Morgan State holds off South Carolina State to advance in MEAC Tournament

Morgan States's head coach Todd Bozeman works the bench in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 87-66. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Phillip Carr scored 21 points, Tyler Streeter added 14, including a go-ahead 3-pointer late, and Morgan State nearly blew a 17-point lead but held off South Carolina State 83-80 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament opener on Tuesday night.

Tiwian Kendley scored 16 points and Martez Cameron grabbed 10 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Bears (12-18), who play No. 2 seed Bethune-Cookman (18-13) in a Wednesday quarterfinal.

Morgan State led by as many as 17 in the first half and 50-35 at halftime, but the No. 10 seed Bulldogs rallied and tied it at 76 on Damani Applewhite's dunk. Streeter hit a go-ahead 3, but the Bulldogs closed to 81-80 on Patrell Rogers' layup with 1:04 left. Streeter iced it with two free throws and Rogers missed a 3 to close out the scoring.

James Richardson scored 23 points and Applewhite had 22 for the Bulldogs (10-22).

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