Players can’t find groove

The 75-57, conference victory over the Rattlers is the fifth consecutive win for the Bears of Morgan State, who remain in first place in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference.

Unfortunately, the Rattlers’ success from the charity stripe couldn’t be converted to their defensive efforts.

Florida A&M University was 24 of 27 at the free throw line, mathematically the Rattlers shot 88.9 percent the total opposite of their rebounding percentage.

The Bears’ big men managed to snatch down 24 more rebounds in the post than the Rattlers in the first half alone. 

The areas where FAMU lacked Morgan State made up for, especially in the first half.  Compared to the Rattlers .248 first half percentage, the Bears shot .485.

The margin between the two percentages constituted for the Bears entire game lead.
From the field, the Rattlers shot an appalling 28.6 percent in their seventh consecutive loss. 

At the half, the Rattlers were trailing by a small margin of only 10 points. 

For the second game in a row, forward Brandon Bryant was the leading scorer for the orange and green with 16 points.

Behind Bryant on the leader boards was guard Dale Hughes with his 15-point contribution to the game total. 

Lamar Twitty and Byron Taylor combined for 12 of the Rattlers 33 rebounds compared to the Bears 49.

Defensively, the Rattlers work as a unit, although their offense performance is the core of their strategic weaknesses. Following the loss, Florida A&M players denied comment.
The Rattlers next opponent is Coppin State. The last time these two schools met the Rattlers prevailed in a 60- 56 vicotry.

Lamar Twitty was the leading scorer that night with 21 points.  Duplicating that performace in their next meeting should be a point of focus for the senior forward.
Hopefully, this game can be the start of a more constructive streak for the Rattlers.