The Morehouse Maroon Tigers men’s basketball team opened their season with a historic victory over Fisk University, winning 73-61 at Forbes Arena. Head coach Grady Brewer earned the 300th win of his career at his alma mater.
Brewer began as an assistant coach for 13 seasons under legendary head coach Arthur McAfee. Currently, Brewer is in his 13th year as head coach. Brewer now has a record of 300-227 in his entire 20-year tenure with the program.
His resume includes seven 20-win seasons, seven SIAC regular-season titles, back to back SIAC Coach of the Year honors, and two appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Coach Brewer’s 300th win didn’t come easy. The Maroon Tigers trailed by as much as 9 points in the first half. The team gave up 12 points from turnovers alone. Morehouse also struggled mightily from the field, shooting only 33 percent in the first half. They also had little success from the 3-point line, shooting 16 percent from downtown.
Rebounding and converting from turnovers kept Morehouse in the lead heading into halftime. The team scored 14 second-chance points and 29 rebounds in the first half. The Maroon Tigers were able to make improvements after halftime and increase their accuracy to 50 percent from the field and 3point line.
The team pulled away towards the end of the second half, leading by as much as 15. Morehouse defeated Fisk by a final score of 73-61.
Brewer and the Maroon Tigers will head to Winston Salem, N.C. to compete in the CIAA/SIAC Challenge. The Maroon Tigers’ first matchup of the tournament will be against the Shaw University Bears on Friday, Nov. 15. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.