Dec. 11, 2008

Courtesy of Morgan State

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Morgan State’s basketball program had never beaten a BIG EAST opponent, until tonight.
Reggie Holmes scored a career-high 29 points to lead Morgan State to a 79-75 victory over DePaul on Wednesday night at Allstate Arena before 7,561 fans.

DePaul shot 9-for-30 from the field in the second half, and went without a field goal in the final 10 minutes. The Blue Demons finished 25-of-66 (37.9%) as they dropped their third consecutive game of the season.

Morgan State was led throughout the first half by senior forward and Preseason All-MEAC selection Marquise Kately. Kately’s speed and ball-handling skills created a mismatch with DePaul’s post players as he scored 12 of his season-high 16 points (8-14 FG) in the first half.

The Blue Demons took advantage of second chance opportunities and Dar Tucker scored 14 points to give DePaul a 44-37 lead at halftime.

Morgan State may have trailed at the break, but it was clear the Bears were not going to go away.
DePaul was leading 57-47 early on in the second half before Holmes started warming up the nets.
Holmes, who had six points in the first half, hit three consecutive three-pointers to help cut the lead.

The junior exploded for 23 second half points and went 5-for-9 from 3-point territory.

Holmes hit his 4th three-pointer of the night to tie the game at 70-70 with 2:44 remaining.

DePaul retook the lead when Tucker was fouled and hit the front end of a 1-and-1 to give his team a one-point edge with 1:29 left on the clock.

But once again Holmes came up with a big shot when he nailed his fifth 3-pointer of the half to give the Bears a 73-71 lead.

Morgan State locked down the Demons on defense in the final moments and shot 6-for-8 from the free throw line to seal the victory, handing the Blue Demons their first non-conference home loss of the season.

Rogers Barnes and Jermaine Bolden finished in double-figures with 13 and 12 respectively, while redshirt freshman Kevin Thompson finished with a career-high 12 rebounds.

Tucker led DePaul with 21 points, while Mac Koshwai scored 15 and Will Walker added 14.
The Bears are idle until they participate in the St. Mary’s Tournament in Moraga, California from Dec. 26-28.