-point deficit and take a 49-45 lead at the 5:32 mark.  Much of Savannah State’s scoring came from Williams, who tallied 15 of his team-high 20 points in the second half and overtime period and Rashad Hasaan, who tallied 11 of his 13 in the second half.

 “What can I say?  They made the plays,” said Savannah State head coach Horace Broadnax.  “We had opportunities to get loose balls and extend the lead in regulation, but we didn’t do that.  Morgan State played a little bit better than we did tonight.”

In addition to Black’s 20 points, Chiles finished with 14, reserve Anthony Hubbard with 13 off the bench and Jackson had 11.

The Tigers got 20 from Williams, 13 from Hassan and 10 points and six assists from Blackman.

Due to the setup of the schedule, Morgan State and Bethune Cookman have not played each other in two years.

 “They are a good team and beating Norfolk State was huge,” said Bozeman.  “It’s been two years since we’ve played them. I know that they have good size and Craig (Gravelle) does a great job defensively.”


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