WASHINGTON, D.C. - Reggie Holmes scored a game-high 22 points and Dwayne Jackson came off the bench to add 19 as Morgan State University rolled to an easy 90-58 win over Howard University in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's game at Burr Gymnasium.
Holmes, a 6-4 senior guard from Baltimore, MD, got the Bears (9-7 overall, 2-0 in the MEAC) off to a fast start, tallying 14 of his points in the first 20 minutes to help his team take a 45-30 lead at the half. Jackson, a 6-8 freshman forward from Bowie, MD, chipped it with 11 points while Ameer Ali contributed 12 in the first 20 minutes.
"The Morgan State team that was on the floor was better than the Howard team," said Howard Coach Gil Jackson. "They did what they do, and they did it well. We tried to stop them but they were quicker to the draw than we were. They are a really good basketball team."
Mike Phillips scored eight points and Curtis White and Dadrian Collins each scored six for Howard (2-14 overall, 1-1 in the MEAC), who shot 36 percent and surrendered a 26-8 advantage in the paint.
The Bears (9-7 overall, 2-0 in the MEAC) continued their dominance in the second half as 10 different players scored. Morgan State, the defending MEAC champs and pre-season favorite, shot 53 percent (37 for 70) for the game.
Holmes grabbed 7 rebounds to go along with his 22 points. Jackson hit on 8 of 9 and Ali, 6 of 8.
"Reggie Holmes is a very good player," praised Coach Jackson. "He's very smart, he's a good shooter, a decent passer and he takes advantage of opportunities."
Sophomore guard Calvin Thompson led the Bison with 16 points, 11 coming in the second half while White contributed 14, and Phillips 11 in a losing cause.
NEXT UP: Morgan State will travel to Hampton, VA to take on the Pirates of Hampton University on Monday at 7:30 pm while the Bison will host Coppin State on Monday at 8 pm