Todd Bozeman (right) is back in the MEAC championship game. His No. 4 seed Morgan State Bears (17-13, 10-6) will take on the No. 2 Hampton Pirates (22-8, 11-5) at 2:00 p.m. ET for the league's auto-bid to the NCAA tournament. The former Cal coach has led Morgan State to the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons and is now seeking his third straight appearance.
Morgan State drew the unenviable task of taking on Bethune-Cookman, the team that led the MEAC at season's end with a dominant 13-3 record. One of those three losses came at the hands of Morgan State, and Bozeman's crew was able to repeat the feat and advance to the final game in the league tourney.
The Bears beat Bethune-Cookman thanks in large part to a 22-point game by reserve forward Kevin Thompson. Starters Larry Bastfield (15 points) and Dewayne Jackson (11 points) scored in double figures for the team from Baltimore, Maryland as well.
On the other side of the floor will be the Hampton Pirates, who polished off 6-seed Norfolk State in the other semifinal. The Virginia-based team relied on a 30-point outburst by Kwame Morgan II to counteract a stellar 19 point, 17 rebound, 6 block night from Norfolk State's Kyle O'Quinn. Hampton was able to draw on a deeper bench to defeat the Spartans 85-61 and advance to face Morgan State.
Title game: 2:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, March 12 (ESPN2)
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Posted by Eric Angevine
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