Two big runs were all Morgan State needed to win its first game after an 11-day layoff.
After achieving some separation at the first half's end, the Bears broke away from High Point midway through the second half in an 85-74 non-conference win Wednesday night at Hill Field House in Baltimore.
Guard Justin Black paced Morgan State's balanced attack with 23 points, while 7-foot-2 senior center Ian Chiles added 18 and guard Anthony Hubbard scored 13 points. Guard Blake Bozeman tallied 12 points.
Redshirt freshman forward John Brown fired in a game-high 26 points for the Panthers (3-6). High Point guard Devante Wallace, one of four Baltimore products making a homecoming, added 15 points and 12 rebounds.
After High Point drew within 55-53 early in the second half, the Bears busted it open with a spurt that pushed the advantage to 17 points. The Panthers cut the deficit down to eight in the last four minutes but couldn't seriously threaten Morgan State in the endgame.