Morgan, NCCU clash Saturday in B’more. Morgan State (10-11, 7-1 MEAC) and North Carolina Central (15-6, 6-1) got wins to set the stage for their showdown for the men’s MEAC lead Saturday in Baltimore.
MSU got 21 points from Tiwian Kendley and 17 from Antonio Gillespie in downing Florida A&M, 77-60 Monday. Kendley, a 6-5 junior guard, is averaging 23.1 points through just 14 games.
NCCU won at home vs. N. C. A&T Saturday (82-59) and on the road at Delaware State Monday (82-74). NCCU’s Patrick Cole continued his hot shooting with 27 points vs. A&T and 28 vs. DelState and is now at 19.6 points per game is just one-tenth of a point behind Jonathan Wade of Norfolk State in MEAC scoring stats.
On the women’s side, Hampton (13-7, 7-0 MEAC) won its only game vs. Coppin State (78-54) to remain undefeated in conference play and in first place. The Lady Pirates are playing without their scoring leader, senior guard Malia Tate-DeFreitas, who was lost for the rest of the season with a torn ACL in the Jan. 14 game vs. Delaware State.
Bethune-Cookman got a big 68-58 win over Norfolk State Saturday to stay in a second-place tie with Howard at 6-1. The Lady Bison got wins over S. C. State (75-57) and Savannah State (55-49). Howard plays at B-CU on Mon., Feb. 6.