USF falls to Morgan State in disappointing loss

by Gary Shelton on November 14, 2017 · 0 comments

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Gregory's USF team losing to Morgan State./CARMEN MANDATO

Gregory's USF team losing to Morgan State./CARMEN MANDATO

Tuesday, 2 a.m.

One game in, and new USF coach Brian Gregory has a hint of how much work is head if he is turn around the school's basketball program.

Gregory saw the USF men fall 63-53 to a Morgan State team that was 14-15 in the MEAC last year. Morgan State played without all-conference guard  Tiwian Kendley, making the win even more humbling.

The Bulls shot only 34.8 percent from the field.

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Terrence Samuel had 13 points for the Bulls./CARMEN MANDATO

Terrence Samuel had 13 points for the Bulls./CARMEN MANDATO

"A lot of credit goes to Morgan State,” Gregory said. “They scrapped, did a great job defensively on us and played extremely hard. They were very disciplined in what they needed to get done and executed their game plan probably perfectly. They got us down and we didn't respond well. That's one of the challenges that we're going to face."

Morgan State, which lost its opener by 17 to Binghamton, had a 13-0 run early in the second half to take control. Terrence Samuel finished with 13 points for the Bulls.

Gregory talked of the things USF has to do to repond.

"Now it's time to get down in the stance,” Gregory said. “It's time on offense to make an extra pass and knock down a big shot, or knock down a free throw. We didn't respond and that's what this game is all about. In close games, you've got to respond in positive ways and we didn't do that tonight. Hopefully we'll learn from that."

USF plays against Stetson Wednesday night in Deland, Fla. Game time is 8 p.m.

Malik Martin had seven rebounds for USF./CARMEN MANDATO

Malik Martin had seven rebounds for USF./CARMEN MANDATO

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