November 19, 2019 MEAC Men’s Basketball Recap

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Morgan State 88, Regent 52
Youngstown State 66, NC Central 60
Bradley 69, Norfolk State 57
North Texas 80, North Carolina A&T State 60
Pacific 64, Coppin State 60
Stanford 76, Maryland Eastern Shore 55

Morgan State 88, Regent 52

Junior forward Lagio Grantsaan led five Bears in double-figures with a game-high 20 points along with 11 rebounds as the Morgan State men’s basketball team defeated the Regent University Royals 88-52 on Tuesday night at Hill Field House.

Grantsaan finished the night shooting 8-for-17 from the field, hit a pair of three-pointers and added three assists. 

Senior guard Stanley Davis and junior guard Kyson Rawls tallied 13 points apiece, and sophomore guards Isaiah Burke and Sherwyn Devonish-Prince chipped in 10 points each as the Bears cruised past the Royals shooting 45 percent (33-72) from the field. 

Morgan State (3-2) struggled to score through the opening 3 minutes before Isaiah Burke hit a layup to help spark the Bears offense. Kyson Rawls hit two three-pointers and finished with a layup to help give the Bears commanding 17-1 lead with 13:57 in the opening stanza.

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Youngstown State 66, NC Central 60
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – North Carolina Central University pushed past a 16-point deficit to take a lead in the second half against Youngstown State, but the Penguins proved tough down the stretch to take a 66-60 decision over the Eagles at the Beeghly Center on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

YSU (2-2) stretched out a big lead in the first half by knocking down 41.9 percent of its attempts, but NCCU (1-4) was able to pick up the pace and shoot 40 percent itself to draw within seven at the break, 38-31.

The Eagles reversed roles with the Penguins in the second half, and knotted the game at 45 with 11:27 remaining after a 9-0 run.  NCCU finally took its first lead of the match at 56-54 with 5:39 to go in regulation after a pair of free throws from Randy Miller Jr. (Odenton, Md.), but YSU closed the contest on a 12-4 run after that point on the way to a 66-60 win.

Miller was clutch at the free throw line for the Eagles as he made 11-of-12 attempts on the way to a game-high 20 points.  Jibri Blount (Pittsburgh, Pa.) collected 15 points with eight rebounds, and Evan Clayborne (Dayton, Ohio) corralled a team-high nine boards with five points.  Jordan Perkins (Greensboro, N.C.) also filled the stat sheet with seven points, five assists, and four rebounds

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Bradley 69, Norfolk State 57

PEORIA, Ill. – Norfolk State led for a good portion of the first half and got to within two in the latter stages of the game, but the Spartan men’s basketball team fell to Bradley by a 69-57 score on Tuesday night at Carver Arena.

NSU held the lead for nearly 13 minutes in the first half against the defending Missouri Valley Conference champs. The Braves used a run at the end of the first half to take the lead and then held off the Spartans during the second. The lead never reached double figures until the last minute of play.

Sophomore Joe Bryant Jr. played a solid game, finishing 6-of-12 from the field for a 17-point night for NSU (3-2). Senior Jermaine Bishop also scored in double figures with 14.

The Braves (3-1) got going in the second half after making just 36 percent in the first. They had five players in double figures while holding the Spartans to just 32 percent in the second stanza. The contest was part of the Fort Myers Tip-Off Tournament.

The Spartans started things off with an 8-3 lead, but the Braves scored the next eight points for their first lead of the game. NSU got a couple of buckets in transition for a 14-11 edge with exactly 12 minutes on the clock.

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Pacific 64, Coppin State 60

STOCKTON, Calif. – A furious rally by the Coppin State men’s basketball team fell just short as the Eagles fell at Pacific, 64-60, on Tuesday night at the Spanos Center.  Redshirt junior Dejuan Clayton recorded a game-high 21 points with a career-high four 3-pointers and became the 23rd player in school-history to record 1,000 career points.

The Basics:
Final Score: Coppin State 60, Pacific 64
Records: Coppin State (1-4), Pacific (5-2)
Location: Stockton, Calif. (Spanos Center)

How it Happened

  • Coppin kept it close early as Kamar McKnight sunk a 3-pointer to cut a Pacific lead to just 5-3 with 17:54 remaining.
  • The Tigers were able to extend their lead to 13-4 before Andrew Robinson hit a jumper at the 14:09 mark.
  • CSU then went ice cold from the floor, going scoreless for the next 10:50 until Dejuan Clayton hit a three with 3:19 to play.
  • Despite going scoreless for the long stretch, Coppin played solid defense which held Pacific to just ten points during that span. The Tigers led by as many as 23-6 before Clayton’s 3-pointer.
  • The Eagles closed out the half on a 9-2 run and trailed just 25-15 at the half.
  • Coppin slowly clawed their way back into the game in the second half and used a 7-0 run midway through the period to cut the deficit to 38-33 with 10:27 left to play.
  • Clayton then hit back-to-back threes after four Tigers free throws and then found Koby Thomas for an easy layup with 8:21 remaining to pull within 42-41.
  • Four-straight Tigers free throws extended the lead back to five and the hosts eventually extended the lead back to 55-47 with 4:40 to go.
  • The Eagles did not go away as they went on a 6-0 run with buckets by Thomas and McKnight as well as a dunk by Brendan Medley-Bacon to cut it to 55-53.
  • Pacific scored another four-straight to hold on to the advantage, but Reggie James got the Eagles’ bench on their feet with a baseline slam off a feed from Clayton with just over two minutes left.
  • Trailing 62-59 after a layup by Clayton, Coppin forced a turnover out of a timeout but missed a pair of shots from point-blank range which could have cut the deficit to a single point.  Instead Thomas made 1-of-2 free throws with 14 seconds left and Pacific responded with a dunk on the other end to seal the victory at 64-60.

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