The Tigers trailed 64-52 with 14:08 remaining and got back in it by outscoring Morgan State 20-8 over an 8 1/2-minute span and knotted it at 72-all with 5:35 left in regulation. Sherwyn Devonish-Prince Jr. made a pair of free throws for Morgan State with 34 seconds left to force overtime.
Dotson threw down a dunk to start the extra session and the Tigers (4-12, 1-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) led the rest of the way.
Zaquavian Smith made a pair of free throws early to give Savannah State a 10-2 lead. The Bears then exploded on a 15-0 run as Kyson Rawls scored seven. Later, Antonio Gillespie made a pair of 3-pointers and the Bears extended the lead to 49-33.
Morgan State led 52-40 at halftime on the strength of 18-of-36 shooting including 9 of 16 from 3-point range.
Tyrell Harper had 11 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for Savannah State.
Second-year coaches -- who's ascending, who's stagnating
The rookies in charge will get a lot of the preseason attention, but it's the second season that could make or break the tenure of these coaches.
NCAA rules Wisconsin's Micah Potter must sit out fall semester
The NCAA has denied a request for junior forward Micah Potter to play during the fall semester after transferring from Ohio State two days before the season opener last November. He will be eligible to play beginning Dec. 21.
Villanova's Bryan Antoine yet to practice after shoulder surgery
Villanova star freshman Bryan Antoine underwent right shoulder surgery at the end of May and has yet to practice with the team.
|North Carolina A&T||13-3||1||19-13|
|North Carolina Central||10-6||4||18-16|
|South Carolina State||5-11||9||8-26|