HAMMOND | Munster hax never claimed to be the most talented team, but the Mustangs win because they don't really ever beat themselves.
Times No. 5 Munster picked up its 29th consecutive regular-season win Saturday night, using a 25-point, fourth-quarter explosion to defeat Morton 61-40.
The Mustangs (3-0) only committed four turnovers in the first half, but they made just four shots in the first quarter. Munster didn't capture the lead until 4:56 of the second after a six-point output from senior forward Cody Grzybowski.
On the other side, Morton (0-3) turned the ball over 10 times in the first half, leading to 12 Munster points.
The third quarter saw seven lead changes during the last four minutes, as the back-and-forth affair ended with Morton taking a 37-36 lead.
Morton senior forward Rayan Elabed tallied 10 points in the third.
Munster outscoring Morton 25-3 in the fourth. Mustangs junior guard Drew Hackett ripped off nine points within the first 90 seconds of the quarter.
Hackett paced the Mustangs with 21, Grzybowski added 17, and senior forward Pat McCarthy chipped in 10.
"We went to a 1-3-1 defense in the fourth and that cut down on their penetration," Munster coach Mike Hackett said. "We needed someone to make plays in the fourth and Drew happened to be that guy, so after that guys got comfortable."