Courtesy of Morgan State University Athletic Communications
Delaware St. 4-17,3-4 MEAC
MORGAN STATE 12-11,4-3 MEAC
Score: Morgan State 75 | Delaware State 65
Location: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.
Records: Morgan State 12-11, 4-3 | DSU 4-17, 3-4
The short story: Morgan State junior guard Kamron Hobbs scored a game and career-high 24 points and Lewis Djokam added 18 points and nine boards as the Bears defeated Delaware State at the 2023 Michael B. Jordan-led HBCU Legacy Classic with a 75-65 victory over the Hornets in the star-studded event at Prudential Arena this afternoon.
The HBCU Legacy doubleheader, which featured Norfolk State University and Hampton University in the second game, was televised live on Turner Network Television (TNT) and broadcast by network personalities Grant Hill, along with Stephanie Ready and Taylor Rooks.
- Hobbs scored 15 of his 24 points off the bench in the first half finished the game connecting on 4-of-8 3-pointers. He also had five steals and three assists.
- Djonkam came off the bench and scored a season-high 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting and collected a team-high nine rebounds with two assists, a block and a steal.
- Burke finished with 11 points, well below his game average, 20. He finished 5-for-18 from the floor, including one 3-point make on six attempts.
- Daiquan Copeland chipped in 9 points (3-10 FG) and had six rebounds.
- Khyrie Staten scored 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting to lead the Hornets in the first half and finished with 17 points (7-15).
- Martaz Robinson recorded a double-double for the Hornets with 16 points and a game-high 15 boards, while Brandon Stone added 16 points and six rebounds off the bench.
- The Bears started the game ice cold from the field where they missed their first 10 shots and trailed 7-0 during the early going. Morgan found its footing after Djonkam scored inside the paint to jumpstart an 8-3 run. A jumper by David McCullough tied the game at 10-10 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the half.
- Staten buried a jumper to give the Hornets 29-28 lead, but a 3-pointer by Hobbs helped spark a 9-0 run and Rob Lawson scored on fastbreak layup to extend the Bears lead to 37-29. Morgan went into the intermission with a 42-34 advantage.
- The Bears continued to play stifling defense in the second half and extended its lead to 50-35 inside of the first 3 minutes of the second half. Morgan held its largest lead of the game after a layp by Djonkam put the Bears ahead by 17 (56-39) with under 14:19 remaining in the contest.
- Morgan shot .600 (9-15) from the free throw line, while the Hornets finished 16-for-25 (.667) from the stripe.
- The Bears were out-rebounded by the Hornets by a 43-42 margin.
- Morgan shot .390 (30-of-77) from the field, compared to DSU’s .400 (22-of-55). The Bears shot .300 (6-20) from beyond the arc, while the Hornets were 5-for-15 (.333) from long range.
- UMES held a 15-12 advantage in second chance scoring.
- The Bears bench outscored the Hornets by a 51-36 margin.
- MSU scored 31 points off 21 DSU turnovers.
- Djonkam was named the HBCU Legacy Classic Most Valuable Player of the Game.
- The Bears improve to a 12-11 overall record an remain at 4-3 in the MEAC as a result of today’s contest being officially recorded as a non-conference game.
- Saturday’s contest marked the 109th meeting between the schools … The Bears lead the series 65-44.
- Morgan’s victory snapped the Hornets’ 3-game winning streak.
- Saturday’s game improved Morgan’s record to 2-1 this season.
- Tonight marked the 96th meeting between the teams — Morgan leads the series 56-40
The Bears will faceNorth Carolina Central on the road next Saturday (Feb. 11) in the McDouglad-McLendon Arena in Durham, N.C. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
Next Game: at North Carolina Central University 2/11/2023 | 4 p.m.