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Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman spent the second half of the Dr Pepper Classic opening game Tuesday on the bus.

He didn't miss much from his team.

Eastern Kentucky opened a 10-point lead early in the second half and cruised to a 76-62 win over Morgan State in McKenzie Arena.

Justin Stommes led EKU's Colonels (8-4) with 20 points, and Josh Jones and Josh Taylor scored 16 and 15.

Reggie Holmes scored 25 and Kevin Thompson had 14 for Morgan State (7-5).

"We did things tonight that took away some of their major attacks," EKU coach Jeff Neubauer said. "Offensively, we did a much better job in the second half. Our guys executed well at both ends."

Bozeman earned a technical foul as he walked off the floor at halftime and headed to the locker room. The Bears returned to the floor with about seven minutes left in the break.

Bozeman had a long discussion with UTC game director Mike Royster, then pointed at an officials observer in the stands and had a few choice words for him, resulting in an ejection by Gary Maxwell. A security officer escorted Bozeman from the court.

Stommes hit three of four free throws to turn a 31-26 halftime lead into an eight-point advantage.

"I really didn't know what happened," Stommes said. "It was nice to get in a rhythm right off the bat."

EKU led by as many as 23 points with Bozeman on the bus. The Bears pulled within eight on a Holmes three-point play with 6:23 to go but couldn't get any closer.

"We're an efficient team. We make the right passes and we take open shots," Stommes said. "We don't have very many selfish players."

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