UC Riverside comes back to beat Morgan State 68-63

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) Taylor Johns scored 31 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as UC Riverside had to fight off a determined Morgan State for a 68-63 win on Tuesday night.

Morgan State (2-12), which last won when it beat UC Irvine 63-62 on December 16, scored 11 unanswered points to start the game. They were up 37-24 at the half. UC Riverside opened the second half with a 16-7 run to close to 44-40. The Highlanders then chipped away at the lead until Steven Thornton's two free throws gave them their first lead 59-57 with 3:41 left. Johns drove in for a layup with 17 seconds remaining to secure the win.

Jaylen Bland hit 4 of 7 from beyond the arc to total 18 points and Thornton chipped in 12 for UC Riverside (7-5).

Blake Bozeman had 13 and Cedric Blossom and Torin Childs-Harris added 11 apiece for Morgan State.

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