Guard Justin Black hit a fallaway 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds left in overtime to give Morgan State a 68-66 victory at Howard on Thursday night in Washington.
Howard took a 66-65 lead on a tip-in by junior guard Prince Okoroh with 8.9 seconds left. Morgan State then got the ball to Black, a 6-foot-2 senior, who finished with 20 points.
Morgan State (13-15, 11-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) finished the regular season tied for third place in the conference. The MEAC tournament begins Monday in Norfolk, Va.
The finish ruined a career-high, 22-point performance by Howard walk-on forward Solomon Mangham. The 6-7 forward made six 3-pointers, including two in the final eight minutes of regulation as Howard rallied from an eight-point deficit to force the extra session.
Howard (7-24, 5-11) finished the regular season in a five-way tie for ninth place in the 13-team league.
Thursday was Senior Night at Howard, but the Bison — the second-youngest team in Division I — didn’t have anyone to honor. The two seniors who started the season on the roster left the team.
One of nine freshmen for the Bison, guard James Daniel, is the leading scorer in the MEAC, but he finished with just 13 points, nine fewer than his average.
The first half was closely contested, with neither team leading by more than five points. Howard grabbed an early lead, but senior guard Anthony Hubbard came off the bench and hit a 3-pointer to swing the advantage Morgan State’s way. The Bears didn’t trail again in regulation.
In the second half, Morgan State point guard Blake Bozeman, the son of coach Todd Bozeman, scored all 10 of his points, including five in a row as the Bears went on an 8-0 run to take a 56-48 lead. However, in the final 10 minutes of regulation, Morgan State scored only two more points.
NBA Team Salaries
- NBA Betting Picks: Detroit Pistons vs Portland Trail Blazers preview, prediction and picks
- NBA Betting Picks: Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns preview, prediction and picks
- NBA Betting Picks: New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets preview, picks and prediction
- NBA Betting Picks: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings Preview
- NBA Betting Picks: Memphis Grizzlies vs Toronto Raptors preview, prediction and picks