Five takeaways from Morgan’s 82-70 win over Delaware State

The men’s basketball team earned their second conference win of the season Sunday afternoon.


Edwin Moore

With three conference games remaining in their season, the Bears have a chance to improve their seeding in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament in March.

Tariq Turner, Sports Editor

Morgan’s men’s basketball team defeated the Delaware State Hornets 82-70 Sunday afternoon in Hill Field House in front of a crowd of just over 300 people.

Sunday’s game was originally scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

The Bears entered the game on a three-game losing streak with just one conference win in four tries.

They received a welcomed reinforcement against the Hornets as senior guard Malik Miller returned to action after nursing a foot injury.

Miller had not played since Dec. 18 when he scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 74-60 loss against Mount St. Mary’s University.

With 7:05 remaining in the first half, Morgan led Delaware State 27-14.

Junior guard De’Torrion Ware scored eight points on 3-for-4 shooting from the field including 2-for-3 shooting from 3-point-range.

He did not score the rest of the game.

Morgan was outscored 25-9 in the final 7:05 of the first half.

At halftime, Hornets’ junior guard Dominik Fragala led his team in scoring with 12 points and made all three of his shots from behind the arc.

Morgan implemented a full-court pressure for most of the second half which led to 15 forced turnovers in the period.

The Bears scored 16 points off turnovers in the second half and ultimately won the game 82-70.

Here are the top five takeaways from the game.

Malik Miller has a successful return to the court

After not playing a game for over a month, Miller led his team in scoring and rebounds against the Hornets with 15 and nine respectively.

He also had the second most assists on the team with three as graduate guard Seventh Woods led the team with four.

Miller struggled in the first half scoring just one point and missing all six of his field goal attempts.

He had numerous shot attempts blocked by Chris Sodom, a 7-foot-3-inch center for the Hornets.

Sodom finished the game with nine blocks.

Miller also failed to collect a rebound in the first half.

His second half was much different as he scored 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.

Morgan’s full-court pressure pays dividends

The Bears implemented a full-court pressure for much of the game, especially in the second half.

They had 13 total steals in the game and scored 32 points off 26 turnovers.

Bears’ senior guard Isaiah Burke and Miller tied for a team-high three steals.

The Hornets’ turnovers gave Morgan 69 shot attempts compared to Delaware State’s 43.

Morgan also scored 38 points in the paint compared to Delaware State’s 18.

Lagio Grantsaan and Isaiah Burke have efficient scoring games

Graduate forward Lagio Grantsaan and Burke combined for 26 points on 10-for-17 shooting including 2-for-5 from 3-point range.

Grantsaan nearly had a double-double as he scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Burke made two of his three field goal attempts and did not miss a shot from inside of the arc.

Morgan’s bench outscores Delaware State’s

Morgan’s bench outscored Delaware State’s 38-31.

Fragala led his team in bench scoring with 15 points on 4-for-8 shooting.

Hornets’ freshman guard Corey Perkins chipped in 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting.

Outside of those two, the Hornets did not receive much scoring production from their bench.

Morgan’s bench trio of Miller, Sherwyn Devonish, and Keith McGee combined for 35 points.

Morgan’s conference record now sits at 2-3

With their win over Delaware State, Morgan is now 2-3 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) games and 7-10 overall.

They are now in fifth place in the conference out of eight teams.

Morgan has a chance to improve their conference record to 3-3 when they face the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in Hytche Athletic Center in Princess Anne, Md.

UMES is 6-9 overall and 1-3 in conference play.