Sunday, November 20, 2016

Morgan State Bears knock off Campbell, 82-66

BALTIMORE, Maryland -- Junior guard Tiwian Kendley recorded a career high double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds to help lead the Morgan State Bears to an 82-66 win over the Campbell Fighting Camels this afternoon at Hill Field House.

Campbell scored six of the first eight points of the game before the Bears responded with a 19-4 spurt. It was led by junior forward Phillip Carr, who had a perfect night on the court, making all seven of his field goal attempts. One from three-point range and he also converted his six chances from the free throw line. Carr's three-point play gave the Bears a 21-10 advantage with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. Carr scored 21 points on the afternoon for Morgan State.

Morgan State (2-2) led 37-26 at halftime.

The Bears would be ahead by as much as 18 in the second half on a Carr lay-up, giving the Bears a 61-43 lead with 8:49 remaining in the game.

But Campbell (1-2) would respond by going on an 11-2 run in a close to two minute stretch. This was due to the play of Campbell guard Chris Clemons. Clemons, who led Campbell with 21 points, sunk a couple of deep three-point shots from just beyond the NBA three-point line. Shane Whitfield's three-point play cut the Morgan State advantage to 63-54 with 7:07 left in the game.

"He is an outstanding player," MSU coach Todd Bozeman said about Clemons. "To me, he is phenomenal and a super athlete. We were trying to make sure he didn't just beat us by himself."

But the Bears buckled down after that and put the Fighting Camels away by scoring nine of the next 11 points. It started on a three-pointer by freshman David Syfax and ended on a Kendley short jumper with 4:27 left, extending the Morgan State lead to 72-56.

"Tiwain has got a skill set," said Bozeman. "I was trying to get him to develop more of his game and think the game more. Mentally he could grow so much more. But he is a very talented young man. The thing I already knew about him was that he could get to the free throw line. That's a skill in itself. So that's something coaches look at."

Campbell didn't threaten the Bears again in the game. Morgan State out-rebounded the Fighting Camels 47-36 and the defense produced 10 steals and three blocked shots.

The Bears hit the road for a couple of games, first heading to Providence, Rhode Island for a showdown with Brown on Wednesday evening at 4 pm.



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