PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- Justin Black scored 18 points, DeWayne Jackson had 17 points and Morgan State easily handled Maryland-Eastern Shore in an 87-55 rout on Saturday.
Ian Chiles finished with 12 points and six blocked shots for the Bears (9-13, 6-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), who have won three straight games. Anthony Hubbard had 11 points and Donte Pretlow added 10 points.
Morgan State never trailed in the contest, jumping out to a 27-12 lead when Tauron Bailey scored on a layup with 10:05 left in the first half. The Bears, who shot 59.7 percent (37 of 62) from the floor in the game, went into halftime with a 19-point advantage.
Morgan State continued its surge in the second half, leading by as many as 33 points.
The Big 12/SEC Challenge will again feature Kansas and Kentucky, this time at Rupp Arena. That's not the only exciting matchup in next season's midseason conference showdown.
Northwestern has never made the NCAA tournament, but the Wildcats' upward trajectory suggests 2016-17 could finally be the season it happens.
Dillon Brooks, who led Oregon with 16.7 points per game last season, and Tyler Dorsey will opt out of the NBA draft process and return to the Ducks, sources told ESPN.
|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|