Courtesy of MSU Athletics Communications
Morgan St. 9-8,3-0 MEAC
Coppin St. 6-14,1-2 MEAC
Score: Morgan State 83 | Coppin State 66
Location: PEC Arena, Baltimore, Md.
Records: Morgan State 9-8, 3-0 | CSU 6-13, 1-2
The short story: Senior guard Isaiah Burke scored 17 of his game-high 30 points in the first half, while Malik Miller added 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, as visiting Morgan State defeated crosstown rival Coppin State, 83-66 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) showdown at the Physical Education Complex.
- Burke connected on 5-of-11 from the floor, 5-of-8 from three and converted 15-of-18 from the free throw line.
- Miller recorded his eighth double-double of the season as he finished with 16 points and a game-high 19 rebounds, to go along with five assists, three steals in 39 minutes.
- Redshirt sophomore guard Will Thomas added 11 points with nine boards in 19 minutes off the bench.
- Nendah Tarke and Mike Hood led the Eagles with 20 points each and Justin Steers had 11 points. Sam Sessoms, who entered the game ranked No. 4 at the NCAA Division I level in points at 22.4 per game, was limited to 9 points (4-12 FG) and added six assists, five steals and four rebounds.
- Morgan jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the opening moments tonight.
- Miller and Burke combined for 16 points as the Bears built a commanding 19-3 lead with 14:01 remaining … Coppin’s first basket of the game came at the 12:22 mark when Sam Sessoms hit a jumper in the paint as the Eagle trailed 25-5.
- Miller hit a 3-pointer at the 6:30 mark to give the Bears its largest lead of the half at 36-14.
- The Bears led 38-18 with 5:21 remaining before Mike Hood hit a 3-pointer to help ignite a 15-4 run by the Eagles. Hood connected on a fastbreak 3-pointer to cut the Bears lead to 42-33 with under 2 minutes remaining … Morgan went into the halftime with a 45-36 lead.
- Morgan shot .714 (25-35) from the free throw line, while the Eagles finished 26-for-38 (.684) from the stripe.
- The Bears out-rebounded the Eagles by a 45-35 margin.
- Morgan shot .429 (24-of-56) from the field, compared to CSU’s .316 (18-of-57). The Bears shot .370 (10-27) from beyond the arc, while the Eagles connected on 4-of-21 (.190) from 3-point range.
- MSU held a 14-6 advantage in second chance scoring.
- The Eagles scored 16 points off forcing 22 Morgan turnovers.
- Saturday night’s game improved Morgan’s road record to 2-7 this season.
- The Bears are on a 5-game winning streak.
- Burke notched his second straight game of scoring 30 points and is averaging 29.3 points against MEAC competition … He has scored 20 or more points in eight games this season, including three games of scoring 30 points.
- Morgan has won 7 of the last 11 regular season contests over the rival Eagles since 2019-20.
- As a result of his three steals tonight, Miller ranks No. 2 among Morgan’s all-time leaders in steals with 176 career steals. Terrence Wright is the school’s all-time leader with 186 steals in 76 games (1992-96).
- “We never fell when they made their runs, and that’s the mark of a good team,” Morgan State coach Kevin Broadus said. “Our defense was pretty good in holding them to 19 percent [4-of-21] from 3[-point range] and 30-something from the field. I thought our defense today was really good, and we’ve just got to keep building off of that.”