Morgan State's Troy Brown made a 24-foot jumper from the right corner with four seconds left and the Bears upset Howard, 69-68, last night in a game begun 40 minutes late in sold-out Burr Gymnasium. Howard slipped to 18-9; Morgan improved to 7-19.
Howard's Robert Jones fouled out trying to prevent the decisive play, and Brown missed his free throw. Howard got the ball, but a bad pass went out of bounds as the game ended.
Jones could have virtually clinched the game for Howard when he was fouled with :20 left and the Bison up, 68-67. He missed two free throws; Morgan rebounded and called a timeout to set up Brown's shot.
The loss cost Howard a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season title. The Bison (11-3 in the MEAC) finished second to North Carolina A&T (12-2).
"They were depending on me to take the shot, because I had the hot hand," said Brown, whose 19 points tied Howard's Fred Hill for game high. "I figured time was running out, so I took the first opening I had," said Brown.
"He made a heck of a shot," said A.B. Williamson, Howard's coach. "Morgan had nothing to lose."
Howard could have won on a forfeit because Morgan arrived 40 minutes late. But with the MEAC tournament next week in Philadelphia, "We wanted to play the game," said Williamson.
Morgan had only one van available to transport its men's and women's teams from Baltimore. After letting out the women's team at Howard, the van returned 45 miles and back to pick up the men's team. Howard was aware of the problem.
Never mind the 40-minute wait, said Williamson, "We missed a lot of free throws."