Morgan St. 77, N. Carolina A&T 59

Kevin Thompson scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead

Morgan State over North Carolina A&T 77-59 on Thursday night in

the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

tournament.

The fourth-seeded Bears (16-13) shot 50 percent from the floor

(26 of 52) to advance to the semifinals against top-seeded

Bethune-Cookman on Friday.

Ahead by one, 26-25, with 7:16 left in the first half, Morgan

State got nine points from Thompson as it outscored the Aggies 17-8

until halftime.

The Bears then held North Carolina A&T to 8 of 23 from the

field, including 0 of 8 from 3-point range in the second half.

DeWayne Jackson and Aric Brooks added 11 points each for Morgan

State, which outscored the Aggies 21-14 on second-chance

points.

Thomas Coleman scored 14 points and Marc Hill 10 for the

fifth-seeded Aggies (15-17).