By AFRO Staff

The Morgan State Bears clawed their way to victory in the anticipated annual matchup against crosstown rival Coppin State before an estimated crowd of more than 1,700 at the Physical Education Complex Arena in West Baltimore on Jan. 14.

The Bears’ men’s basketball team clipped the Eagles’ wings early, setting the tone with a 10-0 lead and never looking back in a decisive 83-66 win. 

“We never fell when they made their runs, and that’s the mark of a good team,” Morgan State coach Kevin Broadus said in a statement. “Our defense was pretty good in holding them to 19 percent [4-of-21] from 3[-point range] and 30-something from the field. I thought our defense today was really good, and we’ve just got to keep building off of that.”

The win put Morgan State on a five-game winning streak and pushed them to the top of the MEAC heap with a 3-0 record. 

Isaiah Burke led the Bears in scoring with 30 points; Mike Hood scored 20 points for the Eagles.  

The triumph came after a similarly successful outcome in the clash between the Bears’ and the Eagles’ women’s basketball teams earlier in the afternoon.

Morgan State dominated its rival in a 61-46 win, making it the 11th straight win for the Lady Bears in their last 12 matchups against Coppin State. 

Charlene Shepherd scored a game-high 27 points and added eight rebounds, while teammate Sunshine McCrae contributed another 12 points and seven rebounds to the Bears’ win.

Coppin State was led by Jewel Watkins, who finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and a game-high four blocked shots.

Next up for the Lady Bears will be a trip to the Nation’s Capital on Saturday, Jan. 21 to take on defending MEAC Tournament champion Howard.

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