The Morgan Bears fall to the Saint Francis Red Flash, 71-65

Rushaad Hayward, Staff Writer

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Sophomore guard Sherwyn Devonish-Prince rushed down the court and dodged defenders. He anticipated to cut the lead, however, he missed and the crowd exhaled in disappointment. The Morgan State Bears lost their second game of the season, 71-65, against the Saint Francis Red Flash in the Hill Field House on Wednesday.

“At the end of the day it wasn’t good enough,” head coach Kevin Broadus said. “We spotted them too many points in the first half.”

With a game so physical, it found many of the Bears’ starters in foul trouble early. Sophomore forward Troy Baxter only scored five points before he was removed from the game in the second half.

“We have to be able to play smarter and not foul as a team,” Broadus said. 

By halftime, the score read 32-22 and the Red Flash officiated the game early, which left the Bears in a hole by the second half. However, sophomore guard Isaiah Burke rallied the team when he knocked down a pivotal three-pointer.

“I just tried to play hard the whole time and get my teammates involved,” Burke said. “I took my shots when they were given to me.”

Burke finished with 16 points and was the only member of his team to successfully shoot a three-pointer. 

The Red Flash did most of their damage from the free-throw line as their guard, Keith Braxton, shot 14-15 from the line and finished the game with 20 points. 

Senior guard Stanley Davis ended the game with 10 points and scored double digits for the third consecutive game this season. Although he finished with eight rebounds and three assists, he believed his time on the bench resulted in his team’s loss. 

“It hurt the team because I’m a valuable asset on the court and I can’t do anything off the court,” Davis said. 

A layup by Red Flash forward Myles Thompson put his team up five points in the last minute of the game and the Bears didn’t have enough to pull off a comeback. 

Morgan (1-2) is set to face the George Washington Colonials (2-2) on the road at 1 p.m. On Nov. 16.