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Black History Month: Morgan State wins D2 national title

The year was 1974. HBCU basketball was in the midst of a change. Integration was in full swing across the ACC as players like David Thompson (NC State) and John Lucas (Maryland) were making that league look more like the CIAA and the newly-formed MEAC.

Then along came Morgan State, led by Marvin “The Eraser” Webster. A product of Baltimore’s Edmondson High School, Webster was a 7’1 shot-blocking and rebounding machine with a soft scoring touch. His junior season was one for the ages. He averaged 21.4 points and 22.4 rebounds per game to go with an astounding 8 blocks per game.

That season, 1973-74, Webster served as the centerpiece for coach Nat Frazier’s squad, which included solid pieces like Billy Newton, Mike Streety and Pat Newton. Morgan failed to win the MEAC Tournament, losing to Maryland-Eastern Shore for the second time in three games that season, but still managing to get an invite to the College Division (NCAA Division II) Tournament as MDES went to the NIT.

Not only did Morgan make the tournament, they won the title by beating Southwest Missouri 67-52 in Evansville, Indiana. Webster scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as his team became the second HBCU to win an NCAA basketball championship, and to this day remains the only MEAC team to do so.

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