Morgan St. 84, N. Carolina A&amp,T 57

Kevin Thompson scored 20 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and dished

out six assists to lead Morgan State past North Carolina A&T

84-57 on Wednesday night in quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern

Athletic Conference tournament.

Thompson, ranked fourth in the nation with 12 rebounds per game,

helped the Bears (25-9) beat the Aggies on the boards 43-26.

Morgan State, the No. 1 seed, shot 53.9 percent from the field

(34 of 63), while North Carolina A&T hit 37.2 percent of its

shots (19 of 51).

The ninth-seeded Aggies (11-22), who trailed 46-22 at halftime,

hit just 27 percent of their 3-point attempts (6 of 22).

Morgan State’s all-time leading scorer Reggie Holmes (2,011

points) and Troy Smith each added 17 points for the Bears, who will

face either Norfolk State or Hampton in the semifinals on

Friday.

Nic Simpson scored 17 and Tavarus Alston 11 for North Carolina

A&T.