BALTIMORE -- Ian Chiles scored 23 points Saturday as Morgan State held off a second-half surge to beat Bethune-Cookman 65-61.
Cedric Blossom scored 10 and grabbed 10 rebounds for Morgan State (12-14, 9-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).
Anthony Hubbard boosted Morgan State's first-half lead to 30-23 after hitting two free throws, but Bethune-Cookman's Malik Jackson hit a jumper and Clemmye Owens drained a desperation shot from half-court at the buzzer to trim the Bears' lead to 30-28 at halftime.
Morgan State led 57-42 after an alley-oop dunk by the 7-foot-2 Chiles at 7:13. Bethune-Cookman cut the lead to five after a steal and layup by Tony Kynard, then Mikel Trapp made it a two-point game 63-61 with a bucket with 19 seconds to play. Blossom hit two free throws to clinch the win and time expired.
Owens led Bethune-Cookman (6-23, 4-11) with 18, Jackson had 11, and Maurice Taylor grabbed 10 rebounds.
Mike Brey is looking at former Notre Dame players to fill two assistant jobs that have opened up with the departures of Martin Ingelsby and Anthony Solomon.
Purdue's 2016-17 prospects got a jolt Wednesday when forward Caleb Swanigan announced he will return for his sophomore season.
Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame says he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to school for a final season.
|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|