Juniors Kaylee Allen and Donasja Scott combined for 34 points as the Savannah State University women’s basketball team (2- 11, 0-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) fell to Morgan State University (10-6, 3-0 MEAC) 73-67 Monday in Hill Field House to end an eight-game roadstand.
Allen led the team with 19 points and with eight rebounds, while adding two steals and shooting 6-for-14 from the floor, while Scott added 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Freshman guard Heniaya Moton added 10 points, three assists and five steals, while freshman center Alexxus Sowell added nine points and six rebounds and freshman guard Jazmine Bartlett added seven points and two assists.
Morgan State scored eight of the first 12 points of the game to take a four-point lead, 8-4, with 7:20 remaining in the first quarter, but Savannah State scored 14 of the next 16 points to take an eight-point lead, 18-10, with 2:19 left. A Sowell layup with four seconds gave SSU a sixpoint lead, 20-14, after the first quarter.
Savannah State scored 11 of the first 17 points of the second quarter to increase its lead to 11 points, 31-20, with 4:55 remaining in the quarter, but Morgan State scored 13 of the next 16 points to close within a point, 34-33 with 35 seconds left. A jumper by Sowell pushed the SSU lead to three points, 36-33, heading into halftime.
Morgan State scored the first four points of the third quarter to take a point lead, 37-36, with 8:50 remaining in the quarter and with each team scoring. A three-pointer by MSU at the buzzer gave the Bears a fivepoint lead, 54-49, after the third quarter.
The Lady Tigers scored seven points to cut the lead to four points, 60- 56, with 5:59 left. Morgan State outscored SSU 5-3 during the rest of the game for the six point win.
The Lady Tigers return home for one of two four game homestands starting with University of Maryland Eastern Shore Saturday at 4 p.m. in Tiger Arena for SSU’s MEAC home opener.