NORFOLK, Va. (AP) —Morgan State blew a 17-point lead against South Carolina State on Tuesday night, but climbed back in front late for an 83-80 win in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament opener.
Phillip Carr scored 21 points for the Bears, while Tyler Streeter added 14 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer late.
Tiwian Kendley scored 16 points and Martez Cameron grabbed 10 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Bears (12-18), who play No. 2 seed Bethune-Cookman (18-13) in a Wednesday quarterfinal.
Morgan State led by as many as 17 in the first half and 50-35 at halftime, but the No. 10 seed Bulldogs rallied and tied it at 76 on Damani Applewhite's dunk. Streeter hit a go-ahead 3, but the Bulldogs closed to 81-80 on Patrell Rogers' layup with 1:04 left.
Streeter iced it with two free throws and Rogers missed a 3 to close out the scoring.
James Richardson scored 23 points to lead the Bulldogs, who finished the 2017-18 season with a 10-22 record. Applewhite added 22 points for S.C. State, which dropped 10 of its last 13 games this season.