CROWN POINT — Jevon Morris’s first half against Crown Point was forgettable — zero points, one missed shot and an assist in limited minutes.
The second half was a different story.
Morris was the story.
The junior guard lit up the Bulldogs for 15 second-half points on 6-of-10 shooting, including a 2-of-2 mark from beyond the arc. He scored all 12 Mustang points in the third quarter and capped it all off with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 75 seconds left to put Munster on top for good in a 46-45 victory.
“I’m just glad he found me open,” Morris said, referencing an assist from junior Eric Jerge on his trey. “I just have the confidence to shoot the ball. Luckily I made it.”
Morris’s 3-pointer — the one that earned chest bumps and slaps on the back from teammates after Crown Point was forced to call a timeout — was a prepared play. Munster coach Mike Hackett told his players in practice that the Bulldogs were quick with their help and could potentially leave the weak-side shooter open for drive-and-kick opportunities.
Hackett’s advice proved sound in giving Morris the shot.
He did the rest.
“Morris is a touch matchup,” Crown Point coach Clint Swan said. “We had a hard time staying in front of him, and he made some plays. I don’t think out defense on him was necessarily bad. I just think it was one of those deals. It was good defense, better offense.”