Point guard Jamie Adams hit two key shots in the final 1:35 on his way to a game-high 23 points, and Florida A&M ruined the Senior Night celebration at Morgan State with a 78-73 victory Monday night in Baltimore.
Adams also handed out eight assists. Rattlers senior guard Reggie Lewis contributed 17 points and hit two clinching free throws with 13 seconds left.
Sophomore forward Trey Kellum scored nine of his 13 points in the second half for surging Florida A&M (13-16, 8-7 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), which won its fifth straight. With one game left in the regular season, the Rattlers remain in sixth place in the league.
After being honored before the game, Morgan State senior forward Anthony Hubbard scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds, and 7-foot-2 senior center Ian Chiles added 18 points, seven boards and three blocks.
A three-point play by sophomore forward Cedric Blossom (nine points), followed by a Hubbard field goal gave the Bears a 71-68 lead. However, those would be the final shots from the floor that Morgan State made.
FAMU senior forward Jamari Bradshaw followed with a 3-pointer that tied it with 2:05 left. Adams then made a fade-away 3-pointer and followed with a floater in the lane as the shot clock expired to give FAMU a 76-72 lead.
Morgan State (12-15, 10-5) appeared inspired at the start, scoring the first eight points of the game. FAMU quickly overcame the deficit and gained a 27-22 lead on a 3-pointer by Adams.
Down by eight points to open the second half, Morgan State held FAMU without the field goal over a 4:35 stretch. Chiles scored the first five points of a 14-2 run that included a 3-pointer by senior guard Justin Black and two fast-break baskets by junior forward Shaquille Duncan (10 points, nine rebounds, three blocks) as the Bears took a 47-43 lead, setting the scene for a see-saw finish.
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